Karen Bartling competes – and places – in the male-dominated tractor pulls. Since it is a contest of determination, tractor power and weight placement, Bartling can compete on a level playing field. The rural Nashville woman is usually the only woman in her pulling class.
Bartling placed second over-all in the Gordyville Midwest Winter Nationals pull in Gifford, Illinois in January. Competitors came from 18 states. She placed first in a pull in Wyoming, Illinois this past year.
Bartling said that she likes tractor pulling for the adrenaline rush. “I like the thrill of it,” she said.
Read more about Bartling and her family’s past time, in this week’s issue.