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Twenty-six teams on display at Horse Pulling Contest at the 2012 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg - Teams from all over Pennsylvania competed in the horse pulling contest on Tuesday evening at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.  There were 14 teams competing in the lightweight division, weighing 3,325 pounds or under and 12 teams in the heavyweight division, weighing over 3,325 pounds.

This year's judges were Doug Smith, Richford, NY and Dean and Martin Zinn Newville, PA, Cumberland Co.

In the lightweight division, the BJ Farm team came in first with the Brown Brothers team following in second. The Victor Bonacassio team took home top honors in the heavyweight division with the Holly Hill Farm team coming in second.

The Outstanding Teamster was awarded to the Bowman and Adams team for the lightweight division and the Cole Sutter team for the heavyweight division.

The Outstanding Teamster Award for both the lightweight and heavyweight divisions was presented by Linda Buhler in memory of Peter C. Buhler and Jack Buhler and was donated by Keystone Minerals, Inc.

During the intermission between the weight divisions, Horse Puller Warren Raymond "Ray" Kessler was honored by being inducted into the Draft Horse Wall of Honor.

Results for the Lightweight Horse Pulling:

  • 1. BJ Farm
  • 2. Brown Brothers
  • 3. Ira Kessler
  • 4. Bob Howard
  • 5. Ray Long
  • 6. Diehl Valley Farms
  • 7. Bill Howard
  • 8. Bowman and Adams - Teamster Award
  • 9. Chris Laughman
  • 10. Bowman Trucking
  • 11. Ben Stackhouse
  • 12. Brian English
  • 13. Chuck and Kim Nutwell
  • 14. Denise Wright

Results for the Heavyweight Horse Pulling:

  • 1. Victor Bonacassio
  • 2. Holly Hill Farms
  • 3. Jeff Martin
  • 4. Chris Villarial
  • 5. Hidden Meadow
  • 6. Cole Sutter - Teamster Award
  • 7. Casey Hauschild
  • 8. Heather Howard
  • 9. Milton Rice
  • 10. Brandon Porter
  • 11. Scott Enslin
  • 12. Jeff Spako

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.

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