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Feel the thunder: The Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series will showcase beauty, power, and pageantry across the province

The biggest horses across Canada and the United States will compete for the Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series Championship at the new state-of-the-art facility in Ancaster this fall.

April 26, 2022 (Ottawa, ON) – Grandstands across Ontario will rumble this year as the Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series (the Series) takes centre ring at fairs and events across the province. The Series is set to become the most recognized draft horse event in Canadian history. 

Massive draft horses – weighing up to a ton each – dressed in patent leather and chrome harness will work as one pulling traditional wagons. Skilled drivers will navigate their powerful four-horse hitches of Clydesdale, Shire, Percheron, and Belgian horses around the ring, competing for points at shows across the province.

“The Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series has been designed to create a rewarding experience for its members and is dedicated to promoting the sport of hitching. It is paving a way for passionate horsepeople to come together for the preservation, advancement and celebration of the draft horse industry.”
Malcolm Yeadon, Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series committee chair
Malcolm Yeadon
Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series Committee Chair

There will be lots of power in the ring as hitches compete for points at local qualifying shows and fairs. The top ten members who have accumulated the highest points will be invited to the finals where a champion will reign. 

“We are proud to partner with the Triple Crown Draft Classic to host the Series’ finals,” Yeadon added. “The new facility at the Ancaster Fairgrounds is state-of-the-art and the perfect location to hold the culmination of a season-long competition.”

The competition will be steep as hitches vie to accrue points in the Series. Team drivers will listen closely to the commands of the judges who pay attention to the horse’s headset, motion, and uniformity. 

Horse enthusiasts and fairgoers can feel the thunder of the gentle giants as they rumble around the ring. The Series will offer the beauty, grandeur, and sheer power of today’s draft horses.


About the Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series

The Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series has been developed to promote and create a love of the sport, as well as a true appreciation and understanding of draft horses. It is a chance for each member to earn the title of provincial champion and be recognized by their peers. For more information on the Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series, visit or follow us on Facebook.

Sarah Robinson
Ontario Four Horse Hitch Series