27th Annual Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2013

Contact: Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer

 (530) 273-6217; 


Awards for the 27th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced.  Gord Ruzicka of Viking, Alberta, Canada, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Don Davis from Redding was the horseshoe competition judge.

More than 50 Draft Horse exhibitors – traveling from California, British Columbia, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming – competed for approximately $40,000 in premium awards. The competitions took place during five performances over the four-day event.  

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was Freeman Yoder of Young Living Percherons, from Mona, Utah. 

Dakota Messenger of Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch, from Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Katie Cook of Young Living Percherons, were recognized as the outstanding lady drivers, both accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award. 

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to David and Patsy Cunningham, an honor bestowed upon them by the voting of their fellow teamsters. The Cunninghams are from Meadowlake Belgians in Carlton, Oregon. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, California; and Cadee Miller of Young Living Percherons, won the Youth of the Show award. 

The Overall Supreme Champion horse, Hugh; and the Grand Champion Stallion, Ogdensburg HC Variety, are owned by Castagnasso Clydesdales and shown by Tony Knecht of Sonoma, California. 

The Grand Champion Mare, Jansens Farms Kayla, is owned by Young Living Percherons, and shown by Freeman Yoder.  

The winner in the 2013 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Robbie Mederos. 

At the third annual Classic BBQ Cook-Off, the Grand Champion was Jeff Lenke, cooking for Ash Kickin’ Smokers of Lincoln; and the Reserve Grand Champion prize went to Brian Choate, cooking for Smokin’ The Bandit BBQ of Plumas Lake. The People’s Choice Champion was Jack Simmons of Big Shot BBQ of Discovery Bay. 

At the Harvest Fair, the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows, as well as the Best of Division in the Scarecrows, went to Nancy Brown of Grass Valley. 

A complete list of 2013 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, the Horse Shoeing Contest winners, and a complete list of Barbecue Cook-Off results, is on the Nevada County Fairgrounds’ website at www.NevadaCountyFair.com.  

The 2014 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 18-21. Tickets will go on sale on May 1, 2014.  Visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com for more information.

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Sunday at the Draft Horse Classic

We’re ready for a great day at the Draft Horse Classic. The first show begins today at 10 am, and there’s another show at 4 pm.  In fact, if you have a ticket for the 4 pm performance, you can come early at 3 pm and see the Single, Ladies Pleasure Class.  Check out the revised performance schedule. Due to the cancellation of Saturday evening’s performance, classes from Saturday evening have been incorporated into the Sunday morning and Sunday evening performances.  It’s more classes and more fun for your money!

Also on Sunday at the Classic, we’ve got the Classic BBQ Cook-Off from 1:30 – 4 pm on the Green. Whether you want to watch BBQ experts show off their cooking skills or simply join the fun and taste the treats – the BBQ Cook-Off is the place to be! Tasting tickets will be sold for 2 for $10. Try a variety of delicious barbecue, including ribs, chicken, pulled pork tacos, sandwiches, and brisket.  While at the event, enjoy musical entertainment by the Dyin’ Breed, performing from 2 – 4 during the event. Started more than 10 years ago, the band has evolved into one of Nevada County’s favorite bands and we are thrilled they will be joining us at this event!

We’ve also got lots of vendors (same great stuff out here), Art at the Classic, entertainment on the Pine Tree Stage, and Treat Street goodies.  Did we mention that we also have lots of beautiful Draft Horses on the grounds?

Messengers (in the barns)


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“Bounty Of The County” And “Classic Barbecue Cook-Off” Part Of The Festivities At The Draft Horse Classic Weekend


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 12, 2013

Contact: Sandy Woods, Chief Executive Officer

 (530) 273-6217;

Joan Clappier, Nevada County Grown

(530) 273-8586;


“Bounty of the County” on Saturday, Sept. 21; “BBQ Cook-Off” on Sunday, Sept. 22

In between Draft Horse performances at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, September 19 – 22, take time to visit two tasty events happening on the grounds during the weekend – “Bounty of the County” and “Classic Barbecue Cook-Off.”

On Saturday, September 21, “Bounty of the County” takes place from 1 – 4 pm on The Green, near the Northern Mines Building. Bring your appetite to this fun and delicious event, hosted by Nevada County Grown. Bounty of the County is a pairing of fabulous local chefs with the finest produce and meats of Nevada County Grown farmers and ranchers. This is local, fresh, and delicious food at its best – and a feast for your palette. In addition to great food, there will be music, vendors, demonstrations, and children’s activities.

Tasting tickets – available at 2 tickets for $5 – will be sold at the event, and all proceeds are for the benefit of local agriculture. Additional details can be found at NevadaCountyGrown.org. 

On Sunday, September 22, from 1:30 – 4 pm, watch as barbecue experts show off their cooking skills at the “Classic Barbecue Cook-Off.”  Once they’re done cooking, you get to taste the treats – ribs, chicken, pulled pork tacos, sandwiches, brisket and a variety of delicious barbecue. Tasting tickets will be available at the event at 5 for $10. Come taste the treats and listen to live music by one of Nevada County’s favorite bands, The Dyin’ Breed.

In addition to these two tasty events, the Harvest Fair is bustling with activities during the weekend, including musical entertainment on the Pine Tree stage, Art at the Classic, Treat Street goodies, a clogging jamboree, a Western Trade Show, and visits to the barns. 

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair runs September 19 – 22 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There are six performances featuring the magnificent Draft Horses – Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm.

For tickets to the Draft Horse Classic performances, or for details about the Harvest Fair activities, visit NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217. 

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