Horses draw crowd

Cra­paud Ex­hi­bi­tion hosts pop­u­lar draft horse pulls

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY ANCELENE MACKIN­NON TC ME­DIA

Although horse pulling is mostly a male-dom­i­nated sport on the Is­land, that doesn’t stop Tay­lor Pol­lock.

Pol­lock said she’s com­peted in the rodeo event of bar­rel rac­ing since she was a young child. More re­cently, her par­ents asked if she wanted to get in­volved in horse pulling, which is a draft horse com­pe­ti­tion where one or two horses wear a har­ness and pull sleds of dif­fer­ent weight. She has im­proved a lot over the years, and said it takes a lot of prac­tice.

“I like spend­ing time with ev­ery­body, spend­ing the day with horses, and see­ing if I can do a good job stay­ing be­tween the lines.”

She says she would like to see more in­volve­ment by Is­land women, be­cause it’s a great sport.

Ryan Angevine from Antigo­nish, N.S., com­petes in about 12 horse pulling com­pe­ti­tions a year in Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick, and Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Angevine grew up work­ing with horses, and his fa­ther in­tro­duced him to the sport when he was 13.

“I guess the best part is get­ting the young horses go­ing and see­ing them progress.”

The 62nd An­nual Cra­paud Ex­hi­bi­tion took place over the week­end. This was the fifth year for the horse pulling event.

The P.E.I. Truck and Trac­tor Pull Cham­pi­onships will be in Cra­paud on July 31 and Aug. 1.

ANCELENE MACKIN­NON/TC ME­DIA

Seven-year-old Lu­ciano Kern Catallo dressed up as a knight at the horse pulling com­pe­ti­tions on Sun­day, which is part of the Cra­paud Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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