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Draft Horse Classic includes world’s largest horse

The 2,220-pound Big Bill, the world’s biggest horse, reportedly being certified by the Guinness Book of Records, will be at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair, which begins tonight at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

“We had Bill officially measured by a veterinarian in Reno and he was 20.1 hands,” said Big Bill’s owner, Sheri Spanial.

“The current Guinness record holder is a horse named Goliath, out of London, at 19.2 hands. He stands 78 inches at the withers and Bill stands 81 inches.”



For the purpose of measuring a horse’s height, a hand is considered to be equal to 4 inches.

Big Bill will be entered in the Draft Horse Classic’s Americana class, which is a tribute to the draft horse role in early America.




When he is not participating in arena shows, Big Bill will be at the new Breed Pavilion created to give exhibitors a place to display their horses, answer questions and conduct braiding and harness demonstrations.

The event also features the Western Trade Show; the Harvest Fair, which features produce; the Art at the Classic show; live bluegrass and western music acts; lumberjack and horse-shoeing demonstrations; and agricultural competitions.

Organized by local sculptor Judy Vargas, The Art at the Classic show features western sculptures, oils, watercolors and photographs.

For the first time, event activities are free except for the arena events and Saturday’s “A Taste of the Gold Country.”

Draft Horse Classic Events Schedule

Arena Performances

Tonight at 6:30:

1. Singles, Gentlemen,

Hitch Type

2. Farm Wagon

3. Pairs, Ladies, Hitch Type

4. Log Skidding Eliminations

5. Four-Up Driving

Competition

Friday at 6:30 p.m.:

1. Tandem

2. Singles, Gentlemen,

Pleasure Type

3. Pairs, Junior

4. Log Skidding Eliminations

5. Four-Up Rail

Saturday at 10 a.m.:

1. Gambler’s Choice

2. Singles, Youth

3. Log Skidding Eliminations

4. Four-Up Amateur Reinsmanship

5. Three & Four Abreast

Saturday at 6:30 p.m.:

1. Six-Up Rail

2. Singles, Ladies, Pleasure Type

3. Americana, Commercial

or Municipal

4. Unicorn

Sunday at 10 a.m.:

1. Street Working Competition, Pairs

2. Lightweight Pull

3. Heavyweight Pull

4. Farm Implement

Sunday at 4 p.m.:

1. Singles, Ladies, Hitch Type

2. Log Skidding Finals

3. Pairs, Gentlemen,

Hitch Type

4. Americana, Farm

5. Six-Up Competition


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