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Southern Draft Horse Association marks 20th season

By Steve Lee
News Reporter


It took a New England draft horse competitor to organize what has become one of the nationís top horse pulling groups in Florida. New Hampshire resident Jack MacDougall was the driving force behind the Southern Draft Horse Association, formed in 1990.
"Jack wanted to have a good series of pulls in Florida," recalled Wildwoodís Bill McClellan, who has been involved in the sport for 40 years. "He called the best teams (of horses) and the best men in the eastern U.S. and invited them to Florida. This thing started that way and itís progressed and stayed that way."
MacDougall, reached in New Hampshire by telephone on Feb. 8, recalled giving horse pulling demonstrations in Ocala 20 years ago. He is appreciative how competitors like McClellan and others have kept the group going.
"We started in the Ocala area, because a lot of people down there had horses," MacDougall said. "Thatís kind of horse country anyway. People got behind me and built it up. Itís still going."
At age 65, McClellan still competes. He teamed with Oscar Ethington in two divisions of the 7th annual Horse Pulling Competition on Feb. 6 at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City.
The pair placed fourth behind horses Prince and Cracker in the Dynamometer Pull, traveling a distance of 9 feet, 11 inches with 4,200 pounds. In the Heavyweight Machine Pull, they took eighth as Tom and Barney pulled 4,500 pounds 2í6".

Article courtesy of: The Zephyrhill News

R&R Window Contractors fared well in the horse pulls at the Pioneer Museum and Village. The team posted two of the top six finishes in the Heavyweight Machine Pull and had three of the top 12 placements in the Dynamometer

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