Horses highlight Pa. Farm Show

1/7/2013 10:30 AM

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is in full swing this week with a variety of events for horse fans in addition to the regular breed and draft horse judging, pony and horse pulling and professional rodeo circuit finals.

Returning again this year will be the ever-popular arena carriage racing in the Large Area on Tuesday (Jan. 8) at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesday (Jan. 9) at 2 p.m.

New this year is an arena polo demonstration by the West Shore Polo Club of Camp Hill, Pa. in a modified match against the Work-to-Tide team of Philadelphia. The demo match will be held in the Equine Arena on Wednesday (Jan. 10) at 4:30 p.m.

According to a press release from the organizers the demo will expose the audience at the Farm Show to the sport of arena polo which is slightly different from to the outdoor version. The arena version is most commonly used in interscholastic and intercollegiate polo.

The West Shore team will be George Hempt, a sophomore from Quaker Valley High School, Tommy Huber, a ninth grader from Gilman School of Baltimore, Ben Lynch, a 10th grader from the Friends School of Baltimore. The alternate for the team is Jackson Bennett, a ninth grader from St. Paul's School. The team plays and practices during the fall and winter at Garrison Forest School and is coached by Cindy Halle and Emily Dewey.

The ponies used in the demonstration will be from Garrison and from Work to Ride.

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