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Reed's team wins 48th horse pull

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The small Fountain village didn’t look so small Saturday when hundreds of people, sipping their beer or soda and munching on hot dogs or popcorn, stampeded down to the railroad tracks to watch the 48th annual horse pull.

But the horses didn’t mind the crowds. They just pranced around taunting each other, probably saying, “I can pull more cement blocks than you can.”

Winning this year’s pull was the 73-year-old veteran Larry Reed and his horses, Rock and Jed — his friend’s call him Nugget. The team managed to pull 7,500 pounds 6 and a half feet, beating the second place horses by only four inches.

Although his horses are only 7 years old, Reed, who calls Bear Lake home, has been involved with horse pulling for 57 years and has been to all but one Fountain Horse Pull. He has won so many times in Fountain when asked for an exact number he said, “I have no idea, but I’ve won a lot.”

He said Saturday’s pull was a little tougher than previous years, though. His horses usually pull over 10,000 pounds at Fountain, he said.

But he added, “This is my second (horse pull) this year, and I’ve won them both.”

 
 
 Article courtesy of: Ludington Daily News


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