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UKC WEIGHT PULLING
Beginning January 1, 2002 the United Kennel Club introduced weight pulling to their
ever growing list of performance events. Since we had so much fun competing in IWPA
weight pulls both of my boys decided to come out of retirement and give it a try. The people
at UKC who worked to get this program off the ground did a great job! They obviously
spent some time in researching other pulling events. They took all the best parts of IWPA
and ADBA and then added some unique things to come up with the UKC weight pull rules.
Like most pulling events dogs are divided up into classes based on their weight. Winners
at individual events are either the dog that pulls the most weight in it's class or the dog
who pulls the most weight per pound of body weight. Events can be held using a wheeled
cart, a sled on snow, or a rail system.  Titles are earned by pulling a specified percentage of
the dog's weight at three different events. There are currently 2 weight pull titles offered by
the UKC: The UWP (United Weight Puller) and UWPCH (United Weight Pull Champion).
To become a weight pull champion a dog must first earn a UWP and then must earn a
minimum of 100 points.  Points are earned based on the percentages that a dog pulls.
Both Aky and Cito had the honor of competing at the very first UKC weight pull event.
It was held in Missoula, MT on Feb. 9-10, 2002. The following weekend we traveled to
Ridgefield, Washington and got to see what it is like to pull on a rail system.  That was very
exciting and fun and we sure learned allot and meet a ton of nice people. As with any new
program I am sure there will be a few changes and improvements as everyone figures out
what works and what does not;  But I see only lots of fun to be had by all, and the future of
UKC weight pulling looks bright.

Cito's UKC weight pulling results:

February 9, 2002 - Missoula, MT
Weight pulled: 440 pounds (5.8%)
February 10, 2002 - Missoula, MT
Weight pulled: 680 pounds (9.07%) 
1st qualifying pull toward UWP title.
February 16, 2002 - Ridgefield WA 
Weight pulled: 760 pounds (10.41%)
2nd qualifying pull toward UWP title
March 9, 2002 - Missoula, MT -
Weight Pulled: 760 pounds (10.41%)
3rd qualifying score & NEW TITLE
  (3rd GSD in the world to earn this title)
March 10, 2002 - Missoula, MT -
Weight pulled:  840 (11.51%)
Championship points earned 5 pts.
 
Aky's UKC weight pulling results:
February 9, 2002 - Missoula, MT - 
 Weight pulled: 1000 pounds (14.28%) 
1st qualifying pull toward UWP title
February 10, 2002 - Missoula, MT - 
 Weight pulled:1240 pounds (17.71%) 
2nd qualifying pull toward UWP title
February 16, 2002 - Ridgefield WA - 
  Weight pulled: 760 pounds (10.70%) 
3rd qualifying pull & NEW UWP title 
 (1st GSD in the world to earn this title)
March 9, 2002 - Missoula, MT - 
       Weight Pulled: 1800 (25.71%)  
    Championship points earned 15 pts. 
      + bonus for high weight pulled per 
       body pound 5 pts. 
March 10, 2002 - Missoula, MT - 
      Weight pulled: 1800 (25.71%)  
     Championship points earned 15 pts. 
November 9, 2002 - Missoula, MT -  
     Weight Pulled: 1560 (22.61%)  
     Championship points earned 10 pts. 
      + bonus for high weight pulled per 
       body pound 5 pts. 
November 10, 2002 - Missoula, MT -  
     Weight Pulled: 1560 (22.61%)  
     Championship points earned 10 pts. 
      + bonus for high weight pulled per 
       body pound 5 pts. 
      + bonus for high weight pulled 5 pts. 
 
 
 
September 5, 2003 - Missoula, MT- 
     Weight pulled 1080 (15.43%) 
      Championship points earned 10 pts. 
September 6 2003 - Missoula, MT- 
     Weight pulled 1080 (15.43%) 
      Championship points earned 10 pts. 
September 7 2003 - Missoula, MT- 
     Weight pulled 1480 (21.14%) 
      Championship points earned 10 pts. 
      + bonus for high weight pulled 5 pts. 
NEW UNITED WEIGHT PULL CHAMPION (1st German Shepherd in History to earn this title)
  Nara's UKC weight pulling results:
September 5, 2003 - Missoula, MT -
Weight pulled: 205 (10.24%)
1st qualifying pull toward UWP title
September 6, 2003 - Missoula, MT -
Weight pulled:220 (10.48%)
2nd qualifying pull toward UWP title
September 7, 2003 - Missoula, MT -
Weight pulled: 265 (12.62%)
3rd qualifying pull & New UWP title
(1st PBGV in history to earn this title) 
 
 
May 7, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 425 (17%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

May 8, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 470 (18.8%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

May 9, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 485 (19.4%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

September 10, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 385 (15.40%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

September 11, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 425 (17%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

September 12, 2004 - Stevensville, MT-
Weight pulled: 425 (17%)
Championship points earned 10 pts.

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