The Best of Iowa in Traces Society (BITS) will host their third annual Summer Carriage Classic show at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday.
Competitors from several states will exhibit their horse and carriage combinations in more than thirty classes over the two day period.
Several different breeds ranging from minis to draft crosses will pull the carts and reproduction antique carriages through arena and open courses classes.
'Miss Ruby' a Shire-Morgan cross, was exhibited by Debra Sauer of Friendship, Wisconsin at the 2011 Carriage Show. Breeds including a Friesian sport horse, a Welsh cross pony and more were shown at last year’s event. The event charges no admission and will be at the fairgrounds this Saturday and Sunday.
Classes offered in both Junior and Senior divisions include Turnout, Reinsmanship and Working Pleasure. Turnout classes are Saturday morning and are judged primarily on the overall impression of horse and driver.
The Sunday afternoon Reinsmanship classes are judged primarily on the skill of the driver. Judging for the Working Pleasure classes is set for Saturday afternoon. This class is judged on the suitability of the horse to provide a pleasant drive.
The show also offers open course or skill classes during the two-day event.The events begin at 8 a.m. each day.
New to the show this year is the Carriage Dog class on Saturday morning where the best driver and dog combination will be selected.
There is no admission charge to view the show and show officials invite the public to come watch two days of unique events. The show concludes Sunday afternoon with an awards ceremony at 3 pm.