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Junior Hunter Champions Are Crowned at The Pennsylvania National Horse Show

 
Champion Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Small Affair with Augusta Iwasaki.  Al Cook Photo.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - October 13, 2017 -  Hunters with their young riders competing in the Junior Hunter Divisions concluded on Friday, the second day of competition at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund.  The PA National is held at the Farm Show Complex, October 12-21, in Harrisburg, PA.

The Champion in the Large Junior Hunter 15 and Under Division was won by Augusta Iwasaki, Calabasas, CA, aboard Lyn Pedersen's Small Affair.  Iwasaki, 13, and the 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding claimed victories in three of the four classes in the division.  For their spectacular efforts, Iwasaki and Small Affair were presented with the Irene L. Armstrong Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Bedard Family.
 
Small Affair and Augusta Iwasaki.  Al Cook Photo.
"He is just so much fun," said the diminutive Iwasaki.  "I am so blessed to be able to ride him.  He is perfect.  You always know he will never jump a bad jump.  He wants to go in and do well.  I have always wanted to be Champion at an indoor show so this is really exciting."
 
 Iwasaki has a little charm that is braided into the mane of the horse.  "His name in the barn is 'Poker' so he has poker cards as his charm.  All the horses I ride have charms," said Iwasaki with an impish grin.
 
Reserve Champion in the division was Garfield and Sophie Gochman, Palm Beach, FL.  Garfield, owned by Gochman Sport Horses, won the championship in 2016.
Emma Kurtz and Enticement.  Al Cook Photo.
Emma Kurtz, Hudson, OH, was named Champion in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Division with Enticement, owned by Rebekah Warren.  The pair garnered 16.5 points for their performance the Division and received the Tindle Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Robert D. Haas Family.
 
"I got the ride on her in June and we have been working with her all summer," said Kurtz.  "She actually just got accepted to come here on Wednesday morning.  It is really awesome to get in, and go in the ring and be so good.  She gives you the best feeling in the air.  She just curls around herself and just jumps in great form all the time.  My favorite part about her is that you get to the jump and just put your hands on her neck and she just jumps.  It is an amazing feeling.  I don't do that on any other horse I ride.  I had no expectations coming in, but she was great."
 
Annabel Revers, Weston, MA, and Kingpin, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, was the Reserve Champion in the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Division with a point total of 16.

After a disappointing first day of competition where they could do no better than 16th place over fences, Mimi Gochman, Palm Beach, FL, and Evermore, owned by Gochman Sport Horses, returned to their winning ways to claim the Small Junior Hunter 15 and Under Championship with a decisive win in the final class with a score of 90 points.  They amassed a total of 20 points in the division to claim the Rev. Dr. Betsee Parker Perpetual Trophy for the second year in a row.
Evermore and Mimi GochmAl Cook Photo.
The Reserve Champion title went to Mayfield and Brooke Morin of Los Altos Hills, CA, who rode the gelding to a second-place finish in the final class with a score of 89, for owner Strasberg Morin Inc.  The pair garnered 18 points to be named Reserve Champion in the division.
 
The Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Championship was awarded to Chapman ET and owner/rider Raleigh Hiler from Sudbury, MA.  The stunning grey took the tri-color with a division total of 17 points over the two days of competition.
 
"This is unbelievable," said Hiler.  "I don't really show my horse that often, so this is so cool.  I have never won a championship at such a big show.  They make such a big deal out of it that you feel so special.
  
Raleigh Hiler and Chapman ET.  Al Cook Photo.
"I got him two years ago and he has been great," continued Hiler.  "He is awesome.  He is pretty young, he is only 9, but he has been there, done that.  I was really nervous going into the class, my heart was beating so fast, but after the first two jumps I settled in and it was fine.  He is so fun to ride, his jump is unbelievable, so comfortable to the jumps and he jumps up so high.  It is so smooth and easy for him."
 
Hiler and Chapman ET were awarded the John Bryner Memorial Perpetual Trophy, donated by the Bedard Family for their winning performances over the two days of competition.
 
Reserve Champion was MTM Hands Down, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, and rider Annabel Revers.  
 
 About the Pennsylvania National HorseShow 

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.