Harrisburg - Berks County draft horse owners Dave and Susie Rohrbach, of Bee Tree Trail LLC Percherons, are mixing business with pleasure at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
The couple competes with their horses at events two-to-three times each year, and they attend the Pennsylvania Farm Show every year.
But don't let those numbers fool you; these horses do some serious traveling across the country. The Rohrbach's own a business called Bee Tree Trail Carriage and Wagon Tours.
"We travel all across the United States and Canada giving carriage and wagon rides," said Susie. "I love my job."
The Rohrbach's have a Cinderella-style carriage they brought along with them to the Farm Show this year. They were the winners of the Commercial Team Hitch Class on Sunday, Jan. 9.
Susie described what the judges look for in a draft horse hitch class, "Some of the things that the judges look at are the rail work of the horses, the ability of the driver and the cleanliness of the unit."
"We want the horses to be animated, braided, and wearing a fancy harness. The horses are judged at a walk, trot and are also asked to back-up in reverse," she added.
The Rohrbach's and their Percheron team will continue to "trot" their way throughout 2011 traveling to competitions and events nationwide.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.
For more information, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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