Harrisburg, PA – October 17, 2011 – Steven Hayes was the Master of Hunt Night at the 66th annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show winning the Individual and Team competitions on Monday evening. Hayes won the Field Hunter Class for Riders over 35 years of age sponsored by Roundtop Mountain Resort and the Gentlemen’s Hunter Under Saddle Class sponsored by Gregory W. Gingery riding Clever, owned by Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds. Hayes also led the team of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds #1 to victory in the Hunt Team Class and the Hunt Night Championship, both sponsored by Kinsley Construction Company.
Winning the Hunt Team competition was quite a feat as nine Hunt Clubs from the East Coast sent teams of six members to participate in the event. It was truly a sight to behold as the teams of three riders jumped the course at the same time, following each other as if out on a hunt, and taking the final fence in unison. The team of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds #1 with Hayes, Cindy Buchanan, VMD and Joy Slater, negotiated the course in spectacular fashion keeping a close distance to each other and jumping the last fence as a single unit.
The Field Hunter Class for Riders 35 Years of Age and Under, sponsored by Hempt Bros., Inc. and Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Hempt, was won by Pressed for Time, owned by Radnor Hunt and shown by Gillian King. Jill Wilson won the Ladies’ Hunter Under Saddle Class, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Norman I. White, on Uno, owned by Sally Lamb. Wilson also won the Nunt Night Leading Lady Rider Award.
Fox Hunting enthusiasts were also treated to the North American Fox Hunting Horn Blowing Championship, which is sanctioned by the Masters of the Foxhounds Association. Huntsmen from across the nation qualified for the unique event that consisted of blowing four classic fox hunting melodies. Sam Clifton of Maryland’s Green Spring Valley Hounds was declared the winner. John Tabachka of Sewickley Hunt of Pennsylvania finished in second place. Third was awarded to Steve Farrin of the Amwell Valley Hounds of New Jersey and Martyn Blackmore of the Virginia’s Loudoun Valley Hunt was fourth.
The popular Terrier races, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. James V. Tanzola, delighted the crowd as well as the Monkton Hall Bassetts in the Parade of Hounds, sponsored by Elkridge Harford Hunt.
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 Tuesday, October 18 to 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: The Hunt Night Championship Team of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds #1 with Steven Hayes, Cindy Buchanan, VMD and Joy Slater. (Al Cook Photo)