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Gentle giants return to Colorado

RIFLE There are some things in life that are free, after all.One such event – a $20,000 show presented at no charge this year thanks to local sponsor contributions – takes place this Labor Day weekend.The fifth annual Colorado Draft Horse Classic at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle features exhibitions and competitions on Saturday and performances on Sunday to entertain audiences of all ages. Draft horses such as Clydesdales famous from Budweiser beer commercials Belgians, Percherons, and Shires are are a few of the breeds to take the main stage during the weekend’s events. Also scheduled are drafts under saddle in both English and Western attire, halter classes, costume classes and the hilarious fun classes.The Colorado River Riders open each performance, while the Meeker Drill Team entertain on Saturday.Food vendors and booths selling gifts and clothing with draft horse themes will be on hand during the event that begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, with a second performance at 7 p.m. Sunday’s performance starts at 11 a.m., with a second at 3 p.m. The pulling contest is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday.Visit for information.

What: Fifth Annual Colorado Draft Horse Classic When: Saturday and Sunday; classes start at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by two more performances at 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday performances at 11 a.m. and the final performance featuring the six-horse hitches at 3 p.m. Where: Garfield County Fairgrounds, Rifle How much: free On the Web:

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