Erin Lang, 15, of Glen Rock, above, and Janitha Jo Martin, 14, of Loganville, below, will compete Saturday in the Trail Champions Challenge at the
Erin Lang, 15, of Glen Rock, above, and Janitha Jo Martin, 14, of Loganville, below, will compete Saturday in the Trail Champions Challenge at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. (submitted photos)

Erin Lang and Janitha Jo Martin are friends, though they've competed against each other at horse riding events.

The teenagers will participate in the Saturday competition of the Trail Champion Challenge at the 12th Pennsylvania Horse World Expo, which will be held Thursday through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.

"We both enjoy riding a lot, no matter what place we come in," said Erin, 15, a York Catholic High School sophomore. "We're happy about our rides and happy for each other."

Janitha Jo, an eighth-grader at Dallastown Area Middle School, said she enjoys competing with her horse, but also looks forward to spending some time with Erin at the expo.

"It's OK if we lose to each other," said Janitha Jo, 14, of Loganville. "We've never had an issue with one being better than the other. We're friends first."

Event details: The expo includes top equestrian clinicians, entertainers, and thousands of horse owners gathering for education, entertainment and shopping. More than 500 vendors will have booths with horse-related merchandise.

Horsekeeping technology and apparel, barns, artwork, books and trailers also will be available, as will informations about equestrian vacations and schools.

In the Trail Champion Challenge, riders and their horses are timed and judged as they negotiate an obstacle course.

Erin will be riding a horse named Cody's Dappled Dallas, while Janitha Jo will ride Hobby-Roan-Dee-Voo.


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"The horse needs to be willing to go over the obstacle, show he's listening and not be afraid at the different things they will see," said Erin, of Glen Rock.

Other riders: Terry Helder, 58, of Wrightsville, said he will be doing double duty at the Pennsylvania Horse World Expo. He'll be a rider at the Trail Champion Challenge's Friday competition.

Then Helder will help his granddaughter Teah Reichard, 20, as she competes in the Saturday competition with Dun Dealing Hobby, a horse he gave her for her 10th birthday.

Helder said he will compete with his 4-year-old gelding, Hobby Nic.

"He's an awesome horse, a young horse, new at (competing)" Helder said. "He listens really well. He trusts me a lot."