Youth Draft Horse Showmen Shine at Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Harrisburg – The Youth Decorating and Showmanship classes took place Saturday, Oct. 7 in the Draft Horse Show at the 2017 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

These classes allow youth draft horse showmen, the future of the draft horse industry, to demonstrate their grooming and handling skills to a judge.

In the decorating classes, exhibitors were given thirty minutes to groom and braid their horses to show-ready condition. In the showmanship classes, they were judged on their ability to effectively lead and present their horse to the judge

The winners of the Youth Decorating classes, by age division, are as follows:

Ages 14-19 – Anna Ruby, showing under Donnie Lentzner of Taneytown, Maryland.

Ages 8-13 – Sarah Sharp, showing under Amy Snover of Danville, Montour Co.

The winners of the Youth Showmanship classes, by age division, are as follows:

Ages 14-19 – Cassidy Roadarmel, showing under Amy Snover of Danville, Montour Co.

Ages 8-13 – Entrant showing under Jennifer Boltz of Pine Grove, Schuylkill Co.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,300 beef cattle, 300 horses, 1,500 sheep, 300 swine, and 375 goats 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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