The Keystone International Livestock Exposition will showcase the Mid-Atlantic's equine talent Sept. 27 through Oct. 5 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
"In the show ring, on the track or road or in the field, Pennsylvania is home to some of the nation's finest horses," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "KILE is a central location where the East Coast's best horses compete under one 24-acre roof."
The first weekend features the all-breed Open Horse Show, slated for Sept. 26-28, featuring English and Western pleasure, hunter, equitation, driving, jumper, trail, showmanship, barrel racing and pole bending classes. Each day, the show will hold classes in the Equine, Large and new Equine Barn arenas simultaneously. Additional jumper classes will preview the weekend the evening of Friday, Sept. 26.
Draft horses and Haflingers take the ring at halter, under saddle and hitched in shows from Oct. 2 to 5, featuring the Belgian, Clydesdale, Haflinger, Percheron and Shire breeds. Action culminates in two evenings of the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series on Friday and Saturday. The Haflinger Pleasure Show is Sunday, Oct. 5.
Draft horse pulls return for a second year, competing after each night's six-horse hitch competition. The lightweight division is set for Friday night while the heavyweights pull Saturday night.
A trade show featuring tack vendors and feed companies will be open during all horse shows.
Check online for a detailed schedule of events: keystoneinternational.state.pa.us