Articles: Press Release
Wild to Styled --
The 64th Pennsylvania National Horse Show Hosts Mustang Exhibition
Meg Schermerhorn (508) 698-6810 x10
Harrisburg, PA - August 11, 2009 - The Pennsylvania National Horse Show
(PNHS) has always showcased the diverse uses and functions of the horse
through both competition and exhibitions. This year the horse show is proud
to feature yet another variety of horse in a special exhibition to be held
on Wednesday and Thursday, October 14-15.
The Mustang is a significant part of America's Heritage, and the breed will
be a part of a special exhibition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
when it returns to the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg,
October 8-17. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show features 10 full days of
Hunter and Jumper competition with both amateurs and professionals vying for
coveted championships. The Pennsylvania National hosts 10 national
championships and the competition is highlighted by the $75,000 Grand Prix
de Penn National on Saturday evening, October 17.
"The mustang is so well known by most Americans, even those who are not
involved in horse sports," said PNHS president Liz Shorb. "We are proud to
showcase them at this year's horse show, especially in light of the
incredible work done by the Mustang Challenge group that rescues and
rehabilitates these horses."
As part of the demonstration, mustangs, who once roamed free on the plains
of Nevada, will strut their stuff center stage with an array of tricks and
maneuvers. Some of these horses will have had less than three months
Davin and Danee Rudy, of Mustang Challenge, based in Grantville PA, are the
team responsible for the almost magic transformation of these mustangs.
Davin Rudy has a rodeo background and will be performing on "Soldier," a
3-year-old mustang gelding who just started being gentled mid-July. He will
have had less than 90 days training prior to his appearance at the
Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Danee Rudy has a jumper background and combines natural horsemanship and
classical equitation. She is no stranger to the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show, having placed third in the NAL Children's Jumper Final in 1996 and
1997. Danee will be performing with "Rave," the 6-year-old mustang that she
rode to a 6th place finish at the 2008 Midwest Mustang Challenge. Rave has
less than two years in domestication.
Also performing will be Suzanne Myers of Next Level Horsemanship with her
Spanish mustang "Jazz." The pair won the 2008 Midwest Mustang
Challenge. Like Rave, Jazz has less than two years in domestication.
To show the gentle nature and trainability of the mustang, Suzanne's
9-year-old daughter, Brooke Myers, will exhibit a yearling mustang with less
than 90 days of gentling. Brooke calls her mustang, "Jacuzzi."
Following the Pennsylvania National, Soldier and Jacuzzi will both be
competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Murfreesboro, TN, on October
23-25. Both horses, along with many other gentled mustangs, will be
available for adoption immediately following the competition.
Other special event highlights at this year's Pennsylvania National Horse
Show include: Kinsey Construction Company Hunt Night, Jack Russell Terrier
Races, The North American Fox Hunting Horn Blowing Championship, Family days
with Free Pony Rides. There will be demonstrations as well as special
educational events and barrel and carriage racing.
The show is entertaining and educational. Approximately 70 vendors are
accepted offering a wide variety of items: Clothing, Gifts and Antiques,
Custom Signs and Furniture, Fine and Costume Jewelry, Toys, Pet Items,
T-Shirts and Tack Shops. All offer a unique variety of items sure to please
horse lovers and non horse people alike.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is proud of its tradition of supporting
both equine and youth programs. The show benefits the Harrisburg Kiwanis
Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a
501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Further information is available at the horse show's website at
www.panational.org or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.