2018 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull

The powerful work horses of the Heavy Horse Pull return to the Agrium/Nutrien Western Event Centre showing off their muscle and might to Calgary Stampede crowds in 2018. With no auction this year, an exciting opportunity exists for individuals and corporations to join the Heavy Horse Pull Committee as valued Calgary Stampede Community Builders with special "boots in the barns" experiences for each round of competition.

From Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 in the Nutrien Western Events Centre, teams in three different weight classes will pull more than five times their body weight a distance of 14 feet.

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 13–15, 2018
Move in Date: July 12, 2018 6:00 AM
Release Date: July 15, 2018 10:00 PM
Entry Closing Date: May 31, 2018 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Schedule

It is the intent of the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Committee to present a show of teamstership in a "TIGHT TUG PULL" competition.

 * ALL TEAMS MUST BE IN THURSDAY AFTER 6AM & PRIOR TO THE CALGARY STAMPEDE PARK OPENING

 

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
6:00 am - 9:00 am - Horse Pull Teams Move In – No move-ins allowed before 6 a.m.
6:00 am - 9:00 am - Weigh In - ALL WEIGHT CLASSES
Teamster Meeting (Time and Location TBD)
 

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018 
6:30 am - 9:00 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)
4:30 pm - Weigh In - Light Weight Division (TBD)
6:00 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
7:00 pm - Horse Pull - Light Weight Division (Nutrien Western Events Centre)

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018 
6:30 am - 9:00 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)
4:30 pm - Weigh In - Middle Weight Division (TBD)
6:00 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
7:00 pm - Horse Pull - Middle Weight Division (Nutrien Western Events Centre)

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018 
8:00 am - 9:30 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)
4:30 pm - Weigh In - Heavy Weight Division (TBD)
6:00 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
7:00 pm - Horse Pull - Heavy Weight Division (Nutrien Western Events Centre)
10:00 pm - Release of Livestock

* ANY TEAMS REMOVED FROM THE BARNS EARLY RISK FORFEITURE OF PRIZE &/OR AWARDS

*All event times are tentative

Teams will be divided by weight into three divisions:

Light weight division - 2400 lbs. to 3300 lbs.
Middle weight division - 3301 lbs. to 3600 lbs.
Heavy weight division - 3601 lbs. and over.

Note the weight break is subject to change to accommodate equal entries in each division. Competition to be decided by straight pull-out in each division.

If a team has been incorrectly entered in a division the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Committee reserves the right to move that team into the correct weight class - see entry fee details for further clarification.

Entry Fees

Entry Fee: $250.00

A "No-Show" penalty of $250.00 will be assessed to any team that has registered for the competition and not present to compete, at the discretion of the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Committee.

 

*NEW FOR 2018*

This year we will be offering our Heavy Horse Pull exhibitors the opportunity to purchase the raw video footage of their competition night. Pre-orders will be $25 per night. Orders can be taken at, and following the show for $40 per performance. This video option will be on your entry forms to order at the same time you enter your teams.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Entries in the 2018 Heavy Horse Pull Competition will be limited to 30 teams (10 per class). A limit of two teams per teamster per class will be in place.

The committee retains the right to jury all received entries, in the event of 31 or more teams entering. The following points will be considered:

  • Past accomplishments, as outlined in Competitive Pulling Biography
  • Time stamp of complete entry.  Complete Entries include:
    • Entry Form
    • Signed Exhibitor Agreement
    • Competitive Pulling Biography and,
    • Full Payment

* Please note: Incomplete entries will be moved down priority list during committee review.  Accepted entries will be communicated by June 1, 2018.

If a team has been incorrectly entered in a division the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Committee reserves the right to move that team into the correct weight class - see entry fee details for further clarification.

Awards

 

**NEW FOR 2018**

**PRIZE MONEY INCREASE**

**NEW TEAMSTER AWARD**

 

2018 HEAVY HORSE PULL PRIZE MONEY

1st - $3,500
2nd - $3,000
3rd - $2,500
4th - $2,250
5th - $1,750
6th - $1,500
7th - $1,500
8th - $1,500
9th - $1,500
10th - $1,500

One trophy Slunk, a Championship Bell and pair of trophy halters will be awarded to the Champion of each weight division.

Ribbons will be awarded to third place in each weight division.

Class of the Class

The Class of the Class award is presented to the teamster, in each of the three weight classes, whom best represents the following attributes: Horsemanship, Sportsmanship and Showmanship. This is a special award, meant to recognize the one competitor whom exemplifies the true spirit of the pull. Each division winner will be presented with a pair of trophy buckles, a pair of trophy halters and $500.

Perpetual Awards

Perpetual Trophies will be awarded to each Winner in the three Weight Divisions.  These Perpetual Trophies will be returned each year and names of the next years pull winners will be added.

               

Rules

Rules:

2018 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Rules & Regulations:

  1. Special attention is called to the following:
    • General Rules
    • Health Regulations
    • IAFE code of ethics
  2. The team must make one (1) complete pull to qualify for prize money and/or awards.
  3. Teams will be weighed and vet checked on arrival to establish competition weights.
    • Horses must be brought to weigh-in and vet check area as a team indicated at time of entry;
    • If a reweigh-in is requested, the horse will be taken to a specific location that is supervised by a Heavy Horse Pull Committee representative. Water and feed can be provided to the horses but no other substances are permitted.  Only one (1) reweigh per horse is permitted.  The reweigh must happen within one (1) hour of the initial weigh-in and only within the posted time frames of the weigh-in;
    • Both horses must be present during identified weigh in time or the team will be disqualified;
    • Horses must be weighed on a loose lead.
  4. Substitution will not be permitted once teams have been weighed.
  5. Teams will be weighed prior to their designated weight class pull. If any horse’s weight has increased by more than 10% between the initial weigh-in and the pre-competition weigh-in, the team will moved to the next weight class.
  6. Teams will be divided by weight into three divisions:
    • Light weight division - 2400 lbs. to 3300 lbs.;
    • Middle weight division - 3301 lbs. to 3600 lbs.;
    • Heavy weight division - 3601 lbs. and over.
      • *Please note: the weight break is subject to change to accommodate equal entries in each division. Competition to be decided by straight pull-out in each division.
  7. Starting weight for all teams is as follows (weight of sled included):
    • Light weight division - 4500 lbs. /or at the discretion of the HHP Committee;
    • Middle weight division - 5000 lbs. /or at the discretion of the HHP Committee;
    • Heavy weight division - 6000 lbs. /or at the discretion of the HHP Committee;
    • Each additional weight will be 500 lbs. or 1000 lbs. at the discretion of the Ringmaster.
  8. The Heavy Horse Pull committee will determine the order of go via a draw of names to occur at the teamster meeting.
  9. Only demonstration pulls organized by the Heavy Horse Pull Committee are permitted.
  10. Teams must be under control at all times. Any team deemed to be out of control by the judge may be excused from the show arena and their last qualified pull will stand as their final result.
  11. All teamsters are responsible to ensure their equipment is properly fitted and in good working order. The Heavy Horse Pull committee reserves the right to inspect equipment prior to competition.
  12. Any abuse of horses by teamster or helpers before, during or after the show shall immediately disqualify the teamster and any awards and/or prize money won shall be forfeited. Abuse such as, and not limited to, slapping, slashing or swinging the lines at the horses will not be tolerated.
  13. The Heavy Horse Pull committee reserves the right to conduct blood and/or urine tests to determine the presence or absence of performance enhancing substances on each horse in the pulling team. A positive test on any horse will result in the Teamster forfeiting any awards and/or prize money won in each event in which he/she is entered, and further, the Teamster may be banned from future horse pull competitions at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede for a period of time at the discretion of Calgary Stampede Management.  Please note the Equine Therapeutic Medication Rule.
  14. The teamster that will drive each team registered must be identified at the weigh-in and no substitutions are allowed without a signed doctor's note or at the discretion of the Heavy Horse Pull committee.
  15. Exhibitors, hookers and helpers must be properly attired in western wear, including a sleeved shirt with collar, appropriate foot wear and a cowboy hat.  Horses must also be properly presented. The Heavy Horse Pull Committee may, at its discretion, bar any entry or person from entering the show arena if not suitably presented to appear before an audience.
  16. Warm-up arena – only people required for team handling and exercising are allowed in the warm-up arena.
  17. Only authorized people are allowed in the show arena during competition. Interviews conducted in the show arena will be at the Heavy Horse Pull committee’s discretion.
  18. There will be no unauthorized signage allowed on the teams in the warm-up or show arena.
  19. Teamsters and hookers may be subject to a breathalyzer test prior to each pull. Any person testing over the legal limit will be disqualified along with their team(s). The decision of the Heavy Horse Pull committee will be final with no appeal and all entry fees, any awards and/or prize money won will be forfeited.
  20. Teamsters are allowed to use neck yokes or offset eveners.
  21. Only the teamster and two (2) helpers are allowed in the show arena with each team.  All teamsters and helpers shall stay clear of the pulling lanes and concrete blocks when the other teams are pulling.
  22. No foreign objects are to be brought into the show arena for competitions (example: chairs, coolers, blankets, ropes, etc.).
  23. No header is allowed except during a harness break. Helpers are not allowed to talk to the horses. Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification.
  24. Once a team has entered the show arena, no change in harness will be allowed unless due to breakage; this does not include adjustments.
  25. The teamster or hooker may, but is not required to, ride the sled during the pull.
  26. A teamster will be allowed three (3) minutes from the time he/she is called or signaled to hook up to the sled or be eliminated.
  27. If a team refuses to pull, a teamster will be allowed three (3) minutes rest and one (1) minute to try the load again. If the team refuses again, the team is disqualified and the distance pulled to that point is recorded. The timekeeper is to track the time.
  28. The pull is to be made hitched to the sled over a distance of fourteen (14) feet.
    • Sidelines are sixteen (16) feet apart;
    • A marker will be placed on each sideline twenty-five (25) feet from the end of each sideline. If any part of the sled reaches this marker, the pull will change direction;
    • There will be two (2) tries to pull the load fourteen (14) feet;
    • Each time the sled is intentionally moved is counted as a try;
    • If the judge should call an infraction where the pin is to be reset and the teamster is required to re-hook to the load, the load the infraction is called on will be counted as one of the two (2) attempts;
    • An extra pin will be set behind the sled each time it is moved;
    • The team must not be intentionally unhooked during these tries.  If a team becomes accidentally unhooked, the Teamster must back up to the sled and re-hook, staying within the sidelines.
  29. While hooked to the sled, the team must stay within the sidelines. Once during the competition, if a horse steps on/over the line while hooked on the initial try, it will be counted as a try but disallowed as a good pull. The pin will be reset and the team will be will be allowed one try to achieve a full pull, if the team does not achieve a full pull, they will be credited with the last completed pull. If the team steps on or over the lines, it will be disqualified and credited with the last completed pull. If the teamster feels the sled is too close to a line, he/she may ask the judge to waive the line closest to the sled. If the judge agrees the line will be waived.
  30. Once the team starts the load, the teamster must stay behind the eveners except during a harness break or during the three (3) minute rest period allowed after a refusal. At these times, the teamster may move to the head of his/her team. Hookers are not allowed ahead of the eveners at any time except in a potential emergency. Failure to comply will result in disqualification. Behind the eveners is defined as the center point at which the eveners attach to the sled. The swing of the evener forward or back will not be used to determine position of the teamster.
  31. Deliberately jerking the load is prohibited. Failure to comply will result in a warning (YELLOW CARD) from the judge; a second warning will result in disqualification (RED CARD). The teamster must make a reasonable effort to drive the team into the load.
  32. If a break in harness or equipment occurs, there will be a time limit of five (5) minutes to fix the break and be hitched back to the load. If a teamster forfeits the pull at which a breakage occurs, he/she must pull the next weight the full distance or weight goes back to the previous completed pull.
  33. The pin and rope laid out flat must measure fourteen (14) feet. The pin must be pulled completely out to qualify as a completed pull.
  34. There will be a ringmaster, timekeeper, two linesmen and a pin man to assist the judge. These individuals have the authority to advise the judge of any infractions, and the judge must act upon their information.  All warnings will be announced.
  35. The judge's decision is final.
  36. Any animal may be removed from competition at any time, if deemed by the Calgary Stampede veterinarians that the animal is not fit to compete. 
  37. Teamsters are not to argue with or harass the judge or Heavy Horse Pull committee members; to do so will result in instant disqualification and forfeiture of any awards and/or prize money won.
  38. An exhibitor lodging a protest must submit it in writing to the Agriculture Administration Department before 10:00 am the day following the cause of protest. A protest must state plainly the cause of the complaint or appeal and must be accompanied by a deposit of $500, which shall be forfeited to the Stampede, if the said protest is not sustained. The Agriculture Administration Management shall have the power to decide all protests and take appropriate action.
  39. Teamsters are encouraged to participate in all studies conducted during the Calgary Stampede for the purpose of enhancing animal safety and/or research purposes. 
  40. The Heavy Horse Pull Committee reserves the right to decide any point not covered by the rules and conditions.
Judges

Judge - TBD

Judging Criteria

Judge - TBD

General

STAMPEDE ENTRY:

An official accreditation pass will be needed by all those granted Park access for the 2018 Stampede and all future Stampedes. 

In addition to granting access to Stampede Park, the photo accreditation will indicate which restricted areas each person can enter based on individual requirements. Accreditation is year specific, and a new pass will be issued each year. The Agriculture Accreditation pass gives you access to the Grandstand Rush areas for the Rodeo, Chuckwagons, and Evening Show.  The pass must be purchased on the entry application for a fee of $35.00 (G.S.T. included) each. These badges are a privilege of the exhibitors, and will be limited. Exhibitors are responsible for lost or forgotten badges.

**Please note all accreditation will be sorted by individual last name for pick up in Lot 25**


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

  • Anyone entering Canada must have a valid Passport
  • Non-residents of Canada will be subject to a 15% withholding tax on all prize monies awarded as required by Revenue Canada
  • Non-residents of Canada may have the 15% withholding tax waived if they complete the following documents prior to competing.
  • Canada Revenue Agency T1261E form - please note that you MUST have a notarized copy of your supporting documents.
  • Canada Revenue Agency Regulation 105 form - If you already have an International Tax Number (ITN) you may submit this form with your entry
  • American Port of Entry - Sweet Grass, Montana 406.335.9610
  • Canadian Port of Entry - Coutts, Alberta 403.344.3808

TRANSPORTATION OF ANIMALS

** If you require clarification or you have concerns regarding the above information, please contact the Calgary Stampede Agriculture Administration at 403.261.0320.


ARRIVAL AT THE CALGARY STAMPEDE

Entry to Stampede Park is via the Nat Christie Gate off of 25th Ave SE.  Please follow the directions of the parking staff.  Stalling will be in the Agriculture Barns, and trailers will be directed park upon arrival.

All Heavy Horse Pull Show Stalling will be in the Agriculture Barn.


OFF-SITE STALLING INFORMATION

In the event you require stalling outside of the Calgary Stampede click here for a list of suggested locations.  Please contact these locations directly for booking information.


CALGARY & SURROUNDING AREA VISITOR INFORMATION

General Visitor Information

Hotel & Camping Information

For more information, please contact Programming Manager Tammy Botsford 403.261.9316, or email: tbotsford@calgarystampede.com

Committee

Judd Debnam (Chair), Dan Katz (1st Vice Chair), Stuart O'Connor (Director Liaison), Laurie Jacob-Toews (Past Chair), Linday Bailey, Chris Brown, Wayne Crosbie, Viktor Grant, Lisa Hari, Jane Isakeit, Lorne McKay, Bill Nelson, Perri Scarcelli, Marty Rutherford, Rob Thomas, Megan Thomson, Kathryn Vincent, Jim Walker, Melissa McKay (Competitions Manager), Tammy Botsford (Program Manager).

  • Presenting Sponsor
  • Soderglen Ranches
  • Gold Sponsor
  • Burnco