Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - October 19, 2017 - The 72nd annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS) is excited to welcome Dr. Chris Ray, one of the nation's top equine surgeons and star of RIDE TV's reality show, 'Rock Star Vets.'
Dr. Ray will make a special appearance on Grand Prix Day on Saturday, October 21, and will be available to sign autographs. Also making an appearance is a true Pennsylvania celebrity, Libre, Pennsylvania's Miracle Dog! Libre made headlines in Pennsylvania after being rescued in the summer of 2016 after being abused. The 16-month-old Boston Terrier inspired many across the state, including state Sen. Richard Alloway,
who proposed legislation to implement stronger measures to prevent animal cruelty and penalize animal abusers. Governor Tom Wolf signed "Libre's Law" and Libre has remained a popular celebrity.
"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Chris Ray and Libre to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show," said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, "It is sure to be an exciting day!"
Saturday will also feature singer/songwriter, Kevin Neidig, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. along with an autograph session with the Champs. Following the conclusion of the competition, entertainment will be provided by Olivia Farabaugh, former contestant on "The Voice" starting at around 9:00 p.m.
For over 70 years, the PNHS has continued to be one of the most prestigious, as well as one of the largest indoor, horse shows in the U.S. This year's show again hosts 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.
ADMISSION & SPECIAL EVENTS:
October 16-21: SENIOR WEEK with professional riders and international open jumpers.
October 16-18: Daily admission FREE for all ages the ENTIRE DAY AND EVENING for Fan Appreciation!
October 18: Military Appreciation Day where you show your military I.D. and receive a FREE TICKET to Saturday's Grand Prix.
October 19: Pony Up for Pink with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition andFree Admission for Breast Cancer Survivors! Media celebrities hit the ring for a fun obstacle course and Celebrity Challenge. Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40. FREE PARKING
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. FREE PARKING
Saturday, October 21: Grand Prix Day featuring the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund plus appearances with PNHS Special Guest, Libre (4:00 - 6:00 p.m.), Pennsylvania's Miracle Dog. Also on Saturday: Singer/Songwriter Kevin Neidig (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.), Autograph Session with the Champs and entertainment by Olivia Farabaugh, former contestant on "The Voice" at the conclusion of the competition (approximately 9:00 p.m.) Also, Special guest appearance by Dr. Chris Ray, star of the Ride TV Show - "Rock Star Vets." Tickets are good ALL day; re-entry w/hand stamp.
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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