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July draft horse shows

Paul R. Pack
Doug Speicher drives his family's Percheron 6-UP around the arena at the 2010 Arapahoe County Show.

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With the Equine Herpes scare beginning to wane, it looks like most of the Draft Shows will go on as scheduled for the month of July. A show in Craig, Colo., set for Memorial Day week end had to be rescheduled for August 7, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds because of the threat to the outbreak caused the County to close down the facility for a period of time. With no newly reported cases, most horse venues are being reopened.

July 24, brings the 5th Arapahoe County Draft Horse Show at the Fairgrounds in east Aurora, Colo. This show features traditional Farm and Performance Classes starting at 10:00 a.m., in the 4-H Arena, which is Sunday, the last day of the Fair. One of the features of the Farm Classes is use of matched hay wagons in the Obstacle and Feed Team competitions as opposed to the more common use of forecarts and sleds (stone boats). Performance Classes up to six-up are included. This show is organized by Paul Pack and the Southern Chapter of the Association. Like all the Draft Shows described here, all the necessary entry forms are available at the CDHA web site. And in fact all of the Organizers appreciate and, some require pre-show entries.

July 31, brings us to the Weld County Draft Show at the Greeley Stampede arena as part of the County Fair. Jack Taylor will again head up the show for the Northern Chapter of the CDHA. At this writing both the Greeley and Arapahoe shows were awaiting confirmation on their judges. The Weld County program will be similar to previous years according to Jack.

Here are some dates in August to put on your schedule, August 6, Larimer County in Loveland, August 7, for the rescheduled Craig Draft Show which is now part of the Moffat County Fair, August 21, for the must see Estes Park Show. And September 1-2 for the State Fair Draft Program.

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