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2011 National Western Draft Horse Show

Paul R. Pack
CDHA

They had to come a long way to claim the National Championship for six-ups, but the Flat Rock Percheron Hitch from Bellview, Ohio, with Gregory Rowe in control, won the American Classic Championship at the NWSS this year and also won the Open Class competition.

There were 11 hitches in the Classic, one scratched because of travel conditions, and there were 17 entries in the open six-up program. The Rocky Mountain Region was well represented by the Paradise Percherons from Olathe, Colo., along with the Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch from Cheyenne, Wyo., and the Jackson Fork Ranch Hitch from Bondurant, Wyo., who finished second in the Classic competition.

But it was not all fancy harnesses and wagons, entries for some of the Farm Team Classes had to be turned away because of the limited class sizes. Harley Troyer of Ft. Lupton, Colo., won his third blue ribbon in a row in the Farm Team Class. Gary Reiber of DuPont, Colo., showed them the way in the Feed Team Race with his Clydesdale team in record time.

Overall, the attendance was up for the Draftshow for the four ticketed shows, according to Laura Richards, Horse Show Manager. Dennis Kuehl, Draft Director reported the Classic Six Ups would be returning to Denver for three of the next four years.

They had to come a long way to claim the National Championship for six-ups, but the Flat Rock Percheron Hitch from Bellview, Ohio, with Gregory Rowe in control, won the American Classic Championship at the NWSS this year and also won the Open Class competition.

There were 11 hitches in the Classic, one scratched because of travel conditions, and there were 17 entries in the open six-up program. The Rocky Mountain Region was well represented by the Paradise Percherons from Olathe, Colo., along with the Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch from Cheyenne, Wyo., and the Jackson Fork Ranch Hitch from Bondurant, Wyo., who finished second in the Classic competition.

But it was not all fancy harnesses and wagons, entries for some of the Farm Team Classes had to be turned away because of the limited class sizes. Harley Troyer of Ft. Lupton, Colo., won his third blue ribbon in a row in the Farm Team Class. Gary Reiber of DuPont, Colo., showed them the way in the Feed Team Race with his Clydesdale team in record time.

Overall, the attendance was up for the Draftshow for the four ticketed shows, according to Laura Richards, Horse Show Manager. Dennis Kuehl, Draft Director reported the Classic Six Ups would be returning to Denver for three of the next four years.


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