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October 23, 2020

The Ranch Events Complex Announces the Cancellation of the 2021 Big Thunder Draft Horse Show

(Loveland, CO) – The Ranch Events Complex along with the Big Thunder Draft Horse Show Committee Members have announced the difficult decision to cancel the 17th Annual Big Thunder Draft Horse Show. Originally set for January 15th-17th, 2021, the event was to take place inside the Mac Equipment, Inc. Indoor Arena at The Ranch Events Complex. The decision follows the recommendation of state and local health organizations on gathering conditions and focuses on the safety of patrons, competitors, staff, and vendors. 


Also cancelled is the Draft Horse University, an informational class session about draft horses, harnessing and showing that occurs Saturday prior to the afternoon show, and the Sunday Working Draft Horse Classes, that feature horses competing against each other in the Feed Team Race, Log Skid Course, and Working Horse Team events.


“It breaks our hearts to have to cancel this event. The committee and staff at The Ranch have worked so diligently on this event, and it has become a community tradition, but in these challenging times, we needed to do what was the safest for our guests, the teams, and our staff. We will be back next year, better than ever.” 

Campus Director, Chris Ashby


The event be back in January of 2022 for it’s annual Big Thunder Draft Horse Show which features some of the finest hitches in the United States and Canada. Competitors bring a variety of draft horses including Clydesdales, Belgians, Shires and Percherons to compete in front of a world class judge and accrue points in the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series.


About The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex
The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex, located in Loveland, Colorado, opened in 2003 and is owned and operated by Larimer County. The Ranch consists of the Budweiser Events Center, the Mac Equipment, Inc. Indoor Arena and Livestock Pavilions, the FNBO Exhibition Halls, and the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth & Community Building. The Ranch hosts more than 2,000 events annually and is home to the Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo. For more information, visit www.TREventsComplex.com.