Needmore Couple Win At Farm Show
A Needmore couple recently took first place in the 36-inch class of the mini-horse pulling competition at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Last Monday, driver Chuck Nutwell along with 6-year-old mini Rock and 7-year-old Tom pulled a sled loaded with weights totalling 1,750 pounds. Nutwell’s team of horses, owned by wife Kimberly, pulled the sled a distance of 1 foot, 3 inches. According to the Nutwells, a full-pull in the minihorse division is 10 feet.
In addition to winning the 36-inch class, Chuck Nutwell was awarded the Teamster Award as well as the class. The Teamster Award is given to the driver who handles their team well and offers the best driving.
The Nutwells said they have been training with Rock and Tom since October. They continued their training until the evening before the January 7 pull at the Farm Show. The team will get a small break but in March will reinstate their full training regimen for additional competitions slated for later in the year.
Due to a recent shoulder surgery, Kim was unable to drive in the pull and handed the reins over to her husband. Their daughter, Tiffany, assisted throughout the training of the horses and working the minis. Rock and Tom are typically used for logging and their appearance last week was a first-time one in a pulling competition.