Olympians Set to Compete at 72nd Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - September 21, 2017 - Excitement is building for the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS), as over 40 top riders from seven countries, including six Olympic veterans, have confirmed their entries for this year's premier event when it returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, October 12-21 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Now in its 72nd year, the PNHS is one of the largest and most prestigious horse shows in the U.S. and is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the nation. 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 feature the top jumping riders and horses at the show.
"With so many top riders and Olympic veterans coming to our show, the competition is sure to be exciting right until the end!" said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. "It's wonderful that so many nations will be represented right here in Harrisburg."
The list of Olympic veterans that will vie for the top prize money at the world-class event include U.S. Olympian Leslie Howard, a Team Gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a Team Silver medalist at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
It's going to be a competitive family affair as Ian Millar, the most decorated Canadian equestrian in history who has competed at a record ten Olympic Games during his career during which time he earned a Team Silver medal, will be competing against his daughter Amy Millar, who was a member of the 4th placed Canadian Team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, his son Jonathan Millar, a World Equestrian Games veteran, and his daughter-in-law Kelly Soleau-Millar, who rides for the U.S.
Fellow Olympic veteran, Mario Deslauriers, who has reinstated his native Canadian nationality status after riding for many years as a U.S. athlete, will be competing against his 18 year-old daughter, Lucy Deslauriers, a winning grand prix competitor herself who recently captured the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier.
Three-time Olympic veteran Ben Maher of Great Britain, who won a Team Gold medal on home soil at the 2012 London Olympics, will be competing against countrywomen Amanda Derbyshire who recently won the $30,000 Boar's Head Jumper Challenge at the Hampton Classic Horse Show and Emily Moffitt, who was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2017 Young Rider European Championships.
Beat Mandli of Switzerland, a two-time Olympian who won a Team Silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, is returning again to PNHS after competing in Europe all summer. Ireland's Daniel Coyle, Jordan Coyle, and Michael Hutchinson will be there, as well as Belgium's Filip de Wandel and Paulo Santanafrom El Salvador.
Other top U.S. riders entered at this year's PNHS include Laura Chapot, Katie Dinan, Molly Ashe Cawley, Kelli Cruciotti, Andrew Kocher, Peter Lutz, Christine McCrea, Jonathan McCrea, Michael Morrissey, TJ O'Mara, Cara Raether Carey, Callan Solem, Jimmy Torano, and Danielle Torano.
During the national competition, 1,400 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.
Junior Weekend (October 12 -13): Daily admission FREE for all ages the ENTIRE DAY AND EVENING!
Junior Weekend (October 14 -15): General Admission - $12, Students & Senior Citizens - $7, Family 4-pack General Admission (all ages) - $30. Children 10 and under FREE.
October 16-18 - Daily admission FREE for all ages the ENTIRE DAY AND EVENING!
Thursday, October 19 - Pony Up for Pink with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition
Free Admission for Survivors! Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40
Friday, October 20 - Foundation Friday featuring Therapy Riding Championships and Therapy Horse of the Year award. Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40.
Saturday, October 21- Grand Prix Day featuring the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund - Tickets are good ALL day; re-entry w/hand stamp
General Admission: $25 each - 4 pack $75; Reserved Seats Red Level: $40 each - 4 pack $130; Reserved Seats Blue Level: $50 each - 4 pack $175
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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