of Pendleton, Kentucky has been pulling
horses for over 40 years. Over the years he has competed in lightweight
classes at horsepulls in KY., IN., Mi., OH., WV., Il., NC., SC., and
Mississippi. Joe logs for a living and doesn't claim to play favorites.
He likes all the pulls equally. He began pulling ponies and won his first
champions trophy at the age of fifteen in Hillsdale, Michigan. Joe credits
Marvin Dowden for teaching him all he knows about pulling horses and ponies.
In 1989 Joe entered twenty-seven 3000 classes and ended up taking home the first
place trophy 23 times. He also crossed the last load at the "Worlds
Pull" in Taylorsville, Kentucky that same year. In 1994 he took a hiatus
from pulling but eventually got the fever again and resumed pulling in 1999.
He now relies on his son Troy to help drive and keep things going and his two
daughters also help him hitch. Joe claims that pulling horses and ponies
is in his blood, it's what he loves to do most of all and he hopes to be pulling
horses the rest of his life.