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 Southfuels 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.

The Tug O’ War is proudly sponsored by Southfuels.

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 Southfuels Tug O’ War is one of the participation events of the Games and will follow traditional Scottish rules. Click here to download full rules.

  • Senior Trophy (mens) – 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.

If time allows there will be a Primary School competition which can be entered on the day. Follow our Facebook page for updates.


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.

Entry Fees:

  • 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 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 Southfuels, 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 Southfuels, a $150 event Bar Tab (to use at the event’s bar by 5pm) and $350.00 CASH. Silver Medals
Youth Two divisions – Primary and Secondary with the following prizes for each:

Individual gold medals, Southfuels prize packs for each team member

$500 Fuel for School package

Silver Medals


Event Canceled

The Hororata Community Trust has made the difficult decision to cancel the 11th Hororata Highland Games planned for the 6th of November 2021. The Hororata Highland Games is a significant outdoor event attracting around 10,000 people annually, and can only operate in alert level 1. Any competitors who have paid will be automatically refunded to the credit card they paid with. This could take 7 working days to show in your account.


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!

Your supporters can purchase tickets online

There will be no gate sales on the day this year.