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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Enter Your Exhibits In The Harvest Fair At The Draft Horse Classic

It’s free and all exhibitors will receive free tickets to a Draft Horse Classic performance

Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibits in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 22 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 4 pm on 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.

There are more than 100 different categories to choose from, including fruits and vegetables, cobblers, harvest pies, scarecrows, jams, honey, cut flowers, produce characters, and birdhouses. There’s even an Adult Artistic Corner for those interested in showing off arts and crafts. There’s a division for youth and teens, which includes categories like apple face dolls, decoupage, painted pumpkins, wreaths, table settings, and ceramics. A complete description of all Harvest Fair divisions and categories is available online.

To enter, exhibitors must submit entry forms at the Fair office or online between now and Friday, September 14 at 4 pm. It’s free, it’s a simple process to complete the paperwork, and it’s fun to see your exhibits on display at the Harvest Fair.

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair is September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There are six performances to choose from – Friday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm.

In addition to the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is happening at the Fairgrounds throughout the event. Musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, food vendors on Treat Street and around the grounds, vendors selling wares at the Western Trade Show, Harvest Fair exhibits, and visits to the barns make for a fun day at the Harvest Fair.

The Western Music Fest takes place each day beginning at noon on Friday and Saturday and 11 am on Sunday at Pine Tree Stage. There will be ongoing musical entertainment, with the sounds of Sourdough Slim, Strung Nugget Gang, Dust in My Coffee, and Danny Morris and The California Stars. Headliners include James Gamer’s Tribute to Johnny Cash on Friday, September 22 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm; and Brenn Hill, performing cowboy and country music, on Saturday, September 22 from 4:30 – 6 pm. All musical entertainment is free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.

For Draft Horse performance tickets or information about entering a Harvest Fair exhibit, call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

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Enter an Exhibit in the Harvest Fair

Have you thought about entering an exhibit in this year’s Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic? We’re currently accepting entry forms, and you can enter online or at the Fair Office. As an added bonus, all those who enter receive free tickets to the Draft Horse Classic on Friday morning. It’s a win-win, so get those entry forms in.

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Enter an Exhibit in the Fair – Get Free Draft Horse Classic Tickets

Did you know that all those who enter an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair receive two free tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic? Enter an exhibit or get your tickets now for the this year’s Draft Horse Classic, September 22 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Photo by Laurie Ann Martin Photography.

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Call for Artists: Art at the Classic

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 22 – 23? We invite artists to participate by entering artwork and purchasing booth space at the show. Details are available here, and the deadline to submit an application is June 15. Artwork by Elizabeth Hendrix.

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Draft Horse Classic Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, where you’ll experience beautiful draft horses pulling meticulously restored freight wagons, loyally working farm equipment, skillfully completing intricate maneuvers, and competing with elegance and determination.  Plus, this is the opportunity to meet the stars of show and see a draft horse up close. 

Happening September 22 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the Draft Horse Classic is the premier draft horse show on the west coast and offers six different performances featuring draft horses and exhibitors from across the United States and Canada. In between competition classes, guests will enjoy performances by expert horseman and trick rope artist Tomas Garcilazo, Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, Cal Crush Clydesdales, CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, the California Cowgirls Drill Team and more. Additionally, with more than 150 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe and meet these gentle giants.

New this year, the Draft Horse Classic is moving to three days, with two performances each day.  There’s also a new class schedule, more hitches, and exciting entertainment in the arena.

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 Thursday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

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 three days of the Classic. Visit the grounds to enjoy musical entertainment, a Western Trade Show with vendors selling wares, the Harvest Fair agricultural competitions and community exhibits, a horseshoeing demonstration, delicious food, Art at the Classic. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses. We even offer guided barn tours.

As part of the festivities, there will be two free concerts on the Pine Tree Stage. On Friday, September 22 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes the stage. On Saturday, September 22 from 4 – 6 pm, Brenn Hill, an award-winning singer songwriter, will perform cowboy and country music. Both concerts are free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.

It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 22- 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.  

Photo by Lenkaland Photography

 

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