Horsin' Around at the Fair

Big and Small, Competitions for All!

The Great New York State Fair is home to the largest assortment of horses anywhere in the state. The Fair hosts one of the largest multi breed and multi discipline horse shows allowing you to see animals of all sizes, shapes and colors, from the smallest of miniature horses to the largest drafts. Naomi Blumenthal is the NYS Fair Horse Show Superintendent and discusses some of the highlight events you can see for free in the Toyota Coliseum.

Three of the largest events take place on the upcoming weekends. This first Saturday will host the NBHA Barrel Racing which is a fast and furious display of competition. The following Sunday will be the ever popular Heavyweight and Lightweight Horse Pulls where you can see large teams hauling thousands of pounds. The next Saturday will be the awe inspiring North American Classic Six Horse Hitchs.

However, if you can't make it to the biggest competitions, you can still enjoy daily shows of all sorts of styles. Owner & Competitor Joyce Northup brought along first time Welsh Pony competitor Optimus Prime to meet the crowds today here in Chevy Court. He took everything about his rookie season in stride and already has won some top ribbons.

For the full New York State Fair International Horse Show schedule, please click here.


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