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Sara Schmitt Wins the Single Pony Division
HARRISBURG – Randy Cadwell of Southern Pines, N.C., clocked in the winning time of 72.16 seconds at the Arena Carriage Racing competition on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, marking her fifth straight win in the competition.
Cadwell has also won the gold medal at the 2007 World Pony Championships in Denmark, Germany, and 2008 Reserve Single Pony National Champion.
Reserve champion honors went to Randy’s sister Keady Cadwell, also of Southern Pines, N.C., stopping the clock at 73.31 seconds.  Keady also won the pair horses division.
Six total teams competed in the Arena Carriage Racing Competition, a contest in which teams strive to earn the fastest times while weaving through an obstacle course. Each team, a driver who steers the horses and a navigator who directs the back of the carriage, attempts to avoid penalties by not bumping into course objects.
Two heats were held on each day. The two best times of the four heats was combined to determine the overall champions.
The ring judge was Ronald Palmer of St. Peters, Pa. The timer and scorer were Kail Palmer, native of Miller Elverson, Pa. and Jane Simone of Cochranville, Pa.
Below are results of the carriage racing competition.
Single Pony
First: Sara Schmitt, Glen Gardner, N.J.
Second: Karen Martin, New Holland, Pa.
Pair Horses
First: Keady Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.
Second:Terry Tobias, Chaddsford, Pa.
Pair Pony
First: Randy Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.
Second: Paul Martin, New Holland, Pa.
Champion: Randy Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.
Reserve Champion: Keady Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 270 commercial exhibitors.  The eight-day show is Jan. 10-17, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $8.
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