Pennsylvania National Horse Show Hosts Week+ Full of Events

by: Sara Bozich
August 29, 2017

The 72nd Pennsylvania National Horse Show offers much more than its name implies.

The PNHS at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex runs Oct. 12-21 and features world-class horse competitions plus a host of family-friendly events centered around one of the largest indoor horse shows in the country.

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Junior Weekend, Oct. 12-15, kicks off the show with national championships in a variety of competitions and skill sets featuring riders under the age of 18.

Next up is Senior Week, Oct. 16-21, where riders from all over the world, including former Olympians, go after national titles.

Tickets for all events and competitions are on sale now. Single general admission prices and discounted four-packs are available for each day.

More than a horse show

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Along with the competitions, the PNHS has special nights full of exciting events throughout the week, plus plenty of shopping opportunities from local and national vendors.

Check out the full schedule of events and competitions »

Happy Hours

Enjoy happy hour at the PNHS featuring drinks and local food favorites every night of the week.

Fan Appreciation Days

Oct. 16-18 – Free admission open to all ages for both day and evening events.

Family Fun Day

1-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14 – Families can enjoy free pony rides, story hour, pet a pony, crafts, mascots, and a behind-the-scenes tour.

Military Appreciation Day

Wednesday, Oct. 18 – Show your military I.D. and receive a free ticket to Saturday’s Grand Prix, plus more perks.

“Pony Up For Pink” and Celebrity Challenge

Thursday, Oct. 19 – The PNHS teamed up with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition to offer free admission to all breast cancer survivors. All riders will sport pink armbands to show support. The Celebrity Challenge features local celebrities taking on a series of obstacle course races.

Foundation Friday

Friday, Oct. 20Celebrate the PNHS Foundation, which provides grants for therapeutic riding and equine groups. The evening includes awards for “Therapy Horse of the Year,” plus a show by the Flyball Dogs and an exhibition polo match to end the evening.

Prix de Penn National Grand Prix

Saturday, Oct. 21 – After a week of competitions, the PNHS concludes with its Grand Prix show where Olympians and international riders compete for a $100,000 grand prize. Olivia Farabaugh, a former contestant on The Voice, is set to perform, and attendees can meet Libre the Miracle Dog.

To help support the PNHS Foundation, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar is donating $2 from sales of their PNHS specialty drink running from Sept. 21 to Oct. 22.

Keep an eye out on in the coming weeks for special giveaways to events during the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

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