Smith of McDonough, New York has been pulling
50 years. He competes with his pair of heavyweight horses in NY, PA, OH,
MI, CT, MA, and New Hampshire.
Howard has now retired from a career in the insurance industry. He lists
the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY as his favorite pull to compete in during
the season. Howard considers his proudest accomplishment in pulling as
finishing first in Afton, NY one year and the next day winning the Lions Club
pull in his former hometown of Oxford. If you see Howard at a pull you'll
more then likely see his wife Annabelle also who enjoys keeping score and video
taping the pulls. She's also a valuable contributor to our website.
Howard served as president and a director of the NYSHPA in its early
years. He competes for the sport and not the riches and enjoys attending the
pulls and meeting new people.
Howard competing at the July 4th pull in
Whitney Point, NY in 2003.