Heritage Hill Farms of Albion, Michigan is a family owned Belgian hitch. M.G. And Sharon Micklatcher along with their daughter Lynn and her husband Mike Loveland make up the partnership. M.G. And Sharon are retired auto workers. Mike is a full time farrier to many different light horse disciplines. Lynn helps manage the family’s hay farm and the fitting and working of the horses.
IMG_0609They are active members in the North American Classic series. This is an organization that promotes the draft horses and the six horse hitch. The finals are in a state that holds the highest bid to host it. Heritage Hill Farms has qualified several times over the past few years. They attended the finals held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 2014 where they finished 9th overall. The hitch travels to a majority of the States attending between 18-20 shows a year accumulating points for the chance to attend the finals.IMG_0615The show season starts the second weekend of June and goes through the middle of October. When the season is done the hitch has traveled around 15,000 miles. The classes the horses show in are cart (1 horse), tandem (1 horse in single file of another horse), 2 horse hitch, unicorn (2 horses with 1 single horse in front), 4 horse hitch, 6 horse hitch and a few shows have a 8 horse hitch. In the off season the horses are used on the farm to skid logs, haul manure and plow snow.
IMG_0654The horses are Belgian geldings that are 3 to 11 years old. The weight range is 2000-2300 pounds. Height is 18.2 to 19 hands tall. Their temperament and easy way of going make them truly gentle giants.

The owners welcome you back to their stalls in the Draft Area to interact with the horses and ask questions about the horses and different things that can be done with them. Check the schedule for their appearances in the Main Arena each day.

Photos are by Michelle Martin Randolph.