By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item
HARRISBURG — A Lewisburg Area High School student took home the reserve division championship and a master showman award for her junior breeding beef at the 2014 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Hannah Imgrund, 16, of Lewisburg, also won three first-place ribbons and two third-place prizes for the junior breeding beef. She also received a fifth-place award for a market goat and a fifth-place ranking for a market steer. The breeding beef and market steer were shown on Sunday, and the goat was shown on Saturday.
“I was proud that we were able to come down and show my animals. We didn’t win overall, but we still did well,” said Hannah, who has been participating in the Farm Show for the past six years. “This wasn’t our best year, but we still did good.”
Last year, a heifer she showed took home the grand champion prize for its division.
She plans to go back next year and compete again.
Also participating in the weekend event was fellow Lewisburg High student Rachel Metzger, of Winfield. The 17-year-old competed on Friday and Saturday in the barrel-racing, pole-bending and goat-`tying events.
While Metzger has been participating in rodeo events for five or six years, this was her first time at the Farm Show. “It went pretty good, for being a rookie,” she said. “I was very happy with my runs.”
She competed in two rounds each for her three events. She placed 16th out of 25 and 13th out of 25 in her two pole-bending runs, 24th out of 31 and 19th out of 30 in barrel racing and fifth out of 15 and 10th out of 15 in her two goat-tying competitions.
Unlike other rodeos Rachel has competed in, the Harrisburg event took place at an indoor stadium, with a concrete floor and coliseum-style seating. Horses tend to be scared of running into walls, she said, so riding inside directly in front of a large mass of people can make the animal trickier to control. “It was still a very good arena to run, and it was definitely a very good experience,” she said.
She gave a lot of credit to her 8-year-old horse, Ellie. “She’s been amazing. She’s carried me through about five years now,” Rachel said. “I’ve created such a strong bond with her that she will do almost anything for me. … I think she just runs her heart out for me.”
The event continues through Saturday at the Farm Show complex on the outskirts of Harrisburg. About 585,000 people attended last year, and officials expect at least as many, or more, this year. Admission is free.