We’re busy preparing for the Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 23. This year is gearing up to be an amazing show with lots of hitches and so many draft horses on the grounds! Counting the days …
Did you know that all those who enter an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair receive two free tickets to the Friday morning performance of the Draft Horse Classic? Enter an exhibit or get your tickets now for the this year’s Draft Horse Classic, September 21 – 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Photo by Laurie Ann Martin Photography.
Tickets are on sale now for the 32nd Annual Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, where you’ll experience beautiful draft horses pulling meticulously restored freight wagons, loyally working farm equipment, skillfully completing intricate maneuvers, and competing with elegance and determination. Plus, this is the opportunity to meet the stars of show and see a draft horse up close.
Happening September 21 – 23 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, the Draft Horse Classic is the premier draft horse show on the west coast and offers six different performances featuring draft horses and exhibitors from across the United States and Canada. In between competition classes, guests will enjoy performances by expert horseman and trick rope artist Tomas Garcilazo, Bobby Kerr Mustang Act, Cal Crush Clydesdales, CHP Mounted Patrol Unit, the California Cowgirls Drill Team and more. Additionally, with more than 150 horses stabled on the grounds, the Classic offers a unique chance to observe and meet these gentle giants.
New this year, the Draft Horse Classic is moving to three days, with two performances each day. There’s also a new class schedule, more hitches, and exciting entertainment in the arena.
Tickets to this event are on sale now. You can choose from six different performances or purchase a season ticket for all six. Tickets can be purchased by calling (530) 273-6217, by visiting the Fairgrounds Office on McCourtney Road, or online here. All tickets purchased after 5 pm on Thursday, September 20, are an additional $4 per ticket.
Although there is a charge for the draft horse performances in the arena, admission to the Fairgrounds is free so all can enjoy the many activities of the Harvest Fair happening during the three days of the Classic. 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, delicious food, Art at the Classic. Plus, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the barns and meet the draft horses. We even offer guided barn tours.
As part of the festivities, there will be two free concerts on the Pine Tree Stage. On Friday, September 21 from 4:30 pm – 6 pm, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash takes the stage. On Saturday, September 22 from 4 – 6 pm, Brenn Hill, an award-winning singer songwriter, will perform cowboy and country music. Both concerts are free, so stop by and grab a bite to eat, enjoy some music under the shade of the tall pine trees, and catch a Draft Horse performance after the musical entertainment.
It’s all happening at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21- 23, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, just 50 miles northeast of Sacramento. For information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit here.
Photo by Lenkaland Photography
Tickets are on sale now for the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, September 21 – 23, at the beautiful Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley. Tickets are available here.
Draft Horse Classic tickets are now on sale! Woohoo! So excited to have these Gentle Giants at the Fairgrounds September 21 – 23. Visit here for tickets and information. Photo by Lenkaland Photography.
Introducing the 2018 Draft Horse Classic poster, featuring artwork by talented artist Yvonne Bonacci. Don’t you love it! Thank you, Yvonne, for sharing your talent with us. The artwork is titled “The Wash Rack.” The 2018 Classic is September 20 – 23.
As we wind down 2017, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite photos from 2017. Here’s a favorite from this year’s Draft Horse Classic. Photo by @grassvalleygirl.
Introducing the artwork for the 2018 Draft Horse Classic poster. This beautiful painting is titled “The Wash Rack” and is done by artist Yvonne Bonacci. Yvonne painted this from a photo she took at last year’s Draft Horse Classic and it has already received numerous awards, including first place and People’s Choice at the National Art of the Horse Show, Best of Show and Artist Choice at Art at the Classic, and was a finalist at two international shows. Yvonne is thrilled (“a dream come true”) to be chosen as this year’s artist, and we thank Yvonne for sharing her talent with us! The 2018 Draft Horse Classic is September 20 – 23.
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!