Draft Animal-Power Network Announces the 2014

Annual Gathering!

Stephen Leslie - Michael disc-drawing

At the Cummington Fairgrounds, 

Cummington MA 

September 26-28th 2014! 

See Weekend Schedule Here!

The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.

The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and farmer-to-farmer conversations, a mower raffle and much more. Sign Up Now!

We will be joined by the band ‘Bacon and Eggs’ from Hardwick VT, for an evening show!

For ticket prices, and to sign up now for an early discount please see our Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014.

Volunteer and get free admission!  We need your help! Volunteer Registration Form

 We are looking for volunteers to help cook, play music, direct participants and more.  Meals will also be included for additional volunteer hours.  Contact Karen Pettinelli at dapnetinfo@gmail.com.

Vendor?  Interested in holding a booth at the Annual Gathering?

Please see our Vendor Registration Form and contact Karen Pettinelli at dapnetinfo@gmail.com.


Have a message you want to spread?  See our Educational Org Registration Form to hold a booth at the Annual Gathering.


Event details (See Full Weekend Schedule Here):

Friday, September 26th – Check-in and registration, 4-6pm, 7pm Potluck Dinner

Saturday, September 27th – Meals, workshops, evening music, and more, 8am – 9pm

Sunday September 28th – Brunch, workshop, DAPNet Annual Meeting, 8am – 1pm

Camping and RV options available for the weekend.  Please see Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014 for more details.


Join us at the 16th World Percheron Congress Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds West Springfield, MA  October 6-11, 2014

Join us at the 16th World Percheron Congress
Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds
West Springfield, MA
October 6-11, 2014

Welcome to the Draft Animal-Power Network


Advancing the practical application
of draft animal-power…

Note for members, see below*

Our Activities:

  • DAPNet Online Forum: An international forum that provides connections, help and support for and from others who use draft animals in their daily lives.
  • Draft Animal Power Annual Gathering: September 26 – 28th, 2014 at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington MA.  Mark your calendars!
  • Draft Animal Power Field Days: September 24-27th, 2015 at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington Ma. Workshops and presentations will cover a wide variety of topics relating to oxen, mules and horses, their care, training and use. A track on Animal-Powered Market Gardening will be of great benefit to those seeking to expand their skills in organic production. A vast array of topics will offer plenty of inspiration for novices and experienced teamsters alike.
  • Our free eNewsletter contains information about upcoming events of interest and important information for members. Sign up here!
  • Quarterly Newsletter: Tips & tidbits from the online forum as well as unique articles, a calendar of upcoming events and classified ads fill the pages of our quarterly newsletter. A significant portion of our membership are not online and they value this resource that connects them with the organization.
  • Regional Educational Events: These events cover a wide variety of topics in various formats and are offered across the northeastern US. Past events include Logging Workshops, Plow Clinics and Driving Basics classes.

The goal of the Draft Animal-Power Network is to provide year-round educational and networking opportunities, highlighting ongoing efforts of people throughout the region who are educating, mentoring and building community around animal-power and renewable land use.

Our mission: Advancing the use of draft animals and promoting sustainable land stewardship by providing resource connections and shared learning opportunities while building community.

Thanks for your interest, have a look around, and welcome to DAPNet!

Contact us:

DAPNet Address: 509 Dutton Brook Lane, Brownington, Vermont 05860 Phone: 802-763-0771 Email: dapnetinfo@gmail.com

*Note for members:  If you have paid your dues and you are being prompted to pay again, don’t worry! We won’t disable you and we won’t require you to pay again. If you want to pay and can’t afford $20, hang in there! The option to pay what you can will return, these things take a bit of time to work out and we won’t disable you in the meantime. Over the next few weeks I’ll be updating members accounts so you won’t see the reminder. In the meantime when the notice comes up just click the X and enjoy your visit to the forum.

Thanks for your support and your patience,

Rebekah & DAPNet