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Wild Card Hillary Dobbs gives Olympians a run for the ribbons at Pennsylvania National Horse Show!

(Oct. 9 - 18, Harrisburg, PA) World Cup winner and show jumping veteran Hillary Dobbs, the 20 year old daughter of CNN Lou Dobbs, join with more than 1,200 of the top horses and riders in North America invited to compete at the 63rd annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show, an extravaganza of exciting equestrian competition. The show is held October 9-18, 2008 at the State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA.

Dobbs will have stiff competition, but if her past performances are any indication she will once again ride to victory. Other competitors to win will be members of this year's Gold Medal Olympic Team McClain Ward, Will Simpson, and Beezie Madden and the top show jumpers in the world who will tackle the challenging course of obstacles up that are over five feet in height and six feet wide. These same elite riders bring a variety of horses, and each evening session, Tuesday through Friday, October 14-17, opens with a thrilling Open Jumper class.

The Pennsylvania National begins with four days of competition for junior riders under age 18. Among the eleven national championships decided at the PNHS is the Adequan/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships. Three legs of competition for teams from across the US and Canada and their individual members takes place Thursday through Saturday evenings, October 9-11. On Sunday, October 12, nearly 300 young equestrians ride for hunter equitation's pinnacle, the prestigious Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Final. Thirty percent of past winners have gone on to represent the US in international competition.

A week of competition for various breeds and disciplines begins Monday, October 13, as mid-Atlantic foxhunters gather for Hunt Night, featuring terrier races and a Parade of Hounds. Wednesday through Saturday, October 15-18, competitors include graceful hunters, thrilling jumpers, high-stepping American Saddlebreds, thundering draft horses, easy-going western horses, and speedy roadster horses and ponies. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride will appear each evening, October 15-17 between 8 and 9 pm, and on Saturday, October 18, as the final event, following the Grand Prix.

Since its inception in 1945, the event has raised $1.5 million for youth literacy, educational, therapeutic and recreational programs through the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation.

October 9-14, general admission is $12 or $7 for seniors and children ages 12 and under. October 15-18, general admission is $18. Tickets are $10 for children and seniors October 15-17. No discounts are available Saturday, October 18. Reserved premium seating is available Grand Prix Night, Saturday, October 18, and tickets range from $22 to $50. The show begins at 8 am or earlier each day and continues through the evening every day but Sunday, Oct. 12, when it ends around 7 pm. A complete schedule is online at http://www.panational.org.

 

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