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    How much was Dick pulling in the picture on the home page? What were the horses names?

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hosspowr
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:28 AM
The horses names were Dan & Tony

professor
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 04:39 PM
They were trying to set a "Worlds Record",
the pit was moist, etc., approx 27,000lbs.
I recall Danny Reed and Bruce Cragin crossing
the loads as well but I think Dick was the only
one who hooked to this load.

uno
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 04:52 PM
just for show.

Ray
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM
I just checked my blue ribbon books for 1988 and 1989, and the picture actually was taken at the 1989 Deerfield Fair. The cover photo incorrectly gives the date as l988. Dick won the pull in '88, but hooked to 13,000#. In '89 the "record load" was 22,000#. Dick, with Tony and Dan again, won with a pull of 54 1/2 inches. Bailey's Express finished second on the same load with 38". George Marshall was probably the driver. Dan Reed finished 3rd, crossing 19,000#. Others in the class, in order, were Bruce Cragin, Phar-Laps Horses, Jack McQuaid, Jack MacDougall, Carroll Reed and Son, Kierstead and Braley and Walter Simonds. The l969 blue ribbon book lists record loads from 1959-69. The largest load, and one of the most exciting pulls that I personally saw was at the Barnstable County Fair in 1969, when the Hi-V Ranch team, driven by Harold Montgomery beat the Edward Crowell team of Diamond and Tom, driven by Dan Reed. The load they finished on was 18,900#. Harold had 34" and Dan 25 1/2". As I remember, they ran out of blocks and Jim Seavey and Dinger, along with some other big men had to ride the boat. July 20th 1969 was also the date of the first lunar landing. I got back to Brown University just in time to see that historic event too. Ray

Ray
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I have been corrected in a email from hosspowr. I won't argue with his explanation. He says the date of picture is, in fact, 1988. Following the FFA class on Saturday, the top three teams were invited to pull the next day in an attempt to set a new record. The photo was taken that day, but the results were not included in the book, apparently. He reports that the weight on the boat was 27,000#. If that is true, then it would have to be the biggest load pulled in New England. Cummington, Dayville, Great Barrington and West Springfield, as well as Lydonville, VT., Fryeburg,ME and Terryville and Durham CT. have also been sites for big loads going back to the 1950's. Didn't Charlie Wimler's Chub and Broker pull loads of around 25,000# in the well-oiled Durham pit? Ray

Deuce
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 08:52 AM
I am not sure of the year. But we crossed 28300 at Barnstable for a full pull of 20 feet with baileys express 3 some of Bill Tom and Harry it sure did start hard but once we got it moving we sailed it the full distance on the first hook. They had to be the best heavy weight 3 horse hitch ever.

professor
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Ray, you are right about Durham. It came down to Wallingford and Wimler with Wallingford winning.
He pulled Rock and ??, what I do remember was Rock had 1" of the hard end on the last load. The load was either 24,700 or 25,700.
Neither team crossed the load

Bob Smith
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Rock and Dewey

Ray
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Well professor, you have sent me back to the old books to do some more research on big loads in the Durham pit. The decade of the 70's produced some outrageous loads. Remember these were all 6' pulls in a pit manicured by Angelo Rosconi.
1972: Ct. State Grange Fair, over 3000# class, Charlie crosses 21,800 with two teams. Amasa Peck and Gene Kirkpatrick both hitch to 21,200. Durham Fair, 3300 class, 16 entries, Ed Crowell (DOR) 60" on 19,400; 2nd place Edward Bennett (Arthur Durgin) 41"
FFA, Ed Crowell DOR (probably Diamond and Ted (grey horse) crosses 23,600; 2nd Charlie Wimler 29" on 23,600
1975, 4-H Fair, FFA: 23,600: 1st Mrs. Doris Marshall (probably Red and Shiner) crossed; 2nd Paul Lucas; 3rd Gene Kirkpatrick; 4th Aldo Offredi--all had inches on the same load. Durham Fair, FFA: 23,600: 1st Mrs. Doris Marshall crossed the load; 2nd Charlie, 58". I can still see Charlie's look of disbelief, wondering how Ray was able to beat him consistently that year with such a small team.
1978: 4-H Fair: 3100# class: 20,600# 1st Fred Cook, crossed the load; 2nd Maxie JoJoe, 33" Over 3100# class: 22,400# 1st Fred Cook crossed; 2nd Charlie Wimler crossed (withdrew). Bob could probably tell us what 4 horses Fred pulled that day!
In the Women's single class at the Durham Fair that year, in the over 1600# class Naomi Smith, East Swanzey, N.H. was 2nd with 28" on 6,600#
The Berlin Fair during this period also had near record loads. Ray

Bob Smith
Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I believe it was Jim and Tony, Big Jim and Dick, Naomi was driving our Dewey

professor
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
I went to Deerfield in 65 0r 66, they had a 3 horse hitch that Mr Bolduc finally called off because the load was quite high and got to rocking back and forth every hitch. Came down to Roland Aldrich(Junior Edwards) and J.D. Wellspeak(Fred Cook)
Aldrich had a big stout black horse in the middle,do not remember the other 2. Fred had Silver in the middle and I think Buckshot and Shorty although it could have been Neon and Shorty. Ray, would like to see if you can find that one in the records. Thanks, professor.

Ray
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Professor, eureka! You've got a good memory. It was 1966. They pulled 11 classes in 3 days, including 3 separate single classes:1500#, FFA, and 1700# Good Will Class. How many people today would know what a "good will class" was? J.D.Durgin and Sons won both good will classes; Ronald won the 3200# and Arthur on the 1700 single class. The new class that year was the Three Horse FFA. There were 3 entries: Roland Aldrich, driven by Junior Edwards; David Wellspeak, driven by Fred, and the Joe Bolduc team.
Junior and Fred crossed 17,000#, and Joe went out on 15,000#. Both teams withdrew and Aldrich finished first and Wellspeak second. Were you at the Barnstable County Fair, July of 1969? That photo of Rex Lappin at Belvidere in the pulling calendar is super. Do you know the photographer???? Ray

professor
Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Ray,
I was at Barnstable in 69, quite an affair.
I have not seen the calendar.

hosspowr
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Regan, send me your email address and I will send you a copy. hosspowr@aol.com
On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 06:54 PM regan wrote:
Is there anyway to get that picture?
There is this guy who works for me he was telling how he was there when it was going on because his father worked horses for dick over 11 years and he would like to see the picture again.... I tried to find it off the website but seem to not find iit


Ted
Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 04:30 PM
On Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 06:54 PM regan wrote:
Is there anyway to get that picture?
There is this guy who works for me he was telling how he was there when it was going on because his father worked horses for dick over 11 years and he would like to see the picture again.... I tried to find it off the website but seem to not find iit
Regan, Who was the man that worked for Dick for 11 years?

professor
Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM
WAS THE 1965 EDHA ROUND-UP IN WESTFIELD MA?



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