Gladbrook Clydesdale team competes at the Iowa State Fair
Tama County was well represented at the 2021 National Clydesdale Show that took place Aug. 19-22 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.
TF Clydesdales of Gladbrook had one of the shortest drives to the show that brought together Clydesdale horses from all over the country to compete in a wide range of classes last week.
Steve and Becky Fevold, along with their daughter and son-in-law Katie and Jake Bauer, brought seven Clydesdales to show at the fair.
The seven include Tessa, Uri, Mary, Crystal, Vaughn, Greta and Erin who range in age from 3-10.
The team competed in a number of categories from a one-horse cart up to a six-horse team hitch.
The Iowa State Fair was one among several stops TF Clydesdales have made this summer including the Olmstead County Fair in Minnesota, the Wisconsin State Fair, the Minnesota State Fair and the Clay County Fair in Spencer.
The Gladbrook Clydesdale farm is one of only a few in operation in Iowa and boasts the distinction of being the oldest Clydesdale operation in the state.
Becky Fevold said they were glad to be back on the road this summer after being sidelined for all of 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even the horses she said appeared more at ease back in the rhythm of showing and traveling.
For her and the rest of the family, they enjoy visiting the Iowa State Fair each year as it provides an opportunity to see family and friends they might not otherwise get to see.
Fevold said when they’re not out at horse shows or parades, they enjoy welcoming visitors to the farm.
This year they have around 20 Clydesdales on their farm, which is on the low end compared to a typical year.
She encouraged families that might want to visit the horses to get in contact with them through their Facebook page Thoms & Fevold Clydesdales.