September 2014 Issue - page 6

Page 6
September 2014
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show
October 9 – 18, 2014
Special Events
The sound of thundering hooves and rousing music announce the entrance of the Canadian Cowgirls. With
flags flying proudly this elite rodeo-style drill team always brings the audience to their feet with a dazzling perfor-
mance and precision riding. You can see them Wednesday through
Saturday evening (October 15–18) at the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show.
Military Night
, Wednesday, October 15, the Cowgirls
will present a Salute to the Troops and First Responders. Inspiring
and emotional, their performance recognizes all those who serve.
Thanks to sponsors Yards Brewing Company and W & L Sales,
first responders and active and retired Military and their families
are admitted free when presenting their ID.
If you can’t make it on Wednesday, see them perform on
Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Each performance is special and en-
tertaining and all done on horses who are also used for therapeutic
riding. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is a not for profit
event, and a number of therapeutic riding programs receive grants
from the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation.
Family Fun: Saturday, October 11
and Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 11, from 1 to 4 pm, the Cameron Street
Lobby will be the starting point for a number of activities: Face
Painting, an Activity Center, and Behind the Scene Tours (not just
for kids!). Plus, visit the Hall of Breeds displaying different breeds
of horses, presented by the Pennsylvania Equine Council.
Friday, October 17, from 4 to 7 pm, enjoy behind the scene
tours, closing with a Meet & Greet with the Canadian Cowgirls.
Stick around after the $33,000 Keystone
Classic Jumping class to watch the Jack
Russell Terrier Races and the Celebrity
Challenge 5-Drum Barrel Racing, sponsored
by Faulkner Dodge Ram, where Canadian
Cowgirls and the Grand Prix Riders race
head to head!
Back by Popular Demand: The Canadian Cowgirls
Photo credit: ©
With flags flying, The Canadian Cowgirls return to Harrisburg to perform a pre-
cision drill team routine each evening from Wednesday the 15th to Saturday the
18th. They will be available for a Meet & Greet on Friday's Family Fun night (4
to 7 pm). And, don't miss their Salute to the Military on Wednesday.
Photo credit: © Canadian Cowgirls
Ten pairs of trainers and rescue horses will compete in the Equine Comeback Challenge,
held at the 69th annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Tuesday, October 14, sponsored
by Penn Vet/New Bolton. The PNHS has teamed with A Home For Every Horse to address the
unwanted horse issue. Six of the ten horses were seized from cruelty situations, the others were
bought out of auction kill pens or surrendered by owners who could no longer afford to keep
them. The horses are Standardbreds, paints, thoroughbreds, Arabs, a Paso Fino and a quarter
horse cross.
The trainers met their horses, assigned to them, not chosen, the week of July 14. They will
work with them for three months, then compete in a trail class designed to show the horse’s
willingness while navigating obstacles and demonstrating aptitude for the next stages of training.
The Equine Comeback Challenge will take place at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show the
evening of October 14 (admission that day only is free). The horses will then be available for
Photography: A New Favorite at the Show
The “Amazing Animal Photo Contest” will be on display on the main concourse for the
entire ten days of the show. Categories include “Animal Portraits”, “Animals in Action” and
“Animals and the People Who Love Them”. Each category will have one Adult Winner (19
years or older), and one Junior Winner (18 years or younger) for a total of six winners, each
receiving $100. Postmark your entry by September 10th (extended deadline!). Details under
the PHOTOS tab at
Tuesday's Equine Comeback Challenge is a don't miss: 10 rescue horses with
10 trainers for 90 days, coming together for a friendly competition at 7:30 pm.
Promoting adoption, local horse rescues and awareness of these talented hors-
es, the Challenge is the perfect tie-in for the PNHS Foundation--a 501(c)(3)
organization supporting equine related programs. Each horse in the Come-
back Challenge needs a Forever Home: potential adoptees are available for
viewing beginning Monday, October 13th. Plan to come and cheer for your
Photo courtesy of A Home for Every Horse
This year, the popular Jack Russell Terrier races will be held on
Friday the 17th— open to any Jack Russell Terrier!
Photo credit:
Hunt Night
Watch riders from
active Hunts throughout
the region in a friendly
competition as well as a
crowd favorite, the Pa-
rade of Hounds on Mon-
day, October 13. Please
note that the Jack Russell
Terrier races will be
held on Friday the 17th
this year, immediately
following the Keystone
Classic Jumping Class.
Lucky Horses in The Equine Comeback Challenge
Buy PA National Horse Show tickets online
Wednesday the 15th is Military Night at the
Show. First Responders, Military (active or re-
tired) and their families may enjoy free admis-
sion with I.D. Don't miss the Canadian Cow-
girl's salute to the Military after the $10,000
Dash for the Cash Jumper Speed Class.
Photo credit:
© D. Hornberger
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