Essa National Draft Horse Show

August 3rd & 4th, 2019

Our Story

The Essa Canadian National Draft Horse Exhibition was originally conceived as a result of the cancellation of the Canadian National Exhibition show. A dedicated group of Draft Horse Enthusiasts felt the need to fill the void in the industry, and with the support of the Essa & District Agricultural Society, generous sponsors and devoted exhibitors, the show has established itself as one of the largest annual Draft Horse Shows in Canada at its new home; the Essa Agriplex.

The continual growth of this show over the past 5 years has proven that it is now an entity of its own, and as such, it should have its own name and identifier for exhibitors. Starting this year, the show will be referred to as the ESSA NATIONAL Draft Horse Show for ease of reference.

Plans are under way for an exciting Essa National Draft Horse Show again this year, featuring Classic 6 Horse Hitch classes each day, and a full slate of Belgian, Percheron, Clydesdale/Shire breeding line, hitch, and Youth classes. All information and important updates regarding the show, classes, and registration will be on the website.

Community support and Sponsorship is integral in the continuance and growth of this important component of our Draft Horse Industry, and we are hoping you can be a part of our future!

draft show prize book

Entries can be made through AssistExpo. If you require a paper entry form, please contact our office.

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors

Barb & Keith Meyers- Pine Bar Belgians

Best Western Plus Barrie

Charwen Farms Inc. – Grain

Church’s Farm Supplies

Essa & District Agricultural Society

Great Northern Exhibition

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Barrie

Hugh Haven Belgians- Glen & Connie Hughes & Family

Huron Tractor- Stayner

Milton & Marion McArthur

New Dreams Farm- Sonja MacDonald & Robert McArthur

Ontario Belgian Association

Ontario Clydesdale Club

Ontario Commercial Horse Association

Ontario Percheron Association

Orr & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd.- Ken Orr

Peak & Valley Belgians- Dave & Erika Zister



Pink Ribbon Percherons- Sherry McArthur & Wayne Stephenson

Ray Martin

Remlap d’Or Belgians- Beth Palmer & Don Orr

Smith Excavating, Grading & Septic, Tottenham- Mike Smith

Thaxter Transport (trucking/shavings/sawdust)- Bruce Thaxter

Tipperary Equestrian- David Anderson Farms

True North Percherons- John & Margaret Northcote

Special thanks to: Hannah Deer, Sterling Deer & Family, and Mohawk Painting Ltd.

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Anderson Farms

Barb & Keith Meyers- Pinebar Belgians

Burger Barn

Charwen Farms

Chiefswood Stables

Church’s Farm Supplies Ltd.

Creemore Springs Brewery

Great Northern Exhibition

Huron Tractor

Maple Lane Belgians

Milton & Marion McArthur

New Dreams Farm

Ontario Belgian Association

Ontario Clydesdale Club

Ontario Percheron Association

Orr & Associates Insurance Brokers Ltd

Ray Martin & The Bayfield Heavy Horse Show

Smith Excavating, Grading & Septic

Thaxter Transport

Tipperary Equestrian

True North Percherons