FREDERICKTOWN — Teamsters, in draft horse circles, are the humans with their hands on the reins behind a team of two or three horses. Saturday, teamsters and teams were put through their paces at the National Percheron Horse Association’s annual Plowing Contest. In addition to the plowing, the competition also included log skidding and an obstacle course.
The event was held at the association’s Fredericktown headquarters and the day’s activities began with the Walking and Sulky plowing contests. The muscular teams of horses and their teamsters were judged by Percheron Association director Robert Sparrow of Missouri. Sparrow evaluated the contestants based on the depth, flatness and walls of their furrows and how much trash was moved. He also considered how well the teams and teamsters worked together.
“Good teamsters get their horses to do what he wants them to do with very little fuss,” said Sparrow.
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