Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Flag Racers' fast-paced show and skillful riders brought spectators to the edge of their seats in the Large Arena at the 2010 Farm Show on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
The contest challenges each rider to grab a small flag from a bucket, race around a barrel and return to the start with the fastest time. The unique event allows all qualifying riders, regardless of age or experience, to participate.
In the Open Division, Jeff Asper of New Oxford, Adams County, galloped into overall victory after winning races in both performances.
The Youth Division was won by Augusta Spandler and her horse Panda in the first performance. Kiersten Henry, 16, of York County won third place in the first performance and went on to win overall champion in the youth division after riding the fastest time in the second performance.
The Pennsylvania Flag Racer’s youngest members, David Aby and Fallon Feaser, also participated in the youth flag racing division. The two four-year-olds both successfully completed the race.
Delmar Zinn of Newville, Cumberland County, won overall in the Senior Division for the second year in a row. Zinn and his horse Masters Girl completed the flag race in 9.277 seconds.
Perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the flag racing competition, the relay division requires two riders to complete the flag race after handing the flag off mid-ride. Brothers Todd and Rodney Feaser of York County won the relay in the first performance, while Todd Feaser and Delmar Zinn teamed up to win the relay in the second performance.
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. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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