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Indiana County Man’s Ponies Pull to Win at PA Farm Show
1/10/2012

Harrisburg – Tim Juart’s team of ponies pulled more than four tons of weight to win the heavyweight class in the Pony Pull competition at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Juart, from Smicksburg, Indiana County, had three chances to properly hitch his ponies to the weighted sled then drive them as far as they could go. They pulled 8,100 pounds more than 13.5 feet.

Mark Minton, of Beaver, Beaver County, led a winning lightweight team as they pulled a 5,400-pound sled more than 13.5 feet. From Renfrew, Butler County, Carl and Carrie Ealy’s winning middleweight team pulled 6,300 pounds for 11 feet and 9 inches.

Throughout the competition, teams of ponies were chomping at the bit as their handlers and drivers were preparing to hitch them to the weighted sled. 

Each team consisted of two ponies that were categorized into three weight classes according to the total team weight.  The three weight classes are: lightweight (up to 1,450 pounds), medium weight (between 1,451 and 1,850 pounds) and heavyweight (between 1,851 and 2,400 pounds).

Once the ponies were properly hitched to the sled, a quick word from their driver sent them lunging forward with amazing amounts of strength. 

A team must pull the sled at least 13.5 feet to advance to the next round of increased weight on the sled.

Winners for each of the three classes are listed below.

Lightweight Winners
1st – Mark Minton, Beaver, Beaver Co.
2nd – Bobby Howard, Normalville, Fayette Co.
3rd – Ron Haley Jr., Mercer, Mercer Co.
4th – Harley Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.
5th – Doug Blake, Mercer Co.
6th – Carl and Carrie Ealy, Renfrew, Butler Co.
7th – Howard Blake, Mercer Co.
8th – Clint Jenny, Rochester, Beaver Co.
9th – Daniel Ferringer, Shelocta, Armstrong Co.

Medium weight Winners
1st – Carl and Carrie Ealy, Renfrew, Butler Co.
2nd – Harley Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.
3rd – Heather Howard, Normalville, Fayette Co.
4th – Bobby Howard, Normalville, Fayette Co.
5th – Russ Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co.
6th – Corey Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.
7th – Larry and Harold Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.

Heavyweight Winners
1st – Tim Jurt, Smicksburg, Indiana Co.
2nd – Billy Howard, Acme, Westmoreland Co.
3rd – Carl Ealy, Renfrew, Butler Co.
4th – David Ferringer, Shelocta, Armstrong Co.
5th – Harley Blake, Volant, Lawrence Co.

The 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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