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WESTMORELAND TEAMS ‘PULL’ TO TOP OF DRAFT COMPETITION AT 2011 PA FARM SHOW
1/12/2011

Harrisburg - Two teams from Westmoreland County took home the lightweight and heavyweight championship titles, respectively, in the draft horse pulling competition on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

The Brown Brothers, of Acme, won the heavyweight draft division for the sixth year in a row at the Farm Show, besting 11 other teams. Hidden Meadow Farm of Ebensburg, Cambria County, placed second in the division.

Billy Howard, also of Acme, took home lightweight honors, rising above 13 other teams. Acme's Bobby Howard took home second place in the class.

The weight of the two horses that make up a team determined the class in which they competed. Lightweight teams are less than 3,325 pounds, and heavyweight teams weigh more.

Results of the draft horse pulling were:

Lightweight Draft Horse Pulling:
1st: Billy Howard, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
2nd: Bobby Howard, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
3rd: Keith Brown, Brown & Specht, Somerset, Somerset Co.
4th: Sam & Mike, Ira Kessler, Orangeville, Columbia Co.
5th: Jay Kessler, Millerton, Bradford Co.
6th: Perkey Farms, Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland Co.
7th: Heather Howard, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
8th: Raymond C. Long, Sidman, Cambria Co.
9th: B & J Farm, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
10th: Tim Juart, Smiksburg, Indiana Co.
11th: Denise Wright, Spring Run, Franklin Co.
12th: Dick & Duke, Dianne Morris, Orangeville, Columbia Co.
13th: Dale Stackhouse, Unityville, Lycoming Co.
14th: Corey Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

Heavyweight Draft Horse Pulling:
1st: Brown Brothers, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
2nd: Hidden Meadow Farm, Ebensburg, Cambria Co.
3rd: Tom Brown, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
4th: Jeff Martin, Punxsutawney, Jefferson Co.
5th: Larue Austin, Columbia Crossroads, Bradford Co.
6th: Casey Harriman, Unityville, Lycoming Co.
7th: Chris Villarrial, Hidden Meadow Farm, Ebensburg, Cambria Co.
8th: Milton J. Rice, Hickory, Washington Co.
9th: Brandon Porter, West Sunbury, Butler Co.
10th: Chuck & Kim Nutwell, Needmored, Fulton Co.
11th: Shane Wright, Spring Run, Franklin Co.
12th: Scott Enslin, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

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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