Harrisburg, PA – October 18, 2011 –Tuesday evening was Practical Horseman Magazine Night at the 66th annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show showcasing the Local Hunters, the High Performance Working Hunters, and the Leadline Class. The Local Hunter Division was open to residents of Pennsylvania that lived within a 50 mile radius of Harrisburg. The division consisted of two classes over fences sponsored by Susan and Stephen Symons, and an under saddle class sponsored by Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP.
Houdini dominated the division with owner Heather Yarnell of Lancaster, PA in the saddle. The pair won one of the classes over fences and the under saddle class. Houston, owned and shown by Megan Sullivan of Jarrettsville, MD, won the other class over fences. Houdini was also named Local Hunter Champion, sponsored by Practical Horseman, and Houston was Reserve Champion. Yarnell was ecstatic with the results, especially since so many family members came to watch them compete.
“It was really exciting,” said Yarnell. “It was his first time at a big indoor show and he was so good. I was really nervous because my whole family was here watching. They never come to horse shows so it was a really big deal. My mom was here, my grandparents, my cousins and even my boyfriend’s parents. There were a lot of people. It was a big deal.”
Earlier in the evening Jersey Boy owned by SBS Farms, Inc. was named High Performance Working Hunter Champion, which was sponsored by Lannie Lipson. The nine-year-old gelding was ridden by Jennifer Alfano. Reserve Champion was Rosalynn, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Hunt Tosh.
The popular Leadline class, sponsored by Carlisle Small Animal Veterinary Clinic was won by Lauryn Massengill of Douglassville, PA. Second place went to Madison Trout of Felton, PA. Ava Berman of New Freedom, PA was third and fourth went to Benjamin Berman, also of New Freedom, PA.
Competition at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg continues through October 22. Highlights of the Horse Show include: Western Night that takes place on Wednesday and Saturday’s featured event, the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix de Penn National. In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the PNHS offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.
General admission for through Friday, October 21, is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, except for Wednesday, October 19. On Wednesday spectators can download a coupon for free admission at www.panational.org. General admission for Saturday, October 22, is $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. As always, children under 6 are admitted free in general admission seating. Convenient parking is also free.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is proud of its tradition of supporting equine and youth programs. The show benefits the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Details are available at the horse show’s website at www.panational.org or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.
Photo: Local Hunter Champion Houdini with owner/rider Heather Yarnell (Al Cook Photo)