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From stick horses to draft horses

PRINCETON — At the 158th Bureau County Fair, there will be horse shows on Saturday an Sunday.

On Sunday morning in McCutchan Arena, visitors can see two halter shows going on at once. One of the most popular events at the Bureau County Fair is the draft horse show. This event features Percheron, Belgian and Clydesdale draft horses. The open horse show will have their halter classes starting at 10 a.m. at one end of the arena. The draft horse halter classes will be shown at the other end of the arena at the same time. This will give guest a great opportunity to compare the 2000 lb. draft horses with the quarter horses and ponies.

Following the lunch break, the performance classes will begin. Be sure to stop by the arena and watch the draft horses as they are hitched to the large wagons in the exciting four- and six-horse hitch classes. There is even a Unicorn class, but it isn’t horned creatures that are being shown. The Unicorn class is a hitch of three horses with two hooked close to the wagon and one out in front in the lead. There is also a riding class for draft horses and they will also be shown singly hitched to carts. 

The open horse show performance classes feature Western Pleasure riding classes for adults and youth, English pleasure and even a Walk/Trot class for the littlest riders. The open horse show classes will alternate with the draft horse show classes. 

The horse speed show has been moved to Saturday with exhibition barrel racing starting at 9 a.m. The speed show begins at 11 a.m. with barrel racing, flag races, plug races and pole bending. They will have classes for men, women and youth riders. 

The tiny riders can race stick horses during the Lil’Wranglers Rodeo on Sunday. This event will begin at noon in the building near the east gate of the fairgrounds. The little kids can compete in stick horsebarrel racing, mutton’ bustin, chicken chasing and greased pig contests. Sign up at the fair office today to participate. 

Admission to the horse shows are free with paid fair admission. Bleachers are available or you may bring lawn chairs.


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