I hate when this happens…
I only had enough time to go to the 25th Anniversary Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley (my home town!) for about 2 hours on Friday.
And guess what… nothing was happening for those 2 hours on Friday afternoon. Oy. So frustrating!
I mean, the event is HUGE. Draft horses come from all over to compete here in Northern California. I saw horses from Canada and Missouri. But when I went, ho-hum… all the behind the scenes stuff – farriers, tack cleaning, grooming…
Don’t get me wrong, the Draft Horse events are well attended and incredible! — A real highlight on the calendar up here… They have intense log pulling contests, driving races, shows, costume events, stronghorse competitions – you name it, if a draft horse can do it, it happens at the Draft Horse Classic – except not between 1:45 – 3:30 on Friday the 23rd this year. Waaaaah.
YOU MIGHT RECALL…
You might recall me writing about this incredible bronze statue in my neighborhood. It was created for the Nevada County Fairgrounds here in Grass Valley in honor of the Draft Horse Classic. That is how important this show is to our county…
You can read that post here.
WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS at the Classic…
Usually, I attend several of the shows and walk around during the ‘happening’ times. So, in the past, I’ve seen the Budweiser Clydesdales being prepped for their show – AWESOME! You should see their traveling rig. OMG. I should be so lucky! And the tack – WOW! I could have eaten off of it.
All of their grooms were dressed up like they were at a golf convention with matching Polo shirts and beige pants. It was a real class act. Loved it.
I’ve seen the strong-horse competition where they have individual horses and then horse teams in PULLING competitions. Amazing.
Last year I saw Clay Maier and his amazing Fresians. I love the way they are turned out. So elegant.
Usually, there will be a show on 4Ups, 6Ups and 8Ups – a lost art (carriages with 4, 6 or 8 horse teams).
And, sadly, I missed meeting the donkey who starred in the Budweiser commercial a few years ago – remember that one? Well, she was in attendance with her team and I couldn’t find her.
WHAT I DID SEE
So, I parked my car right at the front gates (that’s how quiet it was when I went…) and strolled in. Free admission. Yay!
First up I saw some vendors.
To my surprise, I ran into the Porta-Grazer guy who thanked me for my blog post! Yay! I was hoping to maybe get a deal on one. Nope. But he did say that if any of you readers bought a Prota-Grazer because of me, he’d donate to the Bucket Fund. Nice!
So, I told him that I would purchase one, try it out, and if I liked it as much as I thought I would, I’d let my readers know. Gulp, I purchased one. And, to be honest, I was happy to do it. After chatting with him for a while, I understood all the benefits in more depth and am very hopeful that the Porta Grazer is as good as I think it will be. And, if he donates to the Bucket Fund, even better!
Here are more images of my un-experience at the 25th Anniversary Draft Horse Classic.
So, since my excursion wasn’t very impressive, I thought I would link you to a video which is much more amusing. So, here you go!
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