HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pulling horses continued a long-time tradition at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The sport of horse pulling likely began in the early 1900s with farmers competing against other farmers to prove who had the strongest horse, according to www.horsepull.com. Now, most competitors do it just for fun.

At the Farm Show the pullers came in various sizes from miniature horses to giant draft horses.

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Though they may be small, 14 teams of miniature horses proved their might in the Mini Horse Pulling Contest

The competition was split into three divisions based on the height of the horses at the withers —34 inches, 36 inches, and 38 inches.

Like their larger equine counterparts, mini horses are hitched in teams that have three attempts to pull a weighted sled a distance of 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 their 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 top team of the 34-inch division, owned by Cory Wagner of Spring Run, Franklin Co., made a winning pull of 2,420 lbs.

 Wagner's 36-inch team topped its division with a winning pull of 2,740 lbs.

 The top team of the 38-inch division, owned by Russell Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co., made a winning pull of 3,060 lbs.

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

Judges for the competition were Dean Denny of Last Chance Farm in Rochester N.Y., Butch Miner of Fritz Ann Farm in Fort Plain, N.Y., and Gary Libengood of Libengood Bros. Maple in Rockwood, Somerset County.

34-Inch Division:

1st Place – Cory Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

2nd Place – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

3rd Place – Chad Phillips, Morris, Tioga Co.

4th Place – Lillie Gauld, Home, Indiana Co.

Teamster Award – Chad Phillips, Morris, Tioga Co.

36-Inch Division:

1st Place – Cory Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

2nd Place – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

3rd Place – Chuck Nutwell, Needmore, Fulton Co.

4th Place – Brandon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

Teamster Award – Chuck Nutwell, Needmore, Fulton Co.

38-Inch Division:

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

2nd Place – Tate Stackhouse, Unitville, Lycoming Co.

3rd Place - Brandon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

4th Place – Corey Wagner, Willow Hill, Franklin Co.

5th – Waylon Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

6th – Jade Umler, Morris, Tioga Co.

Teamster Award – Tate Stackhouse, Unityville, Lycoming Co.

Three Western Pa. Teams Win Their Divisions in Pony Pulls

Powerful ponies from across western Pennsylvania pulled to the pinnacle placings of their divisions in a program at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The teams belonged to Howard Krovach, Slippery Rock, Mercer Co.; David Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.; and the Jenny Brothers, New Sewickley, Beaver Co.

The competition was divided into three weight divisions: lightweight, mediumweight, and heavyweight. In the lightweight division, the ponies as a team weighed up to 1,525 pounds, mediumweight teams weighed between 1,526 and 1,825 pounds, and heavyweight teams weighed between 1,826 and 2,125 pounds.

To successfully pull a weighted sled to a “full pull”, each team was granted three attempts. If the teams do not make a full pull, their longest distance determines their placement. Teams are

In the first round, the sled weighed 1,800 pounds in the lightweight division and 2,700 pounds in the medium and heavyweight divisions. Cinder blocks were added each round in 450 pound increments until the team in each division that could pull the most was crowned the winner.

The lightweight division team of ponies, Bear and Charlie, made a winning pull of 4,500 pounds.

The mediumweight division team of ponies, Buck and Skip, made a winning pull of 5,850 pounds.

The heavyweight division team of ponies, Pete and Pat, made a winning pull of 4,950 pounds.

The winner of each division was awarded $400 and a plaque and a special Teamster Award was presented to Dan Davis 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.

Lightweight Pony Division

1st Place – Howard Krovach, Slippery Rock, Mercer Co.

2nd Place – Daniel Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

Mediumweight Division

1st Place – David Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

2nd Place – Dan Davis, Volant, Lawrence Co.

3rd Place – Larry and Harold Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.

Heavyweight Division

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

2nd Place – David Ferringer, Shelocta, Indiana Co.

3rd Place – Larry and Harold Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.

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

5th Place – Jenny Brothers, New Sewickley, Beaver Co.

Heavyweight Horses Pull More Than 10,000 pounds

The competition was neck and neck on Jan. 8 in the horse pulls.

The competition was divided into two weight divisions: lightweight and heavyweight. In the lightweight division, the horses as a team weighed up to 3,425 pounds, and heavyweight teams weighed more than 3,425 pounds.

The lightweight division team of horses, Tony and Rex, exhibited by Sproat and Howard, Dawson and Acme, Fayette Co. made a winning pull of 8,450 pounds.

The heavyweight division team of horses, Charlie and Chip, exhibited by The Brown Brothers made a winning pull of 10,250 pounds.

The winner of each division was awarded $500 and a plaque. An Outstanding Teamster Award was presented to Bobby Howard in the lightweight class and Casey Harriman in the heavyweight in memory of Peter C. Buhler and Jack Buhler, given to a horseman who the judge believes displayed exceptional skill as a driver and good sportsmanship.

Lightweight Division

1st Place – Sproat and Howard and their team from Dawson and Acme, Fayette County

2nd Place – Bobby Howard and his team from Acme, Fayette County

3rd Place – Tom and Kelly Bowman and their team from Orangeville, Columbia County

4th Place – Stackhouse Timber Harvesting and their team from Unityville, Lycoming County

5th Place – Sonny Brown and his team from Corry, Crawford County

6th Place – Ray Long and his team from Sidman, Cambria County

7th Place – Dale Stackhouse and his team from Lycoming, Lycoming County

Heavyweight Division

1st Place – Brown Brothers and their team from Acme, Westmoreland County

2nd Place – Bobby Howard and his team from Acme, Fayette County

3rd Place – Scott Brown and his team from Acme, Westmoreland County

4th Place – Mike Buhler and his team from Ridgway, Elk County

5th Place – John Popp and his team from Beaver, Beaver County

6th Place – Mike Buhler and his second team from Ridgway, Elk County

7th Place – Jeff Martin and his team from Punxsutawney, Jefferson County

8th Place – Casey Herriman and his team from Muncy Valley, Sullivan County

9th Place – Chuck Nutwell and his team from Needmore, Fulton County

10th Place – Brandon Porter and his team from Butler, Butler County

Earlier At The Farm Show draft, police and vaulting horses showed off for the crowds. 

The 2019 show runs through Jan. 12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Saturday, Jan. 12, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit www.farmshow.pa.gov.

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