Samuel Parot Arrives in Time to Win the$10,000 Dash For The Cash At Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Harrisburg, PA - October 18, 2017 - Samuel Parot and Couscous van Orti sped to victory in the $10,000 Dash for the Cash, sponsored by Geraldine Nesbitt, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. The Olympic veteran from Chile had little time to familiarize himself with the Farmshow Complex as he had only arrived one hour before the start of the class and he was the first to ride the course.
"This is my first time at Harrisburg. I think it's unbelievable, the place is "wow!" said Parot. "This is a wonderful show. We only just arrived here a couple of hours ago, but I am very happy to be here and it's super to win. It's not easy to win so when you do, it's really great."
The first two riders out of the field of 14 made the Bernardo Cabral-designed course look easy. Parot stop the timers in 47.803 seconds taking tight turns at a fast clip. Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J. followed on Thornhill Kate, owned by Laura and Mary Chapot, and nearly caught the leaders, going clear in 49.056.
"There were two places where it was possible to make up some time," said Parot. "I think I did it at the second fence. The other riders took it in six strides and I did it five."
Chapot had two mounts in the class, but captured the runner-up spot with her first horse.
"It was a competitive class," said Chapot. "Samuel set the tone right off the bat with a fast clear round and then I was next with my mare. She is very quick and very reliable, so I took a good shot with her. I thought Bernardo made a nice course for tonight. There were a couple of options for inside turns."
Only three more entries managed clear rounds with two combinations on the course causing problems for a few. Peter Lutz and Robin de Ponthual, owned by Gallagher and Meller had the fastest of the remaining clear rounds in a time of 50.550 seconds for third place.
Earlier in the evening three foreign riders took the top three spots out of the field of 33 in the $5000 1.40m Speed Challenge. Paulo Santana of El Salvador, captured the win riding Taloubet. Canadian Francois Lamontagne was second on Vigo Massuere and Olympic silver medalist Beat Mandli of Switzlerland finished third on Dibatsja, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC.
Open Jumping action continues on Thursday with the $40,000 Pennsylvania National "Big Jump" and culminates on Saturday evening with the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
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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