11/18/2016 3:31 PM
(Loveland, CO) – The 13th Annual Big Thunder Draft Horse Show at Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena at The Ranch in Loveland returns Friday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Show times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with a pre-show one hour before each event time. The event draws national and local competitors, from Canada to Northern Colorado.
Tickets, priced at $15 adults, $10 for children (2-12 years), $12 for seniors (60+), and a family four pack for $40 are on sale now at BudweiserEventsCenter.com and the Budweiser Events Center Box Office. A VIP ticket priced at $25 for adults and $15 for kids includes a special seating area, snacks and hot chocolate. To receive a discount for groups of ten or more, please call 970.619.4122.
All guests are given the opportunity to walk through the barns and see these massive, beautiful horses one hour before show time. Draft Horse University, an informational class session about the horses involved, will occur Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The class will be interactive with general information on draft horses, harnessing and showing, and will have a format open to question and answers. Ticket price is $10 in addition to an event ticket.
The show will feature fourteen of the finest hitches in the United States and Canada. Competitors, bring a variety of draft horses including, Clydesdales, Belgians, Shires and Percherons, to compete in front of a world class judge and accrue points in the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series.
This is a show for the young and old alike. These “gentle giants” were a staple in the early days for farming soil and transporting settlers across the West. To hear the powerful sound of their hooves stomping through the arena is reason enough to experience this educational and entertaining show for the whole family.
The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex, located in Loveland, Colorado, opened in 2003 and is owned and operated by Larimer County. The Ranch consists of the Budweiser Events Center, the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena and Livestock Pavilions, the First National Bank Exhibition Halls, and the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth & Community Building. The Ranch hosts more than 2,000 events annually and is home to the Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo. For more information, visit www.TREventComplex.com.