Pennsylvania National Horse Show Announces Expanded Schedule, New Qualifying Guidelines for Children’s, Adult, Low Junior and Low Amateur Competitors

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Khloe McSwain and As Ever, winners of the 2022 Penn National Children's Hunter Final. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

Harrisburg, PA – For the first time in its 77-year history, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show will expand to 11 days in 2023, running October 12-22 at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.

The addition of an extra day to the formerly 10-day event will allow for the growth of the Penn National Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships and the Penn National Children’s, Adult, Low Junior and Low Amateur Jumper Championships, to be held Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22.

With these divisions now included in the US Equestrian national point standings, qualifying for all Children’s, Adult, Low Junior and Low Amateur classes at the PNHS will be based on horses’ national rankings as of August 13, 2023, with the qualifying period beginning August 15, 2022. The rankings will utilize the best points or money won, per GR915.3(1), at no more than 15 horse shows during this time period.

The following Children’s, Adult, Low Junior and Low Amateur hunter/jumper divisions, with $10,000 finals for
each division, will be offered at the 2023 PNHS: 

  • Children’s Hunter 14 & Under
  • Children’s Hunter 15-17
  • Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35
  • Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49
  • Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & Over
  • Children’s Jumpers
  • Adult Jumpers
  • Low Junior Jumpers
  • Low Amateur Jumpers

In addition to the Penn National Championships, the final weekend of the 2023 PNHS will feature the USEF/National Collegiate Equestrian Association Hunt Seat Medal Final – East. 

A complete class schedule and prize list will be released in June. For questions regarding qualifying, please contact [email protected]. To sponsor any of the Children’s, Adult, Low Junior and Low Amateur divisions, please contact Brenda at [email protected]

To learn more about the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, visit www.PAnational.org

About the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
For 76 years, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show has hosted top horses and riders from across the country and around the world for top-caliber hunter, jumper and equitation competition at the historic Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. US Equestrian has honored the championship event with the prestigious Heritage Competition classification as one of the longest-standing indoor horse shows in the United States.

Highlight events of the PNHS include the Dover Saddlery/US Equestrian Federation Hunter Seat Medal Final, which attracts more than 200 junior riders each year; the USEF Junior Jumper National Championships; the Grand Prix de Penn National, featuring many of the sport’s top show jumpers; the USEF/National Collegiate Equestrian Association Junior Hunter Seat Medal Final; the Penn National Jumper Championships; and much, much more.  

About the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation
Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation isa 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to “Enriching Lives Through Equestrian Sport,” by providing support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. Through the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Foundation is able to make grants available for charitable and educational purposes and host the annual LifeVac Therapeutic Riding Championships. To learn more about the PNHS Foundation, click here, and to learn more about the LifeVac Therapeutic Riding Championships, click here.

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