We are so excited that the CalCrush Clydes will be joining us at this year’s Draft Horse Classic! This beautiful team will be part of the specialty acts that are seen in between classes at the different performances.
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.
Join the fun at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 24, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets are on sale now. Photo by Laurie Ann Martin Photography.
Entry forms are now being accepted for exhibits in the Harvest Fair, which takes place during the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 24, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The deadline to turn in entry forms to enter exhibits is 4 pm on Friday, September 15. It’s free to enter and all exhibitors will receive complimentary tickets to the Friday evening performance of the Draft Horse Classic.
There are more than 100 different categories to choose from, including fruits and vegetables, cobblers, harvest pies, scarecrows, jams, honey, cut flowers, produce characters, and birdhouses. There’s even a “Garden Photo Contest” to share the beauty of your own garden and plants; and an Adult Artistic Corner for those interested in showing off arts and crafts. There’s a division for youth and teens, which includes categories like apple face dolls, decoupage, Halloween masks, painted pumpkins, wreaths, table settings, and ceramics. A complete description of all Harvest Fair divisions and categories is available online.
To enter, exhibitors must submit entry forms at the Fair office or online between now and Friday, September 15 at 4 pm. It’s free, it’s a simple process to complete the paperwork, and it’s fun to see your exhibits on display at the Harvest Fair.
The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair runs September 21 – 24 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. There are six performances to choose from – Thursday and Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 10 am and 6:30 pm, and Sunday at 10 am and 4 pm.
In addition to the Draft Horse performances, the Harvest Fair is happening at the Fairgrounds throughout the event. Musical entertainment, Art at the Classic, food vendors on Treat Street and around the grounds, vendors selling wares at the Western Trade Show, Harvest Fair exhibits, and visits to the barns make for a fun day at the Harvest Fair.
For Draft Horse performance tickets or information about entering a Harvest Fair exhibit, visit here.