HARRISBURG – The Equine Showcase at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg brought three nights of extensive demonstrations for all equine enthusiasts to enjoy.
Spectators were first treated to a presentation of the Nokota horse by Frank Kuntz of the Nokota Horse Conservancy. Kuntz talked about the Nokota breed and how it derived from the original herd of the American Indian Chief, Sitting Bull. The Nokota Horse Conservancy was started in order to save the horses from being sold from slaughter after they were released in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Dr. Suzanne Meyers followed with an interactive demonstration on equine horsemanship. Meyers explained the importance of teaching your horse to lay down and how it can helpful when owning horses. While working with her mustang “Jack”, Meyers demonstrated to the audience the steps in teaching a horse to lay down.
Friday included “Dancing with Horses,” a musical freestyle demonstration by Meg Roles, Johnny and Jan Costa, and Karen Orloff-Yatsko. A draft horse hitchinig and driving demonstration followed with Senator Mike Waugh as the announcer.
A versatility challenge was held on Saturday for exhibitors of all breeds and riding styles to participate in. Riders were judged as they navigated their mounts through a series of challenging obstacles.
The showcase was wrapped up with a parade displaying many different breeds of horses including Paso Finos, Morgans, Quarter Horses, Mustangs, and much more.
For photos of this event and more, visit the Farm Show photos.