Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. There are six exciting performances held throughout the four days of the Classic and each one gives you the unique opportunity to see the magnificent draft horses perform and compete. The Classic is also an opportunity to meet the draft horses by visiting the open barns or taking one of our barn tours.

The Draft Horse Classic showcases almost two hundred draft horses performing and competing and masterfully pulling wagons and carriages, and features exhibitors and hitches from across the United States and Canada.

Between competition classes, the audience will enjoy performances by specialty acts like the California Cowgirls, the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, and chariot and chuck wagon races. There’s also Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire and Roman riding. Additionally, with almost 200 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses up close.

Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here.  All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18, are an additional $4 per ticket. There are a limited number of RV spots available for season ticket holders.

Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the four days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy ongoing musical entertainment, cowboy poetry, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, and Art at the Classic.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.

 

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Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, a top-ranked equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, this equine and western art show features impressive works of art in a dozen categories and more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists.  The show has become one of the premier displays of its kind – attracting both art lovers and horse lovers. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show.  

The juried show is open to all artists over 18 years old whose work reflects a western way of life and includes any equine subject, work on the land, western landscape, animals or wildlife. Entries must be artist’s original design, produced in the last three years, and not previously shown in Art at the Classic. Classes include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, graphic and charcoal, colored pencil, photography, sculpture, miniatures, and anything goes (mixed media). All artwork must be for sale.

If you are interested in participating in this show by entering artwork in the show and/or purchasing booth space at the show, applications are available at here. Or if you have questions, contact Judy Vargas, Director of Art at the Classic, at moc.l1563570980iamg@1563570980sesro1563570980hezno1563570980rb1563570980. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2019.

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Call for Artists! Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, an equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, this art show features works of art by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show. If you are interested, applications are available here. Photo by Sharon O’Brien Lykins.

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

Call for Artists! Are you interested in showcasing your artwork at Art at the Classic, a top-ranked equine and western art show? Held during the Draft Horse Classic, September 19 – 22, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, this art show features works of art in a dozen categories and more than 100 works by painters, sculptors, photographers and other fine artists. The show has become one of the premier displays of its kind – attracting both art lovers and horse lovers. Artists are encouraged to participate by entering artwork in the show and purchasing booth space at the show. If you are interested, applications are available here. Artwork by Elizabeth Hendrix.

Categories: Draft Horse Classic, Events, and Nevada County Fairgrounds.

2018 Draft Horse Classic Results

Awards for the 32nd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Mark Sparrow of Eldora, Iowa judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the three day event. Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for nearly $40,000 in premium awards.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Rees Family Belgians of Elk, WA. Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award. The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Nattie Book of Mudslinger Ranch, Durham, CA. The Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award went to Jeff Shinn of Shinn Ranch Percherons, Livermore, CA; and Jeron Schubert of Rees Family Belgians, Elk, WA, won the Youth of the Show award.

More than 800 entries were entered in the Harvest Fair, including wreaths, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods. In the scarecrow division, the People’s Choice award went to Pamela Roschke.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured more than 50 artists, was Lynn Maderich for “Early Morning at the Horse Show.” The People’s Choice award went to Shirley Isola for “Winner’s Strut.”

A complete list of 2018 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is available here.

The 2019 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 22. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2019. 

The winner of the Draft Horse Classic’s Ultimate Hitch Award – Rees Family Belgians, based out of Elk, WA – performs in the arena at the 2018 Draft Horse Classic. The 2018 Draft Horse Classic results are now posted at NevadaCountyFair.com. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

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Gardeners, Crafters, Bakers and Artists!

Gardeners, crafters, bakers and artists of all ages – how about entering an exhibit in the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic (September 22 – 23)? The deadline to turn in entry forms is Friday, September 14. It’s free to enter, and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic. Details can be found here

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