Details Released on Pennsylvania National Horse Show

7 Oct, 2019

The 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) will officially kick off its 74th annual event with a special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, October 9 outside the Main Arena Gate at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

The ceremony, set to start at 11:30 a.m., will feature Russell Redding, the Commonwealth's Secretary of Agriculture; Gregg Cook, Executive Director of the Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority; Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation; and other special guests. The prestigious indoor show returns to the PA Farm Show Complex, October 10-19, and is ready to welcome top national and international riders, including Olympic veterans!

Special guests slated to participate in the special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony include:

  • Russell Redding, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture
  • Gregg Cook, Executive Director of the Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority
  • Susie Webb, Executive Director, Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation

“It’s an honor to have Russell Redding and Gregg Cook join us for our special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially kick-off our 2019 horse show and welcome the competitors that come to Harrisburg from across the nation and beyond,” said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation. “The PNHS has been a historically significant event on the Harrisburg and equestrian calendars for 74 years and we are excited to welcome the riders and horses coming here to compete this 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  – who will vie for over $650,000 prize money and prestigious titles during the 10-day show, which culminates in the thrilling $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National!

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. 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.

This year’s PNHS will host two internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* jumper classes. 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. Swiss Olympic veteran Beat Mändli bested a six-horse jump-off to win the marquee event last year.

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.

Event Highlights - There are many planned attractions at the PNHS both inside and outside the arena and there is something for everyone. Several days have free admission, parking is free, and children 10 and under are always admitted free! Click here for complete Schedule and Ticket Information.

VIP Terrace – new location! The EMO VIP Terrace is now located on the long side of the arena facing the In-Gate. This will allow for additional tables to be available for sale on the VIP Terrace. Contact PA National Horse Show to reserve a table. Click here for map image.

Shoppers Delight - With everything under one roof, the PNHS also plays host to some of the best horse show shopping! More than 60 specialty boutique shops offer hours of shopping on two levels and range from high-end shops reminiscent of Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive including antiques, fine art, clothing, gifts, accessories, rider apparel, horse tack and much more!  And stop by the Silent Auction – all 10 days in the PA Room on the upper concourse. 

Click Here for PNHS Prize List

Click Here for Qualifying Information and Entry Forms

Click Here for Exhibitor Information

Click here for Silent Auction

For additional information including sponsorship opportunities, program ad details, Silent Auction donations and vendor space applications, please visit the horse show’s website at Applications are also available for eligible Junior riders to apply for The Claire Mawdsley Scholarship awards. 

Established in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, hosts the country’s top competitors in one of the largest indoor horse shows.  Proceeds from the horse show benefit The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, providing support for therapeutic riding programs and equine rescue groups.  Make plans to join us October 10 – 19, 2019 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.  For more information on the show or to donate to the Foundation, please visit


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