Proudly Pennsylvanian | An equestrian tradition that spans generations
The Pennsylvania Horse Show is less than a month away, and even though the formal dress is gone, the eight day event is still rich in Pennsylvania tradition.
Equestrians from around the world compete at the annual Pennsylvania Horse Show, which started in 1946.
But the show is also rich in history for one local Central PA family.
If you drive through the gates and into the sprawling acres of Highland Chase Farm, eventually you'll run into Lexie Mowery. And you can bet she'll be hanging out in this barn with her best friend, Chip.
Mowery has been riding horses her whole life, and has her dad, Hal, to thank for first introducing her to the thousand pound friendly animals.
"I grew up on this farm, so I’ve always been around them, but I've been seriously competing for 13 years now,” she says.
It's a love that has been passed down four generations, and it all started with Lexie's great-great-grandfather.
“He was seventy years old when he started riding so we got to do a lot of fun things together on horseback,” says Hal Mowery.
Hal says he even turned his wife into an equestrian.
“I threw her on the back of a horse and told her it’s that easy. It wasn’t until later when she learned more about horses that she realized it’s not as easy as getting on their back.”
At one point, Lexie was ranked 14th in the nation after competing at the Pennsylvania Horse Show, which is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the United States.
This March, she was selected as a board member for the show.
The honor has allowed her to give back to a sport that has brought her family closer, and of course, introduced her to her best friend, Chip.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is from October 11th through the 20th.