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Draft horse shows season begins early

Paul R. Pack Colorado Draft Horse Assoc.

Two shows kick off the summer season in late May and mid-June, one in its second edition the other with a long history but in a new location. Both are part of community wide events.

May 29, Memorial Day weekend, the Grand Olde West Days Draft Horse Show will offer exhibitors and spectators a great event in Northwest Colorado in Craig, featuring Farm Team type events at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The show starts at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, with 10 classes culminating with the Feed Team Race set for about 3:00 p.m. Entrants can contact Mardi Anson at (970) 629-2380 or go to http://www.GrandOldeWestdays.com for information. They are always looking for sponsors for individual classes which includes a lot of exposure for your business. Entry forms are also available at http://www.ColoradoDraftHorseAssn.org.

The Draft Event is part of the week-end long Grand Olde West Days including a antique tractor pull and parade and many other family oriented festivities continuing thru Monday, Memorial Day.

The second event also utilizes a week-end Holiday, Father’s Day, Sunday June 19, at the High Plains Outdoor Expo and Tractor Pull in Sterling, Colo., at the Logan County Fair Grounds. The tractor pull is Saturday at 6:00 p.m., involving modern tractors. The Draft Show will be Sunday beginning at 10:00 a.m. The show maintains its name from previous years, Hoof Beats on the Plains Draft Horse and Mule Show, but moves to Sterling, Colo., after stints in Brush and Akron. The combining the event with High Plains week-end should greatly enhance attendance. This has always been a very laid back, well organized and operated show by the Northeast Chapter of the Colorado Draft Horse Association.

There will be Farm Classes as well as Performance Classes up thru Six-up show hitches, in spite of the Six-up class being omitted from some of their posters. Veteran Show Judge Sheila Grange of Platteville, Colo., will evaluate the performances. As with the Craig show, there will be numerous other activities over the week-end. For more info, please go to http://www.LoganCountyChamber.com or call Joan Conter at (970) 580-2406.

Draft Show Dates to mark on your calendar are: July 2, for the Rifle, Colo., Show, July 24, for the Arapahoe County, August 6 for Larimer County, August 7 for Weld County, August 21 for Estes Park and September 1 and 2, for the State Fair in Pueblo, Colo.


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