Rick Schafer of
Hamilton, Michigan is a newcomer to the sport of horsepulling having gotten
started just last year. He competes with his team of Tom & Ted in
heavyweight classes in his home state of Michigan. Rick who makes his
living driving a truck pulls to have fun and figures that just getting
them hooked and having a nice easy pull is what is important right now. He
has no other family members that compete but has several friends including
Maynard Patrick, Larry Pennepacker and Bob Hunt that also pull horses.
Rick is 35 years old and bought his horses off of Bill Firlik who he gives
credit for getting him started in horsepulling. His wife, Vicki and
daughter, Jennifer can usually be found by his side at the horsepulls helping
with the horses. In his first competition last year at the Allegan County
Fair he pulled 6000 pounds and placed eighth. Rick says it was quite the
experience and he was happy with his performance and that of Tom & Ted.