38th Draft Horse Show this weekend

The finale of the Britt Draft Horse Show is a line-up of all participating 6-horse hitches. The 38th annual Britt Draft Horse Show is this weekend at the Hancock County fairgrounds.

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BRITT – The 38th annual Britt Draft horse show will be held at the Hancock County Fairgrounds at Britt, on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

The show features 18 of the finest draft horse hitches in North America, representing the best of Belgian, Percheron and Clydesdale performance horses. This unique event draws thousands of spectators from all over the Midwest.

Gates to the Britt Draft Horse Show open at 7 a.m. each morning so spectators can watch the crews ready their “gentle giants” for competition. Afternoon shows are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Competition is held in the ladies’ cart, men’s cart, team, unicorn, four-horse and Classic series six horse hitch classes, providing a complete performance each day.

The highlight of the Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows is the competition of all 18, six-horse hitches in the Classic Series Six Horse hitch class, a qualifying class for the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series. The weekend competition also includes youth classes and halter classes.

Admission for Friday is $2 for adults, $1 for children, age 6-12. Children under 5 are free. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $10 for adults, $1 for children age 6-12 and children age 5 and younger are free.

The event is sponsored by the Britt Draft Horse Association with assistance from local individuals, businesses and organizations who donate hundreds of hours to put together one of the finest draft horse hitch shows in North America.