INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Goodman and his six magnificent black Percheron draft horses are bringing a taste of "Texas Thunder" to the Indiana State Fair. On average, these beautiful animals stand more than 18 hands high and weigh 2,200 pounds. With Goodman's expert guidance, they have become one of the premier draft horse exhibition attractions in the country.
Goodman's experience with draft horses goes back to when he was 16 and became the youngest driver to complete the Wyoming Centennial Wagon Trail, driving a team of horses 270 miles across the state. With these Percherons, based in Texas, he thrills audiences with a series of maneuvers rarely seen anymore, including "Roman Riding" where he rides two horses from a standing position while driving another four in front of him.
Percheron draft horses are a well-muscled breed that is known for their intelligence and willingness to work. They were instrumental in working the land and helping American Pioneers establish settlements. While they are definitely the big attraction of these exhibitions, crowds also enjoy the Priefert freight wagon, which is an authentic freight wagon with an undercarriage dating to the late 1800s.
The Priefert Percherons have appeared at all the biggest horse and western shows, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the San Antonio Stock Show, the Calgary Stampede, the Denver National Western Stock Show and many others. They will appear in the Pepsi Coliseum at various times over 10 days of the State Fair, Aug. 10 - 21.
The State Fair will offer many draft horse competitions over the course of the fair, including the popular 6-Horse Hitch competitions Aug. 19 - 21 and the National Belgian Futurity on Aug. 20. When these beautiful animals aren't in the show ring, they can be seen in their stables in the Champions Pavilion.
About Indiana State Fair
The Indiana State Fair is the state's largest multi-day event attracting more than 900,000 people annually. Nationally recognized for offering the best in entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, premiere facilities and a variety of unique, fun foods, the Indiana State Fair is an annual tradition for generations of Hoosiers. Admission is $7 in advance, $8 at the gate - kids 5 and younger are free. For more information, please visit http://www.indianastatefair.com/.
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