Cecil E. Darnell was introduced to
horsepulling by his dad, Cecil M. Darnell in the early 1940's. He began
his early experience by hooking eveners. The Darnell's pulled horses in
places like Barryton, Weidman, Lake, Winn, Farwell, Marion, Evart, Six Lakes and
other small mid-Michigan communities and county fairs. Cecil worked horses
on the farm as well.
Entering the workplace, Cecil E. Darnell
served as Trade Show Manager for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME),
Engineering Society of Detroit, (ESD) and the National Association of Corrosive
Engineers, (NACE) in Houston, Texas, after teaching and Chamber of Commerce
Staffing. Along with association assignments, Darnell continues to write
about and take pictures of draft horses doing what they were bred to do.
With stories and photographs, Cecil E. Darnell
has promoted draft horses and draft horse pulling in more than 100 different
publications. His equine photographs grace 50 or more calendar pages and
magazine covers within equine industry publications that support and promote
Mr. Darnell has received a Catalyst Award from
the Michigan Horse Council. Our congratulations to Mr. Cecil Darnell, the
man who puts the pictures and the words together.
The Michigan Horsepulling Boat Association
nominated Mr. Cecil E. Darnell of Mason, Michigan.
Photo courtesy of Cecil E. Darnell