Real horsepower on display at Ironman

Even though the truck pull was rained out last week, there will be authentic horsepower this Friday on the track at Ironman Raceway. 

Beginning at 7 p.m., the third annual Montgomery County 4-H Horse Pull will take place. Alamo resident Joey Edwards is once again organizing the event and he is pleased with the support from fellow pullers and the local community.

Edwards, a member of the Indiana Horse Pullers, has anywhere from 10 to 12 teams of Belgian horses coming to compete and providing what he says is “real horsepower.” Horse owners will travel from all corners of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

“You go to some horse pulls and you might only get five or six teams,” Edwards said. “I am tickled to know we have a good group of horses coming and I know they will put on a good show.”

Edwards said the local pull is gaining popularity, not only with horse pullers, but also with local residents. He often hears from people who are pleased they do not have to travel far to see the horses pull large amounts of weight. By the number of comments he receives from local residents, Edwards knows there are more people chatting about horse pulling than before.

Growing up with his late father, Bill Edwards, going to horse pulls was only natural. Bill started participating in horse pulling in 1959 and was known throughout the Midwest for being one of the best horse pullers in the area.

He won several pulls and was even honored by the Indiana State Fair for participating in 30 consecutive state fair horse pulls. Being around one of the best horse pullers around, the younger Edwards learned a lot about the sport and enjoys participating today.

Edwards will enter one team instead of his normal two because one of his four horses is not 100 percent healthy. 

“For around five years I did a lot of winning,” Edwards said. “I have been finishing in the middle or below the middle of the pack this year. I just say that I am building character this year.”

He said the event will last approximately two hours. Teams will start competition with 4,500 pounds on the sled and build up to approximately 15,000 pounds before a champion is crowned.

Besides gathering teams of horses, Edwards has been pursuing donations for prize money. As of Wednesday, he has collected nearly $3,000 to be divided by all participants.

Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and The Gigglin’ Pig will provide food. Admission is $10 per person with children ages five and younger admitted for free. 

All proceeds from the horse pull will be donated to Montgomery County 4-H.