By Jeanie Petersen
OXFORD Ė Highly trained, muscular athletes are coming to Oxford to compete in a magnificent display of strength. Itís not the Olympics, itís the 39th Annual Lionís Horsepull sponsored by the Oxford Lions Club. In Boname Park on East River Road Sunday, teams of massive draft horses, mostly Belgians, specially bred for their strength and agility, will be competing in one of two different weight classes. Pulls start at 1 p.m.
The Oxford Lions Clubís Horsepull has been having their annual event, since 1967. An Oxford tradition, and now an online I Love NY tourism event, it always attracts droves of excited fans to root for their favorites. Since the start, Oxford Lion Howard Smith has been the emcee as well as a participant, and this year will be no exception. (Last year he won 2nd place in the heavyweight division with horses Bruce and Jay who went 21í7Ē, pulling 4,000 lbs.!) Smith brings his expertise and knowledge to ensure a smooth running and exciting pull.