2019-01-10 / Local & State

Franklin County’s Wagner Takes Two Titles in Mini Horse Pull At Farm Show

Harrisburg, PA – Though they may be small, 14 teams of miniature horses proved their might in the Mini Horse Pulling Contest today at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The competition was split into three divisions based on the height of the horses at the withers--the highest point of horse’s shoulder--34 inches, 36 inches, and 38 inches.

Like their larger equine counterparts, mini horses are hitched in teams that have three attempts to pull a weighted sled a distance of 10 feet, which is referred to as a “full pull.” If they do not make the full pull, their longest distance determines their placement. Teams are also required to remain within their lane, which is marked by chalk lines on the ground.

In the first round, the sled weighed 820 pounds. Cinder blocks were added each round in 320 pound increments until the team in each division who could pull the most was crowned the winner.

The top team of the 34- inch division, owned by Cory Wagner of Spring Run, Franklin Co., made a winning pull of 2,420 lbs.

Wagner’s 36-inch team topped its division with a winning pull of 2,740 lbs.

The top team of the 38- inch division, owned by Russell Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co., made a winning pull of 3,060 lbs.

First place winners from each class were awarded $ 200 and a plaque. A special Teamster Award was presented to one driver in each division who displayed both exceptional skill as a driver and good sportsmanship.

Judges for the competition were Dean Denny of Last Chance Farm in Rochester N.Y., Butch Miner of Fritz Ann Farm in Fort Plain, N.Y., and Gary Libengood of Libengood Bros. Maple in Rockwood, Somerset County.

34-Inch Division:

First – Cory Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

Second – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

Third – Chad Phillips, Morris, Tioga Co.

Fourth – Lillie Gauld, Home, Indiana Co.

Teamster Award – Chad Phillips, Morris, Tioga Co.

36-Inch Division:

First – Cory Wagner, Spring Run, Franklin Co.

Second – Matt Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

Third – Chuck Nutwell, Needmore, Fulton Co.

Fourth – Brandon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

Teamster Award – Chuck Nutwell, Needmore, Fulton Co.

38-Inch Division:

First – Russell Ferringer, Indiana, Indiana Co.

Second – Tate Stackhouse, Unitville, Lycoming Co.

Third - Brandon Ferringer, Marion Center, Indiana Co.

Fourth – Corey Wagner, Willow Hill, Franklin Co.

Fifth– Waylon Ferringer, Home, Indiana Co.

Sixth – Jade Umler, Morris, Tioga Co.

Teamster Award – Tate Stackhouse, Unityville, Lycoming Co.

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