Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 33rd annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Larry Honsberger of Elmore, Ohio judged the Draft Horse classes, which took place during the six performances over the four-day event. Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia – competed at the show for more than $35,000 in premium awards.

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch Award was Unhitched Ranch of Colton, CA. Audrey Popoff, also of Unhitched Ranch, won the Susan Parnell High Point Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award, as well as the Top Hand Ranch Teamster Award, was presented to Susan McCarty of Live Oak Belgians, based in Upper Lake, CA. Josh Albrecht won the Youth of the Show award.

The Best of Show winner at Art at the Classic, which featured almost 50 artists, was Katherine Plumer of Wilton, CA for her colored pencil art titled “Rosebud.” The People’s Choice award also went to Katherine.

The winner in the 2019 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Darby Holden.

At the Harvest Fair, more than 700 items were entered, including scarecrows, arts and crafts, fresh fruits and vegetables, produce characters, jellies and jams, and baked goods. People’s Choice winners include Jim Drew in the Baked Foods Division, Kristi Bashor for Preserved Foods, Katie Savage for Youth/Teen Arts and Crafts, Joan Fowle for Artistic Flowers and Garden, Jon Robinson for Scarecrows, Justin Larsen for Arts & Crafts by People with Special Needs, and Lyn Muth for Nevada County Grown.

A complete list of 2019 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, can be found here.

The 2020 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 17 – 20, 2020. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2020.

Meadowlake Belgians – winner of the 2019 Six-Up Hitch Championship. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

Unhitched Ranch – winner of the 2019 Ultimate Hitch Award. Photo by Lenkaland Photography

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33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Don’t miss the 33rd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair happening September 19-22! This year’s Classic will have six spectacular performances featuring a variety of horses, exhibitors, hitches, and farm wagons and carriages. In between classes, guests can will enjoy performances from Romano: the Andalusian Stallion, Gladius the Show, CHP Mounted Patrol and more! While you’re here, make sure to visit the barns, check out the Harvest Fair exhibits, grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music on the Pine Tree Stage and browse the Western Trade Show! See you at the Classic!

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Draft Horse Classic Artwork

Wondering who created the awesome artwork featured at this year’s Draft Horse Classic? The artist is Liz Hendrix, and she’ll have a booth selling her paintings and other beautiful pieces at the Classic this year! Liz had a previous piece chosen to represent the 2017 Classic as well, and she won the People’s Choice Award! Make sure to say hello to Liz and view all her amazing artwork!

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Western Music Fest at the Classic

Don’t miss the free musical entertainment at the Draft Horse Classic. Music begins at noon on Friday and Saturday and at 11 am on Sunday. This year, we have a great lineup of country, bluegrass and honky-tonk music, as well as cowboy comedians and poets who will surely entertain you! And best of all, it’s FREE, so stop by and grab a bite to eat while enjoying the music!

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Harvest Fair Exhibits!

You still have a week left to enter an exhibit at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair! If you’re a gardener, artist, baker or craft lover who wants to show off your skills, submit an entry form online or stop by the Fairgrounds office anytime Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm (please note, the cutoff time for entering an exhibit on September 13 is 4 pm). Click here for more information!

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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 . The deadline to apply is June 25, 2019.

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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.

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