HARRISBURG, Pa. –A team of six Belgian draft horses, exhibited by Triple Star Farm of Columbus Mich., drove into victory at the All Breed Class Series 6-Horse Hitch Oct. 2 at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg.
The team of Belgians beat out 16 other teams in the class from across the U.S. and Canada. Second place was awarded to Gerald and Melissa Allebach of Windermere Farm in Springmills, Pa.
The teams that compete in the 6-Horse Hitch are trying to earn points by placing well at shows during the year. At the end of the year, the teams awarded the most points qualify to compete in the World Finals.
The results for the All Breed Classic Series 6-Horse Hitch are:
First place: Triple Star Farm, Columbus, Mich.
Second place: Gerald Allebach, Windermere Farm, Springmills, Pa.
Third place: Chris and Craig Hammersmith, Hammersmith Belgians, Defiance, Ohio.
Fourth place: Nick and Cherie Wagner, All-Star Farms, Wayne, Ohio.
Fifth place: H&C Belgians, Roanoke, Ind.
Sixth place: Pierre Gagnon, Pro-Motion, Carignan, Quebec.
Seventh place: Albert Cleve and Jim Day, Blue Ribbon Days, Farmington, Mont.
Eighth place: Kenneth Sandoe, Sunny Hill Farm, Myerstown, Pa.
Ninth place: Gregory Rowe, Flat Rock Draft Horses, Bellevue, Ohio.
Tenth place: Ted English, Country Lane Belgians, Sunderland, Ontario.
Regional Shire Show
Kim Smith of Milton, Ontario, trotted away with more than one top honor at the Regional Shire Show at the Keystone International Livestock Exposition Oct. 1.
With the horse Gentle Giant Rose Royce, Smith was awarded best of breed at the show. Gentle Giant Rose Royce won 2-year-old mare before going on to win champion junior mare and grand champion mare.
Smith also was awarded reserve grand champion mare with Gladwin Jubilee Reign for the second year in a row.
Grand champion stallion was Remember the Titan, exhibited by Daniel and Kathleen Hathaway of Illusion Farms, Fryeburg, Maine.
The Hathaways were also awarded stallion and three mares later in the day.
Janet Long of Epsom, N.H., also had an outstanding day, winning top honors in nine classes. Long exhibited four horses and won champion registered gelding, best American bred registered shire gelding, registered gelding 3-years and over, stallion foal, reserve champion junior stallion, reserve grand champion stallion, reserve grand champion senior mare, get of sire, and produce of dam.
2S Clydesdales, Inc., from Schulenburg, Texas, topped 12 of the breed halter classes during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition Oct. 1.
Owner of 2S Clydesdales, Inc., Pat McMahen, exhibited the grand champion stallion, Bogton Barnaby, and grand champion mare, 2S Omega’s Elegant Encore.
He also exhibited the reserve grand champion Mare 2S Omega’s Golden Gem, and many other winners.
Other top finishers in the Clydesdale arena included Stoney Creek Clydesdales of Honesdale, Pa., exhibiting Stoney Creek Force as the reserve grand champion stallion and Fergus, the champion gelding.
The Percheron Halter Horse Show was no challenge for the world-famous Percherons owned by Gerald and Melissa Allebach of Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Pa. Windermere’s Deidra was chosen as the grand champion mare and the best of breed during the show.
Deidra reigns as the supreme world champion mare.
Windermere’s North American Maid, a 3-year-old stallion, also known as ‘Moose,’ was awarded senior champion stallion and grand champion stallion.
‘Moose’ was then named the 2009 supreme champion draft horse after beating out the best of breed winners in Belgians, Clydesdales and Shires.
The national champion stallion, Windermere’s Trademark, was named reserve grand champion stallion, and reserve champion mare was awarded to Blue Ribbon Farm’s Unique of Blue Ribbon Days, exhibited by Albert Cleve and Jim Day of Farmington, Mont.
The champion gelding was Winter Hill Off The Rikter, Flat Rock Draft Horses, Gregory J Rowe, Bellevue, Ohio.
Karen Hoover of Newville, Pa., and her mares dominated the Haflinger Show during the Keystone International Livestock Exposition. Hoover’s mare Annie Laurie was awarded grand champion Mare while her mare Annya Candance was awarded reserve grand champion mare.
Grand champion stallion went to Avalanche Amber Style of BOB, exhibited by Steve Townsend of Laurel, Del. Always Alert GVS, exhibited by Chelsea Mae Deephouse of Coopersburg, Pa., won reserve grand champion stallion.
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