Born in Knox, Indiana in
February of 1946, Ron held off until he was 12 years old, when he began pulling
ponies in 1958 in Fairmont, Indiana. His competition, in those early days,
included Melvin Roush Sr., Frank Slusher, Tom, Don and Jake Humbert. There
were others who pulled ponies against him for the next nine years. Then he
moved up to pulling full sized horses when he was 21 in 1967. From that
moment Ron was infected with horsepulling disease and he still suffers from it
As a honeywagon
contractor, Ron has carried out various human needs with a historical vengeance.
Folks have questioned him about some of the odors of his profession; was it him
personally or was that smell ahead of him a professional thing? Always
ready with a quick comeback, this is what Ron would say; "Just remember, you doo
doo is my bread and butter".
Ron and Pam had been
married for three years before he began pulling with the full sized horses.
Ron went through the entire gamut of challenges that a modern day horsepuller
with an old fashioned habit would. Ron and Pam began their marital journey
using wooden whippletreees to share their load. In the beginning Ron used
a stock truck to move the horses from place to place as horsepulling contests
Ron was always looking for
a match for his stoutest horse. He was always alert to staying competitive
as he broke hame straps, tugs and of course eveners. Ron didn't spend all
of his time pulling horses however and Marsha, Ronald and Shawnda joined the
family as a result of some of his non-horsepulling activities. When he
wasn't pulling horses he ended up with 7 grandchildren and Braydon their
great-grandchild who has it made.
Ron was always competitive
and horsepulling provided an arena in which he could meet this
competitive need. With the passage of time and as he learned more about
the sport and those who were trying to beat him, his horses got better and so
did he. Ron has been nominated for membership in the Draft Horsepulling
Hall of Fame because of his attitude, his value system and the simple fact that
he has been described by those he challenges as a "nice man".