Shetland Ponies Compete in “Pony Pull” at the Labette County Fair

Shetland Ponies Compete in “Pony Pull” at the Labette County Fair
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Shetland Ponies pull their little hearts out at the 104th annual Labette County Fair.

About fifteen Shetland Pony teams competed in the pony pull this afternoon. Teams of two had three tries each round to pull a sled of cinder blocks 72 inches.

The pony pairs range in weight from 300-500lbs. In round one, pairs start by pulling a 150% of their total weight, and each round the percentage of weight increases.

“It’s fun to watch them just the way they get down and pull. I mean they’re really doing it with all their heart and it’s really neat,” says Labette County Fair Association President Mark Johnston.

Later in the evening they also had the draft horse pull, with teams pulling upwards from three to four thousand pounds. The fair continues through this coming Saturday, with the main livestock events kicking off tomorrow. Also new this year, the rodeo returns to town Tuesday after a 15 year hiatus.