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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:09

Buddy and Barney love to pull

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By Glenna Burns

            It's Fall Fair time in the Kawarthas and the “Daddy of ‘em all” in Bobcaygeon begins the evening of Sept. 29 with the thunderous and exciting Demolition Derby.

            For those who enjoy a more traditional contest of strength and endurance however, there is the ever-popular Horse Pull starting on

Saturday afternoon, Oct. 1, at 3:30.

            This year the Bobcaygeon Fair features two classes of horses in the pull—light (1,750 lbs) and heavy (4,200-5,000 lbs).

            Steve Saunders, local businessman and horse lover, competes in the light horse class with his Belgian draft horses, Buddy and Barney.

            In fact Steve's two horses traveled all the way to the Calgary Stampede this July where they took home third prize pulling 11,500 pounds.

            Horse pulling is a challenging hobby that takes training and dedication. It began here in Canada with lumbering. Teams and single horses were used in the bush to bring out logs. As with everything, competitions sprang up to see who had the strongest, most willing horses.

            As Steve says, “horses are a lot like people; they let you know if they don't want to do it.”

            Buddy and Barney obviously do want to do it, as they have pulled 13 times this summer, taking home seven firsts, five seconds and a third place at the Calgary Stampede.

            Steve, who is a director with the Central Canadian Horse Pulling Association, explained the basic rules: “Each team gets two tries to pull 4-5000 lbs 15 feet. After each round another 1000 lbs is added to the stone boat. Winning teams can usually pull up to 11,000 lbs (light horse).”

            Weather conditions can also be a factor, he says. Rainy, wet conditions make the pulling easier so real competitors prefer dry ground.

            Rain or shine, don't miss out on this exciting tradition at the 158th annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair.

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