All About Grandview Invitational
Ready yourself for the spectacular display of unrivaled performances at the Grandview Invitational, where our remarkable assembly of talent promises to captivate and enthral. Revel in the pulsating rhythm of majestic horses, perfectly synced to the powerful undertones of evocative music. The Grandview Invitational guarantees a performance that will etch an indelible memory, leaving you yearning for the next exciting installment.
The Grandview Experience
Immersive Grandview Behind-the-scenes Barn Experiences
At the Grandview Invitational, immerse yourself in a landscape of captivating experiences, from interactive engagements with 2000-pound horses—perfect for both enthusiasts and newcomers—to opportunities to capture a lifetime of memories against stunning equestrian backdrops. Be it striking a pose with top-notch athletes, immortalizing dynamic performances, or embracing the spirited ambiance, every snapshot is a chapter in your Invitational story. Further enrich your adventure with our exclusive behind-the-scenes access, unraveling the exciting backstage hustle that prepares these majestic creatures for competition—an intimate peek into the heart of the equine world.
Explore the Vibrant Vendor Village
A Marketplace of Diversity and Connection at Grandview Invitational
The Grandview Invitational's Vendor Village provides an added dimension of enjoyment to the event, offering a dynamic marketplace that supports local and diverse businesses. Envision a bustling community of vibrant displays, overflowing with an array of unique products and services that range from fashion and art to wellness and tech. This bustling hub is more than just a shopping opportunity; it's a platform for engagement, allowing guests to personally connect with creators and entrepreneurs, understand their stories, and customize their shopping experience. With the Vendor Village, attendees not only indulge in shopping but also contribute to local economic sustainability and foster a sense of community.
Culinary delights meet competitive excitement at the Grandview Invitational
Brace yourselves, event-goers! Our upcoming event is set to impress, not just with exhilarating competitions and entertainment, but also with a plethora of tempting food truck options right within the competition arena.
We've thoughtfully brought together a diverse lineup of food trucks, ensuring a delightful culinary experience for everyone, regardless of whether you're in the mood for a hearty meal or a quick nibble.
Toast & Taste
Don't forget to swing by our cash bar. Offering a broad range of refreshing beers and wines, it's the perfect place to unwind, socialize, and savor the event. Cheers to making memories!
Your Guide to Grandview Invitational Entry Process
Meet the Passionate Organizers Behind the Scenes
Karen and Shannon Cobbs are more than just passionate about Clydesdales; they’re committed to keeping the tradition alive and in high spirits. The Cobbs family legacy with the majestic Clydesdales dates back generations, a passion that began with Shannon & Karen’s families.
When the couple relocated to Ocala, Florida over a decade ago, the heart for Clydesdales came with them. Today, they continue to breed, show and promote these amazing animals.
The couple’s dedication to the Clydesdales breed earned them a proud place in the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA Hall of Fame in 2016. They nurture and raise these magnificent horses on their farm located between Ocala and Dunnellon Florida. With three stalwart stallions, a dozen nurturing broodmares and their progeny, as well as show horses, the Cobbs farm is a hub of equestrian activity offering guided tours three days a week.
The farm isn’t only about breeding; it’s a knowledge center, hosting numerous educational draft clinics each year, and even offering private driving lessons. Besides their equine pursuits, the Cobbs are also hay farmers, cultivating alfalfa and timothy to sustain their sizable herd and supplying numerous private farms and feed stores in Florida. “Feeding these gentle giants, whose weights range between 1,600-2,200 pounds, demands a steady hay supply.
Despite their imposing size, Clydesdales are remarkably gentle. “They’re truly gentle giants with fantastic temperaments. Laid back, full of personality, and a delight to train,”Karen says”.
Experience the Majesty of an Elite All-Breed Draft Horse Hitch Show
The Grandview Invitational is not merely an event; it's an experience. Describing the atmosphere within the show ring of such a prestigious gathering is not easy. Picture this: up to 100 one-ton horses, sharing the ring with 15 world-class hitch wagons, expertly maneuvered by some of the best drivers in the world. It's a spectacle of organized chaos, a marvel to behold.
As the horses trot in unison, their pure power and coordinated precision make this equine venture one of the most crowd-pleasing horse events on the globe. Imagine up to 36 of these one-ton draft horses working together in the show ring at the same time, moving in harmony to handpicked music for each class. The spectacle, the excitement, and the grandeur are indescribable. You have to see it to believe it.