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Horsin' Around

At 11 a.m. on the opening day of the Wayne County Fair, the first of many competitions kicked off in front of the grandstands.

Sponsored by Marshall Machinery, Inc., work horses hit the track for the annual horse pulling contest.

“This is the annual horse pull at the Wayne County Fair, I think this has been running since the beginning, but I wasn’t there,” joked John Marshall, chairman of the horse pull event and owner of Marshall Machinery, Inc.

“We have two classes; light weight and heavy weight teams. They have to pull the described distance, and keep increasing the weight,” said Marshall.

The lightweight division consists of a pair of horses that cannot exceed 3,325 pounds in total combined weight.

They must pull the sled a distance of 27’6” for the a qualified run, in order to advance to the next weight class.

They started at 2800 pounds, and eventually worked their way up to 3800 on the back of a dynamometer.

The most common type of horse being used was the Belgian.
“They are basically work horses that are used for farming,” said Marshall.

“These horses are mostly from New York state, but there is one trailer from Massachusetts.”

That one trailer from Massachusetts, owned by R & R Contracting ended up claiming first place in the lightweight division.

“We’ll probably do between 20-25 fairs this summer,” said Roger Fuller of R & R.

“So far we’ve done ten pulls. We reached 3,800 before, but we made it 26’2” this time. I think we’ve been coming here for five or six years now. We’ve won here before and this is just a great time.”

The horses, named “Spike” and “Dick” celebrated by snacking on some hay and being brushed down by a team of handlers while cooling down from their hard fought victory on the track.

“I’m sure we’ll be back next year,” said Fuller.

The Best Teamsters Award went to Robert and Sue Simpson from McDonough, NY.

This award is given to the team who handles its horses the best on the track.

 

 

Doug Smith holds the reigns of "Bud" and "Chad" during the lightweight division of the annual horse pull at the Wayne County Fair on Friday.

Article courtesy of www.neagle.com



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