Heavy Events

The Heavy Events is all about muscle, strength, athletism, and sheer determination!

Click here to learn more about each heavy discipline.

The Heavy Events competition comprises two grades.

Heavy Events Training Day – Saturday 8th September 2018 – Click for details

Gough CAT Oceania Heavyweight Championship

The Professional Heavy Athletes will be competing in eight disciplines, (Caber Toss, Stone Putt, Hammer Throw, Sheaf, Weight for Distance, Weight for Height, Hororata Stones and Farmers Walk)  for the Gough CAT Oceania Heavyweight Championship title.

This is an open event that anyone can enter if they meet the criteria. There is a cash prize pool of $5900 for this competition. Entries to the Oceania Heavyweight Championship will open in September.  Contact Us for details

Gough CAT Amateur Heavy Championship

Competing alongside the Professional Heavy Athletes a field of amateur men and women compete for Gough CAT Amateur  Heavy Championship, for those entering the sport. Competitors test themselves over five disciplines: Caber Toss, Stone Putt, Hammer Throw, Weight for Distance and Sheaf.


A detailed schedule and the Games Programme will be sent out to all entrants in October, but the schedule essentially will be:

  • 9.00am – practice session
  • 10.00am – competition commences
  • The competition will consist of four traditional Scottish Heavy events, which will include:
    • Caber Toss
    • Stone Putt (18lbs)
    • Hammer throw (16lbs and 22lbs)
    • Sheaf (12 and 16 lbs)
    • Weight for Distance (28lbs)
  • Farmers Walk: A single event option where competitors race along a course with 100lbs in each hand, with the winner covering the most distance (this is a separate competition and not included in the championship).

Entry Fees:

Amateur Men’s and Women’s Heavy Event Competition (4 events) = $20

Farmers Walk (1 event) = $5

This year we have new competitor tee shirts, these are $20 and can be ordered when you enter. These will not be for sale on the day and must be pre-ordered. These will have AMATEUR 2017 on the back.

Competition Rules:

Instructions and technique coaching will be provided in the practice session prior to the competition. Other information can be provided to enable training for the event, please email games@hororata.org.nz

Click here to download a document which outlines the rules of all the Heavy Events at the Hororata Highland Games.


Gough CAT Amateur Men’s Champion  – $100 and Championship trophy plus the winner will be sponsored to compete in Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo on the February 2018 (conditions apply*).

Gough CAT Amateur Women’s Champion – $100 and Championship trophy.

Medals for 2nd and 3rd places


Entries will open in September 2018
For further information email us at games@hororata.org.nz

Gough CAT Amateur Heavy Championship entries to be completed using the online entry form, one form per competitor. Please where possible make payment by internet banking (see account details on form) – a receipt and confirmation of registration will be sent to you after entries close. This year we have new Heavy Competitor tee shirts, if you would like to purchase one please indicate on the entry form.

All competitors will be issued tickets and you will need these to enter the event, your supporters will need to purchase their tickets either prior to the event or on the day.

Remember to get your discounted supporters tickets!

Your supporters can purchase tickets online at a discounted rate. Click here for information.

*Gough CAT Amateur Mens Champion will be sponsored to the Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo on the 11th February 2017. Costs will be covered to a maximum of $400.00. This prize can not be transferred or redeemed for cash and must be used to compete in the 2018 Paeroa Highland Games and Tattoo heavyweight field events. The Hororata Highland Games will make and pay for travel arrangements.