BRITT — North Iowa’s unique horse event, the Britt Draft Horse Show, will be three days of fun in September.

The annual show returns on Sept. 1-3 to the Hancock District Fairgrounds in Britt.

Randy Hiscocks of the Britt Draft Horse Association said the event is not a typical horse show.

“It’s a 2,500-pound horse doing a ballet,” Hiscocks said.

The draft horses pull carts with two wheels and larger wagons as they are judged on their precision and look.

The draft horses were once popular for agriculture and industrial use but these days they are part of an international competitive show circle.

The draft horse teams in Britt are part of that circle. The event is one of the largest Draft Horse Hitch shows in North America. There will be 18 six horse hitches.

Teams will compete throughout a summer season to earn points to the Classic Series Show. It’s the championship series, Hiscocks said.

Twelve teams earn the right to compete in the Classic Series.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Friday. Friday admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five.

For Saturday and Sunday, admission is $10 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under five.

Britt draws teams from Canada, Idaho, Utah, Minnesota, Iowa and other states. The teams and states vary slightly from year-to-year but many are returning teams.

Friday, Sept. 1

7 a.m. — Gate opens.

6 p.m. — Youth and amateur show.

Saturday, Sept. 2

7 a.m. — Gate opens.

9 a.m. — Youth groomer and youth showmanship classes.

10 a.m. — Halter classes for hitch horses.

2 p.m. — Draft horse and grandstand show; ladies’ cart, men’s cart, unicorn, 2-4-6-horse hitches.

Sunday, Sept. 3

7 a.m. — Gate opens

10 a.m. — Church services.

2 p.m. — Draft horse grandstand show; ladies’ cart, men’s cart, unicorn, 2-4-6-horse hitches, supreme 6-horse hitch and classic series, 6-horse hitch class.

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