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Don & Carlene Davis

Don Davis from Lansing, Michigan might be best known as the long time secretary/ treasurer of the Michigan Dynamometer Assn.
Don served on the Michigan Dynamometer Board of Directors from 1974 to 1983.  He was reelected in 1984 and has served as secretary/treasurer since then.  He has been married for 31 years to Carlene. They have three children and two grandchildren with one more on the way.  All three children are active with draft horses, having shown, raised or with the horsepulling.  Don is a self employed structural steel draftsman. He is now semi retired.  He is also a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation as well as having been on the board for the Michigan Great Lakes International for 28 years.
 
Don's father the late Hughey Davis was the co-holder of the lightweight record for teams weighting under 3000 pounds.  The record was set at Hillsdale County Fair on the load of3700.  That next spring Hughey purchased a spotted fancy harness for himself as a reward for setting a new record.  Don has used that harness ever since. Of course he has had to make some repairs and changes but he is still winning the best dressed awards at the pulls and has quite a collection of trophies his father and himself have won with that beautiful harness.  In 2004 Don participated in 17 pulls with his team. And of course as always he could be found  at all the Michigan Dynamometer pulls along with his wife Carlene to make sure each contest runs smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlene Davis was raised in a family that had registered Belgian Draft Horses and then married into a family that was involved in draft horse pulling. Therefore she knows her way around the draft horse industry.  She began her career in announcing by doing commentary of draft horse demonstrations (i.e., hitching, plowing) at the Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.  In 1986, the late "Doc" Eggleston, pulling superintendent at the Fowlerville Fair, Fowlerville, MI called her in need of an announcer. The announcer he had hired was unable to come. Hence the start of Carlene's announcing draft horse pulling events.  In 1986 and 1987 Carlene was employed by the Michigan Dynamometer Association as an event announcer on a part time basis. In 1988 Carlene was hired as a full-time announcer and has been doing it ever since.  She also has had the honor of announcing the Draft horse hitch classes at several large draft horse events, including the North American Belgian Championship, Live Oak Draft Horse Invitational, Ocala Hitch Show and several county fairs in Michigan and Indiana.

As well as a career as an event announcer Carlene is also a visiting Home Health Aide. She has been doing it for 21 years and still counting. She has worked the last 10 years with the Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Michigan.  She also is the Administrative Treasurer and Coordinator for the vendors of the Michigan Great Lakes International held in October at the Michigan State Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing, Michigan. Carlene has been on the Board of Directors of the show for 26 years.  Carlene and her husband Don have raised a son and two daughters. Their son Doug has worked for a couple of people that have owned draft horses.  Their daughter Lori and son in law Rodney have a dairy farm and raise and show Belgians. Their daughter Mary and son in law Tim also raise and show Belgians and help Mom and dad out as much as they can with dads pulling team.  Carlene enjoys being around the "Gentle Giants" It has always been a part of her life. She enjoys helping Don work his pulling team even though she doesn't get much of a chance to drive them at home with her busy schedule.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



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