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Friday, September 29, 2023
Fall Show Previews 2023

Fall Show Previews 2023

Top equestrian sport and entertainment headed to Harrisburg for Pennsylvania National Horse Show

HARRISBURG, Pa.--The biggest stars of equestrian sport will soon be descending on Harrisburg as the Pennsylvania National Horse Show returns to the Farm Show Complex for its 77th year, Oct. 12-22.

PA Nat 1 Greg CrolickGreg CrolickOne of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious equestrian competitions, the PNHS features more than 1,500 horses and many of the best riders from across the nation and the globe, all competing for more than $650,000 in prize money and esteemed championship titles.

Spectator admission for the horse show is free for the majority of the 11 days of competition, with tickets required for the show’s finale featured events, Team Night at the $30,000 Commonwealth Classic on Friday, Oct. 20, and the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National on Saturday, Oct. 21.

A few of this year’s highlights include:

Celebration of the Horse – Saturday, Oct. 14

From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, all are invited to attend this free family fun day!

The Celebration of the Horse will feature arts and crafts, horse-drawn wagon rides, behind-the-scenes tours, face painting, educational displays, pony meet-and-greets, activities with Reins of Rhythm and more.

Pa Nat 2 McLain WardMcLain WardHunt Night – Monday, Oct. 16

The tradition and style of the hunt field are showcased in the ring on Monday night at the PNHS.

Each year more than a dozen hunts from throughout the tri-state area compete for top honors in Field Hunter, Hunter Under Saddle and Hunt Team classes, as well as vying for the overall hunt team championship.

In addition to the competition, Hunt Night also features the crowd-favorite Parade of Hounds.

Admission and parking are free.

Foundation Friday – Friday, Oct.  20

At the heart and soul of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show is the PNHS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to “Enriching Lives Through Equestrian Sport,” by providing support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs through grants.

Pa Nat 3Grand PrixThe PNHS serves as the primary source of funding for the Foundation, and Foundation Friday aims to shine a spotlight on all of the organization’s grant recipients.

Beginning in 2016, the horse show began hosting the PNHS Therapeutic Riding Championships, sponsored this year by LifeVac.

This year’s championships will take place on Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, as part of Foundation Friday.

Team Night at the $30,000 Commonwealth Classic – Friday, Oct. 20

New to the PNHS this year is Team Night!

Whether it is a group of barn mates, a 4-H club, a soccer team, a Girl Scout troop – or truly a group of any kind – all are invited to vie for prizes and be a part of the $30,000 Commonwealth Classic at the PNHS.

Pa Nat 4Group rate tickets for the evening – which kicks off at 6 p.m. – are just $6 per person for groups of 10 or more.

Four packs of tickets are $30, and individual tickets are $10 each.

To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

$100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National – Saturday, Oct. 21

The grand finale of professional show jumping competition at the PNHS, the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, with the evening’s festivities getting underway at 7 p.m.

In addition to watching many of the top names of show jumping facing off over fences set at 1.45m-1.50m high, spectators are encouraged to be there at 7 p.m. to watch renowned Australian horseman Guy McLean and to stick around after the class for an autograph signing with the competitors!

Purchase $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National tickets at the website.

A portion of all ticket sales proceeds directly benefit the PNHS Foundation.

To learn more about the event and the Foundation, please visit PAnational.org.

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Learn about foxhunting at Radnor's Foxhunting 101

MALVERN, Pa--Have you always been curious about foxhunting?
fox 1Have you often wondered about trying it out?
Well, now is your chance.
Come, be part of Foxhunting 101!
Fox 2Radnor Hunt is once again holding two Saturday sessions on Sept. 16 and 30.
Learn the basics from longtime foxhunter, and Radnor member, Debra Taylor.

Get the chance to go out with the hunt and watch Radnor’s veteran Huntsman James Dean work his magic with his hounds.
YOU WILL hunt the Radnor country and gain insight into this age-old sport.
Fox 3Debra Taylor in cream colored coat on the grayDebra will explain all the terminology, the strategies employed to find Mr. Fox.
She will detail what the jobs of the Hunt Staff entail and explain the nuances of a hunting day.
There will be tailgates after hunting on both sessions - Sept. 16 and 30, 2022.
The second day will also feature a tour of the Radnor Kennels.
Call Alex Warzecha, the Hunt Secretary, with questions at 610-420-6148. Price: $50.

Thrilling Horse Races and Family Fun at the 89th Pa. Hunt Cup Races

UNIONVILLE, Pa.--The 89th Pa., Hunt Cup Races willbe held on Sunday, Nov. 5, with exhilarating timber races and unforgettable entertainment.

Hunt Cup 1Gates will open at 10 am, welcoming racing enthusiasts, families, and friends to the scenic Chester County location on 1759 Newark Road, Kennett Square.

The highlight of the event will be the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, the feature race that covers four miles.

This challenging race tests the stamina and skill of both horses and jockeys as they navigate the course featuring 18 timber fences.

With a purse of $35,000, the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup attracts top talent and is one of only three four mile races on the NSA circuit capturing the essence of traditional timber racing.

In addition to the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup, the event will feature three other sanctioned races, including the $15,000 Lewis C. Ledyard Memorial, a maiden timber, and the Athenian Idol, an Amateur Apprentice Flat race.

Hunt Cup 2The Pa. Hunt Cup Races also hosts the Junior Pa. Hunt Cup, featuring pony races.

The Junior Pa. Hunt Cup serves as a platform for these promising riders, fostering their growth and passion for the sport.

Between races spectators can enjoy the Carriage Parade, with beautifully adorned carriages.

The event will also feature the presentation of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds.

Beyond the racing and equestrian showcases, attendees can explore an array of shops offering unique merchandise, providing an opportunity to find the perfect memento of the event.

Hunt Cup 3Food enthusiasts will also be delighted with the presence of a food truck serving delicious culinary delights.

The Pa. Hunt Cup Races raises funds for the Chester County Food Bank.

Under the banner of “Racing for Food,” the event aims to address the pressing issue of food insecurity in Chester County.

Every ticket purchase contributes directly to supporting the vital work of the Chester County Food Bank and its
mission to provide nutritious meals to those in need.

“We are proud to organize an event that combines thrilling horse racing and family-friendly entertainment while making a positive impact on our community,” said Andrea Collins, Race Director. “The PA Hunt Cup Races not only provide a memorable experience for attendees but also supports the important work of the Chester County Food Bank in fighting hunger and food insecurity.”

Tickets for the PA Hunt Cup Races will be available for purchase on our website pahuntcup.org starting Sept. 1.

For more information about the event or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please go to pahuntcup.org, contact Andrea Collins at pahuntcupraces.gmail.com or call/text 610.220.3742.

Save the date - OCT 6 RSD Fall Round up Sale!

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.V.--Join us the first Friday evening of every month for one of the tri-state area’s best HORSE AND TACK AUCTION! 

RSD11Loads of new and used tack go up for auction at  6 p.m., and the horses of all breeds, registered and grade, start at 8 p.m. sharp! 


We also have tack vendors and lots of great food…..and buyers and sellers from all over the United States!

SPECIAL Upcoming auction date to note now is:

RSD 2SPECIAL Upcoming auction date to note now is:


Special Catalogue Sale

All Breeds, well broke riding horses, mules, and ponies, registered



Lots of quality new and used tack and equipment.

The 2022 Spring Roundup Auction Results are in:

High Seller: $15,000.00

Top five average: $8,440.00

RSD 3Top 10 average: $6680.00

Overall average: $2,485.00

Valley Equine Vet is on Premises during the sale.

RSD offers a three Day Soundness Guarantee!

The sale is located at 1175 Wiltshire Road in Kearneysville, W.V. 25430.

The Office phone is 304-876-8326


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