Youth Draft Horse Showmen Shine at Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Harrisburg – Young competitors--the future of the draft horse industry--showed off their skills yesterday during the Youth Decorating and Showmanship classes, at the 2018 Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE).

The classes, which allow youth draft horse showmen to demonstrate their grooming and handling skills to a judge, provided an important professional development opportunity for young agriculturalists from across the region.

In the decorating classes, exhibitors were given 30 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 horses to the judge.

The winners of the Youth Decorating classes, by age division were:

Ages 14-19 –  Russell Carpenter of Middlebury, VT

Ages 8-13 – Ezra Tolan from Sheridan, Ind.

The winners of the Youth Showmanship classes, by age division were:

Ages 14-19 –  Christine Morris of Jefferson, Ohio

Ages 8-13 – Ezra Tolan from Sheridan, Ind.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,400 beef cattle, 1,110 horse, 1,700 sheep and wool, 225 swine, and 260 goat entries in 2018. This year, more than 900 exhibitors from 25 states are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event to select the state's finest culinary competitors and the first annual ranch riding competition hosted by the East Coast Ranch Riding Association.

All events are open to the public with free admission and parking. Find more information and a complete schedule of events at