FAIR: Horses, ponies show off strength


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

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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