Harrisburg – There was no shortage of horsepower in the Equine Arena Saturday evening, Oct. 7, as the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series (NASHHCS) held a national championship qualifying points show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
The hitch exhibited by Tripp Crest Farm of Harrison, Maine was awarded first place out of eleven competing hitches consisting of Percherons, Belgians, and Shires.
Each year, six horse hitches compete at shows across the country, accumulating points at Classic Series shows. At the end of the series, the four hitches with the most points from each breed compete at the NASHHCS Final Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The results for the All Breed Classic Series Six Horse Hitch are:
First Place – Tripp Crest Farm, Harrison, Maine.
Second Place – Flat Rock Draft Horses, Bellevue, Ohio.
Third Place – Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.
Fourth Place – Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Centre Co.
The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with 947 open and 417 junior breeding beef cattle, 181 halter and 266 hitch horses, 1,139 open and 452 junior breeding sheep, 251 breeding swine, and 302 open and 86 junior Boer goat entries in 2017. This year, more than 725 exhibitors from 27 states and Canada are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 10th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors.
All events are open to the public with free admission and parking. Find more information and a complete schedule of events at www.keystoneinternational.pa.gov.
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