A barnyard pulling contest is a new addition to the Check Ruritan Horse Pull.
The contest uses a regular pulling sled with about 1,5000 pounds of weight added. Generally the pull is from only one direction but could pull in both directions, depending upon having a seat for the driver.
Rules maintain that horses have to be operated from a seated position.
A rope and pulley system lifts an indicator up a pole with 10 points awarded for stopping the indicator dead center and declining points awarded for a stop before or after the middle.
The middle is a pull of about 16 or 20 feet.
Each teamster gets three attempts and the combined score or those two tries of three attempts each resulting in six scores totaled, determines the final score.
Another unique feature of the barnyard pull is a tennis ball is set in a vertical two-inch pipe. If puller start the load too hard, the ball falls out and they are disqualified. Teamsters can also be disqualified if they pull too far and upset the measuring tower.
Gary Kisamore and the Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Association brings this pull to the region.