Saturday, February 27, 2016
10 a.m. – Weigh In / 11 a.m. – Competition Begins
Novice Weight Pulls will occur immediately after the competition
1 p.m. – Weigh In / 3 p.m. – Competition Begins
Competition – $12 IWPA members / $17 non-members
Novice – $5
The International Weight Pull Association has announced that a sanctioned Canine Weight Pull Competition will be coming to the WinterFest Smoky Style Festival on Saturday, February 27, 2016.
The International Weight Pull Association (IWPA) is a non-profit association that promotes the sport of dog pulling through well organized, sanctioned events. The purpose of IWPA is to promote the working heritage of all dogs.
Dog Pulling is akin to a tractor pull. Dogs compete to see who can pull the most weight 16 feet. They pull a wheeled cart on an earthen surface, or a sled on snow. The handler has no contact with the dog during the pull, so it is up to the dogs willingness to pull. Safety of the dog is of paramount concern. Since IWPA’s organization in 1984, no dogs have been hurt in competition.
The objective of a competition is to see which dogs (within their weight class) can pull the most weight 16 feet within one minute. A tie is broken by the dog that pulled in the least amount of time on the preceding weight.
Some of the dogs pulling at this event have competed at the national IWPA Championships.
After the sanctioned competition, there will an opportunity for novice dogs to pull. Harnesses will be available to borrow for novice dogs.
All of the details can be found on the IWPA web site.