In today’s fast-paced world, many do not have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a weekend that reminds them of days gone by. That opportunity exists in our city every Labor Day weekend. For many Iowans, the draft horse is a symbol of their heritage. The Britt Draft Horse Show is a window to that heritage, one that disappeared within the past century.
The first Britt Draft Horse Show was held on Labor Day weekend, 1982, at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. It was organized by a group of local draft horse enthusiasts. Each year the show features eighteen of the finest draft horse hitches in North America, representing the very best of Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale and Shire performance horses. This unique event draws thousands of spectators, young and old alike, from all over the Midwest.
Gates open early each morning, so spectators can watch the crews ready the “gentle giants” for competition. Afternoon shows are held Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Competition is held in the ladies’ cart, men’s cart, team, unicorn, four-horse, and six-horse hitch classes, providing a complete performance each day. The highlight of the Saturday and Sunday afternoon shows is the competition of all eighteen six-horse hitches in the Classic Series Six-Horse hitch class, a qualifying class for the North America Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series. Competition will also be held in the youth and halter classes. The weekend event includes lunch on the grounds, a commercial building, and camping is available.
The event is sponsored by the Britt Draft Horse Association with the help of local individuals, businesses, and organizations who donate hundreds of hours. There is not another show to compare with this annual gathering of the very best in North America.
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Admission for Friday is $2.00 for adults, $1.00 for children age 6-12, and children age 5 and under are free. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $10.00 for adults, $1.00 for children age 6-12, and children age 5 and under are free. Gates open at 7 a.m.
For more information on the show or commercial exhibit space, please call or write.
Britt Draft Horse Association
PO Box 312
Britt, Iowa 50423
Phone: 641-843-4181 or 641-843-0904 or 641-860-1601