2003 Draft Horse Show at the San Diego County Fair
Draws to a Successful Ending
Mar, CA - After a successful opening weekend at the San Diego County
Fair the three-day 2003 Draft Horse Show came to an end Sunday night
with the Wareing Shires from Blackfoot, Idaho carrying home the
top-prize money in the $7,900 Draft Six-Up Hitch sponsored by Catti
Hitches competed in Draft Tandem, Unicorn, Singles, Pairs, Four-abreast,
Gambler's Choice in Halter, Under Saddle and Bareback events throughout
the show. The Log Skidding, Draft Farm Implement, Light and Heavy
Pulls culminated with Steve Ferrasci holding the reins as Casy and
Katie owned by Central Valley Percherons dragged 4,000 pounds of
salt blocks to win the class.
Wareing Shires from Blackfoot, Idaho carrying home the top-prize
money in the $7,900 Draft Six-Up Hitch sponsored by Catti Alvarez.
courtesy of Forrest Bliss Photography.
of black Friesians competed under saddle, in costume, and driving
carriages reminiscent of the legends of noble steeds, knights and
kingdoms. Lady Lora Martin and her Friesian mare "Yenta"
were among the entries in the Costume Class sponsored by Grand Meadows
Products. Rider Lauren Cirignano rode to victory on "Meine
van de Riderdzk" owned by Mike and Debra Salta in the Friesian
Under Saddle Amateur to Ride sponsored by Logan Show Horses. The
Friesian match was huge and the classes were very competitive.
Spectators enjoyed Pole Bending, Reinsmanship and Barrel Racing
late into the Saturday night. The Donkey Barrel Racing was won by
"West Coast of Oklahoma" ridden and owned by Jo Anne Bonura.
"West Coast" also took home first place in the Donkey
Keyhole, Donkey Pleasure Driving and Donkey Halter Jacks Standard.
The mules demonstrated great versatility as they competed in Driving,
Packing and Scrambling events. "Mali Malie Hokulani" (aka
Ms. Molly) ridden by Lou Moore, owned by James Stiwell won the Mule
Green English Jumping sponsored by Teri Merry, "The Mule Lady"
of Century 21 Ramona. Merry and her own jenny "Crestline's
Hot Blanche" earned Grand Champion Mule, while Reserve Champion
went to Paula Blum's "Hot Oscar de la Arrow."
Complete show results can be found at www.sdfair.com/sdfair_draft_mule_show.php.
Once again the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales and their vintage Studebaker
beer wagon (circa 1900) proved to be popular crowd pleasers during
daily performances that carry on until June 30th.
Upcoming equine events include the Working Ranch Horse Show at 10
a.m. on Sunday, June 22 and a polo match at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June
With "Commotion by the Ocean" as its theme, the 2003 Fair
celebrates San Diego and its symbiotic relationship with the Pacific
Ocean through exciting exhibits and other events that rejoice in
the sights, sounds and treasures the sea brings to the region.
The Fair is San Diego's largest event and the seventh largest fair
in the nation. The 2003 Fair continues through July 6 at the Del
Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. Gates open at
10 a.m. daily except on Mondays when the Fair is closed.