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Oklahoma State Fair to Host Annual North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals

Fri, 06 Sep 2019 09:54:14 CDT

Oklahoma State Fair to Host Annual North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals Otherwise known as gentle giants, the world's finest draft horses will be in Oklahoma City this month, showing off their size, strength and splendor in the annual North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals.

Perfectly synchronized, these teams will impress judges and amaze crowds with precision and grace as the massive horses pull their wagons and perform maneuvers as they compete for the championship.

The three-day event will be held on Sept. 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. The final session will be on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. All shows will be in Performance Arena Barn 6 at State Fair Park. Admission to the finals is free with admission to the fair. The finals also will be broadcast on the Cowboy Channel.

Each year, nearly 200 six-horse hitch teams travel North America to compete in as many as 60 qualifying shows and exhibitions. The top 12 teams that accumulate the most points in the competition series earn invitations to compete in the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals in Oklahoma City.        

The event is known as the Super Bowl of the draft horse industry, and they feature the very best competitors from throughout the United States and Canada. The Oklahoma City competition is family-friendly and presents a rare opportunity to experience these amazing animals up close and in person, creating memories that last a lifetime.

The North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals are full of elegance and pageantry with polished hooves, ribbons and tassels attached to the manes of the giant Clydesdales, Percherons and Belgians. Drivers are dressed in formal western attire as they control ornately designed wagons worthy of their own competition.

But this event is about the horses, and the stakes are high with $100,000 in prize money.

"We've worked to bring the Gentle Giants World Championship to Oklahoma City since 2011," said Bob Funk, owner of the Yukon-based world champion Express Clydesdales. "I can't think of a better way of spending an evening at the Oklahoma State Fair."

For more information about the event, visit naclassicseries.com.

Source - North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals



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