Amazing feats achieved in Horse Pulling Contest

Kris Perkins of Warwick, MA with his team "Scooby" and "King" in the Horse Pull Competitions at The Big E.

While few loggers use horses to haul timber these days, there is plenty of enthusiasm for Horse Pulling competitions at “The Big E”. Displaying their amazing strength, teamsters and their horses vie against each other in three Horse Pulling Competitions each year.

The teams pull a stone boat or sled weighing about 500 pounds loaded with additional weights. (The sled weight is not included in the weight pulled.) In the first round, the sled carries 3,000 pounds with 1,000 pounds added per round through the fifth round. Thereafter, increments are 500 pounds per round. Teams are allowed as much as five minutes to make up to three tries, or hitches, with a measurable forward distance. Their best distance is entered for that round. To advance to the next round, teams must have pulled the sled at least 12 feet forward in one continuous motion. [more]


About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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