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Daring Draft Drivers Show Off During PA Farm Show Hitch Demo
Harrisburg - Pennsylvania Farm Show spectators got an extra large dose of draft horse knowledge during the Hitch and Drive Draft Horse Demo, held Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Although these draft horse teams have taken to the Farm Show rings all week, this demonstration gave insight on what it takes to own and show the gentle giants.
Several different hitches were on display including a regular team, a single hitch, and a show stopping eight-horse-hitch provided by Ken and Karen Sandoe of Sunny Hill Farms, Lebanon County.
With big horses like these come big expenses, too. Although it's possible to purchase an exceptional draft for a couple thousand dollars, drafts like the ones found in the show ring commonly pull in figures well into the five and six digits. Add the 150-pound harnesses and flashy carts into the mix, and the price tag easily exceeds the $150,000 marker.
These pricey ponies aren't just pretty. Each set of horses has a specific job to do for the hitch to work well. While some need to focus on pulling the brunt of the load, others need to catch the judge's eye with attitude and spunk.
Several other draft horse demos and shows are being held throughout show week. For a complete schedule, visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us.
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.
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