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October 10, 2014

Zone 4 Prevails In Nail-Biting Prix Des States

Oct. 10—Harrisburg, Pa.  

When Hayley Waters landed off the final fence in the Prix des States, the first thing she felt was relief.  As the only rider on the Zone 4 team to drop a rail in the first round, she felt the pressure to improve her ride on Qurint and keep the team in the lead.

“I needed to redeem myself for the first round,” Waters said. “They definitely made up for me in the first round. I just was trying to focus on what went well and what didn’t go well in the first for me to try and improve my score."

October 10, 2014

Ovation Makes History At Harrisburg

Oct. 10—Harrisburg, Pa.   

After she topped the small junior hunter, 16-17, section, with Ovation, Tori Colvin was speechless. In what owner Betsee Parker described as an unimaginable event, Colvin and Ovation became the only pair to win the small juniors at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show four years in a row.

“It’s amazing,” Colvin said. “He’s an amazing horse so he deserves it.”

Parker, of Middleburg, Va., watched the pair from the in-gate and was ecstatic with the outcome.

October 7, 2014

One To Watch: Paraic Kenny Is Hoping For Some Irish Luck In The Medal Finals

“Wait a minute, you’re how old?” Missy Clark questioned Paraic Kenny.

When she heard that the Irishman who’s been working for her this summer is indeed still just 17, a light bulb went off in Clark’s head. She got him outfitted in show clothes, and when the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals start on Oct. 12, Kenny will be waiting at the in-gate.

Kenny has been a working student for Clark and her husband, John Brennan, at their North Run in Warren, Vt., and Clark spotted his riding talent right away.

June 26, 2014

Applications Available For Claire Mawdsley Scholarship And Rider Recognition Program

This year the Pennsylvania National Horse Show will debut the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship and Rider Recognition Program, which rewards junior hunter riders who attend traditional “brick and mortar” high school full time.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one to each of the top-placing eligible exhibitors in each section of the junior hunters. The scholarship will be held in trust and paid directly to a higher education institution, and there will also be a ribbon presentation for the top three eligible exhibitors in each section.  

October 19, 2013

Swail Leads Irish Sweep At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 19

After winning the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump on Thursday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with Game Ready, Irish rider Conor Swail commented that the gelding was his third string horse.

But after capturing the victory in the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, he admitted the horse may have moved up on his list.

October 19, 2013

Toon Shares The Spotlight At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 19

Ellen Toon and her mount, Invincible, were not the only ones in the spotlight when they won the amateur-owner, 36 and over championship and the grand amateur-owner championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Jim Toon, her groom, trainer and husband, earned the grand amateur-owner hunter groom’s award minutes later.

“Like I told Ellen, I’ve gone back to where I originally started,” the experienced competitor and trainer laughed.

October 19, 2013

Ringside Chat With Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard has been coming to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for as long as she can remember. A member of the gold medal-winning U.S. show jumping team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, she's one of the United States' most decorated grand prix riders.

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