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January 13, 2014

Danville-area Percherons shine at Pennslyvania Farm Show

DANVILLE — An area legislator became an interviewer of some of his constituents at the Pennsylvania Farm Show.

State Rep. Kurt Masser interviewed Dr. Amy Snover and Lizzy Bassett and Cassidy Roadarmel who competed at the farm show.

The two videos are available from his weekly electronic newsletter. They can also be seen at YouTube.com/Rep/Masser.

Early in the week of the farm show, Masser said he met Snover, a Geisinger Medical Center emergency room doctor and 4-H leader.

Snover, of Valley Township; said she, her husband, Walt Rupert; Lizzy, of Rush Township; and Cassidy, of Elysburg; entered competitions the first weekend of the farm show.

Masser interviewed Lizzy and Cassidy about the hard work they put in help take care of the Percherons owned by Snover and Rupert. The girls are members of the Backwoodsmen 4-H Club of Northumberland County.

After the competition, Snover and Rupert stayed at the farm show to show the public what they do with their Percherons and how they use them.

Their Percheron draft horses are Ike, 11; Duke, 15; and Irish, 3.

She said they placed rather well in competitions, including ladies’ and men’s carts. Irish was named reserve champion overall in ladies’ cart. “We won the tandem hitch,” she said.

Cassidy, 14, was first in the junior showmanship class with Ike.

Lizzy, 17, competed in decorating, showmanship, carts and feed scurry. “She placed in all of them except the feed scurry race,” Snover said.

The decorating competition involves getting a horse completely ready for a show including braiding the mane and tail, brushing the animal, “setting up and ready to go” in 30 minutes, she said.

The draft horse competitions drew 140 animals with 30 staying for the remainder of the show for exhibition work, she said.

This is their 12th year taking horses to the farm show.

“We definitely get a lot of people stopping by to take a look and asking questions and really enjoying them,” she said.

Often asked questions are how much do they weigh, how tall are they and how long do they live. “And can I ride them,” she said.

Their largest Percheron – Irish – is 6 feet 1 inch tall at the shoulders. Each of their horses weighs nearly a ton.

Twenty years is an average age for a Percheron.

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