Horses pull more than their own weight at The Big E Horse Pull

Kady Doucette and Sean Kelley from Milan, NH with their winning team in the at The Big E’s Horse Pulling 3350 lbs competition. “Rock” and “Dale” (age 8) pulled 13,000 pounds.

Sean Kelley from Milan, NH with the winning team: “Rock” and “Dale”

Few loggers use draft horses to haul timber any more. Enthusiastic horse owners and audiences saw powerful horses pulling enormous loads at Horse Pulling competitions like the one held at “The Big E” on September 16, 2013. Displaying Herculean strength, horses and their teamsters pulled a stone sled with ever-increasing weights in three classes.

The teams pulled a stone boat or sled weighing about 500 pounds loaded with additional cement weights. (The sled weight was not counted with the weight pulled.) The sled started with 3,000 pounds and 1,000 pounds were added per round. After a few rounds, increments dropped to 500 pounds per round. Teams got five minutes for up to three hitches. Only their best distance counted. To advance to the next round, each team had to pull the sled at least 12 feet in one continuous motion. [Read more here.]

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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