They are winter residents, living on the Lake Panasoffkee ranch of their owner, Terry Yoder, in the winter and in Kentucky the rest of the year.
They work six days a week, pulling heavy weights to keep them in maximum condition for competitive pulls like the Southern Draft Horse Association
event at The Villages Polo Club
For Yoder, owner of T&D Concrete, owning competitive draft horses was the return to a childhood fascination with pulling.
"I grew up in Michigan and my neighbor pulled ponies," Yoder
"You could go out and buy the two best horses in the world and if they don't work together, it won't work," Yoder
said, is "one of the most team effort sports.
Yoder, who is president of the Southern Draft Horse Association, stressed that it was the love of the sport, not the money, that keeps horse owners involved.