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Draft Horses: The Classy Way to Pull Your Ride

| 9/27/2011 10:22:41 AM




Callie Headshot"Land yachting" is the term that came to mind while watching draft horses and fancy wagons compete at the 25th(!) anniversary of the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley. Talk about horsepower! These massive, muscular and beautiful animals have largely become obsolete with the invention of railroad, cars, military vehicles and tractors. Those that have taken care to see that draft horse breeds don't disappear use them for different purposes these days, mainly showing them or for pulling contests. They are also still used on some small farms, mostly by the Amish, as an organic and renewable source of power.



Horse shoeing competition




Draft horses were used to deliver daily dairy products!

Part of the appeal is the many restored wagons folks bring to the show.  For the Americana competition there was a hearse, Santa's sleigh (and Santa!), a dusty stagecoach filled with travelers and luggage, a beer delivery wagon, a fire station wagon and more.

The setting of the Nevada County Fair Grounds, recognized as California's most beautiful fairgrounds and the onset of cool fall weather made this an event to remember.


Wishing I had more locally made Lazy Dog ice cream

And a bit of exciting news that is about to change my life...I was chosen for a 6 month internship at Toluma Farms, a goat dairy on the California Coast-I'll be heading there in November!

Nebraska Dave
9/27/2011 6:30:30 PM

Callie, congratulations on being chosen for an internship on the Toluma farms. It should be a great learning experience. It would be interesting to see your take on the comparisons of sheep tending and goat raising. County fairs are always a great way to spend a day. I haven't been to a county fair in many years but their are still opportunities every year around harvest time. I'm not sure why I quit going. Maybe I'll have to get back into the county fairs again. I always liked the draft horses too. They are magnificent animals. I've never been around them at all but they do seem to gentle giants of the horse world. Good luck with your internship.

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