HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Flag Racing Association, composed of a group of friends and families, held two competitions, wowing the 2009 Farm Show crowds on Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Delmar Zinn of Newville, Cumberland County, won first place in the Senior division in both performances with his horse, Masters Girl. Delmar, who has been training horses for over 20 years, completed the flag race in 9.091 seconds.
Todd Feaser of York Haven, York County, and his horse, Cassanova, won the Open Flag Racing division in the first performance. Feaser then went on to win Relay Flag Race with his brother, Rodney Feaser, and his horse Chick.
The Youth Division in the first performance was won by Augusta Spandler and her horse, Rubber Check, a 7 year old Arabian. Spandler also went on to win the Relay Flag Race in the same performance with teammate Samantha McCleerey and her horse, Batman.
Ashley Allen, of Chambersburg, Franklin County, and her horse, Prissy, won first place in the Youth division in the final performance of the Flag Racing competition. Allen, who is a student at Chambersburg High School, passed the finish line in 9.834 seconds.
The crowd entertainment between divisions was provided by Howie Zeamer who also competed in the competition and won first place in the Open division with his horse, Designed in Lace.
The Pennsylvania Flag Racing Club was founded eight years ago and started with only 20 members. Today, the group has more than 60 members and holds divisions in Youth, Senior, and Open.
The Open division is open to riders of all ages, the Youth division is open to riders 16 years and younger, and the Senior Division is open to riders 45 years and older. The club encourages riders of abilities to come and participate in competitions, and currently has active members that range from three to 78.
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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