1. The Department
shall issue public notice of annual Pulling Events Training.
An applicant for initial certification
shall work as an apprentice under a Certified Superintendent for two (2) years:
in the two (2) years the applicant must work with a certified superintendent
for at least four (4) licensed pulls per year, which must include at least two
(2) draft horse pulls and two (2) oxen pulls, including weigh-ins. The licensed
superintendent shall sign off on the apprentices' sign off sheet to verify that
these requirements have been met, in order for an applicant to become eligible
to apply to be a certified superintendent. The apprentice requirement does not
apply to applicants seeking to renew their certification in accordance with
3. Beginning in the year 2002, any
person seeking an initial certification as a Superintendent must, no later than
February 15th of the year in which certification is requested, submit an
application to the Department and register for the training.
4. An applicant for initial certification
must be sponsored by a Maine pull events venue. A letter from a presiding
officer of that venue affirming sponsorship must be mailed to the Department no
later than February 15 of the year in which certification is requested.
5. Certification of qualified
applicants shall be made by the Commissioner upon successful completion of the
training. Successful completion shall require the applicant to demonstrate a
working knowledge of the laws and rules pertaining to pulling events and animal
welfare, and other information provided by the Department.
6 Certification shall be valid for a period
of two years. Any person seeking to renew his or her certification after the
two-year period must submit a renewal application and successfully complete
training as provided in this Section.