FAIR: Horses, ponies show off strength


Dale George Jr. readies his draft ponies, Candy and Spice.


Chuck Weilnau begins taking cinder blocks off the 9,500-pound hitch.


Bill Cole tries to regain control of Mose and Fred.


Karen Ward, Harvey Whitt, Diana Wheeler, and Bill Cole pose together after Cole won second place with a pull of three feet one inch.


Charlie Darkes poses with his trophy after winning first place.


Dale George Jr. readies his draft ponies, Candy and Spice.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_PonyPull5.jpgDale George Jr. readies his draft ponies, Candy and Spice.

Chuck Weilnau begins taking cinder blocks off the 9,500-pound hitch.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_PonyPull3.jpgChuck Weilnau begins taking cinder blocks off the 9,500-pound hitch.

Bill Cole tries to regain control of Mose and Fred.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_PonyPull4.jpgBill Cole tries to regain control of Mose and Fred.

Karen Ward, Harvey Whitt, Diana Wheeler, and Bill Cole pose together after Cole won second place with a pull of three feet one inch.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_PonyPull1.jpgKaren Ward, Harvey Whitt, Diana Wheeler, and Bill Cole pose together after Cole won second place with a pull of three feet one inch.

Charlie Darkes poses with his trophy after winning first place.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/08/web1_PonyPull2.jpgCharlie Darkes poses with his trophy after winning first place.

Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

Draft horses and ponies showed off their super-human strength Thursday in the grandstand where some pulled a whopping 9,500 pounds. The class was “open to the world,” so anyone interested in competing was able to sign up. Only three teams attempted the 9,500-pound hitch: Charlie Darkes, Dale George Jr., and Bill Cole. Each had two horses attempt to pull a large metal crate filled with cinder blocks. Darkes, of Newark, Ohio, took first place with his draft ponies Bell and Charlie. They pulled three feet eight inches.

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