November 2014 Issue - page 1

LANC., PA 17604
Vol. 21 No.11
Our 21st Year
November 2014
Winter’s coming … get ready!
Pgs. 8 - 24
Newlin Township passes ordinance equestrians
fought … pg. 4
Controversial horse rescue shuts down … pg. 29
Man who shot horse pulling buggy sentenced
to prison … pg. 33
Last minute entry wins Dressage at Devon
freestyle … pg. 26
One pesky rail costs Davidson the Plantation
Field win ….pg. 34
... and much more!
The excitement was palpa-
ble at the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show as crowds filed into
the arena to watch the star-stud-
ded field of top international
riders, including Olympic and
World Champions, compete
in the $85,000 FEI World Cup
Grand Prix de Penn National, a
qualifying competition for the
2015 FEI World Cup Finals in
Las Vegas.
In his first competition in the
US, Olympic silver medalist Beat
Mandli of Switzerland proved
unbeatable aboard Antares F,
with the only double clear round
of the field of 32 riders. Man-
dli also won the Open Jumper
Championship and the Open
Jumper Leading Rider Award.
Mandli was impressed with
the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show and the facilities. “It's a
great facility and it's super for the
A total of five riders made
it through to the seven fence
jump-off. Todd Minikus, who has
competed in seven FEI World
Cup Jumping Finals, dropped a
rail with Quality Girl in the fast-
est time to finish in second place.
Irish Olympian Kevin Babington
and Shorapur also dropped a rail
but crossed the timers a little
slower to take third place. Margie
Engle and Indigo were also prey
to a rail, finishing in fourth place,
while Callan Solem and VDL
Wizard had two rails down for
fifth place.
The Leading Lady Jumper
Rider Award was awarded to
three-time Olympic medalist
Beezie Madden for her success at
the PA National aboard Abigail
Wexner's Simon. Brian Reed, the
groom for Antares F, received the
Caretaker Award during the final
award ceremonies.
Prior to the Grand Prix,
Irvin 'Irv' S. Naylor and Steve
Stephens were inducted into the
Pennsylvania National Horse
In First US Competition, Swiss Rider Wins Harrisburg Grand Prix
Show Hall of Fame for recogni-
tion of their extraordinary efforts,
leadership, service, and guidance
throughout the years. They join
last year's inaugural inductees
Gerry Hempt and Frank Chapot.
The Pennsylvania National Horse
Show Hall of Fame was created
in 2013 to recognize and honor
individuals whose contributions
and dedication to the show have
set them apart.
Big Jump
A competitive field of 38 top
international riders tackled the
1.50m, 12 fence course for the
$40,000 Pennsylvania National
"Big Jump". Only six riders made
it through to the exciting jump-
off. Kent Farrington, ranked #1
in the US and number four in the
world, was first into the ring and
set the pace with Willow, jump-
ing clear in the unbeatable time
of 35.05 seconds. Farrington took
home the $13,200 first place prize
money as well as the Second
Cannabis Challenge Trophy.
Olympic champion Beez-
ie Madden and her World Cup
Champion Simon also jumped
clear but crossed the timers
in 36.67 seconds for second
place. Ali Wolff and Casall also
produced a clear round, but their
jump-off time of 37.39 seconds
put them in a final third place
In the $33,000 Keystone
Classic Speed Stake Friday night,
October 17, Beezie Madden and
her 2012 Olympic team partner
Coral Reef Via Volo, 24th into
the ring, sailed around the course
faultlessly in an unbeatable time
of 59.52 seconds to clinch the
win out of the 29 starters. The
mare is known around the barn
as "Shrimp" for her tiny size of
15.2 hands.
Karen Polle, of New York,
NY, and What Ever also jumped
clear, but had a slightly slower
time of 62.16 seconds to finish
in second place. Switzerland's
Beat Mandli and Zaza Harvey
finished just a fraction behind in
62.17 seconds, finishing in third
Reed Kessler, of Lexington,
KY, was Crowned Open Jumper
Speed Champion.
In Friday’s Celebrity Chal-
lenge 5 Drum Barrel race, four
jumper riders competed again
four of the Canadian Cowgirls.
Lillie Keenan, Ali Wolff, Todd
Minikus, and Charlie Jayne
represented the jumpers, and
rode horses supplied by the
Canadian Cowgirls. Spectators
cheered loudly as the riders
sprinted around a pattern of three
barrels. Keenan and Minikus, the
final two competitors, playfully
tried to wrestle each other off
their horses before crossing the
starting line. When Minikus was
later crowned champion, they
put their differences aside and
completed their victory gallop
On Wednesday night, com-
petitors and spectators saluted
those who have served in our
country's military. A men's choral
group opened the evening's
festivities with beautiful rendi-
tions of God Bless America and
the National Anthem. The $5,000
Speed Challenge was an exciting
competition as riders galloped
(Continued on page 30)
Leading rider for the 69th Pennsylvania National Horse Show, held at the Farm Show Complex
in Harrisburg October 9-18, was Switzerland’s Bert Mandli in his first competition in the US. The
Olympic silver medalist won the %85,000 Grand Prix with Antares F in the only double clear round
of 32 riders before an enthusiastic packed house.
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