Fern Tug O’ War

Tug O’ War is an age-old tradition at any Highland Games and has become a major crowd-pleaser at the Hororata Highland Games. The Fern Tug O’ War sees an intense battle of strength, teamwork, and sheer willpower play out. Teams of ten compete throughout the day in heats, working towards reaching the final TUG! The crowd passionately and loudly supports each team as they work to pull the opposing team across the line.

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Why should you enter this event?

  • A great team event for work mates, sports teams or just a group of friends.
  • Experience a range of other Scottish events and festivities.
  • Loads of atmosphere and an excellent post-event function.
  • Unique winners medals and good prize money up for grabs.
  • Challenge someone to a tug off!


The Fern Tug O’ War is one of the participation events of the Games and will follow traditional Scottish rules.

  • Senior Trophy (men’s) – heavyweight, 800kg weight restriction per 8 men. Teams of eight plus two reserves
  • Senior Mixed – No weight limit. Team to consist of a minimum of four female and four male pullers. Teams of eight plus two reserves
  • Youth – Teams of 6 (14 – 16 years, must be at school) must include 2 girls.

The schedule will be announced three days before the event. We make sure you have time to enjoy the festival in between heats. 

Teams will have an area where they can set up a gazebo to store gear for the day.

Enter online here. Entries open 1st September and close 3rd November

Late entries may be accepted if the category is not full.

This event runs wet or fine. We have wet weather contingencies.

Competition details will be emailed to competitors following the closing date. Follow us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with all entry information.

All competitors will receive a pass to the event. Remember to purchase your discounted supporters tickets!

All Senior Grade Teams

$200.00  (Includes gate entry for 10 people)

Youth Teams

$30 (Includes 1 x Managers entry pass)

Note: Entry is on a first-in basis as a limited number of teams can be accepted.

Grades 1st Place 2nd Place
Trophy The coveted Hororata Highland Games trophy, individual gold medals, $500 worth of Z Cards, donated by Fern, a $150 event Bar Tab (to use at the event’s bar by 5pm) and $350.00 CASH. Silver Medals
Mixed Individual gold medals, $500 worth of Z Cards, donated by Fern, a $150 event Bar Tab (to use at the event’s bar by 5pm) and $350.00 CASH. Silver Medals

Two divisions – Primary and Secondary with the following prizes for each:

Individual gold medals, Fern prize packs for each team member

$500 Fuel for School package

Silver Medals

Entry Dates

  • Open 1st September 2022.

no gate sales on the day this year.

Your supporters can purchase tickets online.

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