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Daisy Farish is Flawless to Win the Neue Schule USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship

Farish also named William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award winner
 
Harrisburg, Pa. - October 14, 2016 - Daisy Farish of Versailles, Ky., capped off a perfect week with a flawless performance on Alberto II, owned by Stoney Ridge Farm, LLC, to win the Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund. Farish celebrated her 17th birthday on Thursday by taking top honors in the first phase of the Individual Championship. 
"This week has been surreal. My horse was so amazing and I'm so happy with him. I can't even believe it," said Farish. "This win means a lot to me, it's amazing. There are so many past winners who have gone on to do great things. It was also really special to finish on a score of zero. That meant a lot to me as well." 
Neue Schule/USEF Junior Jumper Individual Championship Awards Ceremony
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In the final phase of the Championship, scores were carried over from the previous two phases with top 60 percent qualifying for Phase III. The riders competed in reverse order of merit saving the best for last. Farish had a three day score of zero, 1.5 faults ahead of Hannah Loly of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., on Ayma de la Demi Lune. Just behind Loly were Alexandra Pielet, 15, of Highland Park, Ill., riding 10-year-old Helene VE, owned by Co-Pielet, LLC and Coco Fath, 17, of Fairfield, Conn., aboard 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood Huckleberry, owned by Hillside Farm LLC, each carrying five faults. 
Coco Fath and Huckleberry
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Fath was the first of the top four to negotiate the Steve Stephens-designed course and knocked down a rail adding four faults to her score for a three-phase score of nine faults. Pielet was next and had one of only three clear rounds out of the field of 17 giving her a final score of five faults and securing at least a bronze medal.
Alexandra Pielet and Helene VE
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Loly then entered the arena and had a rail down, which dropped her to third, but then shockingly went off course at the final fence. That costly mistake meant elimination for the 15-year-old and a break for Farish.  
Daisy Farish and Alberto II
© Al Cook - www.alcookphoto.com

"I noticed that Hannah jumped the wrong last fence right before I went in. Andre [Dignelli] mentioned it to me to make sure that I wasn't too nervous thinking that I had to go clear. It took a little pressure off me, but I still wanted to jump clear," said Farish. "I tried to stay as calm as I could I was just trying to keep my cool not thinking about it too much and ride the course that I walked. My horse helped me in places that he didn't have too. I owe it to him. He was incredible." 
Both Fath and Pielet benefitted from Loly's error. Fath moved up from fourth to third taking home the bronze medal and Pielet finished second to earn the silver medal.

Daisy Farish and Alberto II in the victory gallop.
© Al Cook - www.alcookphoto.com
 
Farish also won the William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award, sponsored by Karen Healey Stables. The award is presented to the Prix des States Junior Jumper Rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation and the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.
The Neue Schule/USEF Prix des States Team Championship Awards Ceremony was held prior to the start of the Phase III Competition. 
© Al Cook - www.alcookphoto.com
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.
 
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, provides support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation makes grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to acquaint, teach, and train the public in therapeutic equestrian endeavors and to support equine rescue efforts. Proceeds from the show benefit the Foundation. 
 
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay's personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.
 
Further information, updates, promotions, ticket information and more is available at www.PANational.org or by calling 717-770-0222.