Special draft horse wins supreme champion honors

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Two-year-old Belgian mare, OHF Vision’s I’m Special, proved she was indeed special by winning Supreme Champion Draft Horse at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show Jan 10. The Champion Belgian mare was shown by Jennifer Biddle of Oak Hall Farm in Boalsburg, Pa.

One of the Biddle family’s favorite horses, “I’m Special” earned her name when she encountered life-threatening complications while being born. She survived the odds and from that point on, the family knew they had a very special horse in their lives.

Other victories “I’m Special” won include top honors in the Belgian Merit Program, a national competition, the last two years in a row. Other accomplishments also include winning Champion Junior Belgian Mare at the Keystone International Livestock Expo last October.

Winners at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show Draft Horse Show were:

Belgian
– Grand Champion Stallion: Orndorff’s Encore Master, exhibited by Jennifer Biddle, Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Pa., Centre County
– Reserve Grand Champion Stallion: Peach Bottom Montana, exhibited by Nathan Yoder, Peach Bottom Belgians, Peach Bottom, Pa., Lancaster County
– Grand Champion Mare and Best of Breed: OHF Vision’s I’m Special, exhibited by Jennifer Biddle, Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Pa., Centre County
– Reserve Grand Champion Mare: OHF Chance Sadie, exhibited by Jennifer Biddle, Oak Hall Farm, Boalsburg, Pa., Centre County

Clydesdale/Shire
– Grand Champion Stallion: Valley of the Kings Imhotep, exhibited by Eric Bennett and Ray Fetrow, Valley of the Kings Clydesdales, New Park, Pa., York County
– Reserve Grand Champion Stallion: Farquhar’s Andre Ethan Thoms, Aaronsburg, Pa., Centre County
– Grand Champion Mare and Best of Breed: Westminsters Abigal of Pinnacle, exhibited by Norman Lee Weber, Hunter Creek Farm, Butler, Pa., Butler County
– Reserve Grand Champion Mare: Denllyn’s Pinetree Jane, exhibited by Derry and Tammy Furry, Orchard View Clydesdales, New Enterprise, Pa., Bedford County

Percheron
– Grand Champion Stallion: Windermere’s North American Maid, Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Pa., Centre County
– Reserve Grand Champion Stallion: Shining Eye Commander, exhibited by Cody Walter and Lucille Rice, Shining Eye Percherons, Delta, Pa., York County
– Grand Champion Mare and Best of Breed: Windermere’s Desire, Windermere Farms, Spring Mills, Pa., Centre County
– Reserve Grand Champion Mare: Skyview II Miss, exhibited by Kari Patrick and Kelli Cole, Skyview II Percherons, Spring Mills, Pa., Centre County

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