Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 31st annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 21 – 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Glenn Lewis of Springfield, MO judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show, and Jason Harmeson of Lakeside, CA judged the horseshoeing competition.

Almost 40 draft horse exhibitors – traveling from California, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia – competed for approximately $30,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during six performances over the four-day event.  

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was David and Patsy Cunningham of Meadowlake Belgians, from Carlton, OR.

Susan McCarty of Live Oak Belgians, Upper Lake, CA, and Crystal Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA, were recognized as the outstanding lady drivers, accumulating high points to both win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Cheryl Pritchett, an honor bestowed upon her by the voting of fellow teamsters. Pritchett is from Wilton, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Josh Albrecht of Durham, CA, won the Youth of the Show award.

In the Halter Show, the Overall Supreme Champion horse was shown and owned by Lawrence McGibbon of Carlaw Clydes, based out of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Carlaw Clydes also received the Supreme Champion Gelding and the Supreme Champion Matched Pair awards. Bulah, a Percheron owned by Crown Over Cross Percherons of Upper Lake, CA, and shown by Dana DiRicco, was awarded the Supreme Champion Mare.  

The winner in the 2017 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Kurt Fisk of Bend, OR; and the Live Best Shoeing winner was Michael Deleonardo of Salinas, CA.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 1,000 items entered, People’s Choice winners include Owen Strolle in the Produce Character category; Heidi Cook for Artistic Corner; Denise Durham for Floriculture; Nancy Brown for Scarecrows; and Katie Savage for the Youth/Teen category.

At Art at the Classic, which featured more than 30 artists, the Best of Show winner in Painting was Yvonne Bonacci, and the Best of Show winner in Sculpture was Ingrid Smith.  The People’s Choice award went to Elizabeth Hendrix for “Teamwork.”

A complete list of 2017 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is here.

The 2018 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 20 – 23. Tickets will go on sale May 1, 2018.  

Photo by J Ann Brodland



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

Evacuation Update (12:15 pm on February 13)

12:15 pm update: The Nevada County Fairgrounds evacuation center is full; however, First Baptist Church has opened at 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. The Fairgrounds is still accepting large and small animals. 
The donation list remains the same: baby and adult diapers, adult underwear, socks, Lysol wipes, women’s/men’s sweatpants and sweatshirts, deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, soap, Chapstick, shampoo, combs, scissors and blankets. 
From the Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team (overseeing the large and small animals), there is a need for animal crates, blankets for large and small animals, and water bowls for large and small animals. 
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Farm Day at the Fairgrounds

We’re excited for the 2nd Annual Farm Day, happening on Thursday at the Fairgrounds! We’ll have hundreds of children from area schools on the grounds to learn about agriculture in Nevada County, meet lots of animals, and, of course, meet some Draft Horses. So fun!


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