Horse and mule pull to benefit orphans
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 8:00 pm
Ted Cox of Paris and his two Belgian mares helped raise money last year for Children’s Home Inc. in Paragould, Ark., during the annual Draft Horse and Mule Pull at the McWherter Ag Pavilion on UT Martin’s campus.
Raising money for orphans has become an annual event for people who bring out their best horses and mules for a local pull. Not only do participants earn bragging rights, but money raised from the crowd benefits Children’s Home Inc. in Paragould, Ark.
Event organizer Mike Turbeville of Six T’s Farms outside of Dresden is gearing up for yet another pull set for Saturday.
The Draft Horse and Mule Pull is set to begin around 1 p.m. Saturday at the McWherter Ag Pavilion, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Weigh-in begins at noon.
Mules are expected to pull at 1 p.m., with horses to follow.
Turbeville said the list of participants includes peopel from as far as Mississippi, Arkansas, Kentucky and East Tennessee.
Teams of mules and horses weighing up to and more than two tons will be pulling better than twice their weight in the only event of this type in the area.
Turbeville said with participants already slated for the event, the goal now is to draw spectators as gate receipts go straight to the cause.
The admission cost is $5, with children under 5 admitted free. There are also children’s interactive games and a horse-petting on tap for little ones.
Greenfield Monument Works, Vaughn’s Hardware, Vowell and Sons and Weakley Farmer’s CO-OP are helping Six T’s Farm sponsor this pull. This is a flat shod/barefoot tight-trace pull.
Last year’s top team of mules pulled 5,800 pounds, and the top draft horses pulled 9,400 pounds. For more information, please contact Turbeville at 799-3104 or by email email@example.com.