Pennsylvania National Horse Show to Host Foundation Friday at 72nd Annual EventThe Foundation awards approximately $40,000 in grants annually - Special needs families and therapeutic riders to take center stage in the competition ring on October 20!
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - October 18, 2017 - Adding to its already-exciting line-up of events, the 72nd annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS) will host special guests, therapeutic riding champions, the "Therapy Horse of the Year" and a Silent Auction on Foundation Friday on October 20. The top national indoor event continues at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg through October 21.
The horse show's Therapeutic Riding Championships will take place on Foundation Friday, followed by the presentation of the Foundation's "Therapy Horse of the Year" Award. Initiated in 2016, Foundation Friday is the setting for two Riding Championships - Assisted and Unassisted. Riders compete for PNHS ribbons and a trophy and all riders receive a gift bag full of donated products from sponsors and vendors. The PNHS Foundation is committed to supporting therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. Programs assist riders facing medical and health challenges, learning disabilities, adults with terminal illness or PTSD, and more, and are often part of Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy programs for young children and youth.
Proceeds from the 2017 PNHS Foundation Silent Auction, which takes place throughout the horse show, support Therapeutic Riding and Equine Rescue Programs. There are many fantastic items available for bidding; all bids must be made in person. Vendors who have donated to the auction will display their auction items in their booths. Additional items will be available at the PNHS Merchandise Booths, Upper Level Main Concourse, booths 21 and 22. Further information about all items is available on line at http://panational.org/subpage.php?link=SilentAuction.
"We have an amazing lineup of exciting things happening each day," said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, "But Foundation Friday is one of the most special. We can't wait announce the winner of "Therapy Horse of the Year!"
Visitors to the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund can celebrate and support a good cause at the same time by raising a glass of "Dapple Apple," the new Official Signature Drink of the 72nd annual show. A portion of all drink sales at the event goes to the PNHS Foundation supporting therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation has awarded approximately $40,000 in grants annually.
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. "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.
In all, 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.
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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