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Quarter horse show continues at Grange Fairgrounds this weekend

One of the largest events at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds’ equine facility continues through this weekend.

The PQHYA & PQHA-sponsored Quarter Horse Show, a four-day event that began Thursday and wraps up Sunday, features nearly 700 horses and competitors from as far away as the West Coast and Canada.

The Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Youth Association and Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association began with an all-novice show on Thursday followed by the annual show Friday through Sunday.

“We have nearly 700 stalls,” said show secretary Terri Clark. “We have competitors from as far away as California, Texas, Arkansas and Canada.”

There are six full shows during the event, with classes such as reining, riding, showmanship, driving, barrels and bending. More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

On Saturday, spectators can check out western riding, driving, equitation and under saddle riding. On Sunday, it’s barrels, stallions, geldings and mares. Six judges will be presiding over the competitions.

The Grange Fairgrounds opened its new equine facility in 2011, with enhanced seating, two outdoor arenas and a warm-up arena, 108 permanent stalls and bleachers that sit up to 700 spectators.

On Labor Day weekend, the group will bring its Quarter Horse Show back to Centre Hall.

“It will be on that Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend,” Clark said. “We’ll have futurity horses — yearlings and 2-year-olds — and we’ll have many of the Penn State quarter horses at that event.”

For more information on the quarter horse events, visit www.pqha.org

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