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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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More than 100 drivers to battle it out at tractor rodeo event

#OnThePull Tractor Rodeo Event in Antrim

Agri-streaming firm, FarmFLiX, has announced its mammoth #OnThePull tractor rodeo event will return to Gally Hill Farm, Co. Antrim, for the first time since 2019, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

The tractor racing contest, which is believed to be only one of its kind and attracts entrants from across the UK and Ireland, will take place on Saturday, August 5th, 2023.

One million views

Interest in #OnThePull23 is set to be high, with FarmFLiX’s videos of the 2019 contest now having been viewed more than one million times online.

This year’s event will see more than 100 drivers battle it out in a series of head-to-head races, all while pulling one of six fully loaded Redrock trailers newly constructed for the competition.

New course

Organisers have created a new course for #OnThePull23, including a 140m hill climb and obstacle challenges to test engine power and driver skill.

Drivers will race each other against the clock for a place on the leaderboard before entering the knockout stages in their respective classes.

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FarmFLiX first

In a first for the event, every driver will be guaranteed at least two pulls against the clock, meaning more than 100 races with live commentary for spectators to enjoy.

Two tractors will be ready to go at all times, ensuring the action “remains fast and furious”.

John McClean

Speaking about the event, FarmFLiX founder, John McClean, said: “#OnThePull is back, and it is even bigger and better for 2023.”

“If you or your children love tractors or high-horsepower engines, then you do not want to miss this event.”

“It takes a lot of time and organisation to prepare the event site in the middle of a working farm, so I would like to remind everyone who wants to enjoy this fantastic family day out that they need to purchase their tickets before sales end at midnight on Sunday, April 30th.”

“With interest so high, we have made space for more than three times the number of tractors previously accommodated in 2019.”

“We have also made several improvements. We are using concrete weighted blocks instead of water cubes to offer a more consistent pull for competitors and a lower centre of gravity.”

“For those who want to renew rivalries, we are also aiming to accommodate friends in the same tractor class who want to race each other.”

“FarmFLiX is delighted the farming community is pulling together with us to raise vital funds for the Air Ambulance NI charity.”

“They are a vital and often life-saving support for the rural and farming communities here, so this year, all the proceeds from our driver entry fees are going directly to the charity.”

Fan favourites

Among some of Ireland’s most famous farming social media stars attending on the day will be YouTube’s Farmer Phil and iFarmWeFarm.

TikTok’s famous Donkey262 will be competing with the Mighty 90, while the whole FarmFLiX team will be on-site filming proceedings.

The FarmFLiX crew are hoping to encourage their own Cityboy (aka Brian) out of tractor racing retirement.

FarmFLiX fans will also be treated to Alan Clyde and John McClean in head-to-head action as McClean’s John Deere 6910s take on Clyde’s New Holland TSA115 in their own grudge match.

5 tractor classes

FarmFLix will decide on five tractor classes which will be separated by factors, including horsepower, engine displacement, weight, and any modifications fitted.

Trailer weights being pulled by each class will be decided on the day, subject to weather and ground conditions.

Among those spectating on the day will be staff from Redrock Machinery. The Armagh-based agricultural machinery manufacturer is supplying six 26ft trailers, all of which have been specially customised for the event.

Ticket details

On-site facilities on the day will include catering, toilets, and car parking. Individual spectator tickets are priced at £25 (including car parking), and anyone aged 15 and under will receive free entry with an accompanying adult.

A discounted option is also available as a ‘full car ticket’ offering access for up to five adults in a single vehicle priced at £85.

Ticket sales end at midnight on Sunday, 30th April 2023. FarmFLiX is reminding fans, however, that ticket sales must end at midnight on April 30th, 2023, to allow preparations to begin.

Tickets are available through its website, with a range of offers available, including free entry for children under 15 when accompanied by an adult and reduced rates for those who car-share while travelling to the event.

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