Friday, May. 24, 2024

2014 Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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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.

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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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