HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg included several equine competitions including judging in-hand, under saddle, in harness plus pulling contests and demonstrations.

Sherwood’s Bruce Reigns Supreme at Draft Horse Show

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BDF Storm’s Bruce, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Sherwood Grove Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, was named the Supreme Champion Draft Horse on Friday, Jan. 5

BDF Storm’s Bruce first won his age division class, Belgian Gelding 5 years and older, before being awarded Grand Champion Belgian Gelding and the Best of Breed title.

The Percheron, Windermere’s Fire, was exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Spring Mills, Centre County.

Gateway Legend, the Clydesdale/Shire, was exhibited by Shannon Manning from Fairfield, Adams County.

The Champion Gelding, Stallion, and Mare in each breed compete to be named Best of Breed. The Supreme Champion Draft Horse is selected from the Best of Breed Percheron, Clydesdale/Shire, and Belgian.

Dusty Bezek, Stow, Mass., evaluated the Belgian breed. Jared Hanson, Altoona, Iowa, and Joe Mulligan, Earlville N.Y., judged the Clydesdale/Shire and Percheron, respectively.

Show Results

Belgian

Champion Gelding: BDF Storm’s Bruce, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Sherwood Grove Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County

Champion Stallion: CF Warwick, exhibited by Tiffany Ramsey of Living the Dream Belgians, Delta, York County

Champion Mare: Spring Meadow Dinah, exhibited by Rob Varner of Varner Farms, Collegeville, Montgomery County

Best of Breed: BDF Storm’s Bruce, exhibited by Don Sherwood of Sherwood Grove Farms, Tunkhannock, Wyoming County

Clydesdale/Shire

Champion Stallion: Gateway Legend, exhibited by Shannon Manning of Gateway Clydesdale, Fairfield, Adams County

Champion Mare: Freedom Majestic Melodiou, exhibited by Fairwinds Equestrian Center, Littlestown, Adams County

Best of Breed: Gateway Legend, exhibited by Shannon Manning of Gateway Clydesdale, Fairfield, Adams County

Percheron

Champion Gelding: SB Irish, exhibited by Amy Snover of WAE Up Farms, Danville, Montour County

Champion Stallion: Benchfield Farms Mike, exhibited by Margaret Enslin of Benchfield Farms, Newville, Cumberland County

Champion Mare: Windermere’s Fire, exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farm, Spring Mills, Centre County

Best of Breed: Windermere’s Fire, exhibited by Gerald Allebach of Windermere Farm, Spring Mills, Centre County

Brockwood Belgians Sweep Classes, Earn Back-to-Back Titles with 102nd PA Farm Show

Sen. Mike Waugh inducted into hall of fame

Dale and Tracie Brockhoff and daughter Sarah, of Brockwood Belgians in Dayton, Armstrong County, earned Grand Champion honors at the Draft Horse Hitch competition on Jan. 7, during the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Brockwood Belgians placed first in six-horse hitch, four-horse hitch, unicorn hitch, and team hitch, tallying enough wins to receive the purple banner. Reserve Grand Champion was Don Sherwood of Sherwood Groves Farm, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co.

Judge Joe Mulligan, Earlville, N.Y., evaluated each team and its driver for action, movement, performance, consistency, and unity.

Members of the Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association stepped off their wagons in support of the induction of the late Senator Michael Waugh into the Pennsylvania Draft Horse Hall of Fame. A draft horse promoter and hitch driver, Senator Waugh continually promoted heavy horse activities in innovative ways, with the gentle giants of his own Glen Ridge Farm serving as his inspiration. As a commissioner for the Pennsylvania Farm Show for 15 years, he helped to secure funding to expand the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and build today’s Equine Barn and Equine Arena. Also as a state senator, he helped to protect Pennsylvania’s equine operations through the creation and passage of the 2006 Equine Activities Liability Act.

 

“From co-sponsoring his hometown York Fair hitch show to competing at the state level, and advocating for agriculture in the Pennsylvania Capitol to helming the complex itself, Senator Michael Waugh lived out his commitment to our industry and to Pennsylvania’s draft horse owners and aficionados,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, who presented Senator Waugh’s wife Wanda with the recognition. “May all supporters of agricultural activities be inspired by his life, work, and legacy.”

Anna Ruby, of Union Bridge, Md., was crowned the 2018 Pennsylvania Draft Horse and Mule Association Youth Representative. Ruby attends James Madison High School online as she pursues her passion of training horses.

First-place winners for the Draft Horse Hitch Competition:

Six-Horse Hitch – Dale and Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Four-Horse Hitch – Dale Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Unicorn Hitch – Dale Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Team Hitch – Dale Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Junior Youth Team – Tiffany Ramsey, Living the Dream Belgians, Delta, York Co.

Intermediate Youth Team –Sarah Sharp of WAE Up Farms, Danville, Montour Co.

Senior Youth Team – Jacob Varner of Varner Farms, Collegeville, Montgomery Co.

Beaver County Brothers Sweep Pony Pulls at 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

Jenny Brothers’ Ponies Win Pulling Contest

The Jenny Brothers of New Sewickley, Beaver County, and their ponies pulled their way to victory to win all three divisions of the Pony Pulling Contest this week at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The competition was split into three weight divisions: lightweight, mediumweight, and heavyweight. In the lightweight division, the ponies as a team weighed up to 1,450 pounds; mediumweight teams weighed between 1,451 and 1,800 pounds; and heavyweight teams weighed between 1,801 and 2,100 pounds.

Each team had three attempts to successfully pull a weighted sled to a “full pull” of 13 feet, six inches. If they do not make a full pull, their longest distance determines their placement. Teams are also required to remain within the lane, which is marked by chalk lines on the ground.

In the first round, the sled weighed 2,700 pounds in the lightweight division and 3,600 pounds in the medium and heavyweight divisions. In each subsequent round, cinder blocks were added in 450 pound increments until the team in each division which could pull the most was crowned the winner.

The lightweight division team of ponies Diesel and Duke made a winning pull of 5,400 pounds.

The mediumweight division team of ponies Pat and Duke made a winning pull of 7,200 pounds.

The heavyweight division team of ponies Pete and Pat made a winning pull of 7,200 pounds.

The winner of each division was awarded $400 and a plaque and a special Teamster Award was presented to Clinton Jenny in memory of Howard Blake Sr. at conclusion of the event. The award is given to a horseman who the judge believes displayed exceptional skill as a driver and good sportsmanship.

Results from the Pony Pulling Contest are as follows:

Lightweight Division

1st Place – Jenny Brothers, New Sewickley, Beaver Co.

2nd Place – Howard Krovach, Slippery Rock, Mercer Co.

3rd Place – Daniel Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

Mediumweight Division

1st Place – Jenny Brothers, New Sewickley, Beaver Co.

2nd Place – William Dudash, West Middlesex, Mercer Co.

3rd Place – David Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

4th Place – Daniel Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

Heavyweight Division

1st Place – Jenny Brothers, New Sewickley, Beaver Co.

2nd Place – Larry and Harold Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.

3rd Place – David Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

4th Place – Kim Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

 

Draft Horses Please Crowds

The competition was unpredictable during the Draft Horse Pleasure Show, with various winners across the board, on Jan. 11, 2018 at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

This show incorporates the recreational values of the draft horse industry. Though they are best known for their hitches and carts, draft horses are commonly used for Western and English riding, including barrel racing. Their size does not keep them from keeping up with the versatility of other equine breeds.

In addition, the feed scurry class showcases the workability of these animals as they demonstrate their strength and agility. The feed scurry class requires a team of horses to pull a loaded cart while the driver maneuvers them through a course; at the same time, a lending hand is throwing hay bales off the hitch at designated locations.

There were multiple repeated winners at the Draft Horse Pleasure show. Brianna Seward took the first-place title for the second year in a row in the junior cart class, Jacob Carbaugh of Rocky Ridge Farm, Greencastle, Franklin Co. in the team hitch class, and Jarrett Morrison of Benchfield Farms, Newville, Cumberland Co for the youth hitch team class.

The judge for all of the class entries was Marti Hobson of Taneytown, Maryland

Class winners in the Draft Horse Pleasure Show:

Men's Cart – Kyle Hoppes of Crystal View Carriage Services, New Ringgold, Schuylkill Co.

Ladies' Cart –Laurie Naugle of Burgundy Rose Farm, York, York Co.

Junior Youth Cart (13 or Under) – Brianna Seward of Rocky Ridge Farm, Greencastle, Franklin Co.

Senior Youth Cart (14-19) – Aiden Seward of Rocky Ridge Farm , Greencastle, Franklin Co.

Team Hitch – Jacob Carbaugh of Rocky Ridge Farm, Greencastle, Franklin Co.

Youth Team Hitch – Jarrett Morrison of Benchfeild Farms, Newville, Cumberland Co.

Team Hitch Commercial –David Johnson of Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co.

Multiple Hitches –exhibitor Linda Bunning of Benchfield Farms in Newville, Cumberland Co.

Feed Scurry – exhibitor Linda Bunning of Benchfeild Farms in Newville, Cumberland Co.

Adult English Riding – Tiffany Kruger of Kruger Korral Farms in Duncannon, Perry Co.

Youth Riding – Hannah Varner of Varner Farms in Collegeville, Montgomery Co.

Adult Western Riding – Tiffany Kruger of Kruger Korral in Duncannon, Perry Co.

Barrel Racing – Amy Worden of York Springs, Adams Co.

In addition, four youth exhibitors received High Point awards. These exhibitors included:

Addy Cleary took home the Reserve High Point Junior Award while Brianna Seward took home the Champion High Point Junior title. In the senior division, Aiden Seward took home Reserve Champion High Point Senior Honors and Rebecca Clippinger took home the Champion High Point Senior Honors. The High Point Junior Award was sponsored by the PA Draft and Mule Association and the High Point Senior Award was sponsored by Rocky Ridge Farm, Ed and Rhonda Carbaugh, and John Lindsay and family.

Indiana and Lehigh Co. Minis Make Winning Pulls

Though they may be small, 16 teams of mighty miniature horses proved their pulling power in the Mini Horse Pulling Contest.

The competition was split into three divisions based on the height of the horses at the withers, the highest point of horse’s shoulder, 34 inches, 36 inches, and 38 inches.

Like their larger equine counterparts, the mini horses are hitched in teams which have three attempts to pull a weighted sled 10 feet, which is referred to as a “full pull”. If they do not make the full pull, their longest distance determines their placement. Teams are also required to remain within the lane, which is marked by chalk lines on the ground.

In the first round, the sled weighed 820 pounds. Cinder blocks were added each round in 320 pound increments until the team in each division who could pull the most was crowned the winner.

The winner of the 34-inch division, Nick Irwin of Home, Indiana Co., made a winning pull of 2,420 lbs.

The winner of the 36-inch division, Amanda Grether of Allentown, Lehigh Co., made a winning pull of 2,740 lbs.

The winner of the 38-inch division, Russ Ferringer of Indiana, Indiana Co., made a winning pull of 3,080 lbs.

First place winners from each class were awarded $200 and a plaque and a special Teamster Award was presented to one driver in each division who displayed exceptional skill as a driver and good sportsmanship.

34-Inch Division:

1st Place – Nick Irwin, Home, Indiana Co.

2nd Place – David Alpaugh, Watsontown, Northumberland Co.

3rd Place – Daniel Alpaugh Sr., Turbotville, Montour Co.

4th Place – McKayla Shaue, Greencastle, Franklin Co.

5th Place – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

6th Place – Bill Smith, Shunk, Sullivan Co.

7th Place – Daniel Alpaugh Jr., Turbotville, Montour Co.

Teamster Award – Bill Smith, Shunk, Sullivan Co.

36-Inch Division:

1st Place – Amanda Grether, Allentown, Lehigh Co.

2nd Place – Ada George and Waylon Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co.

3rd Place – Corey Wagner, Willow Hill, Franklin Co.

4th Place – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

5th Place – Tom Goodwin, Mount Bethel, Northampton Co.

6th Place – Chuck Nutwell, Needmore, Fulton Co.

Teamster Award – Amanda Grether, Allentown, Lehigh Co.

38-Inch Division:

1st Place – Russ Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co.

2nd Place – Brandon and Waylon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

3rd Place – Corey Wagner, Willow Hill, Franklin Co.

Teamster Award – Brandon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

Muscles were Burning During the Horse Pulls

The competition was unpredictable for at the Horse Pulling Contest.

The competition was split into two weight divisions: lightweight and heavyweight. In the lightweight division, the horses as a team weighed up to 3,325 pounds, and heavyweight teams weighed over 3,325 pounds.

Each team had three attempts to successfully pull a weighted sled to a “full pull” of 13 feet, 6 inches. If they do not make a full pull, their longest distance determines their placement. Cinder blocks are added to the sled each round to increase the weight. Teams are also required to remain within the lane, which is marked by chalk lines on the ground.

The lightweight division team of horses Dick and Rex made a winning pull of 9,650 pounds.

The heavyweight division team of horses, Boomer and Otis exhibited by Scott Brown made a winning pull of 10,850 pounds.

The winner of each division was awarded $500 and a plaque and a special Teamster Award was presented to Ray Long in memory of Peter C. Buhler and Jack Buhler. at conclusion of the event. The award is given to a horseman who the judge believes displayed exceptional skill as a driver and good sportsmanship.

Results from the Horse Pulling Contest are as follows:

Lightweight Division

1st Place – Robert Howard and his team from Acme, Westmoreland County

2nd Place – Bill Howard and his team from Acme, Westmoreland County

3rd Place – Raymond Long and his team from Sidman, Cambria County

4th Place – Dale Stackhouse and his team from Unityville, Lycoming County

Heavyweight Division

1st Place – Scott Brown and his team from Acme, Westmoreland County

2nd Place – Charlie Brown and his team from Acme, Westmoreland County

3rd Place – B & J Farm and their team from Acme, Westmoreland County

4th Place – Scott Enslin and his team from Newville, Cumberland County

Senator Elder Vogel Whips Wagon to Victory In Celebrity Driving

Celebrities from across Pennsylvania took the reins as they maneuvered their way to the finish line at the Mike Waugh Celebrity Draft Horse Driving Competition on Jan. 9.

With the guidance of skilled draft horse drivers, the celebrities had to take control of their assigned team hitches, guide them through a pattern of cones, and race back to the finish line to beat the clock. Whoever had the fastest time was crowned the winner of the competition. If a cone was knocked over, or if the hitch went out of its lane, a time penalty was added to the celebrity’s original time.

47th District Senator Elder Vogel, sponsored by PA Milk Dealers Association left the field in the dust, finishing with a time of 42.80, nearly 12 seconds faster than second place finisher Tracy Wagner, sponsored by Penn Waste.

Proceeds of the event benefit the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. In addition, the event was coordinated and horses, drivers, and wagons were supplied by Varner Farms of Collegeville, Montgomery County, and Burgundy Rose Farm of York, York County.

The final placings of the celebrities and their sponsors are as follows:

1st – Sen. Elder Vogel, sponsored by PA Milk Dealers Association

2nd – Tracy Wagner, Penn Waste V.P., sponsored by Penn Waste

3rd – Rep. Tom Murt, sponsored by Hudson Companies

4th – Rep. David Zimmerman, sponsored by H.R. Ewell, Inc.

5th – Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, sponsored by PA Livestock Association

6th – Rep. Martin Causer, sponsored by Williams Companies

7th – Jeff Cohick, sponsored by Cohick & Associates

8th – Rep. Bryan Cutler, sponsored by EMM Sales and Service, Inc.

9th – Rep. Mark Keller, sponsored by Orrstown Bank

10th – Rep. Will Tallman, sponsored by Adams Electric

11th – Rep. Paul Costa, sponsored by PA Draft Horse Sale

12th – Rep. Dan Moul, sponsored by Hanover Shoe Farms

13th – 2014 PA State Fair Queen Lia Schmittel, sponsored by Pennsylvania State Association of Fairs

14th – M. Diane McCormick, freelance writer, sponsored by PA Farm Bureau

15th – Honorable, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, sponsored by Bell & Evans

16th – Gratz Fair Queen Khristyn Maurer, driving for Rep. Mike Tobash, sponsored by Fulton Bank

17th – Chris Nallan, CBS 21 News, sponsored by Williams Companies

18th – Valerie Pritchett, ABC 27 News, sponsored by Mark Hershey Farms

19th – Rep. Mindy Fee, sponsored by Penn Ag Industries

20th – Ashley Honea, CBS 21 News, sponsored by Williams Companies

21st – Rep. Kristen Phillips-Hill, sponsored by People’s Bank

22nd – Rep. Pam Snyder, sponsored by PA Equine Council

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 6 – 13, 2018. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.

For more information about the 2018 show, visit www.farmshow.pa.gov.

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