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    has anyone else heard talk that the eastern draft horse clubs roundup is being moved to essex junction in vermont

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jb
Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 05:40 PM
northern vermont in mid october???? yea righttttt

Mynewcolts
Friday, April 3, 2009 at 06:47 AM
What is centrally located? You are always going to have someone that has to travel further than the other person. Some guys in the west have to travel 3,4,5 or more hours to go to Lansing or Hinsdale championship pulls, so no matter where the EDHA has it, someone will have to travel more than what they want. Guys in Maine going to Keene had to travel 3 hrs., Guys in Vermont going to Keene 2 1/2 hrs. Connecticut to Keene 2 or 3 hrs., we could go on and on but it comes down to one point, there is no centrally located point for everybody!

Mynewcolts
Friday, April 3, 2009 at 01:34 PM
Everybody should have a say in what they would like see happen, thats why there are meetings, but the Directors (which you members elect) have the final say. The spring meeting is Sunday I am sure everybody that has problems with what is going on will be there to voice their objections. Why have an organization to represent New England Horsepulling if you have people starting their own "superpulls". Make your membership in the EDHA count, show up at meetings and voice your opinions as to what you want.
Otherwise don't complain about it. Horsepulling is a dying sport, why not pull together and show the spectators a good show with unity and good sportsmanship!

John
Friday, April 3, 2009 at 02:28 PM
I think it's a great idea to have a "superpull" on the same day of the roundup. Everybody that wants to pull on the truck 20 or 27 1/2 ft. no touch can go to keene. Everybody that wants to pull 12 ft. and whip there horses to get it across can go to essex junction.

digger
Friday, April 3, 2009 at 02:58 PM
On Friday, April 3, 2009 at 01:34 PM farmgirl wrote:
Everybody should have a say in what they would like see happen, thats why there are meetings, but the Directors (which you members elect) have the final say. The spring meeting is Sunday I am sure everybody that has problems with what is going on will be there to voice their objections. Why have an organization to represent New England Horsepulling if you have people starting their own "superpulls". Make your membership in the EDHA count, show up at meetings and voice your opinions as to what you want.
Otherwise don't complain about it. Horsepulling is a dying sport, why not pull together and show the spectators a good show with unity and good sportsmanship!

I heard that the idea to move to Essex Junction was voted on unanamously by the board of directors and the membership had no say. Doesn't surprise me cause the membership lost their right to have any say in this club several years back. It does no good to go to meetings cause they only tell you what they want you to hear. Most everything they spew is a lie. they stopped doing what was good for the club years ago and now the personal agendas of some of the BOD is the motivation for their desision making. the membership realizes this and has lost interest. I used to go to meetins and the room would be packed with 150 or more people. not anymore. lucky if 50 show up. it is time for a new club. one that promotes the interest of the New England horsepuller and those that follow the sport rather then just a select few. I salute the Smith family for organizing another pull. they have my support 100%

Mynewcolts
Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 12:47 PM
On Friday, April 3, 2009 at 05:16 PM Bob wrote:
I wish the EDHA luck with there northern experience, this will give the people that can't afford the trip or have no interest in driving that far north, a chance to visit a Super Horse Pull. I have no idea what is bothering Farmgirl if they would like the northern trip enjoy your journey, if you came to Keene you would be accepted with open arms. .
On Friday, April 3, 2009 at 01:34 PM farmgirl wrote:
Everybody should have a say in what they would like see happen, thats why there are meetings, but the Directors (which you members elect) have the final say. The spring meeting is Sunday I am sure everybody that has problems with what is going on will be there to voice their objections. Why have an organization to represent New England Horsepulling if you have people starting their own "superpulls". Make your membership in the EDHA count, show up at meetings and voice your opinions as to what you want.
Otherwise don't complain about it. Horsepulling is a dying sport, why not pull together and show the spectators a good show with unity and good sportsmanship!


I don't have a problem, evidently you guys are touchy! It really doesn't matter to us where the championship pull is, if the Horses are performing to their full potential than they will go. Since we don't need to whip our horses to get them to pull we don't have to go north for a 12' pull. Every year somebody always wants to stray off and start their own championship pull because they don't like whats out there, if you guys really follow thru with it, its an option for everyone. If you start a new association, at least you know you won't have to have directors because as you stated members will make all the decisions. Just like I'm sure the decision you guys made to get it going again at Keene was made by everybody that owns horses and pulls horses, because obviously they are the ones that should have the majority of the say, since without them there wouldn't be any pulling.

TJ
Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 07:34 PM
YOU GUYS AND GALS SORT THIS OUT AND MAKE IT BIG ENOUGH THAT WE COULD AFFORD TO BRING OUR HORSES OUT OF THE SOUTH AND WEST.

digger
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 05:03 PM
So the EDHA really went and moved the roundup to Essex Junction, Vermont. Their fearless leader claims they are obligated to move the round-up around to different areas. So where to next after Vermont-Presque Isle, Maine?

jb
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 05:25 PM
I'd like to hear from people who are planning on attending or not attending the roundup now that it is being moved to Vermont. I am not going and have yet to talk to anyone who said they are. Super pull here I come

Ben
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 05:48 PM
A smart thing to do would of schedule both pulls a week apart so every one could go to both. One thing for sure you know the grounds and facility is good at Keene. Keene is my choice. Ben

jb
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 06:04 PM
Just my opinion but I wouldn't make the 5 hour drive to the Vermont round-up no matter when it was scheuled. Not for what they offer

jb
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 06:32 PM
On Monday, April 6, 2009 at 06:17 PM tiger wrote:
Hey JB You have just come up with a great IDEA... Maybe they should call it the northern Vermont roundup instead of edha roundup. or maybe call it gary's roundup. Hum what does everyone think of that !

Tiger, the way I perceive it is Gary has essentially taken a regionally based club that is supposed to represent horsepulling throughtout the entire Northeast and hijacked its premier event and moved it into a far corner of the region. Makes no sense at all

hosspowr
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 06:53 PM
My wife and I drove up to the pull in Barton, Vermont last July 4th. We ran into Gary Gilmond there that day and in the middle of conversing with Gary he told us that he wanted to move the round-up to Essex Junction. He told us that they were building a new arena on the fairgrounds. Now I wasn't able to attend the membership meeting yesterday but have spoken to several people that were and I have heard about the reasoning Gary provided for moving the event to Vermont and it seems hard to believe any of it knowing that Gary was planning this move 9 months ago. I guess the way the club is set up the BOD has the power to make the decision to move the round-up but I ask you, don't they owe the membership the true reasoning behind the move rather then what Gary was pedaling there yesterday?

whitey smith
Monday, April 6, 2009 at 08:19 PM
I went to the edha meeting sun and i can not beleve that the directors bought the bill of goods they were sold. I have known most of them a long time. I did not think they would sell out the round up.I will not drive to essex to see a pull when a lot of the good teams are not going to drive 5 plus hours to pull. I for one think it is time for the members to take the association back.

John
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 08:21 AM
I don't know if it's true or not but I heard that keene doesn't want any alcohol on the fairgrounds and that was a big part of moving to another location. If so I guess the drunks won.

John
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 08:50 AM
Drinking should be contained to the trailers and the barn. There is no place for alcohol in a pulling ring. Accidents can happen without alcohol, thats fine but if somebody or somebodies horses get hurt because of some drunken idiot driving horses, he should get his ass beat. If you can't pull horses without drinking for one weekend, you should give up horsepulling and join the american legion.

Henry
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 11:26 AM
Mike is 1000% right. I don't know how it is out East but in the Midwest mixing drinking and pulling is becoming a thing of the past. It is dangerous and gives the sport a bad image.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 08:50 AM mike wrote:
Drinking should be contained to the trailers and the barn. There is no place for alcohol in a pulling ring. Accidents can happen without alcohol, thats fine but if somebody or somebodies horses get hurt because of some drunken idiot driving horses, he should get his ass beat. If you can't pull horses without drinking for one weekend, you should give up horsepulling and join the american legion.


jb
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 03:07 PM
Just goes to show you how desperate Gary got on Sunday. when all else fails pull out the trump card. bring the pullers over to our side by use of threats. tell them they won't be able to drink at the Cheshire fairgrounds and that in Essex Junction no one will care if you get falling down drunk because there won't be any police. what a class act the edha has become

jb
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 03:09 PM
tiger I have to agree with you. no one no matter how stupid could make sense of a move to vermont. has to be something in it for gary. do you think gary will cut the other officers & directors into his bounty

whitey smith
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 04:08 PM
I am thinking some people do not want the horses from down south at the round up Lebanon CT to Essex 261 miles Raynham Ma to Essex 247 miles Webster Ma to essex 260 miles you do the math subtract 160 miles to Keene NH sounds like more than a restroom problem. O ya one of the directors said going to essex will get rid of the dead wood.not sure who he was talking about.

jb
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 04:48 PM
tiger, I don't know about you but I'm guessing stoneboat must either be a director with the edha or live in the essex junction neighborhood because I haven't talked to anyone who is planning on going to the round-up. stoneboat maybe you haven't noticed but the respones on the board running big time against the round-up. have a good time at gary's championship round-up

Alan
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 05:08 PM
Explain deadwood!!!!!!!

digger
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 05:14 PM
I think everybody is being to hard on Gilman. I think he may be on to something. think how many more from Quebec will be in for the round-up this year. maybe Gilman should run for president of one of the Quebec pulling clubs.

digger
Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 05:18 PM
which director spoke of deadwood? I want to be sure to re elect someone who cares so much for there fellow club members. if Gilman ever steps down there is a likely replacement

benaround
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11:03 AM
A fund or a state grant is needed to buy a headstone and a cemetery plot in Essex Junction or Georgia or somewhere in that vicinity where they can inter the remains of the EDHA.

POSSIBLE HEADSTONE

HERE LIES THE REMAINS OF THE EDHA
CONCEIVED 1958
REMOVED FROM LIFE SUPPORT 2009
CAUSE OF DEATH: SLOW DECAY ON THE INSIDE,
MOSTLY AT THE TOP.
NOT DIAGNOSED IN TIME TO BE
SAVED, PITY.

digger
Sunday, August 9, 2009 at 04:26 PM
I agree with Lynn. No way I will support the roundup. The EDHA leadership doesn't feel it nessasary to represent there membership or tell the truth. At least now I have somewhere I can go and watch pullin that weekend. If anyone out there wants to put together a new club that actualy represnts New England horse pulling I am ready to sign on.



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