KER Friday Video: 108 Percherons

At roughly 2000 pounds apiece… we’ll let you do the math.

World Percheron Congress is taking place this week, and it’s a draft lover’s paradise: a variety of classes — including driving, under saddle, halter and farm hitches — all showcase this versatile draft horse breed and let the best in the nation meet head to head. Held this year in Des Moines, Iowa, World Percheron Congress has already been a memorable experience for those competing as well as those attending.

One of the banner classes of the show is the six-horse hitch: with 18 entries in the gelding six-horse hitch class, bringing all of those teams together for the final placing was certainly an organizational feat, not to mention an accomplishment for the drivers to park as many hitches as could fit!

The six-horse hitches showed in heats — rest assured that all 18 teams were never all trotting around the ring at the same time. If you ever wanted to know what it looks like to line up 108 of the nation’s best Percheron geldings, wonder no longer.

18 Gelding Six Horse Hitch Teams, this is 108 horses in the arena together! What talented drivers and well trained horses!!

Posted by Percheron Horse Breeders Association of Australia Inc on Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Learn more about World Percheron Congress right here on Horse Nation.

Go driving!

The WEG feed and forage team from Kentucky Equine Research is hard at work getting the first flights of horses set up. About 170 eventing, endurance, dressage, and reining horses have arrived on the venue so far. As horses arrive from abroad, they transfer from the airport to post-arrival quarantine on the venue. Most horses will require a delivery feed and forage to tide them over during the 42-hour quarantine. When the horse is released, anything brought into quarantine has to be disposed of, so a separate order of feed and forage needs to be available when they arrive at competition stabling. Fulfilling these double orders has the team hopping! Stay up-to-date with the latest from behind the scenes at WEG:

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