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Pennsylvania National

October 16, 2014

Alfano Scores A Big Hometown Win At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa.--Oct. 16  

“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.”

That great jump won two of the over-fences classes in the green conformation hunter division, giving them enough points to take the championship and the grand hunter title at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

October 15, 2014

Mirror Image Reflects A Season Of Patience At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 15     

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.

"When I looked up, I was like, 'Well, there's no way,' " recalled Steege. "So then I went last and she got a 92! It was exciting. She's gotten a few high scores, but that was definitely the highest."

October 14, 2014

Golden Rule Conquers His Weakness At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 14      

Golden Rule conquered his weakness on his way to victory at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show—the handy.

“The handies used to be our problem cause he was a little harder to turn because he was so big,” said rider Scott Stewart. “Today was actually the best he’s ever been in the handy. It’s the only time he could be spooky—when you’re passing by a jump backwards sometimes he would spook.”

October 11, 2014

Dreamland Trots Off With Pennsylvania National Grand Pony Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 11  

As they lined up in front of the judges one last time, Caroline Passarelli and Emma Kurtz smiled at each other and patted their ponies, waiting for the verdict. 

October 11, 2014

Makayla Benjamin Receives An Unforgettable Gift

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 11    

“We have a horse you can use” were the words that Makyla Benajmin’s mother Jan never thought she’d hear.

Like many juniors aging out this year, Makayla has dreamed about competing in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals, but when her mount, Lexus, slipped coming off the trailer when he arrived in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday, Oct. 10, and came up three-legged lame, she thought her dreams were over.

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