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A change of heart
    I guess the last few days have been pretty crazy. I have to admit I was overwhelmed with the show of support shown me by the dozens of message board posts, emails and phone calls I received. It gave me reason to pause and reconsider my decision to shut down the site. I would like to confirm that Terry Yoder never asked me to shut down the website. That decision was strictly mine. It may have been a possible overreaction to criticism over the message boards and the content of those boards. I love the fact that those boards have been so active and I have heard from people who told me that they visit the site each day just to check in on the boards. I still truly believe the message boards will prove to be a very positive addition to the website. Having a forum available to exchange ideas and thoughts is a good thing.

So I’ve decided to keep the website active. I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I’d like to mention three people who were instrumental in helping persuade me to continue. The first person is Wayne Dodge. His message on the board where he posted, “This website has brought horsepullers together from one end of the country to the other. It has introduced me to pulling associations and horsepullers I have never heard of”. I think Wayne hit the nail right on the head. Secondly I need to acknowledge my good friend JoJo who called not once but twice to talk some sense into me. She can be quite persistent. Lastly I need to mention an email I received from my good friends the Pickering’s from New Hampshire last night. I refer to them as my proofreaders because they scour the pages of my website and email me to inform me of the occasional error I make so that I can fix it. Sandy told me in her email last night that today is Austin’s birthday and all he wants for his birthday is his website back. So how can I say no to that birthday wish? Happy Birthday Austin.

So now everyone can relax and we can get on with enjoying the sport we all love. As I previously mentioned the message boards will remain. Let me once again remind people to possibly give some extra thought when choosing the words you use to express your thoughts. Those of us that make up the horsepulling community may be scattered all over the States and Canada and we may come from diverse backgrounds and we no doubt have differing opinions but one thing we share is a passion for the sport. So I’m sure none of us want to be responsible for posting anything potentially harmful. I certainly believe in freedom of speech and having a forum where we can all take a moment to express an opinion is a good thing but if I find anything to be of questionable content I will no doubt delete it.

Bill Torrey

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Horse lover
Monday, February 2, 2009 at 10:23 AM
thank you so much for all you do for the sport of horsepulling BIll! i am glad you decided to keep it going. I don't know what we did before we had it! thank you!

Bob Smith
Monday, February 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM
Thank You,

Monday, February 2, 2009 at 02:13 PM
OH God, thanks Bill, I was beginning to wonder what we were going to do. I sure am glad you are going to continue. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I'm here to help if needed. . . .

Monday, February 2, 2009 at 02:13 PM
On Monday, February 2, 2009 at 02:13 PM judy wrote:
OH God, thanks Bill, I was beginning to wonder what we were going to do. I sure am glad you are going to continue. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I'm here to help if needed. . . .

Monday, February 2, 2009 at 06:43 PM
I am a 40 year member of the EDHA, and a sponsor of Like so many others, I have come to rely on this site for much more than the results. Bill has invested time, talent and money to provide for all of us a valuable service. Each year the site becomes more professional, interesting and essential to the audience it serves. Adding the message board this year gives that audience an opportunity to discuss the sport in the off-season. Giving his audience a voice, however, had unintended consequences, I think, for which Bill was unprepared.
I am certain that Bill is motivated only by his love for horsepulling, and he has done everything to promote it in a responsible way. His decision to maintain the site was the one I was hoping he would make. Those individuals and groups critical of horsepulling seem to be growing in numbers. All of the associations need to be sensitive to the fact that with the new technology the opposition can record and publicize examples of perceived abuse. We have little control over these perceptions. To insure the integrity and health of the sport, it might be a good idea to review our own associations' objectives, and at the various spring meetings discuss ways to make sure that those goals are being accomplished. The one fact on which fans, owners, drivers, and all associated with the sport can agree
is that we don't want it taken away from us. Thanks again, Bill.

whitey smith
Monday, February 2, 2009 at 10:07 PM
Bill thanks so much for not stopping your site it is by far the best i would be lost with out it Thanks

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 08:57 AM
Glad to see you have changed your mind about shutting down the site.It is the best to come in from taking care of the horses on a sunday afternoon and look at the results from florida,when we have three or more feet of snow on the ground.
Jackson from NY

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