Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association
2nd Annual Olmstead Place Plowing Bee
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association (WDHMA) invite the public to an old-fashioned horse-plowing match and demonstrations of turn-of-the-century farm equipment at Olmstead Place State Park.
The second annual Plowing Bee is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at Olmstead Place State Park, midway between Ellensburg and Kittitas, off Highway 90. The main event—the horse-plowing match—will feature draft horses such as Shires, Belgians, Clydesdales and Percherons. In addition, teamsters will be showing their horses and mules in traditional harness with horse-drawn farming equipment, including a variety of hitches, various plow styles, harrows and discs. Some of the farm equipment will be pre-tractor antiques, while others will be modern examples of horse-powered farm equipment.
The plowing competitions take place in the morning and in the afternoon on both days. The Ellensburg Moose Lodge will be serving lunch of hamburger, potato salad and drink for about $6. Free wagon rides will also be available.
For more information about the Plowing Bee, contact Eric Watness, firstname.lastname@example.org, (206) 669-7280; Richard Cameron, email@example.com, (509) 312-9342 or Maurya Broadsword, Washington State Parks, (509) 925-1943. Visit the WDHMA website at: http://wdhma.org/
The Plowing Bee is free to attend. A Discover Pass will be needed for vehicle access to the park. For more information about the Discover Pass, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
About Olmstead Place State Park
Olmstead Place is a 217-acre day-use park originally settled as a homestead by the pioneering Olmstead family in 1875. Many of the original buildings and artifacts are on view. Park staff host tours and school field trips. For information, directions and a brief history of the park, visit: www.parks.wa.gov/556/Olmstead-Place
About Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 25 March 2015 20:02)
Events for 2015
January 31 - The first event of 2015 is an Extravaganza Show Committee meeting at the Monroe Public Library. The room is reserved from 10AM to 2PM. Our new Show Chair, Bob Hamstra, will be heading this meeting.
February 14 – Plowing match at Happy Trails Arena in Ethel
March 14 - The 2015 WDHMA Spring Meeting - Monroe Public Library – General meeting 11AM-2PM
March 28 & 29 - Spring Plowing at Olmstead Place State Park in Ellensburg
April 4 - Meet at John Erskine's place in Sequim to help sort through Pat Kinsella's WDHMA records and memorabilia
April 4 & 5 (first weekend in April) - Plowing at Pomeroy
April (usually a Saturday in mid-April) – Plowing at Mother Earth Farm in Sumner
April 11 & 12 (second weekend in April) - Plowing at Odessa
April 18 & 19 (third weekend in April) - Plowing at Colfax
May 2 – WDHMA Hands-On Clinic at Horse Head Quarters in Snohomish
May 4-8 – Washington Outfitters and Guides Association wagon train - Ride to Rendezvous – in Winthrop
May 16 - International Plowing Match in Lynden (11AM-3PM)
May 16 & 17 – An old iron tractor club in Yakima will be plowing and would very much like some teamsters to come plow as well
July 18 – WDHMA Picnic and Auction in Duvall
August 31 through September 2 – The big show! Draft Horse Extravaganza!
September 19 & 20 - Fall plowing and Kittitas Valley Early Iron Club Threshing Bee and Antique Equipment Show at Olmstead Place State Park in Ellensburg
Nov 14 – 2015 WDHMA Fall Meeting
Note: No Small Farmers Journal Auction this year, no WDHMA Wagon Train
Your Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association
2015 Board of Directors
President: Rod Hodel of Buckley, 253-862-7308, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-President: James Arsulich of Quilcene, 360-765-3222, email@example.com
Secretary/Treasurer and Website Administrator: Jenni Grey of Monroe, 360-805-1948, firstname.lastname@example.org
Events Calender and Newsletter: Lisa Harmon of Redmond, 425-868-6480, email@example.com
Events Coordinator: Marcy Buckner of Fall City, 206-658-5126, firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Cameron of Ellensburg, 509-312-9342, email@example.com
John Erskine of Sequim, 425-330-8601, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Wardlaw of Stanwood, 425-231-4844
Eric Watness of Seattle, 206-669-7280, email@example.com
Alternate: Facebook: Marissa Muse of Maple Valley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated (Friday, 28 November 2014 09:31)