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October 16, 2016

Two Flying Changes Win It For T.J. O'Mara In Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16  

Four years, ago, T.J. O’Mara sat in the stands and watched as his sister Meg won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final. This year, he got to take the spotlight in the class, working his way up from fifth after Round 1 to second going into the test and then into first with a brilliant test ride showing off two flying changes to counter-canter.

October 15, 2016

Strauss Goes All In To Win Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 15 

The riders from Zone 2 won gold as a team the night before, but during the Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship they went head to head in a battle for gold.

Three of the gold medal-winning Zone 2 team from the Prix des States team championship—Lauren Fischer, Madison Goetzmann and Katherine Strauss—sat on top of the individual leaderboard coming into the individual final. And less than a rail separated their scores. Any mistake would be costly.

October 15, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

The Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals kicks off today here at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., at 7 a.m. The estimated time to start for the final round is 5:15 p.m.

There are 277 riders—including one from Puerto Rico—riding for a chance at one of the most prestigious equitation titles around. That’s 10 fewer starters than last year.

Marylisa Leffler and Jimmy Torano will be judging today, and they also designed the course. 

October 15, 2016

One To Watch: Lily McKenna Can't Quite Believe She's At The Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Lilly McKenna found it hard to contain her excitement. It was literally bubbling over and she couldn’t sit still as she talked to me. “It’s wonderful. It’s my everything to be here, my birthday, my Christmas, everything! I can’t even believe I’m here,” she told me.

October 15, 2016

Zone 2 Is Faultless To Take Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14 

It all came down to a heated battle between Zones 2 and 4 for the gold medal in the Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship. Those two teams distanced themselves from the competition, as the other five teams collected double-digit scores.

October 14, 2016

Meet Your Pennsylvania National Junior Hunter Champions

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14  

The junior hunter divisions wrapped up at the Pennsylvania National—all six of them! We caught up with all the winners. To see more photos of the junior hunter action, make sure to check out our photo gallery.

October 17, 2015

Howard Marks The Grand Prix De Penn National Off Her Bucket List

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 17

October 17, 2015

Mirror Image Lives Up To Her Name In Amateur-Owners

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 17

“They’re beautiful together,” trainer Amanda Steege says to me as she sends Mirror Image and Ellen Toon into the ring for the amateur-owner, 36 and over. As I watch them canter to the first jump, I can’t help but agree.

“Mimi” looks like a fun ride, something Toon confirms when we talk after they accept their amateur-owner, 36 and over, champion and the grand amateur-owner champion coolers.

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