Harrisburg – Horse lovers and curious visitors were treated to a colorful Equine Showcase on Friday, Jan. 15 at the 2010 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
One exhibitor, Dr. Suzanne Myers from Port Matilda, Centre County, impressed the audience with her American Mustang ‘Jazz.’ In 2008, the pair won a contest in Wisconsin where 56 competitors had 90 days to train a wild mustang.
At the Farm Show, Myers showed visitors how she teaches a horse to bow, kneel and lie down. Jazz also knows how to sit on a bean bag and rear on command. Myers stressed how teaching horses ‘tricks’ can be beneficial for both horse and rider.
Another crowd favorite was professional trick rider, Cassie Simpson, of Dimock, Susquehanna County. Simpson galloped around the ring in a ‘death drag’ hanging over her horse ‘Chico’ by only one leg. Simpson performs trick routines along the east coast and in Canada including standing on a galloping horse at rodeos and special events.
Other exhibits included Frank Kuntz of the Nakota Horse Conservancy in North Dakota. Kuntz introduced spectators to the Nakota breed that is traced back to the herd of Chief Sitting Bull. The breed is now rare, after it faced extermination efforts several years ago.
Several musical freestyle routines by Karen Orloff-Yatsko, Dorothy Snedden, Johnny Costa and Jan O’Leary-Costa, entertained the crowd, and a Parade of Breeds exhibition introduced the many colors, sizes and talents of equines. A synchronized equestrian drill team and Haflinger riding and driving demonstration closed the show.
Another Equine Showcase will take place Saturday, Jan. 16, from 2-5 pm in the Equine Arena.
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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