Carriage Rides at the Country Christmas Faire

Did you know carriage rides will be offered (weather permitting) by Empire Horse and Carriage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Country Christmas Faire? Join us this weekend for carriage rides, lots of craft vendors, delicious food, a community bonfire, and a gingerbread house display. Photo by @george_of_d_jungle.carriage-rides-george_of_d_jungle

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Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo

For all our rodeo, Bobby Kerr and equestrian fans – the Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo is happening at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on October 14-15 and 21-22. There is a bit of something for everyone – a rodeo, livestock show and horse show – and featuring Bobby Kerr and the Cal Crush Clydesdales. For a schedule and information, visit

For $6 off rodeo tickets (discount is good on Reserved Dress Circle Tickets), click on this link. Use promo code GFB2 to get the $6 off discount.



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Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair

Join the beautiful draft horses for the 30th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 22 – 25, 2016 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.  Featuring six performances by the beautiful draft horses, this event has grown to become the premiere draft horse show in the western United States.

The Classic spotlights a variety of horses, teams, rigs 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 classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts like Gladius the Show, an acrobatic equestrian production that incorporates aerialists, fire, and Roman riding.  There’s also the California Cowgirls, chariot and chuck wagon races, and the Bobby Kerr Mustang Act.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair.  There’s western music, community exhibits, a clogging demonstration, and a horse shoeing competition.  Visit Art at the Classic in the Main Street Center, where you’ll find artists’ booths filled with paintings, sculpture, photographs and jewelry. Or, shop along the walking paths for your favorite crafts, horse products, pottery, apparel and more. When you’re hungry and need a rest, pick your favorite treat, then wander over to the Pine Tree Stage and enjoy the musical entertainment.  Of course, don’t forget a visit to the barns to meet the Draft Horses.

There are six performances featuring the beautiful 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 – and there are a variety of ticket prices available.  Ticket prices are $19 for reserved seating or $16 for general admission at the evening and late afternoon performances; $15 for reserved seating or $12 at the morning performances; and $13 for reserved seating or $10 for children’s tickets. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or visiting the Fairgrounds’ website at Tickets purchased after September 21 will be charged an additional $3 per ticket.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 22 – 25, at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.  For more information, visit here.





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Harvest Fair Displays and a 200 Pound Pumpkin

While visiting the Draft Horse Classic this week, don’t forget to check out all the Harvest Fair entries – including a 200+ pound pumpkin! We have to say it again – what a talented community!  The gates open at noon today.
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