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IWPA International Championships

What is it? When is it? Where is it? Who is invited? Lots of questions but first let's talk about what it is and how you might qualify to get there.

The International Championships are held after the end of the pull season, usually in late April or early May and located somewhere in the United States or Canada. IWPA rotates their Championship locations between Western US and Canada, Central US and Canada, and Eastern US and Canada. Organizers submit bids to host the Championships in their location. They must have an approved site to hold the wheel pull whether it be on natural surface or artifical surface. They also must have an approved site for the snow pull. This could be on natural snow, or on shaved ice on a pad or in an ice rink. The submitting organizer also arranges for a location for the awards banquet, and general meeting. Sufficant lodging also needs to be available for the out of town travelers. The Championship Chairperson reviews the bids and selects the best proposal based on the presenting bid package. This is all completed early in the pull season.

Now how do you get to go to the International Championships? Well first you need to be a member of one of the twelve regions within the United States and Canada. During the season ( September 1st thru March 31st), IWPA members compete with their dogs within their region for points earned based on placings at a pull in one of the 8 weight classes. The top 5 highest points earned at different pulls within their region are added together at the end of the season to determine the placing for regional medals - gold, silver or bronze. These regional medalists along with the 4th and 5th placing dogs are invited to attend the Championships. They gather in one place to compete with other regional medalists to win the title of "International Champion."

2013 IWPA Championships
2014 IWPA Championships

A lot of truly good dogs have pulled awesome weights in relation to their own weights, but the records are only set at the Championships. Below is a list of record holders from previous years' Championships.

IWPA Record Holders

WHEELS/NATURAL SURFACE


Class

Dog

Handler

Region

Pulled

Breed

Location/Year

20

Sanchez

Trent Vance

4

935

Pitter-Patt

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

35

Two Dogs

Larry McGee

3

2000

American Pit Bull Terrier  

Greeley, CO (1997)

40

Gracie

Damon Keels

6

2135

American Pit Bull Terrier  

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

60

Stone Cold

Collin Cox

6

3050

American Bulldog

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

80

Dixie

Daryl Anderson

4

3810

American Bulldog

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

100

Chevy

Darryl Spauldin

4

4900

American Pit Bull Terrier

Cheyenne, WY (2001)

120

Maynard

Derrick Exstrom

9

4045

Rottweiller

Greeley, CO (1997)

125

Neebles

Mark Landers

9

3980

American Bulldog

Evans, CO (2007)

125

Crowbar

Mark Landers

9

3980

American Bulldog

Evans, CO (2007)

150

Rochelle

Debbie Lee

7

3620

Saint Bernard

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

Unl

Sly

Frank Wells

9

5395

English Mastiff

Greeley, CO (1997)

 

 

WHEELS/ARTIFICIAL SURFACE

Class

Dog

Handler

Region

Pulled

Breed

Location/Year

20

Harry Houdini

Eli Landers

9

810

Patterdale Terrier

Spokane, WA (2004)

35

Willey Makett

Anita Persinger

4

2030

American Pit Bull Terrier

St. Louis, MO (1995)

40

Lucy

Eli Landers

9

2090

Patterdale Terrier

Spokane, WA (2004)

60

ILB Long Gone

Larry McGee

3

3130

American Pit Bull Terrier

LeavenworthWA (2000)

80

Dixie

Daryl Anderson

4

3810

American Pit Bull Terrier

Spokane, WA (2004)

100

Chevy

Darryl Spauldin

4

4700

American Pit Bull Terrier

Leavenworth, WA (2000)

120

Ox

Ron Poitras

5

4400

American Bulldog

Leavenworth, WA (2000)

125

Bone

Donald Taylor

7

4180

American Pit Bull Terrier

Cadillac, MI (2002)

150

Mollee

Terry Lee

7

4420

English Mastiff

Cadillac, MI (2002)

Unl

Sly

Frank Wells

9

5002

English Mastiff

St. Louis, MO ( 1995)

 

 

SNOW/NATURAL SURFACE

Class

Dog

Handler

Region

Pulled

Breed

Location/Year

20

Gingersnap

Donna Libbey

6

250

Jack Russell/Chihuahua

Spokane, WA (2004)

35

Swampdog’s Diffy 

Todd Pederson

7

440

American Pit Bull Terrier

Delaware, PA (1999)

40

Diamond Lil

Dean Mircos

9

930

American Pit Bull Terrier

Loveland, CO (2003)

60

Cody

Larry Brillart

11

1100

Siberian Husky

Loveland, CO (2003)

80

Eli

Bill Arndt

9

1130

Mix

Estes Park, CO (1994)

100

 Shaq

Chris Stock

9

1700

Oklahoma Bulldog

Loveland, CO (2003)

120

Mack

Fred Jenson

9

1270

Alaskan Malamute

Estes Park, CO (1994)

125

Swampdog’s Bugg

Todd Pederson

7

1500

American Bulldog

Loveland, CO (2003)

150

Moses

Mark Pickrel                  

11

1500

Alaskan Malamute

Loveland, CO (2003)

Unl

Chunka

Nathan Sellers

2

1390

Alaskan Malamute

Cheyenne, WY (2001)

 

SNOW / ARTIFICIAL SURFACE

Class

Dog

Handler

Region

Pulled

Breed

Location/Year

20

Bridget

Jenny Cousino

6

425

Terrier

Kalkaska, MI (2005)

35

Jackie

Bob Bonacorsi

4

1005

American Pit Bull Terrier

Grand Rapids, MI (1998)

40

Rose

Cheryl Martin

9

815

Norwegin Elkhound

Enfield, CT (2010)

60

Smokey

Tim Long

9

1370

American Pit Bull Terrier

Grand Rapids. MI (1998)

80

Porky

Bob Bonacorsi

4

2000

American Pit bull Terrier

Grand RapidsMI (1998)

100

Ranger

David Gallagher

5

2105

Alaskan Malamute

Enfield, CT (2010)

120

Bubbadog

Bob Bonacorsi

4

2630

Alaskan Malamute

Grand Rapids, MI (1998)

125

Luke

Todd Sheehan

5

1555

Alaskan Malamute

Enfield, CT (2010)

150

M.J.

Stephanie Pitz

6

2105

Saint Bernard Cross

Enfield, CT (2010)

Unl

Riddle

Joal Brisbois

6

2630

Mastiff

Grand Rapids, MI (1998)




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