Draft horse show for youth new to Columbiana County Fair

LISBON – New entertainment to see at the Columbiana County Fair this year includes a draft horse show for the fair’s youth.

Draft horses are the “gentle giant” of the horse breed, Sharen Cope, president of the fair board, said. Light horses are more for agility and showmanship competitions and draft horses are heavier, she said.

“It takes a lot of talent to drive these horses,” Cope said. “The youths love being able to show them.”

There will be four classes for the youth including junior, senior, under saddle and single hitch.

The junior class will be for ages 10-14 and the senior class will be for ages 15-18. These are a halter class, Cope said, and the horses will be led into the ring and judges will be looking for confirmation and response from the horses.

The under saddle class will be judged based on the youth’s ability to control and the horse’s response to the rider.

The single-hitch show is a more elaborate and decorative class, she said. Judges will be looking at how the horses carry themselves, driver control, performance of walk and trot, and the reverse, she said.

Ponies are not eligible for this show.

The winner of the show will get a special trophy that was made specifically for this part of the fair, she said. It will be awarded based on a point system from the judges.

“We’re hoping people come watch and enjoy it,” she said. “Hopefully it will become an annual event at the fair.”

The show will take place 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 at the 4-H Horse Arena.

This show is separate from the draft horse pull taking place 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Grandstand. That show is more for adults to participate in and includes single (lady or gentleman) and team-hitch classes, and are judged in the same manner as the youth show, Cope said.