The 2017 Therapeutic Riding Championships will take place on Foundation Friday, October 20th at The PA National Horse Show in the Main Arena at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Initiated in 2016, Foundation Friday is the setting for 2 Riding Championships – Assisted and Unassisted – and the presentation of the Foundation "Therapy Horse of the Year" Award.

Riders compete for PNHS ribbons and a trophy and all riders also receive a gift bag full of donated products from sponsors and vendors.  Last year’s riders received helmets, a riding shirt and grooming products.

Riders may qualify for these championship classes by competing at any one of the following qualifying events:

May 7 – Columbia Riding Club, Columbia, Pa.
May 27 – Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Devon, Pa.
July 8 – Friendly Horseman’s Club, Denver, Pa.
August 5 – Gettysburg Riding Club, Gettysburg, Pa.
September 16 – Leg Up Farm, York, Pa.

“Last year was our first year welcoming these riders to our show and it was a huge success,” said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.  “We have expanded our qualifying classes to include two new venues – Thorncroft Equestrian Center and Friendly Horseman’s Club.  We can’t wait to host these championships again and to honor this year’s PNHS Foundation Therapy Horse of the Year.”