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.