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Big-Name Draft Breeders Battle for Best Hitches
1/8/2012

Harrisburg – Well-known breeders Ken and Karen Sandoe of Sunny Hill Farm, Lebanon Co., and Gerald and Melissa Allebach of Windermere Farms, Centre Co., shook up a little more than the ground beneath their draft horses’ hooves during the Draft Horse Hitch competition on Sunday, Jan. 8, during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Both farms returned home with top honors for several of their respective hitches. Sunny Hill, exhibited by Ken Sandoe, took the Championship title in the 6-Horse Hitch and Unicorn Hitch before snagging the Reserve Championship for the Team Hitch.

Windermere, exhibited by Gerald and Melissa Allebach, was awarded with the 4-Horse Hitch and Team Hitch Championship titles. Their son, Abraham Allebach, drove to a Championship title during the Youth Team Hitch as well.

Bee Tree Trail of Berks Co., a crowd favorite for their whimsical creativity, took home the Top Honors in the Commercial Hitch portion of Sunday’s Show.
Kristen Thomas, the 2012 Pennsylvania State Draft and Mule Association Princess, awarded the exhibitors with their top prizes.

The First Place Winners for Sunday’s Draft Horse Hitch were:
6-Horse Hitch – Ken and Karen Sandoe, Sunny Hill Farms, Myerstown, Lebanon Co.
4-Horse Hitch – Gerald Allebach, Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Centre Co.
Unicorn Hitch – Ken and Karen Sandoe, Sunny Hill Farms, Myerstown, Lebanon Co.
Commercial Hitch – Dave Rohrbach, Bee Tree Trail, Shartlesville, Berks Co.
Team Hitch – Melissa Allebach, Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Centre Co.
Youth Team Hitch – Abe Allebach, Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Centre Co.

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.

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