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SNDHP strives to promote the history of agriculture and ensure the integrity of horse pulling through family-oriented entertainment. The Southern Farm Show Championship Coon Mule Jump will also be held. Serving as the grand finale of the Southern Farm Show, the Southern National Draft Horse Pull is held the first Friday in February. The 2014 event will mark the Horse Pullís thirty-first year.
The 2014 event will be held February 7th at the Governor James B. Hunt Horse Complex located on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC.
Top contenders from all over the country will be invited to compete. Spectators will also be treated to a mule coon-jumping competition.
This family oriented event brings generations together to celebrate a time-honored farming tradition.
Horse pulling is a draft horse competition where horses in harness pull a weighted sled. The winner is the team or animal that can pull the most weight for a set short distance.
The sport of horse pulling originated when horses were still used for daily farm work. Farmers would challenge one another to see whose horse or team could pull the most weight. Since then, horse pulling has evolved into an organized sport with teams of equine athlete. Many of the teams shown are worked regularly to keep their muscles and tendons strong and limber to prevent them from being hurt during competitions.
The related sport of tractor pulling developed as farmers moved away from the use of real horse power.
Our event has different weight classes Ė Light (3400 lbs and under) and Heavy (3401 lbs and over). The Light Weight Division is denoted by the Orange painted hooves.
NOTE: During the pull, spectators are asked to be quiet as the team must be able to hear the driver and they will quit too soon due to clapping or unfamiliar voices.
Tickets: Southern National Draft Horse Pull tickets are $10 per person. You can save two dollars if you buy tickets for the pull during the Southern Farm Show at the Graham Building on the NC State Fairgrounds Wednesday, February 5th through Friday, February 7th.
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