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Pa. National Horse Show taps Webb as new ED
By CARYL VELISEK
HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 19, 2016) — Susan Holston Webb was recently named executive director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
The 71st annual show, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg is scheduled for Oct. 13-22.
Webb said her previous experience with the Washington International Horse Show, from January 1998 until May 2008, prepared her for her new duties with the Pennsylvania show.
Among her duties with the Washington show were supervising the full-time office staff of four and event staff of 70 or more, developing and presenting the annual budget to the board of directors, presenting the show reports, approving all expenditures, soliciting potential and existing sponsors to insure budgetary goals were met, working with charitable organizations, submitting all licenses and applications to the international governing bodies and collaborating with the District of Columbia government to secure necessary permits for the show.
Growing up near Derwood, Md., and a member of Montgomery County Maryland 4-H, Webb rode horses as a child and had a quarterhorse mare.
She showed and bred beef cattle, mainly Angus, and joined the Maryland Junior Angus Association.
She became very active with the Maryland Junior Angus Association becoming president in 1979 and 1980 becoming the Maryland contestant to the National Junior Angus Showmanship Contest, and also winning Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Among her showing accolades, she showed the grand champion steer at the Montgomery County Fair twice, and at the Maryland State Fair once.
But the highlight of her show career, she said, was her year as the 1979 Miss American Angus.
“It gave me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people,” she said, “many of whom I am still in contact with. And I got to go to so many places including the Keystone International in Harrisburg, Eastern National Livestock Show in Timonium, North American Livestock Show in Louisville, National Western in Denver, and many more.
“I have a lot of great memories,” Webb said. “All the things I have done have taught me so many life lessons and are still helping me now,” she added. “And my forte is planning shows so this is a perfect job for me.”
Webb has two daughters.
Elizabeth is also a horseback rider and lives in Louisiana, and Lauren — the younger of the two — just finished her degree in environmental studies at Shepherd College in West Virginia.
Webb had just taken on another type of job by adopting a rescue dog which she takes to obedience school and will work with in the future.
“I wear a lot of hats,” she said, “and am really looking forward to this one with the Pennsylvania National Horse show.”