Harrisburg – Randy Cadwell of Southern Pines, N.C., raced past her competition in the sixth annual Arena Carriage Racing exhibition with a combined time of 148.12 seconds, marking her fifth Pennsylvania Farm Show victory.
The exhibition, which included two rounds of two runs each, was held Jan. 12-13 at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation – in Harrisburg, Pa.
Cadwell has been driving for 30 years at the advanced level and was accompanied by her navigator Tristan Aldrich of Unionville, Beaver County. Her team of Welsh ponies, Kaban and Toby, led Cadwell to champion honors.
Cadwell is a world leader in the sport, having had a career defining win at the 2007 World Pony Championships in Denmark.
Sara Schmitt, of Pittstown, N.J., earned reserve champion honors with a time of 152.83 seconds.
Nine teams competed in the exhibition to earn the fastest times while weaving through an obstacle course. Each team has a driver who steers the horses and a navigator who directs the back of the carriage. Not only is speed important, but drivers must also steer clear of course objects to avoid penalties.
The two best times from each round were combined to determine the overall champions.
The ring judge was Ronald Palmer of St. Peters, Chester County. The timer and scorer were Kail Palmer-Miller and Rhonda Palmer-Munt, both of Elverson, Chester County.
The results for each round are as follows:
First – Randy Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.; time – 74.50 seconds
Second – Sara Schmitt, Pittstown, N.J.; time – 76.26 seconds
Third – Paul Maye, Fairfield, Va.; time – 80.12 seconds
Fourth – Paul Martin, New Holland, Pa.; time – 80.17 seconds
Fifth – Dwayne Pash, Perrineville, N.J.; time – 80.22 seconds
First – Randy Cadwell, Southern Pines, N.C.; time – 73.62 seconds
Second – Sara Schmitt, Pittstown, N.J.; time – 76.57 seconds
Third – Paul Maye, Fairfield, Va.; time – 77.69 seconds
Fourth – Dwayne Pash, Perrineville, N.J.; time – 80.60 seconds
Fifth – Paul Martin, New Holland, Pa.; time – 81.52 seconds
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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