Hunter Champions are Crowned at 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Harrisburg, PA – October 11, 2019 – The first group of champions have been crowned at the 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Highlighting elegance and precision, riders in the Large and Small Hunter 3’6″ divisions took center stage. The PNHS continues through October 19 with more than $650,000 in prize money awarded during the 10-day show, with the biggest prize coming in the exciting $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National grand finale!

Large Junior Hunter 3'6 16-17 Champion Maggie Hill and Cassanto. Photo: Al Cook Photography
Large Junior Hunter 3’6 16-17 Champion Maggie Hill and Cassanto. Photo: Al Cook Photography

In the Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ 16-17 Championship, Maggie Hill, Jackson, WY, and Cassanto rode away with the win and the John Bryner, Jr. Memorial Perpetual Trophy with 32 total points. Alfonso Marin accepted the Groom’s Award for his care of Cassanto.

“He’s a very good boy, I’m very lucky to ride him,” said Hill. “I really feel lucky every time I ride him (Cassanto), he’s truly the most amazing animal I’ve ever sat on. We just get each other and he’s unique, unlike any other horse I’ve ridden. He knows his person and knows when it counts, always stepping up to the plate. He felt great today.”

Small Junior Hunter 3'6 16-17 Champion Violet Lindemann Barnett. Photo: Al Cook Photography
Small Junior Hunter 3’6 16-17 Champion Violet Lindemann Barnett. Photo: Al Cook Photography

Violet Lindemann Barnett, San Francisco, CA, and Luscious rode away with the tri-color ribbon for the Small Junior Hunter 3’6″ 16-17 Championship and the Tindle Perpetual Trophy Donated by the Robert D. Haas Family with 21 total points. Armondo Pelayo accepted the Groom’s Award for his care of Luscious.

Returning to the winners’ circle as the Large Junior Hunter 3’6″ 15 & Under Champion for the second year in a row, Augusta Iwasaki, Calabasas, CA, with her new mount Seaside took home top honors and the Irene L. Armstrong Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by the Bedard Family. The pair won their last over-fences class with a one-point lead, earning 26 total points in the division. The Groom’s Award went to Horacio Morales who takes care of Seaside.

Large Junior Hunter 3'6 15 & Under Champion Augusta Iwasaki and Seaside. Photo: Al Cook Photography
Large Junior Hunter 3’6 15 & Under Champion Augusta Iwasaki and Seaside. Photo: Al Cook Photography

“We just got him (Seaside) and it’s really exciting,” said Iwasaki. “I just went out there and tried to do my best. He’s the cutest horse and really a fun horse to have. The partnership is a lot different (from her other mounts) as he’s new and it’s cool to know I can do it (succeed) on him as well.”

For the second year in a row, Stella Wasserman, Beverly Hills, CA, and Boss were awarded the Small Junior Hunter 3’6″ 15 & Under Championship and the Rev. Dr. Betsee Parker Perpetual Trophy for their performance in the four classes that comprised the division. Julio Perez took home the Groom’s Award for his excellent care of Boss.

Small Junior Hunter 3'6 15 & Under Champion Stella Wasserman. Photo: Al Cook Photography
Small Junior Hunter 3’6 15 & Under Champion Stella Wasserman. Photo: Al Cook Photography

The EMO Agency Junior Hunter High Five Award, sponsored by EMO Agency, is awarded to the horse and rider who have the highest score in their division. This year the award went to Stella Wasserman and Boss with a score of 91.00.

The Claire Mawdsley Scholarship Award is given to the highest placing rider in the division who attends a “brick and mortar” high school on a full-time basis. The Small Junior Hunter winner of the award sponsored in memory of Claire Mawdsley, was Elizabeth Cram, with a total score of 228.00; in the Large Junior Hunters it was Katia Cannon, with a score of 227.00.

Now in its 74th year, the PNHS hosts over 1,400 of the best hunter, jumper and equitation riders from across the nation – including Olympic veterans and National Champions. USEF Premier rated for Hunters, USEF 6* and FEI CSI3* rated for Jumpers, the PNHS is a designated “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for a select group of exceptional competitions.

This year’s PNHS will host two internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* jumper classes, designed by FEI 4* Course Designer and Olympic Silver medalist, Michel Vaillancourt. The nation’s top jumping riders and horses will go head-to-head in the $60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, with an increase of $10,000 in prize money over last year, and the $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National which is held on the show’s final day, Saturday, October 19.

Junior Weekend takes place October 10-13, while Senior Week takes place October 14-19. The famed show features eight National Championships, including the Dover Saddlery/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final which has launched the careers of some of the sport’s most elite riders, as well as the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and USEF Prix de States Team Championships.

The show also features the North American League (NAL) Finals and its fourth annual Therapeutic Riding Championships, as well as unique classes such Ladies Sidesaddle and Hunt Night on Monday, October 14.

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