Draft Horse Town
Draft Horse Town pays homage to the mighty “draft horse” and the significant role it played in building Western Canada. Belgians, Clydesdales, Percherons, and Shires, guided by the skill of Teamsters, helped build roads, hauled the dirt and rock from building sites, pulled wagons, carriages and firefighting equipment, and plowed the fields for planting crops.
Now in its third year, Draft Horse Town is an engaging venue that offers Stampede visitors a glimpse of living history, plenty of hands-on activity and exhibits, and an opportunity to experience the "gentle giants" in action.
Teamsters and exhibitors introduce you to their horses, and show you how they prepare their teams for work, shows and pulling competitions. See blacksmiths work their magic with hot steel right before your eyes while wheelwrights demonstrate their craft –making wheels for the wagons and carriages.
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Draft Horse Town has pulled together every draft horse, teamster and piece of vintage equipment they could find, then added some fine storytelling and entertainment to create THE BIG SHOE. Twice daily - at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Northern Lights Arena - Draft Horse Town will tell the story of the mighty "draft horse" and the significant role it played in building Western Canada.
Following each show, these equine "stars" will be in Draft Horse Town posing for photos and meeting their adoring fans. Come get nose-to-nose with the largest horses you'll find at this year's Stampede.
Draft Horse Town is located at the end of Saddledome Lane, south of the Saddledome and north of the Agriculture Building.