2019 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull

The Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull is the ultimate in strength competitions. From Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14, the powerful work horses of the Heavy Horse Pull return to the Nutrien Western Event Centre showing off their muscle and might. 

Watch some of the biggest and strongest horses in the world as they compete pulling more than five times their body weight a distance of 14 feet. With horses and teamsters from across North America, this event is full of drama, sweat and pure and simple, high performance equine athletes. In the three weight classes - light, middle and heavy weight - the winners will take home the highest cash payouts in the heavy horse pulling world.

Entries will open April 15, 2019

Event Dates and Location

Event Dates: July 12–14, 2019
Move in Date: July 11, 2019 6:00 AM
Release Date: July 14, 2019 10:00 PM
Early Entry Date: April 15, 2019
Entry Closing Date: June 7, 2019 4:00 PM
Location: Nutrien Western Event Centre

Tentative Schedule as of February 5, 2019

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 THE BARNS THURSDAY MORNING AFTER 6AM & PRIOR TO THE CALGARY STAMPEDE PARK OPENING. Due to the barn change-over Wednesday night, NO EARLY MOVE-IN WILL BE PERMITTED.

THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2019
6:00 am - Horse Pull Teams Move In – No move-ins allowed before 6 a.m.
Weigh In - ALL WEIGHT CLASSES – times to be determined
* Teamster Meeting – time & location to be determined

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019 
6:30 am - 9:00 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)

5:00-6:00 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
6:30-8:15 pm - Horse Pull - Light Weight Division (Nutrien Western Events Centre)

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 
6:30 am - 9:00 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)

5:00-6:00 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
6:30-8:15 pm - Horse Pull - Middle Weight Division (Nutrien Western Events Centre)

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 
8:00 am - 9:30 am - Exercise (NO TURNOUT) (Northern Lights Arena, Nutrien Western Events Centre)

3:30-4:30 pm - Warm up (Northern Lights Arena)
5:00-7:00 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

Schedule

Teams will be divided by weight into three divisions:

Light weight division
Middle weight division
Heavy weight division

Note: the weight breaks are 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.

Entry Fees

All entries must be completed online and submitted through our online system. Entries will NOT be accepted over the phone, by email or by fax. If you require assistance with online entries please contact our entries office at 403-261-0336 or agriculture@calgarystampede.com and we will be happy to assist you!

 

Please click on the following link to enter: Link will be made available on April 15

 

Entries open April 15, 2019
Entries close June 7, 2019

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.

Video Footage
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 2019 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,
    • Payment in full

* Please note:
Incomplete entries will be moved down the priority list during committee review of entries.

Accepted entries will be contacted by entries staff by June 10, 2019.

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

2019 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

A custom trophy slunk and specially designed championship handcrafted award bell will be presented to the winner 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, chosen by members of the Calgary Stampede's Horse Show volunteers, to recognize the one competitor whom exemplifies the true spirit of the pull. Each weight division winner will be presented with a pair of custom made trophy buckles, a pair of trophy halters for their team of horses and a $500 cheque.

Outstanding Teamster of the Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull
The Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull's Outstanding Teamster award will be chosen by fellow teamsters. This outstanding teamster will be passionate about the success of their horses and the sport we all love. Ultimately, the outstanding teamster will be a good sport, a good friend and a good horseman who promotes the Heavy Horse Pull industry with a positive attitude and exemplary actions in the sport of pulling.

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 winners will be engraved to the trophies.

 

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS/COMPETITOR INFORMATION

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 the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Non-residents of Canada may apply to the CRA to have the 15% withholding tax returned.  To file a claim with the CRA, complete and submit the following information:

 Canada Revenue Agency Non Withholding Tax Return Information

Rules

Rules:

2019 Calgary Stampede Heavy Horse Pull Rules & Regulations:

  1. Special attention is called to the following:

** further listing of rules will be posted

 

General

STAMPEDE ENTRY

An official accreditation pass will be needed by all those granted Park access for thise 2019 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 at the accreditation trailer**


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.
  • American Port of Entry - Sweet Grass, Montana 406.335.9610
  • Canadian Port of Entry - Coutts, Alberta 403.344.3808

TRANSPORTATION OF ANIMALS

For information regarding transporting horses in Alberta please see:

** 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.
All Heavy Horse Pull stalling will be in the Agriculture Barns. Competitors with trailers will be directed on where to park upon arrival.

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

Horse Show Committee ~ Jess Debnam (Chair), Melissa McKay (Competitions Manager)

Heavy Horse Pull Sub-Committee
Judd Debnam (Chair), Dan Katz (1st Vice Chair), Megan Thomson (2nd Vice Chair), Linda Bailey, Chris Brown, Wayne Crosbie, Viktor Grant, Lisa Hari, Jane Isakeit, Laurie Jacob-Toews, Lorne McKay, Marty Rutherford, Perri Scarcelli, Rob Thomas,  Kathryn Vincent, Jim Walker, Tammy Botsford (Program Manager)

  • Presenting Sponsor
  • Soderglen Ranches
  • Gold Sponsor
  • Burnco