2014 Draft Horse Classic Awards Announced

Awards for the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic, held September 18 – 21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, have been announced. Jerry Wismer of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, judged the Draft Horse competitions and halter show. Dwight Gilbert from Nevada was the judge of the pulling contest; and Jim Poor from the Midland/Odessa area was the horseshoe competition judge.

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

The winner of the Ultimate Hitch competition was Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, from Blackfoot, Idaho.

Audrey Popoff of Unhitched Ranch, from Colton, CA was recognized as the outstanding lady driver, accumulating high points to win the Susan Parnell High Point Perpetual Award.

The Teamster of the Year Award was presented to Andre Boersma, an honor bestowed upon him by the voting of their fellow teamsters. Boersma is from E’Lan Percheron in Lakeport, CA. The Andy Amsbaugh Teamster Award went to Rick Newborn of Top Hand Ranch, Elverta, CA; and Dominique Waugh of Carlaw Clydes, Cranbrook, British Columbia, won the Youth of the Show award.

The Overall Supreme Champion horse and Grand Champion Mare, Izzy, is owned by Thiel Percherons of Pleasant Grove, CA, and shown by Colleen Coleman.

The Grand Champion Stallion, Secret, is owned by Rock Star Ranch and shown by Crystal Newborn of Elverta, CA.

The winner in the 2014 Edward Martin Perpetual Horseshoeing Competition was Walt Post.

At the Harvest Fair, with more than 1,300 items entered, the Best of Division in the Scarecrows went to Gary McCluskey of Grass Valley; and the People’s Choice award for the Scarecrows went to Anna Woodhall of Penn Valley.

A complete list of 2014 Draft Horse Classic awards, as well as all the Harvest Fair winners, is here.

The 2015 Draft Horse Classic is scheduled for September 24 – 27. Tickets will go on sale on May 1, 2015.

Photo: Winner of the Ultimate Hitch Competition – Wayne Wareing of Wareing Shires, based out of Blackfoot, Idaho – performs at the 2014 Draft Horse Classic.

Wareings (winner of 2014 Ultimate Six-Up)

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KVMR Celtic Festival & Marketplace

September 25, 2014

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out KVMR’s Celtic Festival and Marketplace

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is transformed into a Celtic Village, and world-famous Celtic musicians perform on the main stage. Shopping and dining opportunities abound with more than 50 vendors and a complete Irish Pub.  Hundreds of regional performers, singers, bagpipers, actors, jugglers and storytellers roam the fairgrounds.

Main Stage musical headliners include Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, The Screaming Orphans, Runa, Hanz Araki Band featuring ColleenRaney, 1916, Tempest and A Thousand Years At Sea.

KVMR will again be offering its Free Friday Youth Arts Program, giving local students ages 10-18 the opportunity to participate in workshops with headline performers. It’s grown to be a wonderful afternoon of music, magic, dance and arts instruction for aspiring artists. New this year will be the Friday night Ceilidh – a Celtic party with music, dancing and revelry under the stars.

Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments and join in with jam sessions and workshops scheduled throughout the weekend.  History buffs can explore several encampments of “Guilds” who re-create points and places in time. Some groups represent royalty and others demonstrate how peasants and gentry lived in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Exciting and educational, the Celtic Animals exhibit houses falcons, eagles, hawks, owls, sheep and ponies.

Amateur and professional athletes test their strength and skill in Scottish Games. Children are kept engaged with arts and crafts, story telling, and romping on the straw bales. Seniors are admitted an hour before the event opens on Sunday and treated to scones and tea. The festival is disabled accessible.  Camping and RV hookups are available on-site, and music continues in the wee hours in the campground.

The Celtic Marketplace captivates festival attendees and this year will be no exception, as you’ll surrender to the spell of medieval village shopping. A variety of tasty, hearty and wonderful food and beverages from the Celtic lands and abroad will be available for purchase.

The KVMR Celtic festival is presented by Community Radio KVMR in cooperation with the BriarPatch Coop Natural Foods Community Market.

For information and tickets, visit http://www.kvmrcelticfestival.org/, call (530) 265-9073, or email .

Photos by Janet Comontofski.

Celtic Festival (Janet Comontofski) - 2013 Celtic Festival 2 (Janet Comontofski) - 2013 Celtic Festival 4 (Janet Comontofski) - 2013


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Thank you Note from a Customer

We received this nice note and photo yesterday from one of our Classic-goers, Shelby Delre-Vintere: “…today was my daughter’s second year at the draft horse classic. She is 4 years old and absolutely in love with all the friendly giants. She didn’t want to leave.  Thank you, Nevada County Fairgrounds, and everyone who helps pull this event together.  Not only did you all give my daughter the opportunity to love on these horses, but you gave me the opportunity to see her glow with joy and build an amazing memory to last a life time.” 
Thank you, Shirley, for the nice note! This is why we do what we do, and why we love what we do!
Photo by: Shelby Delre-Vintere
Happy child visiting Draft Horses (Shirley Delre-Vintere) - 2014


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Movie Tickets Giveaway

50 to 1 – a movie based on the true story of horse racing legend Mine That Bird – opens Friday, September 26, at Sierra Cinemas in Grass Valley. Interested in receiving free admission tickets to this movie? Post a comment  on our Facebook page, and we’ll randomly choose two winners for two free tickets each. Thanks to Sierra Cinemas for the tickets!

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Draft Horse Classic is Here!

Join the beautiful Draft Horses for the 28th annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, happening September 18 – 21, 2014 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Featuring six performances, this event is 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.

Like last year, we’ve kept lower pricing on adult admission tickets for evening performances, and we’ve also continued the discounted pricing for the morning performances and children’s tickets.

In between Draft Horse classes, enjoy showcase specialty acts. New this year, Bobby Kerr’s Mustang Act makes his first appearance at the Draft Horse Classic. Bobby is a poet, film star and an extraordinary horse trainer. Returning to the Classic for his second year is Tommie Turvey. Tommie is a world-renowned equine entertainer, stuntman, and one of the best movie horse trainers of today. There’s also the California Girls – Equestrian Drill Team, chariot racing, and chuck wagons.

Also taking place at the Fairgrounds during the four days of the Classic is the Harvest Fair, which features musical entertainment, a clogging jamboree, Treat Street goodies, Art at the Classic, horse shoeing demonstrations, a chance to visit with the horses, and hundreds of community exhibits.

On Saturday of the Classic, it’s the Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, happening from 1 – 3:30 pm. Watch as backyard BBQ experts cook – and you get to taste the results! Tasting tickets will be available at the event.

On Sunday of the Classic, spend time at Bounty of the County, which takes place from 1 – 4 pm. Hosted by Nevada County Grown, this event 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. In addition to great food, there will be music, vendors, and activities for children. Tasting tickets will be sold at the event.

This year’s Draft Horse Classic is September 18 – 21 at the tree-covered Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or online.


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BBQ Cook-Off and Bounty of the County

In between Draft Horse performances at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, September 18 – 21, take time to visit two tasty events happening on the grounds during the weekend – “Backyard BBQ Cook-Off” and “Bounty of the County.”

On Saturday, September 20, from 1 – 4 pm, taste the delicious samples of food made by BBQ experts. Tasting tickets will be available at the event at 5 for $10. Come taste the treats, enjoy a beverage or two, and sit back and listen to live musical entertainment by local favorite “Cool Heat.”

On Sunday, September 21, Bounty of the County takes place from 1 – 4 pm. 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 palate. In addition to great food, there will be music, vendors, demonstrations, and educational booths. Artists’ Studio in the Foothills (ASiF) will also feature an art exhibit and sale. For the children, there will be plenty of activities, including veggie stamping, pasta shell necklaces, recycled paper pots, butterfly plant markers, and a soil discovery station. Tasting tickets will be sold at the event at 3 for $10, and proceeds benefit local agriculture. Additional details can be found at NevadaCountyGrown.org.

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, delicious festival food on Treat Street, a clogging jamboree, a Western Trade Show, and visits to the barns.

The Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair runs September 18 – 21 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.  Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet & Greet with Tommie Turvey, Equine Extremist

Tommie Turvey, Equine Extremist, who will be performing at this year’s Draft Horse Classic, will be featured at a Meet and Greet on Saturday and Sunday from 2 -3 pm at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Held outside the arena, near the box office, the Meet and Greet is a great opportunity to meet Tommie, meet his famous horses, get an autograph, and chat with Tommie about his work with horses.

Tommie is a world-renowned equine entertainer, stuntman, and one of the best movie horse trainers of today. As a professional stuntman and movie horse trainer, Tommie has been involved with his horses in the Hollywood blockbuster movies “Jonah Hex,” “Batman: Dark Knight,” and Larry the Cable Guy’s “Witless Protection.” His horses have also been featured in AMC’s series “The Walking Dead,” NBC’s “Revolution,” and TNT’s “Burn Notice.”

Additionally, Tommie was called upon by Anheuser Busch to train and coordinate eight of their famous Budweiser Clydesdales for their highly watched 2013 Superbowl commercial. The commercial, “Brotherhood,” was voted best Superbowl ad, and has more than 15 million views on YouTube.

Tommie and his horses travel the world performing for hundreds of thousands of people each year, and have performed in some of North America’s biggest shows – the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, the Hollywood Charity Horse Show, Night of the Horse in Del Mar, the Toronto Royal, and the PA Horse World Expo. They have also been featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day and the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

His bay and white American Paint Horse, “Pokerjoe” is the star of the group. He is well known for his comedy antics, black mane, white tail, and his most requested equine act. In 2009, Pokerjoe was immortalized as a Breyer ® Horse model. Tommie’s black and white Paint Horse, “Joker,” was cast as the Celebration Breyer® Model Horse in 2006, showcasing his performances and television career.

As an owner of 14 horses from Paints, Pintos, Quarter Horses, Haflingers, Trakehners, Mini’s, Rocky Mountain and Mustangs, Tommie has dedicated his life to bringing the power and beauty of the horse to the forefront through entertainment and inspiring demonstrations. He is based at Liberty Horse Ranch in Summerville, GA. For more information about Tommie, visit Tommie’s website at www.equineextremist.net.

In addition to the Meet and Greet (held Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 3 pm on the backside of the arena, next to the arena box office), Tommie will be featured at each performance at the Draft Horse Classic. The Classic is held September 18 – 21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets to the Classic performances are on sale now, and can be purchased by calling the Fairgrounds Office at (530) 273-6217 or on our website.

Joker rear rodeo Tommie performing with Pokerjoe Tommie training Clydes for Budweiser commercial

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Art at the Classic: Which Art is Your Favorite?

Check out this art – which is your favorite? During this week’s Draft Horse Classic, don’t miss Art at the Classic, held in the Main Street Center, and featuring hundreds of beautiful works of art. Shop in between Draft Horse performances, or drop by while strolling the Harvest Fair. Entrance to the Fairgrounds is free!

Art at the Classic (baby Clydes) Art at the Classic (girl braiding) Art at the Classic (patriotic)

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The Draft Horses Are Arriving!

These beauties will start arriving this week in preparation for the Draft Horse Classic, which begins on Thursday. Tickets are on sale for their performances! Also, plan a day to visit the Fairgrounds and the many activities happening at the Harvest Fair. See you at the Classic!

Redd Barney Ranch (Nevada) Outside the barns Hello!

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