Armstrong Co., Michigan, Indiana Hitches Headline Winners of Draft Horse Hitch Show

Harrisburg – The sound of thundering hooves and jingling harnesses rattled the Equine Arena during the Draft Horse Hitch Show Oct. 4-6 at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

Adult and youth exhibitors showed single, team, four-horse and six-horse hitches throughout the weekend. Hitches were judged on the attractiveness and cooperation of the horses with the driver, as well as the presentation of the hitch as a whole. In hitches with multiple horses, judges are looking for teams whose horses work well together and are uniform in appearance.

Class winners for the draft horse show are as follows:

All Breeds Classic Six Horse Hitch – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Horse Team; Belgian Geldings/Stallions – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Horse Team; Registered Mares – Duane Nissley of A & C Belgians, Sherwood, Mich.

Draft Horse Team; Clydesdale/Shire – Joseph Sibio of Royal View Farm, Clarks Summit, Lackawanna Co.

Draft Horse Team; Ladies – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Horse Team; Percheron Geldings/Stallions – Andrew Kidd of Kidd Me Knot Percherons, Findlay, Ohio

Draft Horse Unicorn; Geldings/Stallions – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Horse Unicorn; Registered Mares – Reece Mangels of Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Centre Co.

Four-Horse Hitch; Registered Draft Mares – Ura Hershberger of A & C Belgians, Sherwood, MI.

Four-Horse Hitch; Draft Geldings/Stallions – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Six-Horse Hitch; Draft Geldings/Stallions – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Six-Horse Hitch; Registered Draft Mares – Ura Hershberger A & C Belgians, Sherwood, Mich.

Eight-Horse Hitch – Kevin Tempest of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Classic Cart Series – Matt Deering of Donnell Belgians, Middlebury, Vt.

Men’s Cart; Belgian – Lew Biddle of Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Centre Co.

Men’s Cart; Percheron – Andrew Kidd of Kidd Me Knot Percherons, Findlay, Ohio

Men’s Cart; Clydesdale/Shire – Joseph Sibio of Royal View Farm, Clarks Summit, Lackawanna Co.

Ladies Cart; Belgian – Angela Vreeland of A & C Belgians, Sherwood, Mich.

Ladies Cart; Percheron – Emily Greene of Kidd Me Knot, Findlay, Ohio.

Ladies Cart; Clydesdale/Shire – Rhonda Carbaugh of Royal View Farm, Clarks Summit, Lackawanna Co.

Cart; Registered Draft Mares – Reece Mangels of Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Centre Co.

PA Exhibitor Draft Cart – Sarah Brockhoff of Brockwood Belgians, Dayton, Armstrong Co.

Draft Tandem – Roger Thoms of Sherwood Groves Farm, Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co.

Class winners for the Haflinger and draft pony show are as follows:

Team Hitch; Haflinger and Draft Pony – Darrin Miller of Briarwood Draft Ponies, Topeka, Ind.

Unicorn; Haflinger and Draft Pony – Glen Beachey of Briarwood Draft Ponies, Topeka, Ind.

Four Horse Hitch; Haflinger and Draft Pony – Darrin Miller of Briarwood Draft Ponies, Topeka, Ind.

Six Horse Hitch Championship Series, Haflinger and Draft Pony – James Hostettler of Briarwood Draft Ponies, Topeka, Ind.

Mens Cart Haflinger and Draft Pony – Sam Mathias, Salem, Ohio

Ladies Cart; Haflinger and Draft Pony – Bree Massie, Salem, Ohio

Tandem Haflinger and Draft Pony – Sam Mathias, Salem, Ohio

Carts, Jack Benny (Male Driver 50 & Over) Haflinger and Draft Pony – Sam Mathias, Salem, Ohio

Carts, Jack Benny (Female Driver 50 & Over) Haflinger and Draft Pony – Penny Rone, Salem, Ohio

 

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 competed in livestock events. The show also includes the 11th Annual Keystone Classic Barbecue Competition, a Kansas City Barbecue Societysanctioned 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 www.keystoneinternational.pa.gov.

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