Adult Week underway at Pennsylvania National after Junior Medal Final

Credit : Al Cook/Classic Communications

Tuesday 17 October - 16h04 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Adult Week underway at Pennsylvania National after Junior Medal Final

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, one of the largest indoor Horse Shows in the United States, is in full swing in the state capital of Harrisburg at the moment, with numerous competitions at different levels in the huge and historic Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center. 

 - Adult Week underway at Pennsylvania National after Junior Medal Final

Prior to the start of Adult Week yesterday, which runs through October 21, the Juniors concluded their part of the show this past weekend with the victory of 18-year-old Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, Virginia in the Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final. This was St. Jacques’ last year of eligibility as a Junior rider, making the win with her mount Charisma all the sweeter. 

Judges Tammy Provost and Jack Towell oversaw the event, which did not unfold exactly as planned, as an additional test was thrown in by the judges for the top finishing group.

As organizers described, “The day began with an initial round of 257 riders. The top 25 were called back for the second round, which was narrowed down to an additional test for the top four. The final test required riders to complete a course of eight numbered obstacles (nine jumping efforts) without stirrups. In the second round and in the final test, the riders returned in reverse order of merit. St. Jacques was called back on top for both so she had to wait for all of the other riders to take the course, a daunting position.” 

Coming in second place was Cooper Dean of Fayette, Alabama, while Canada’s Sam Walker moved up from his eighth place in the second round to finish third, after a win at the Longines Deauville Classic in France earlier this year, organized in part by Grand Prix. 

Top Ten Results
1. Taylor St. Jacques
2. Cooper Dean
3. Sam Walker (CAN)
4. Jordyn Rose Freedman
5. Paige Matthies 
6. Madison Goetzmann
7. Sara McCloskey
8. Coco Fath
9. Ava Ellis
10. Abigail Brayman

About the Pennsylvania National Horse Show

More than 400 qualified Junior and Adult competitors from the U.S. and abroad will vie for more than $500,000 in prize money and eight national championships - including the prestigious Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, and Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. "Junior Weekend" will take place October 12-15, followed by "Senior Week," October 16-21 which includes the Open Jumper and FEI competitions. This year's show will again host three internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* rated jumper classes including the $35,000 Keystone Classic, $40,000 Big Jump, and the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, the culminating event which will be held on Saturday evening, October 21 and will feature over 40 top riders from seven countries, including six Olympic veterans.

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