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In today’s fast-paced world, many people do not have the opportunity to relax and reminisce about days gone by…but that opportunity exists in Britt every labor day weekend.  So for anyone looking for some fun and relaxation this weekend, the 34th annual Britt Draft Horse Show is this Friday thru Sunday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, southeast of Britt.  This is one of the largest and longest running draft horse hitch shows in North America.  Britt Draft Horse Association President Randy Hiscocks tells how it all began 34 years ago.

Each year the show features 18 of the finest draft horse hitches in the U.S. and Canada, representing the very best of the Belgian, Percheron, Shire and Clydesdale performance horses.  According to Hiscocks, the Britt Draft Horse Show is a Classic Series qualifier, one of the last qualifying points shows before the grand finale in Oklahoma.

The Britt Draft Horse Show kicks off Friday at 6pm with the Junior and Amateur Show.  Gates open at 7am each morning so spectators can watch the crews ready the “gentle giants” for competition.  Saturday at 9am is the Groomer and Showmanship exhibits, followed by the Halter Classes at 10am.  Afternoon shows are held at 2pm Saturday and Sunday with competition in ladies’ cart, men’s cart, team, unicorn, four-horse and six-horse hitch classes.  The highlight of Sunday afternoon is the competition of all 18 six-horse hitches in the arena at one time.

In addition to the shows, spectators can visit with the teams and their horses, plus enjoy lots of food and shopping opportunities in the commercial building.  So head on down to the Britt Draft Horse Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and enjoy a weekend of relaxation and beautiful horses.


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