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Heavy-duty horsing around

DEERFIELD, N.H. -- Two hefty Belgian work horses owned by a Maine lumberman broke the world's horse-pulling record at the 105-year-old Deerfield Fair.

The horses -- weighing a combined 4,350 pounds and standing over 6 feet -- are owned by Dick Wallingford, 56, of West Forks, Maine. They pulled 22,000 pounds over a dry clay surface for a distance of 66 inches at New England's oldest family fair, said Jim McIntyre, a fair director.

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Another team owned by Bill Kelly, of Gardner, Maine, pulled the same weight over the weekend, but only as far as 58 inches, McIntyre said.

Wallingford's team pulled a flat-bottomed sled piled with 40 concrete blocks weighing 500 pounds each and 10 'full grown men,' McIntyre said.

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