TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT WWW.PANATIONAL.ORG for prestigious indoor pro-am championship event benefiting two charitable youth organizations.
Harrisburg, PA (Aug. 15, 2016) – Recognized nationally and internationally as a premier equestrian event, The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) has been held indoors at the State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center (FSC) in Harrisburg, PA since its inception in 1945.
“The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is recognized locally for its significant contribution to the region’s economy and respected globally for its excellence in competition,” says Mary Smith, President and CEO of the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB). “But many people still are not aware of the major charitable contributions that result from this event. It’s similar to how the world knows Hershey’s Chocolate or Hersheypark, but don’t realize how the profits from those two entities go directly to supporting the Milton Hershey School, the largest residential education program in the country with over 2,000 students”
Proceeds from the annual horse show help to support the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1999 to promote youth equine activities, equine therapeutic riding, and equine rescue programs. Read article: Therapeutic Riders Compete at Penn National Horse Show.
The PNHS Foundation credits the financial support of sponsors, contributors, and show attendees for the organization’s ability to reinvest $30,000 back into worthy community youth programs each year through their grant program.
The event has also generated $1.5 million for the Harrisburg Kiwanis’ Youth Foundation since it first became involved with the inaugural horse show 71 years ago. Kiwanis programs include Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Capital Region, The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, and American Red Cross.
The PNHS Foundation recently announced plans to expand financial assistance to the groups it supports and to raise a greater awareness of the Foundation among the horse community.
One way the organizers hope to raise awareness of the foundation’s mission is by hosting a new Therapeutic Riding Championship event during this year’s show. Organizers will also present a new award during the show to recognize the Therapy Horse of the Year.
“We are excited to launch this new fundraising and awareness initiative that will ultimately provide support to many worthy facilities in the local community, as well as outstanding programs across the United States,” says a quote on the organization’s web site attributed to Rebecca Kinsley, Director of the Foundation. “It is great to visit these facilities and watch all the wonderful things that take place there and know that we played a part in making it happen.”
According to tourism officials, the annual horse show also benefits local businesses and the regional economy. By attracting nearly 15,000 riders and spectators throughout the 10-day event, the HHRVB estimates the PA National Horse Show contributes $12 million directly into the region’s economy.
HHRVB acknowledges the real economic impact could be much greater, citing the event organizers estimate the impact closer to $40 million. The margin in estimates is based on the calculating programs each organization uses to formulate economic impact, says Smith. HHRVB uses a travel and tourism program developed by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and PNHS organizers use an Equine Industry model.
“However you slice the economic impact, it’s significant,” says Smith. “Either estimate still secures this show the number two (#2) slot on our organization’s TOP20 Client Events list for economic impact, and places it in our TOP10 (#7) for overall attendance.”
Event organizers say the crowds come for the world-class competition and the intimate setting of all events taking place in one competition ring. However, spectators also enjoy the full schedule of special events and the more than 70 equestrian-related vendors offering fine gifts, antiques, accessories and apparel.
The multi-day competition is divided into two levels of world-class competition that includes Junior Championship Weekend (Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16) and the Adult Championship Week (Monday, October 17 - Saturday, October 22). Over 1,400 qualified horses compete for over $500,000 in prize money including the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National Presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund.
This year, in addition to the regular calendar of special promotional days and themed activities, organizers revealed a live concert will be added featuring a national recording artist who will be announced soon.
IF YOU GO:
PA National Horse Show -- October 13-22, 2016
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center
2300 N Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
General Hours: 8 am - 9 pm
Daily hours may vary based on competitions & event schedules. Visit www.PAnational.org for specific hours.
Tickets & special offers went on sale August 15, 2016 at www.PAnational.org.
To become a sponsor or learn more about this year’s show, visit www.PAnational.org or call (717)770-0222.
Connect with the show at @panationalhorseshow @PA_NationalHS @pa_nationalhs
Lucy Gnazzo, Media Relations for the PA National Horse Show - Tel: (717) 979-0692 - Email: Gnazzo@msn.com
ABOUT PNHS FOUNDATION
The PNHS Foundation was established in 1999 as a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization for the purpose of supporting projects and programs which focus on the education and training of persons in equestrian endeavors. Goals include the support of therapeutic riding programs and the education of equestrian experience for safe and fun riding practices. Applications for grants are accepted throughout the year with action upon requests awarded in September. www.PANational.org.