Florida's Draft Horse show is coming to the horse capital of the world.

Jan 31 - Feb 2 , 2020, FLORIDA HORSE PARK

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About the event

Trying to explain the atmosphere that you will find within the show ring of an elite all breed draft horse hitch show is hard to put into words, but here it goes…

Just imagine the possibility of 168 one ton horses in a ring at the same time, along with 21 world class hitch wagons, being maneuvered by some of the best drivers in the industry!  You can imagine the organized chaos that gets executed perfectly, a marvelous undertaking to see. The pure power and excitement of this equine venture is one of the most crowd pleasing horse events on the planet.  There will be up to 32 of these one ton draft horses working together at a full trot within the show ring all together.  Did we mention that the whole competition is done to hand picked music for each class.

Where

When

Jan 31 – Feb 2, 2020 Friday to Sunday

Gates Open at 8:00 AM. Show Starts at 12:00 PM.

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Don't miss out on seeing these enormous athletic horses perform!

To describe the intensity of auditory sensation and energy this amount of horse power can produce is chilling.  The thunderous sound of 672 pounding draft horse hooves I can only describe as pure horse power.  These 6 and 8 horse hitches demand your attention, not only in their power but with their majestic elegance.

Event Schedule

Gates Open @ 8:00 AM

12:00 PM Start

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Belgian Ladies Cart
  • Percheron Team
  • Clydesdale Unicorn
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Belgian Four Horse Hitch
  • Percheron Four Horse Hitch
  • Clydesdale Four Horse Hitch
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Horse Capital of the World All Breed Eight Horse Hitch Championship

Gates Open @ 8:00 AM

12:00 PM Start

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Percheron Ladies Cart
  • Clydesdale Team
  • Belgian Unicorn
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Florida’s All Breed Six Horse Hitch Championship
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Youth Cart Class

Gates Open @ 8:00 AM

12:00 PM Start

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Clydesdale Ladies Cart
  • Belgian Team
  • Percheron Unicorn
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Horse Capital of The World All Breed Six Horse Hitch Championship
  • Stage Coach Performance
  • Youth Team Class
  • All Breed Four Abreast

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Event Classes

  • Clydesdale Ladies Cart
  • Percheron Ladies Cart
  • Belgian Ladies Cart
  • Clydesdale Ladies Team
  • Percheron Ladies Team
  • Belgian Ladies Team
  • Clydesdale Unicorn
  • Percheron Unicorn
  • Belgian Unicorn
  • Clydesdale Four Horse Hitch
  • Percheron Four Horse Hitch
  • Belgian Four Horse Hitch
  • Clydesdale 4 A Breast
  • Percheron 4 A Breast
  • Belgian 4 A Breast
  • Horse Capital of The World Champion Six Horse Hitch (All Breed)
  • Florida's All Breed Six Horse Hitch Championship
  • Florida's All Breed Eight Horse Hitch Championship
  • Junior Cart 16yrs old and under
  • Junior Team 16yrs old and under

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About the event organizer

“My husband Shannon’s family began breeding black Clydesdales in the 1980s in Indiana. His mother called them ‘black diamonds’,” says Karen Cobbs, who grew up in Manitoba, Canada and is the third generation of her family to be involved in Clydesdales. “When we moved to Ocala in 2013, we decided to continue the tradition of breeding black Clydesdales.” The Cobbs, who were inducted into the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA Hall of Fame in April, breed and raise black Clydesdales on their 26-acre farm, where they have three stallions, a dozen broodmares and their offspring, as well as show horses. The farm hosts several draft educational clinics a year and gives private driving lessons. The Cobbs are also hay farmers, growing alfalfa and timothy. “Our horses get free-choice timothy hay to supplement their grain,” says Karen. “All horses are high maintenance, but horses the size of Clydesdales, 1,600-2,400 pounds, really are. It definitely helps to have your own hay supply.” Despite their size, Karen says, “Clydesdales truly are gentle giants. They have great dispositions; they are very laid back, have a lot of personality and are easy to train.”

“There are no major draft horse shows in Florida, so we decided to do something about that and created the Grandview Invitational International,” says Karen. “Our very first show will be February 1-3, 2019, at the Florida Horse Park. Our goal is for the show to become a major annual event here in Ocala so everyone can come out to enjoy Clydesdales.”

Shannon and Karen Cobbs Performing at the Toronto Royal

Venue

The Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park is a 500-acre, multipurpose facility and one of Central Florida’s premiere venues for equine, agricultural, educational, and sporting events.
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