Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association
Have you ever wanted to drive a draft horse?
The Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association
presents our annual harnessing and driving clinic
Saturday, May 2, 2015
9AM-4PM in Snohomish, Washington
9am – 12pm Harnessing
12pm – 1pm Potluck lunch (WDHMA provides hot dogs and hamburgers)
1pm – 4pm Driving
Topics will include single horses and teams, collar fit, harnessing, driving, safety and horsemanship. Volunteer teamsters/teachers/mentors will be on hand with a broad variety of experience and knowledge, fueled by a desire to share their enthusiasm for draft horses. No advance registration is needed, just bring a chair and come on down!
There is a $15 fee for the clinic and includes membership in the Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association.
For more information, contact Marcia Buckner at 206-658-5126
Clinic location: "Horse Head Quarters" 11431 Old Snohomish-Monroe Rd, Snohomish, WA 98290
- From I-405 Exit onto Hwy 522 toward Monroe
- Exit onto E Main Street
- At roundabout go left onto E Main St (This turns into Old Snohomish-Monroe Rd)
- Continue past Lord Hill sign
- Drive downhill into the valley
- Continue past signs for: Craven Farm, Treosti Rd, French Creek (at bridge)
- Horse Head Quarters will be on the right, just after the little French Creek Bridge. The entrance is tucked into a line of several tall trees. Look for the red “Draft Horse Clinic” sign!
Last Updated (Sunday, 26 April 2015 09:19)
Olmstead Place Spring Plowing Bee Coverage
The Seattle Times has a brief video and several photos taken March 28, 2015 at the 2nd Annual Olmstead Place State Park Plowing Bee.
The Yakima Herald also has photos and videos
Photographer Mike Penney took some lovely photos that day and has shared them on his blog at:
If you have or know of additional photos or video from the event, we would love to add them to this list. Please email jennigrey at hotmail.com.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 April 2015 08:33)
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, email@example.com, (206) 669-7280; Richard Cameron, firstname.lastname@example.org, (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