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Greetings from Essa National Draft Horse Show: 

The Essa National Draft Horse Show was started by devoted Draft Horse Enthusiasts with the support of the Essa & District Agricultural Society, generous sponsors and dedicated exhibitors.  The show has established itself as one of the largest annual Draft Horse Shows in Canadian provinces at the Essa Agriplex.

We were back for 2022 in full power with a 2 day show, Saturday July 30th, & Sunday July 31st.  Exhibitors started at 9:00am both mornings and provided an excellent show to all spectators who were able to come and watch.  It was a pleasure to watch the exhibitors present their horses to be inspected on soundness, conformation and quality.  The skill and determination of the exhibitors driving their horses into the ring to present Infront of the judge was a precious moment each time, especially when the sun would glisten of the harnesses. As the hitch classes entered you could hear each and every thunderous stride of these large magnificent horses.

Also joining us was Equine Mounted Games Canada.  You could not miss this wonderful group of riders and the athletic horses as they were always smiling and cheering each other on.  Many learned about the history of the Equine Mounted Games on Sunday during a demonstration to all visitors. We were inspired by the story as we learned that it originated from Prince Phillip and the first cup was held in 1957.  We look forward to having them join again next year, you won’t want to miss their event.

Please consider sponsoring a class in 2023 by contacting [email protected] or calling 905-939-7183.  A general sponsor or a class sponsor is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the Essa & District Agricultural Society, the show committee, the exhibitors themselves and our loyal spectators, we wish to express a sincere thank you to all our sponsors of the 2021 and 2022 Essa National Draft Horse Show.   This show would not happen without your support.   Thank you!


  • $10 per person
  • $25 per carload
Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

Aicro Clydesdales, Brian & Lisa Timmons

Allanholme Farm, The Borer Family

Leslie Bluhm

Kent Bruce

Barry Burchill

Burger Barn – Jason & Celeste Hill

Essa & District Agricultural Society

“George” (English’s Favourite Cart Horse)

Burton Av Service Ontario, Darlene Gould

Katie Fleming

Greenwood Farm, Ian & Lynn Greenwood,

Hughhaven Farm, Glen, Connie Hughes & Family

Douglas Creek Clydesdales, John & Joanne Douglas Lane

John Leask

Five Star Heritage Products, Wilma Martin,

McLeary Lift Equipment (Kevin McLeary) and Central Canadian Horse Pulling Association

Milton & Marion McArthur

New Dreams Farm, Rob McArthur & Sonja MacDonald,

Russell McArthur & Jacqueline Thomson

Ontario Belgian Association

Ontario Clydesdale Club

Ontario Percheron Horse Association

Peak & Valley Belgians, Dave & Erika Zister

Remlap d Or Belgians, Beth Palmer/Don Orr

Rockton World’s Fair & Glen Smith

Rymar Farm, Mark & Shannon Lindquist

Richard & Laurel Lee Sowden

James G. Thomas

Tipperary Equestrian – David Anderson

Trelane Farms

Donald Walker

Westwind Farm, Kim Smith