HEAVY HORSES COMPETE IN SHOW RING
The modern draft horse is making a strong comeback as a pleasure animal. Registration figures have risen steadily for all draft breeds over the past two decades. Today, they are found in show rings throughout the country in halter, conformation, and hitch classes. 1988 marked the inauguration of the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series. The best of U.S. and Canadian show hitches compete in 33 qualifying shows leading to four final competitions. Hundreds of horse pulls are held across the country each year. The best horses from local competitions meet each year in Michigan at the Hilldale County Fair, home of the world championship horse pull, competing in light and heavyweight categories.