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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 premiere Draft Horse Shows in Ontario at the Essa Agriplex.

As 2022 and 2023 were a great success, we are planning for a bigger and better show for Saturday August 5th & Sunday August 6th, 2023.    Exhibitors start at 9:00 a.m. both mornings with the inspection by the judge on soundness, conformation and quality to choose the champions of the day in the Mare line classes on Saturday morning and followed on Sunday morning will be the Stallions, Geldings line classes and the Youth showmanship class.

Scheduled for 1:30 p.m.,  both days, our highlight “The Six Horse Hitch”   of draft horses will be presented with skill and determination by our drivers before the judge.   Don’t miss the breathtaking moment as the power and strength of these animals enter the ring, view the sun glistening off the harnesses and feel and hear the thunderous stride of these large magnificent animals as they perform for you.  A precious moment each and every time you witness this event.

Also joining us for the second year is the Equine Mounted Games Canada.  Don’t miss this wonderful group of riders and athletic horses.  Join them in cheering on their fellow competitors as they race against time and technique on horseback, these games challenge both the ability of their horse and themselves as a rider.    The Equine Mounted Games will perform all day in the sand ring to the north, and will join the draft ring throughout both days to demonstrate how much fun they have and how they meet their challenges of the games on horseback.   Be ready to Cheer!

Each day you are invited to browse and enjoy the varied vendors on display under cover in Barn 1 or the grass area beside. Something for everyone!

Please consider sponsoring a class in 2023 by contacting [email protected] or calling 905-939-7183.  A general sponsor, a wagon 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 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 2022 Sponsors

“Burger Barn “Celeste & Jason Hill.

Anderson Farm, Tipperary Equestrian;

John Eek & Sons Ltd, (Haulage in Simcoe County & beyond)

Chris English

Ontario Belgian Horse Association

Ontario Clydesdale Club

Ontario Percheron Horse Association

The Belgian Mounted Brigade.

Peak and Valley Farms, Erika & Dave Zister

Trelane Farms, Andrea Thompson & Don Flemington

Rymar Belgians, Mark & Shannon Lindquist

Stoney Lake Belgians, Darrell Drain

John Leask

Aicro Clydesdales, Brian & Lisa Timmons

Laurel & Richard Sowden

Greenwood Farm, Lynn & Ian Greenwood, Ray Martin

Towerview Clydesdales, Tyler Wilkieson,

James G. & Mary Thomas

Remlap d Or Belgians, Beth Palmer/Don Orr

John & Margaret Northcote

Pinebar Belgians, Barb &Keith (Piney) Meyers

New Dreams Farm, Rob McArthur & Sonja MacDonald

Hughhaven Farm, Connie & Glen Hughes & Family

Essa District & Agricultural Society

Thank you   

Essa National Draft Horse Show Auction May 2022

Donated Item                                                         Highest Bidder                          


Jeff Robbins Reset shoeing

Dave Zister



Steve Gregg Reset shoeing

Dave Zister



Jeremy Tingey Reset shoeing

Kim Hadwen



Donnie Lowes Reset shoeing

Dave Zister



Triplex Flex Supp (Candace Sirianni)

Erika Zister



12L Ice Bucket Chilly Moose

(Connie Hughes)

Claire Gregg



Wine & Tumblers – Chilly Moose

(Connie Hughes)

Lori Carson



Pennwoods Supplements

 (Lindquist Family)

Russell Baird



Box of Beef

(Becky Duesling & Nate Fenech)

Don & Kerry Lowes



Hock Boots (Carson Farms)

Rusty McArthur



Painting Bridle (Beth Palmer/ Don Orr)

Andrea Thompson



Sketch Clyde Horse & friend (Glenn Heath)

Beth Palmer



TSM Design Ad (Taylor McClain)

Joanne Douglas-Lane



Feeder (JW Fab – Jason Gregg)

Marion Young



Picnic Kit (Dave & Lana Besley)

Lisa Banga



Tack Box (Erika & Dave Zister)

Don Flemington



Chocolate Cake (Judy Lipsett)

Rusty McArthur



Wagon Ride (Scott Sowden)

Rusty McArthur



Breaking/Driving (Rusty McArthur)

Chad Lee



Blk Welcome metal sign

(John /Margaret Northcote)

Kim Hadwen



Blk Wind Spinner (J/M Northcote)

Sherry Stephenson



Red Spinner (J/M Northcote)

Janine Adams



Yellowstone Sign (J/M Northcote)

Kim Hadwen



Red Welcome (J/M Northcote)

Abbie & Betty Brander



Longhorn Skull (Thompson/Flemington)

Donna Martin



Xmas print (Hughes/Mctaggart Families)

Dave Besley



Stall Fronts (Shannon Hughes)

Sue Suzey L



Pie (Shannon Hughes)

Bob McMullin



Shoes (Jeff Robbins)

Sherry Stephenson



Syrup/Tarts (Hossie/Braiden)

Wayne Stephenson



Flour Combo Set

(McKeown Farms/1847 Mill)

Beth Gregg




Thank you for your contributions and support