NORWICH – Although tractor pulls and demolition derbies are synonymous with the Chenango County Fair, Mark and Sandy Kent make their way to the fair every year to show off a completely different and much more literal kind of horse power.
For years, the Kents have traveled up and down the east coast from Maine to Florida, touring county and state fairs to show-off and possibly even sell percheron horses from their hitch team, named Sen-Diron Percherons. The team consists of 6-8 Percheron horses from Sennett Livestock Sales based in Sennett, NY and for the fifth year, these massive horses are drawing eyes upward in the horse stables at the Chenango fairgrounds.
“Once you get horses in your blood, it’s hard to get out,” said Mark Kent, who purchased the sale barn and auction business from its former owners in 1987. Kent has been immersed in horse farming since childhood. His father was a horse farmer and more recently, his son took over the business, rounding out four generations of horse farming for the Kents. “It’s always been a family function for us,” he said.