Harrisburg – After a long time getting their animals physically and mentally prepared for the pull for the Championship Pony Pulling Contest, exhibitors put on quite a competition for spectators on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the 2010 PA Farm Show.
The Jenny Brothers of Rochester, Beaver County used their team of Buck and Diesel to top the lightweight division. The team pulled a sled containing 6,300 pounds. They won last year, have several previous wins and are very proud of their 11 year-old pony, Buck, who has been pulling for five years.
The middleweight division champion team were Mike and Fred owned by Russell Ferringer of Indiana, Indiana County. Ferringer has been pulling at the PA Farm Show for several years. “I really like my new pony Mike,” Ferringer said. “I have only been working with him for two months, and he is doing great.”
The heavyweight division came head to head at the end, but Bob Howard of Acme, Westmoreland County, pulled to victory making a full pull consisting of 9,900 pounds. He has been pulling here at the PA Farm Show for at least 22 years and this was this team’s first pull and win. Their pull beat the winning heavyweight pull in 2009 by 900 pounds.
The combined weight of the ponies determines which weight class they will compete – lightweights are less than 1,450 pounds; middleweights are between, 1,451 and 1,800 pounds and the heavyweights are between, 1,801 and 2,400 pounds.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
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