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Mini’s Marvel Crowd at Pony Pulls

Harrisburg – Crowds cheered on the 12 teams of mighty Mini Ponies on Monday, Jan. 9, during the Mini Pony Pulling contest held at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show. 

The contest was divided up into three different divisions based on the Miniature Horse breed qualifications – 34 inch, 36 inch, and 38 inch ponies.

Mercer County resident, Brady Smithers took home the First Place honors with his Mini Pony pulling team in the 34 Inch Division.

Darryl Braden of Crawford County took home the top honors in the largest class of the day, the 36 Inch Pony Division.

The winner of the 38 Inch Pony division was another Mercer County resident, Gene Davis.

Results for the Mini Pony Pulling Contest were:

34 Inch:
1 – Brady Smithers, Mercer Co.
2 – Chana Smithers, Mercer Co.
3 – Ivan Schaefer, Lawrence Co.

36 Inch:
1 – Darryl Braden, Crawford Co.
2 – Philip Schaefer, Mercer Co.
3 – David Alpaugh, Montour Co.
4 – Dan Alpaugh, Montour Co.
5 – Deb Alpaugh, Montour Co.
6 – Ivan Schaefer, Lawrence Co.

38 Inch:
1 – Gene Davis, Mercer Co.
2 – Ben Stackhouse, Lycoming Co.
3 – Richard Schaefer, Mercer Co.
4 – Blake & Son, Mercer Co.
5 – Bill Smith, Sullivan Co.

The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring more than 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. For more information or a complete schedule, visit


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