"Pulling for a Cure: One Pound at a Time" will be held this Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, starting at 9 a.m. each day at the Estes Park Events Complex. It is free to attend and there will be bleacher seating and a silent auction.

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. The IWPA also promotes a program to keep your dog in good physical condition with a constructive outlet for canine competition.

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.

IWPA was organized in November 1984 when a group of dog pulling enthusiasts saw a need for an organization to promote this specialized sport. Our season for sanctioned pulls runs from September through March. We currently sanction around one hundred pulls a season throughout the contiguous United States and Canada. Membership currently runs around 250 to 300 with around 400 to 600 dogs in competition. We are open to all dogs, mixed breed or purebred.

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. Dogs compete within their own weight class, of which there are nine: 0-10#, 11-20#, 21-40#, 41-60#, 61-80#, 81-100#, 101-125# , 126-150#, 151# and over.

2019 IWPA International Championships will take place at the Estes Park Events Complex, 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park.

Schedule:

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Snow Pull Starts at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Wheel Pull Starts at 9:00 a.m.

This event includes the best dogs across the United States and Canada completing head to head. It is always a very exciting event, stop down to this exciting event and watch what these amazing dogs and handlers can do.

For more information visit www.IWPA.net

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