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Everything you need to know for the 44th Year End Awards Banquet

Saturday, February 3,2024
3:30pm to 8:30pm

Reading Country Club
5311 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, PA 19606
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Travelling from a distance?  Would like to stay over? PHSA has a block of rooms at The Double Tree by Hilton Reading.

The link and block will be active through January 7, 2024.    

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About

Sponsorships

PHSA’s annual banquet is the key to the ongoing success of our organization and we need your help for this event to be a success. Your participation as a silent auction contributor or a sponsor is vital to our commitment to developing and promoting the equestrian sport and enables us to provide benevolent assistance to those in the equestrian community who have been hit with hard times and truly need it most. Your donation will be recognized by way of signage at the banquet as well as through digital and social media recognition. 

PHSA is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization.

Please print the below sponsorship form and  email to  contactus@pennsha.org or mail via the instructions on the form.

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Silent Auction

We are seeking donations for our upcoming silent auction event. This is a great chance for local businesses to get involved and support our organization while promoting their services. By donating to our auction, you will have the opportunity to reach a wider audience and show your support for our equestrian community. 

PHSA is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization.

Please print the below silent auction form and  email to  contactus@pennsha.org or mail via the instructions on the form.

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Special Awards

We believe that our members deserve special recognition for their hard work, dedication, and commitment. That's why we offer these special awards, which are exclusively designed for those who have made an outstanding contribution to the horse world. If you know someone who deserves this special honor, make sure to nominate them today!

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From the Heart Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is being offered in honor of Frank Farmer, the father of board member & trainer, Linda Furches. Frank was an avid horseman and talented breeder. Many of the horses and ponies Frank bred throughout the years came to Linda's Foxtale Farm in Oley, PA. His program developed horses that could carefully carry a beginner in weekly lessons and yet could help a hardworking student successfully qualify for Zone Finals.  His horses often participated in PHSA sponsored events.  Frank was a staunch supporter of all young riders who worked hard to be a part of the sport regardless of the means from which they came.

The scholarship is open to both high school seniors and college students whose lives have been positively impacted by being a part of the equestrian community.  Candidates will write a short essay about a person or horse that played an important part in their lives. In keeping with Frank's vision that all children should be able to enjoy our sport through hard work, applicants do not have to be a regular competitor to apply.

Submit essays to contactus@pennhsa.org by January 5, 2024

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Martha B. Ferguson Memorial Sportsmanship Award

Presented to a rider (professional, amateur or junior) or an owner who exhibits a degree of excellence and integrity by supporting their fellow competitors, showing kindness towards their horse/pony and behaving in a professional manner at all times.

This award was established in 2019 by Martha's daughter, Sarah Ferguson Wood, and good friend, Yvette Smith, to honor Martha who felt strongly that good sportsmanship and truly enjoying the ride was as or more important than the ribbons earned.  Sarah describes her mother as a "very unique and extraordinary woman who made other riders and well as the horses she rode feel like she had their backs."

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PHSA Groom's Award

Donated by Rebekah Robinson in 2019 to recognize an individual for their outstanding care of equines whether at home or at shows.

Recipients receive $100 and backpack.

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Raymond J. Gambone Sr.
Parent of the Year Award

This award celebrates a parent who best exemplifies the love and enjoyment of horse showing while supporting the exhibitors and PHSA. Recognizing the many hours of support and encouragement and demonstrating good sportsmanship and the ability to be a positive influence to others.

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Harry Gill Award
Lifetime Achievement 

Lifelong horseman, and major force in the horse show world, Harry Rittenhouse Gill, passed away in 2015. His horses and riders read like a who's who in the sport of show jumping.  

This award was established in his memory to recognize a group or individual who has done the most to promote horse related activities in Pennsylvania.

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Horse Show of the Year

Nominate your favorite horse show and let them know you appreciate them!

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Equine Hall of Fame

This award represents a horse or pony of their time in the history of the Pennsylvania Horse Shows Association. Members are encouraged to nominate a horse or pony deserving of this recognition. The nominee should have an outstanding record as a PHSA competitor. Accomplishments considered are their show record, year end titles and the importance of the horse in the era it was shown.

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