A Day at the Draft Horse Classic

Love the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair? Or have you always wanted to attend, but not sure what it’s all about? Check out the video done by Lenkaland Photography. Giovanni Paolo has done an excellent job of telling the story of the different pieces of the event – from the Harvest Fair, to the prepping of the horses for performing, to the show in the arena! We already miss these beautiful animals, and can’t wait to see them again in 2018!  Check out the video! 
 
 
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Coupon for Grand National Rodeo, Featuring Bobby Kerr and CalCrush Clydes

For all our rodeo, Bobby Kerr, Cal Crush Clydesdales and equestrian fans, The Grand National Rodeo, happening October 13-14 and 20-21 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, will feature all of the above! The show is packed with events – Horseshow, Drill Team, Bobby Kerr, Livestock Show, Western Marketplace, Music and Dancing, Western BBQ and more. For information, visit here. For $6 off rodeo tickets, click on the link http://bit.ly/2fB6vLM and use promo code “GFB2”. Have fun!

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Pies! Pick up a Piece at the Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair

When visiting the Draft Horse Classic this week, be sure to stop by and get a piece (or two) of homemade pie from the KARE Krisis booth.  All proceeds raised from the pie sales benefit the local KARE Crisis Nursery. Enjoying homemade yummy pie while supporting a community organizations is a win win!
 
 
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Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair: This Thursday – Sunday

Majestic draft horse performances, breathtaking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up close” are all part of the festivities at the 31st Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six different performances by the Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules.  The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

In between the performance classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts the CalCrush Clydesdales, California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists and Roman riding, the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, and the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair. Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair on the Fairgrounds. 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, and Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses.  

During the Harvest Fair, you can also enjoy the Western Music Fest with ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday evening from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.  You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert.

Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six.  Performances are Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, September 23, at 10 am and 6:30 pm; and Sunday, September 24, at 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or ordered online. There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets online. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 24 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.

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Draft Horse Classic & Harvest Fair: This Thursday – Sunday

Contact: Wendy Oaks, Information Officer, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217; moc.r1511440768iaFyt1511440768nuoCa1511440768daveN1511440768@Oydn1511440768eW1511440768

Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair in Grass Valley
September 21 – 24, 2017

Majestic draft horse performances, breathtaking competitions, and seeing a Draft Horse “up close” are all part of the festivities at the 31st Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six different performances by the Draft Horses, this event has become the premier Draft Horse show in the western United States. The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, and performances; featuring everything from farm wagons, carriages, and driving competitions to dancing horses and racing mules.  The stars of the show are the horses, and with more than 120 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe them in a multitude of settings.

In between the performance classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts the CalCrush Clydesdales, California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists and Roman riding, the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, and the CHP Mounted Patrol Unit.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair. Although there is a charge for the Draft Horse performances in the arena, admission to the Harvest Fair is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair on the Fairgrounds. 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, and Art at the Classic. Plus, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses.  

During the Harvest Fair, you can also enjoy the Western Music Fest with ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Friday evening from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music at the Pine Tree Stage.  You can even catch a draft horse performance after each concert.

Tickets to the Draft Horse performances are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six.  Performances are Thursday, September 21, and Friday, September 22, at 6:30 pm; Saturday, September 23, at 10 am and 6:30 pm; and Sunday, September 24, at 10 am and 4 pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or ordered online. There is a small transaction fee if you order your tickets online. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Wednesday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 21 – 24 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Meet the Judge of the Draft Horse Classic: Glenn Lewis

Glenn Lewis from Springfield, Missouri, has been selected as the judge of this year’s Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, California.  Lewis has been judging horse shows across North America for more than 23 years, and this is his first time judging the Draft Horse Classic.

“I’m very excited to be part of the Draft Horse Classic, and I’m honored to be able to serve as the judge,” said Lewis. “I really enjoy traveling and judging because it gives me the opportunity to meet new exhibitors. It also gives me the opportunity to visit farms in the area and see their horses.”

Lewis is the fourth generation in his family to breed and show Clydesdales. For the past 15 years, he has worked at Soaring Eagle Farms – a breeding farm and a farm used to prepare horses for sales and the show ring – owned by Dr. Jeff Gower.  For the first eight of those 15 years, Glenn kept the horses at his farm in Sunderland, Ontario, Canada. In 2010, he and his family relocated to Springfield, Missouri to manage Soaring Eagle Farms full time.  As a family, they work on the farm to take care of the more than 80 Clydesdales and Shires.

Lewis and his wife, Shelley, have been married 25 years and have two daughters, Danielle and Jessica.  Danielle was the Canadian Clydesdale Queen in 2011 and Jessica was the National Clydesdale Queen in 2016.

At this year’s Classic, September 21 – 24, Lewis will be busy judging all six Draft Horse Classic performances that take place throughout the four-day event.  In addition to the draft horse performances, musical entertainment, an art show, delicious food, a Western Trade Show, a horseshoeing competition, community exhibits, and barn tours are all part of the activities at the Fairgrounds.

Tickets to the performances are on sale now, as well as the day of the event, and may be purchased by calling the Fair office at (530) 273-6217, or visiting here.

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Guided Barn Tours Offered at the Draft Horse Classic

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 6, 2017

Contact: Rea Callender, CEO, Nevada County Fairgrounds
(530) 273-6217;  moc.r1511440768iaFyt1511440768nuoCa1511440768daveN1511440768@aeR1511440768

Guided Barn Tours Offered At This Year’s Draft Horse Classic
Get behind-the-scenes and meet the stars of the Classic

Guided barn tours are available to visitors at this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The behind-the-scenes tours, led by teamster and assistant show manager, Eleanor Roberts, are another way for visitors to be able to meet and talk with draft horse exhibitors, as well as meet the stars of the Draft Horse Classic.

Guided barn tours are offered on Friday, September 22, at 3 pm and Saturday, September 23, at 2 pm. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as there are a limited number of openings for each tour. The cost for the tour is $15 per person, and advance reservations can be made by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217. If there is still availability, tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the arena box office.

Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes meeting the exhibitors and learning about how they got involved with draft horses, discussing and seeing the different draft horse breeds, a show and tell of draft horse equipment, and a discussion about the training of draft horses and what it takes to put a team together.  You’ll also get to roam to the various barns on the Fairgrounds to meet the beautiful draft horses.

If you can’t make it to a guided barn tour, the barns are open in between draft horse performances for viewing the draft horses. Additionally, an art show, special exhibits, delicious food, vendors selling wares and farming supplies, and a horseshoeing competition are all part of the Harvest Fair, which takes place at the Fairgrounds during all four days of the Classic. 

On the Pine Tree Stage, there’s also the Western Music Fest, which features ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday evening, from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music.

The 31st annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair starts Thursday, September 21 and runs through Sunday, September 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  The Draft Horse Classic features six performances in the arena, and the Harvest Fair runs throughout the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic.

For tickets to the draft horse performances or the barn tours, call the Fairgrounds at 273-6217 or visit here.

Draft Horse Looking out of a Barn at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Guided barn tours, which provide an opportunity to meet the exhibitors and the stars of the Draft Horse Classic, will be offered as part of this year’s Draft Horse Classic. Tickets are on sale now.

Guided Barn Tours Offered at the Draft Horse Classic

Guided barn tours are available to visitors at this year’s Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.  The behind-the-scenes tours, led by teamster and assistant show manager, Eleanor Roberts, are another way for visitors to be able to meet and talk with draft horse exhibitors, as well as meet the stars of the Draft Horse Classic.

Guided barn tours are offered on Friday, September 22, at 3 pm and Saturday, September 23, at 2 pm. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as there are a limited number of openings for each tour. The cost for the tour is $15 per person, and advance reservations can be made by calling the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217. If there is still availability, tickets may also be purchased the day of the event at the arena box office.

Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes meeting the exhibitors and learning about how they got involved with draft horses, discussing and seeing the different draft horse breeds, a show and tell of draft horse equipment, and a discussion about the training of draft horses and what it takes to put a team together.  You’ll also get to roam to the various barns on the Fairgrounds to meet the beautiful draft horses.

If you can’t make it to a guided barn tour, the barns are open in between draft horse performances for viewing the draft horses. Additionally, an art show, special exhibits, delicious food, vendors selling wares and farming supplies, and a horseshoeing competition are all part of the Harvest Fair, which takes place at the Fairgrounds during all four days of the Classic. 

On the Pine Tree Stage, there’s also the Western Music Fest, which features ongoing musical entertainment beginning at 11 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On Friday evening, from 4:30 – 6 pm, don’t miss James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash; and on Saturday from 4 – 6 pm, Left of Centre and the Country Artists Tribute to Jason Aldean takes the stage. All music at the Western Music Fest is free, so stop by the Fairgrounds, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the music.

The 31st annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair starts Thursday, September 21 and runs through Sunday, September 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  The Draft Horse Classic features six performances in the arena, and the Harvest Fair runs throughout the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic.

For tickets to the draft horse performances or the barn tours, call the Fairgrounds at 273-6217 or visit here.

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