Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - October 21, 2017 - Stephanie Danhakl and her stallion First Light won the Amateur Owner 3'6" Grand Hunter Championship, the Amateur Owner Hunter 3'6" Championship for Riders 18-35 Years of Age, the Legend Has It Perpetual Trophy and the Wintarra Ring Perpetual Trophy at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
This was the third time Danhakl, Pacific Palisades, CA, has won the award for Amateur Owner 3'6" Hunter, earning it in 2014 and 2015, and the second time she has won the Grand Amateur Owner title, with her mount Golden Rule, but this time it was First Light's turn to shine. The pair garnered a win, two second place finishes and two fourth place finishes to claim the title. The win in the last class of the division was the highest score of the day, a 91.
"The way the points worked, there was a lot riding on the last round," said Danhakl. "Whoever won that class was going to be Champion. The rider before me got an 89, and she was one of the riders in the running, so I needed to get a 90 to be Champion. Which is no easy feat especially at a horse show like this. I was just really relieved after the last fence when I thought we had laid down a winning trip, and as it turns out we did. I was just very happy with my horse and very excited to be champion here.
Golden Rule lost a shoe and couldn't come to Harrisburg this year, so it all fell to First Light, and he was phenomenal. I got injured and took most of the year off, but we had started to feel very in sync with him in the ring. He has been better than I ever could have imagined."
Call Me Maybe and Mark Miness, Tiburon, CA, took the Amateur Owner Hunter 3'6" Championship for Riders 36 Years of Age and Over and the Carlos F. Bodwell Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Miness and the lovely 8-year-old mare were consistent throughout the competition, placing second twice and third three times to take the title.
"I imported her from Germany when she was five and took her over her first jump, so she is my baby," said Miness. "This is her first time coming back east to do indoors. She was a little green at Capital Challenge but here she just sort of figured it out. She has just been solid all week. No wins, but she has been just so consistent. I did not expect this. The last time I was here at Harrisburg was 1999, I took some time off from riding to work. The bank of Mom and Dad closed, so I had to go out and earn. And when I came back I got into the hunters and really enjoy it."
About the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
More than 1400 qualified Junior and Adult competitors from the U.S. and abroad will vie for more than $500,000 in prize money and eight national championships - including the prestigious Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, and Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. "Junior Weekend" will take place October 12-15, followed by "Senior Week," October 16-21 which includes the Open Jumper and FEI competitions. This year's show will again host three internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* rated jumper classes including the $35,000 Keystone Classic, $40,000 Big Jump, and the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, the culminating event which will be held on Saturday evening, October 21 and will feature over 40 top riders from seven countries, including six Olympic veterans.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, provides support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation makes grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to acquaint, teach, and train the public in therapeutic equestrian endeavors and to support equine rescue efforts. Proceeds from the show benefit the Foundation.
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay's personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.
Further information, updates, promotions, ticket information and more is available at www.PANational.org or by calling 717-770-0222.
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