Haflinger and Hitch Pony Championship Series Hosted in Harrisburg

Harrisburg They may be small, but the ponies exhibited in the Haflinger and Hitch Pony Championship Series (HHPCS) displayed their strength and versatility in a pair of classes that concluded a national competition.

The 2017 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) in Harrisburg, PA hosted this year’s series final October 5-7. Finalists for the Six Horse Hitch and Ladies Cart classes accumulated points throughout the show season to qualify for this weekend’s finals.

Finalists from each class competed in a series of three heats held each day during the Draft Horse Hitch Show at KILE. The classes were judged by a different judge each day and the results remained sealed until the champions were announced at the conclusion of the final heats.

Each hitch consisted of Haflingers or draft ponies. The Six Horse Hitch class was judged on how well hitches worked together and their uniformity. The Ladies Cart class was judged on the pony’s gaits and how well they responded to their lady driver, as well as overall presentation. 

Champions from the classes:

Six Horse Hitch – Shanahan Haflingers of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Ladies Cart – Katye Day, driving for Crowl-Mathias Draft Ponies of Salem, Ohio.

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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