Big Sky Draft Horse Expo Events

Big sky draft horse expo is Montana’s only draft horse and mule show. Show events and classes are selected with families in mind. Included are youth and senior events. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged.

The Expo is part of the North American Six Horse Hitch Classic Series. Each year Six Horse Hitches across the United States and Canada compete at shows such as ours to accumulate points for the Classic Series. Close to two hundred hitches travel within their region, competing at sixty qualifying shows throughout North America. The competition builds to a climax at the end of the series, when the four highest point hitches in each of the three breed classifications are invited to compete for $80,000.00 in premiums at the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Final Championship. We are excited to have ten (10) of these Six- Horse Hitches in our region, join our show this year.

Expo is located in historic Deer Lodge, MT., one of the earliest communities in Montana. There are many events and learning opportunities for those interested in the draft horse era.

Big Sky Draft Horse Expo provides a variety of viewing and driving competions such as:

  • Six Horse Hitch Conformation

  • Four Horse Hitch and Driving and Four Abreast

  • Ladies, Pleasure and Junior Cart

  • Tandem and Unicorn

  • Antique/Unique and Street/Working

  • Working teamster classes including obstacle course, log skidding, and cultivating

  • Feed team race

  • Kids stick horse race and more

  • Junior and senior Team Driving

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Entertainment Featuring:

  • Mounted Cowboy Action Shooting 

The TRADE SHOW provides an opportunity to view and purchase items ranging from draft horse harnesses to art and books. It is always a mix of interesting items.