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Hitchin’ ’em up

By Staff | Sep 13, 2015

-Farm News photos by Clayton Rye THE SHOW RING fills rapidly when the judging begins for Saturday afternoon’s six-horse hitch class at the Britt Draft Horse Show.

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BRITT – There could have been a whiff of horse manure in the air, but watching where you step was not a problem due to the excellent sanitation Saturday the second day at the 34th annual Britt Draft Horse Show at the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

The competition is limited to 18 competitors during the three-day event.

Randy Hiscocks, president of the Britt Draft Horse Association board of directors, said the reason the number is set at 18 is because that’s all the available barn space.

There is a waiting list of five entries in case one of the 18 cancels.

FIRST PLACE in Saturday’s competition in the Britt Draft Horse Show team hitch class was Shining Stars Percherons of Altoona.

To accommodate 18 entries, Saturday and Sunday each have nine entries judged in six classes.

The Britt show ended when the top two teams in the six-horse hitch from both days were judged for the Supreme Six-Horse Hitch award.

The Britt Draft Horse Show began Friday evening with a junior and amateur show with judging in four classes: junior and senior cart, junior and senior team and four-horse hitch.

Saturday morning was a groomer and showmanship competition in four classes: junior and senior groomer and junior and senior showmanship.

Halter classes were judged Saturday morning in three classes – 4 years and younger, 5 years and older, and pairs.

LAURIE HADACEK, of Britt, carries the flag at the beginning of Saturday’s competition at the Britt Draft Horse Show.

Ten states are represented this year, including six teams from Iowa, four from Minnesota, and one team from Utah, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

The most common breed of draft horse entered is the Belgian with 10 teams, followed by Percherons with four, Clydesdale and Shire.

Hiscocks estimated the total attendance for the show’s three-day run at 8,000 to 10,000 people.

Hiscocks said a change was made in the show’s format. By public demand the show has gone to what it did for the Sunday finale in the past.

The Sunday afternoon highlight had all 18 six horse hitches in the arena at one time in the Classic Series Six Horse Hitch class, a qualifying class for the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series according the Draft Horse Show program.

AFTER SATURDAY AFTERNOON’S competition at the Britt Draft Horse Show, wash stalls that were used by 4-H and FFA members to clean their livestock entries a few weeks ago are used to wash draft horses before going back to their stalls.

The Britt Draft Horse Show is one of 50 qualifying shows where six-horse hitch teams are awarded points that accumulate from other shows.

The four highest point hitches in three breed classifications are invited to a championship for $30,000 in prizes held at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Brian Lynch of Goshen, Connecticut, is the show judge and a professional farrier by trade.

It isn’t just the horses that are judged, Lynch said. The driver and equipment are also evaluated along with performance and conformation.

Conformation is the overall appearance of the hitch and the match of the horses according to the show program.

Among the hitches being judged in the six-horse hitch competition was Zubrod Percherons of Guthrie, Oklahoma, owned by Chad and Melissa Zubrod.

Chad Zubrod is a veterinarian working as an equine surgeon at the Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The Zubrods have been showing for five years in competition throughout the country.

“This is what we do for fun,” said Chad Zubrod.

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