Michigan Team Sets Lightweight Draft Horse Pull Record at Keystone International Livestock Exposition

Harrisburg Pa. – Tom Brown of Litchfield, Mich., owner of Herb and Mike set a new Keystone International Livestock Exposition show record with their winning pull of 26 feet, or a full pull, at 10,850 pounds. The second and third place winners also broke the previous record with full pulls at 10,850 pounds.

The Pennsylvania Draft Horse & Mule Association also presented the team with the Memorial Award in honor of Ira Kessler. Kessler, an avid horse puller from Orangeville, Columbia Co., Pa. and member of the New York Pullers Association.

Second place winner was Tom Bowman of Orangeville, Columbia Co., Pa., with a full pull of 10,859 pounds.

The fourth-place team, owned by Jay Kessler of Millerton, Tioga Co., Pa. won the Teamster Award. Horses Prince and Barney made a partial pull of 29 feet 9 inches at 10,850 pounds.

Lightweight Winners:

1st – Herb and Mike, owned by Tom Brown of Litchfield, Mich., with their full pull at 10,850 pounds.

2nd – Barney and Wilbur, owned by Tom Bowman of Orangeville, Columbia Co., Pa. with their full pull of 10,859 pounds.

3rd – Tim and Buck, owned by Tom Brown of Litchfield, Mich., with their full pull at 10,850 pounds.

4th – Prince and Barney, owned by Jay Kessler of Millerton, Tioga Co., Pa., with their pull of 29 feet nine inches at 10,850 pounds.

5th – Chisel and Cody, owned by Tim Juart of Smicksburg, Indiana Co., Pa with their pull of 21 feet, two inches at 9,650 pounds.

6th – Warrior and Davey, owned by Chris Laughman of New Bloomfield, Perry Co., Pa., with their pull of 18 feet six inches at 9,650 pounds.

7th – Oscar and George, owned by Tom Bowman of Orangeville, Columbia Co., Pa., with their full pull at 9,050 pounds.

8th – Mike and Charlie, owned by Tate Stackhouse of Unityville, Lycoming Co., Pa., with their pull of 21 feet 11 inches at 9050 pounds.

9th – 9Rudy and Barney, owned by Brandon Porter of West Sunbury, Butler Co., Pa., with their pull of 13 feet at 9,050 pounds

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,300 beef cattle, 650 horses, 1,200 sheep, 450 swine, and 200 Boer goats. This year, nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 29 states and Canada are competing in livestock events. The show also includes the 12th 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 keystoneinternational.pa.gov.

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