HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS), presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, one of the largest and most prestigious horse shows in the U.S, has made significant changes for this year's show including increased prize money and an improved schedule. The 73rd annual event is set to welcome back the nation's top horses and riders to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, the historic host venue since 1945, Oct. 11-20.
"We are delighted to enhance our 73rd annual event with these significant changes," said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the PNHS. "With this considerable increase in prize money, we are expecting a much larger list of entries which will make this year's event one of our biggest best ever for our competitors!"
With an increase of over 30 percent in prize money for the Grand Prix, a star-studded field of international horses and riders can be expected for this year's $132,000 Grand Prix de Penn National presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, the thrilling culminating competition of the PNHS. Prize money has also been increased to $50,000 in The PA Big Jump speed competition. All Open Jumper competitions will be conducted under Federation Equestre International (FEI) rules, with four classes counting toward the Longines FEI World Jumping Rankings List.
The 2018 PNHS will continue to host three North American League (NAL) Jumper Finals and two NAL Hunter Finals - all with increased prize money of $12,500 per final! The five NAL divisions include: Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Hunter, Children's Hunter, and Low Junior/Amateur Jumper.
This year's show will also offer a new combined Amateur and Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.35m section and increased entry numbers for the Green Hunter 3' and Green Hunter 3'3" Divisions.
All hunter sections, including the Green Hunter 3' and Green Hunter 3'3" will use USEF Points to determine acceptance. Points will be based on a horse's best 15 shows during the qualifying year, Aug. 21, 2017 – Aug. 19, 2018. For qualifying purposes only, points from both the 3' and 3'3" sections during the qualifying year will be used and a horse may only enter one section. That section choice may not be changed after the closing date of entries.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) is a premier equestrian event attracting the nation's top hunters and jumpers and features many of the top names in the sport. During the ten days of national competition, 1,400 qualified Junior and Adult competitors from the U.S. and abroad vie for more than $500,000 in prize money and eight national championships - including the prestigious Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, and the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. "Junior Weekend" takes place Oct. 11-14, followed by "AdultWeek" Oct. 15-20, culminating in the $132,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, which features Olympic and international riders. The 2018 PNHS Prize List will be available in July on the website at www.PANational.org.
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.
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.
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