Draft Horses Fit for Field Work

Annual Horse & Antique Tractor Plowing Demonstration shows the beauty and power of draft horses

| January 2001

There's no quicker way to travel back in time than to watch draft horses till the soil. Late in October, at the Bill and Celia Edwards farm near Waverly, Ill., a Currier-and-Ives scene unfolded, complete with draft horses, plows, wagons and implements.

The event - the 6th Annual Horse & Antique Tractor Plowing Demonstration - has been held at the Edwards farm for the past three years. As is often the case, the demonstration was the result of friends putting their heads together.

"Wayne Miner, my husband Bill, and Morris Gray talked about plowing," says Celia Edwards. "They wanted horses and tractors both."

Although horses far outnumbered beasts of iron at the event, the demonstration offered something for everyone. Traditional activities and events were the order of the day.

"The first year, we did everything," Celia recalled. "We even cooked over an open fire, making beans and cornbread."

Ten antique tractors were featured at this year's demonstration. Bob Imhoff, an IH collector, brought his 1953 Super M. Don Hermes brought an IH MTA with a John Deere plow, Rusty and Darryl Stewart brought their IH 400 LP, and Bob's dad, Bill, brought his Super H International and a 460 IH as well as an Allis Chalmers D14. Bill Edwards brought horses and tractors (an Allis Chalmers WD 45 and an International H) to the demonstration, as well as a variety of plows.