The Medemblik Harness Races take place on the third Monday of September and consist of two elements: ring tilting and short track harness racing. The ring tilting tradition means that one tries to push a lance through a ring from a harnessing (a coach with at least two persons in it, pulled by at least one horse, with a maximum of four horses). There are cash prizes and honour prizes to be won. The short track harness racing is part of the harness racing sport. The horses with drivers in sulkies (two-wheeled carts) rage through the Nieuwstraat. The short track is a knockout-race: the first one who wins two rides, goes on to the next round. Honour and cash prizes are made available. The length of the track is 82 yards and it is a special one for several reasons: it is decorated with flags and lamps, there is a triumphal arch at the start, decorated with flowers, the horses start on top of a slope and there is a slight turn in the course. A vet and a farrier are present during the whole day, to guarantee the well-being of the horses. Moreover the organisation meets the strict regulations of the Dutch Horse and Harness Racing. The prize ceremony of the short track by the chairman of the Association and the mayor, takes place around 7.30 PM in ‘Het Wapen van Medemblik’. Next to the ring tilting and the short track harness racing, there is a fair for the children, a children’s pool for all primary schools in Medemblik, a fishing competition on Sunday and finally the fireworks on Monday.