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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, ericwatness1@gmail.com, (206) 669-7280; Richard Cameron, 3cshires@gmail.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


2014 Extravaganza Class Results

Adobe PDF format:   2014 Extravaganza Results

Last Updated (Sunday, 01 February 2015 09:33)


New Photos to Enjoy

Check out the new photos from the March 29 and 30 plowing bee at Olmstead Place State Park in Ellensburg, Washington. This event is scheduled to happen again in 2015. See the Events Calendar for more information.

Last Updated (Saturday, 29 November 2014 10:45)


Your Washington Draft Horse and Mule Association

2015 Board of Directors

President: Rod Hodel of Buckley, 253-862-7308, hodel@tx3.net

Vice-President: James Arsulich of Quilcene, 360-765-3222, jarsulich@olympus.net

Secretary/Treasurer and Website Administrator: Jenni Grey of Monroe, 360-805-1948, jennigrey@hotmail.com

Events Calender and Newsletter: Lisa Harmon of Redmond, 425-868-6480, caballogirl@earthling.net

Events Coordinator: Marcy Buckner of Fall City, 206-658-5126, marcypaca1@netzero.net

Richard Cameron of Ellensburg, 509-312-9342, 3cshires@gmail.com

John Erskine of Sequim, 425-330-8601, highbridgeshires@hotmail.com

Joe Wardlaw of Stanwood, 425-231-4844

Eric Watness of Seattle, 206-669-7280, ericwatness1@gmail.com

Alternate: Facebook: Marissa Muse of Maple Valley, rissasa924@gmail.com


Last Updated (Friday, 28 November 2014 09:31)

Photo Gallery - pictures submitted by WDHMA members