Horse pulls highlight of day one

At Grain Millers Harvest Showdown

Heavy horses took on the sled loaded down with shingles at the Dave’s Diesel Heavy Horse Pulls.

Wednesday three lightweight teams and five middleweight teams competed as part of the SaskTel Horse-Power Showcase as Grain Millers Harvest Showdown got under way for its 31 year.

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The teams started out with the sled weighted down with 3500 pounds, all eight teams easily making a full pull of 14-feet.

The judge then called for added weight each round, 1000 added in the early rounds, 500 in later pounds.

It was not until the weight hit 8000 pounds that a team failed to make a full pull, stopping after a pull of 130 inches.

A second team bowed out after making a full pull at the four ton level.

At 8500 pounds two more teams met their match one at a pull of 132 inches, the second at 78 inches.

At 9000 pounds only one lightweight team remained with Ron Sebastian of Lumsden and his team of Tom and Digger making a full 14-foot pull to top the division. His team weighed only 3170 pounds.

John Martin of Regina with his team of Rogue and Rowdy, with their 132-inch pull at the 8000 pound weight, were second in the lightweight division.

At 9000 pounds one middleweight team made it 60 inches, a second team 134 inches, and one a full pull.

The full 14-foot pull was made by the team of Prince and Bud for teamster Norm Vertefeuille of Lumsden which won the middleweight class.

Jordan Luster of Kendal, SK. with Tom and Duke and their 134 –inch pull were second among the middleweight teams.

The heavyweight division will pull Thursday evening with the Horse-Power Showcase beginning at 7 p.m.

For additional Harvest Showdown coverage check out; Farmer Recognition Award winner, chore team competition, Clydesdale Cup winner, students tour event, unique jams and jellies, commercial cattle show, Council herds sheep, horse pulls

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