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Ben Hardwick Wins Prentice Loader Championship at Northeast Expo and Takes Second at Expo Richmond

Ben Hardwick Wins Prentice Loader Championship at Northeast Expo and Takes Second at Expo Richmond

By Staff
Date Posted: 8/4/2010

            Ben Hardwick, Francestown, N.H., a familiar face at Prentice Loader Championships on the East coast, won first place in the contest at the Northeast Forest Products Equipment Expo, May 7-8 in Essex Junction, Vt. He followed that two weeks later with a second place win at Expo Richmond 2010.

            The competition raised $786 for Log A Load For Kids through voluntary contestant contributions and the company’s match. Log A Load is an organization sponsored by loggers and other forest products people to raise funds for hospitals associated with the Children’s Miracle Network.

            Hardwick’s Trophy Run time was 2 minutes, 31.9 seconds. Eric Marceau, Lancaster, N.H., took second place with a time of 2 minutes, 33.47 seconds. Heath Taylor, Cornish, Maine, finished third with a final time of 2 minutes, 39.32 seconds. First, second and third place winners received cash prizes, trophies and Prentice Loader Championship jackets. The fourth and fifth place winners also received jackets.

            Hardwick has been entering Prentice loader contests at both the Northeast Expo and Expo Richmond for the last two years, always finishing in the top 10. In 2008 he won first place at the Northeast Expo, but dropped to third place last year.

            First introduced at Expo Richmond in 1972, the Prentice Loader Championship is a contest in which operators demonstrate their skill with the loader by picking up and moving blocks between two checkerboards. For more information visit for Caterpillar and for Prentice and CTR brands.


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