Harrisburg - The Equine Showcase drew in horses of all shapes, sizes, and specialties on Thursday, Jan. 12, during the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Several demonstrations gave the audience greater insight to the diversity of the equine species, as well as the many breeds that call Pennsylvania home.
Karen Orloff-Yatsko of Peaceful Valley Equestrian Center, Luzerne County, demonstrated for the crowd the finer points of dressage with her American Warmblood stallion, Independence. A quad-jumping performance was also given by some of Karen's riding students, all of whom were aboard babies of Independence.
Bear Creek Equestrian Team wowed the crowd with their patriotic musical performances. Their drill team comprised of several breeds of horses as well as a diverse selection of riders sporting everything from western saddles to no saddles at all.
The riders from Mason Dixon Paso Finos demonstrated the unique four-beat cadence of their unique Spanish breed, as well as the variations within the breed itself. But these flashy equines aren't just about looking good; the riders energized the crowd with an exciting game of equestrian soccer.
Other demonstrations, including an equestrian games competition, were held during the event.
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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