A Dutch Harness Horse sale is a little like an Amish fair. Hundreds of buyers and spectators, most Amish, fill C Bar C Expo Center for this annual late-winter event. Many hire drivers, rent trucks with horse trailers and charter vans to bring the whole family, coming from all over the Midwest.
A few English buyers use the horses for carriage ride businesses, but most are sold to Amish homes and farms, where they will be used as buggy horses.
The Dutch Harness Horse is a warmblood breed and an especially fine driving horse that has been developed in the Netherlands since W.W. II. The Dutch have a strong tradition of breeding driving horses, and during the late 19th century and early 20th century these were known as “luxury horses.” Heavier and primarily of dark colors, they are taller, leggier and elegant carriage horses that easily double for work on the farm.
The Dutch Harness Horse sale begins at 9 a.m. and continues to 3 p.m. Like nearly all equestrian events at C Bar C, admission is free and the action family-friendly.