2012 Britt Draft Horse Show features hitches from throughout North America
From news reports
Date Modified: 09/10/2012 3:03 PM
BRITT, Iowa —The Britt Draft Horse Show, now in its 31st year, will be Aug. 31 to Sept. 2 on the Hancock County fairgrounds in Britt.
"The Show will feature 18 of the finest six-horse hitches in the United States and Canada, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale performance horses," said Melody Hiscocks, secretaryy-treasurer of the Britt Draft Horse Association.
Hiscocks said is part of our rural heritage. The era that the draft horse represents came and went in less than a century.
Competition is held in the men's and women's cart, team, unicorn, four-horse and six-horse hitch classes. At the Sunday afternoon show, the Supreme six-horse hitch is chosen and all 18 six-horse hitches return to the arena at once in the Classic Series Six-Horse Hitch Class.
The weekend events also include junior classes, a six-horse driving competition, eight-horse hitch class and halter classes.
Draft horse hitches that will participate include Biren Family Belgians, LeRoy and JoAnn Biren of Ionia, Minn.; Solomon's Clydesdales, Brad Remus of Osborne, Kan.; Rock Creek Belgians, Aaron Mosher of Prophetstown, Ill.; Ames Percheron Farm, Dick Ames of Jordan, Minn,; Steffen Belgians, LaVerne Steffen family of Plainview, Minn.; Shining Stars Percherons, Mitchell and Dianna Marquardt, Altoona; Zubrod's Percherons, Chad and Melissa Zubrod of Guthrie, Okla.; and Cape Cod Percherons, the Creelman Family of Nova Scotia, Canada;
Other competitors will include, Apenhorst Belgians, Lynn and Lisa Apenhorst of Spring Valley, Minn.; Schreiber's Percherons, Brad and Clint Schreiber of Plainview, Minn,; Double M Belgians, Dale and Sher McMain families of Delmar; Maker Farms, Jerry Maker family of Strawberry Point; Young Living Percherons, Gary Young, of Mona, Utah; Sparrow Farms, Paul and Sandy Sparrow of Zearing; Roby's Belgians, Bob and Vicki Roby family of Rockwell City; Hemmersbach Percherons, Wally and Kathy Hemmersbach family of Cashton, Wis.; Bob Gunville of Sagola, Mich.; and Plum Creek Farms, David and Renee Brown, Pearl City, Ill.
The show is one of the recognized qualifying shows for the North American Six-Horse Hitch Class Series. Each year, more than 175 six-horse hitches from across the United States and Canada compete at state and county fairs and ag exhibitions to accumulate points for the Classic Series.
At the end of the series, the four highest point hitches in each of three breed classifications are invited to compete at the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Final Championship that will be at the Oklahoma State Fair Sept. 20 to 23.
The fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. each day. A commercial building features booths and food.
Admission for Friday is $2 for adults, $1 for children 6 through 12 and children 5 and under are free. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $8 for adults, $1 for children 6 through 12 and children 5 and under are free.
For more information telephone (641) 843-4181 or (515) 320-0864.