Banei Keiba is a Japanese horse racing for heavy working horses or cold-blooded horses. The sport involves the horses pulling a heavily loaded sled on a 200 m long, straight track with two bumps. The sport practiced only in Hokkaido in northern Japan
Banei Keiba developed as a sport around 1900 in Hokkaido, Japan . The farmers in the area let their horses go in the tug of war against each other during festivals to measure who had the strongest horse. The horses were used in the main event for the agricultural work in Hokkaido. The sport developed rapidly into an accepted and legitimate sport where the horses instead had to pull heavy sleds, metal and everything was arranged as a festival for heavy working horses.
From the year 1946 organized by the sport of the local unions and was open to the public and you could even bet on the winner by a special booths where tickets are sold. The sport did not spread to the rest of Japan, but became a local phenomenon in Hokkaido, which feed well in this sport with up to 5,000 visitors each day on the runways.