2014 Pennsylvania National Horse Show

2014 Pennsylvania National

The Chronicle is on location to bring you all the news from one of the most historic shows in the country. Don't miss updates about the Grand Prix de Penn National CSI-W, Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals, Randolph College Prix des States championship, and all the top hunters.

Check out all of the Chronicle's coverage of the 2013 Pennsylvania National, including a photo gallery of cute ponies, a story about an Appaloosa junior hunter, and tips for riding handies from pro riders in addition to all the winners.
Beat Mändli is new to the American show jumping scene this year, but he's making a loud entrance. On the two-time Olympian's first trip to Harrisburg, he took the top call in the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, the open jumper speed championship two days prior, scooping up the leading rider award to boot, with Antares F, competitor McLain Ward's 2012 Olympic Games mount.
The last time Stephanie Danhakl walked into the ring at an indoor final to receive a tricolor was when she was a junior. So when the 27-year-old piloted Golden Rule to three blue ribbons in the 3'6" amateur-owner, 18-35, hunter championship on her way to the amateur-owner grand hunter championship at the Pennsylvania National, she was beside herself.
The amateur-owners took center stage at Harrisburg on Friday when the 3'3" divisions were awarded their championships.
Top show jumper Kent Farrington had a choice to make when considering a mount for the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump class at the Pennsylvania National. He'd had solid results on Blue Angel and Voyeur all summer, but as he counted down the weeks to Harrisburg, his choice of mount for the tight indoor arena was clear and simple: Willow. And when they put in the fastest round on Michel Vaillancourt's technical track, his decision was validated.
“He just has an amazing jump,” Jen Alfano said of Candid. “As soon as I jumped him over a couple jumps, I knew I wanted him.”
When Amanda Steege saw the frontrunners in the 3'3" pre-green hunter division score 90s in the first over-fences class, she was pretty sure she'd be using her time at the Pennsylvania National to school her new mare, Mirror Image, not win. But the mare came into her own and snagged the pre-green hunter championship, to Steege's pleasant surprise.
The first of the professional division championships were awarded at Harrisburg and there were some big names on top.
Why did Spencer Smith win the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals? If you ask the judges, like we did, they’ll say because of his consistency, his confidence and his connection.
Round-by-round comments. Photos. The course map and a description of Round 1. The order of go. What more could you want?
When all three pony hunter champions ended up with 24 points, it came down to Dreamland and Little Black Pearl hacking off for the grand pony championship title.
After hearing that Makayla Benjamin's equitation horse was hurt unloading at Harrisburg, grand prix rider Kama Godek and her student Sandra Zimmerli stepped in to give her another mount.

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