2013 Draft Animal-Power Field Days -

Orleans County Fairgrounds, Barton, Vermont

September 28 & 29, 2013,

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Tickets are be available at the gate:

  • $15 Saturday, adult 18-65
  • $10 Saturday, 10-18 and 66+ (under 10 free)
  • $10 Saturday, adult after 12 noon
  • $10 Sunday, adult 18 – 65
  • $8 Sunday, 10-18 and 66+ (under 10 free)
  • $25 for the weekend

Event Highlights:

  • Doc Hammill: Gentle Horsemanship

  • Neal Perry: natural horsemanship

  • Stephen Leslie, author of The New Horse-Powered Farm

  • Ox yokes, harnesses & equipment

  • 40+ Presentations, Demonstrations & Workshops

  • Oxen, Horses, Mules

  • Plowing, Haying, Tillage Tools and Cultivators, Logging and Woods Implements

  • Presentations for all ages & interest levels

  • All natural horsemanship demonstrations are applicable to riding or driving

  • Full Schedule is available HERE

Important links:

Event Pre-registration Form (USPS)  for all pre-event purchases & registrations

Doc Hammill info: Teaching Teamster Skills, Heart & Mind of the Horse, Workhorse Workshop


2013 Draft Animal-Power Field Days, September 28 & 29, 2013

Everything you need to know about the weekend is here –

take time to read this carefully, then make plans to join us!

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  • Doc Hammill: 9-5, Teaching Teamsters
  • 3-5, Heart & Mind of the Horse
  • 6-9, potluck & visiting

Saturday: Workshops, Demonstrations and so much more!  Featured Presenters: Doc Hammill, Neal Perry & Stephen Leslie

  • 30+ presentations on animal management, training, working animals & equipment
  • See animals plowing, cultivating, mowing, haying, forestry & more
  • Horses, mules & oxen
  • Networking sesions: Draftwood, Farmhack, Test Drive a Team, Suffolk Punch Horses, Build a Stagecoach with Fred Webster, Book signing with Stephen Leslie, author of “The New Horse-Powered Farm”
  • Wagon rides
  • Local Harvest Dinner, Cowboy Poetry & Open Mike evening w/ raffle drawing

Sunday: Teamster Appreciation Breakfast (all are welcome!) & Annual Meeting of Draft Animal-Power Network, followed by a Sunday Service – If you’ve never heard a horse-back preacher, here’s your chance! More workshops from our fantastic line-up of presenters:

  • 15+ presentations on animal management, training, working animals & equipment
  • Forestry equipment demonstrations
  • Horses, mules & oxen
  • Loose hay loading, cultivating, planting & smoothing equipment
  • Teamster Round table discussion
  • Obstacle Course

Other things you need to know about the weekend:


Take Vermont Interstate 91 to Exit 25, Barton/Glover. At the end of the ramp, turn north on Rt 16, go 1/2 mile. Turn left on Roaring Brook Road, the fairgrounds are on the right in 1/4 mile.


    Available at the Fairgrounds, preregistration is requested but not required.

  • Car or Tent, $15 one night, $20 for two nights
  • Camper/hookups, $25 per night

Lodging: Visit www.centerofthekingdom.com for info on local hotels, motels, inns & cabins

Food at the Fairgrounds:

  • Saturday evening: Local Harvest Dinner, Applecheek Farm, DAPNet Fundraiser
    • Tickets MUST be purchased in advance online or by check (www.brownpapertickets.com)
    • Deadline for reservations: September 15
    • $15 – 25 per person, suggested $20+ to cover our costs
    • Menu:
      • Butternut Squash & Apple Soup, Corn Chowder
      • Fresh artisan bread, local meat
      • Spinach Salad w/ goat cheese, apples & cranberries, Potato Salad
      • Dessert
  • Sunday: Teamster Appreciation Breakfast & DAPNet Annual Meeting
    • All are welcome!
    • Suggested donation $10
  • Mem & Pep’s Cafe, a fundraiser for United Christian Academy, Newport
    • Breakfast, Saturday 7 am: English muffin with sausage, egg & cheese, coffee, tea, etc.
    • Lunch Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 4: Serving home made hamburgers, McKenzies’ hot dogs, french fries (nothing else goes in the fryer), baked goods (including some gluten-free items!), drinks, etc.
  • Riley’s Lemonade & More
    • Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 2pm: Serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and/or hot soup, sandwiches, french fries, drinks, etc.

Book Signing for Stephen Leslie’s new book, “The New Horse-Powered Farm” will be held on Saturday afternoon during the late-afternoon networking session. Stephen will talk about his book and be available to sign copies. Don’t miss your chance to get a copy of this fantastic resource! Normally priced at $39.95, you will have the chance to purchase a copy for 25% off the suggested retail price: $29.95. Stop by the DAPNet Info table to pick up a copy if you won’t be able to make it to the book signing.

Official DAPField Days T-shirts are available by pre-order only! Reserve yours by purchasing online by September 1 through www.brownpapertickets.com or send a check to our office with your info.

  • Size options: S, M, Lg, XL, XXL
  • Colors: Sage green, Medium blue, Dark Red, Earthly Brown
  • Cost: $15 each or just $12 if you pre-purchase your event tickets through www.brownpapertickets.com
  • Pick up your shirts at the DAPNet Info Table at Field Days.
  • Deadline to order is September 1

Official DAPFD Event Posters are available in a limited edition silk-screen print. Support DAPNet and take home a lovely piece of artwork to commemorate the event. Featuring Sean Mallinson’s striking artwork that was inspired by his team of Brabant belgians, this poster is suitable for framing or hanging as-is.

  • Available by pre-order ONLY
  • Deadline to order is September 1
  • Send your order form to the office with a check or go online to www.brownpapertickets.com
  • Pick up at the DAPNet Info Table at the Field Days

Doc Hammill – Teaching Teamster Skills: Friday, 9am -5pm. Do you teach teamster skills to others? You’ll get so much out of hearing Doc’s helpful advice and suggestions on content, presentation, safety and technique. Join us for a great day of learning. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

  • $115 for the day, lunch available for $10 additional
  • Preregister online through www.brownpapertickets.com or use the registration form.
  • Registration is limited, first come – first served

Volunteer opportunities abound! Ready to help out in the production of this fantastic event? Whatever your skill level, we can find a job for you! Contact Volunteer Coordinator, Jean Cross to get “plugged in”: jmnvt@yahoo.com

  • Volunteer for 2 hrs or more, choose a free t-shirt or free admission for the day
  • Volunteer for 4 hours or more, free admission for the day & a t-shirt
  • Full time volunteers, presenters and teamsters, check with Rebekah before purchasing registration or other items.

Online purchases: Many items related to the Field Days can be purchased online through www.brownpapertickets.com. Their site is easy to use and helps us tremendously with our behind the scenes paperwork. We really appreciate you using this system to pre-purchase items related to the event.

  • Already made your online admission purchase? Your name will be on a list at the event, you can pick up your wristband at the gate and you’re good to go.

Log Scoot Raffle: Wondering where you can get a Les Barden style log scoot? Purchase raffle tickets online through www.brownpapertickets.com or at the Field Days and come to the dinner on Saturday night to see if you won! Wood donated by the Farm School in Athol, MA, Labor donated by Ed Thayer. Thank you!

  • Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20

Saturday evening – join us for a DAPNet banquet!

    • Local Harvest Dinner, Applecheek Farm, DAPNet Fundraiser
    • Tickets MUST be purchased in advance online or by check (www.brownpapertickets.com)
    • Deadline for reservations: September 15
    • $15 – 25 per person, suggested $20+ to cover our costs
      • Menu:
        • Butternut Squash & Apple Soup, Corn Chowder
        • Fresh artisan bread, local meat
        • Spinach Salad w/ goat cheese, apples & cranberries, Potato Salad
        • Dessert
      • Doc Hammill will read some Cowboy Poetry, then we’ll have an Open Mike session with music and songs inspired by draft animals and rural life. This is an evening you won’t want to miss.
      • Evening entertainment is open to anyone, we hope you’ll join us for dinner but not mandatory.
      • Other evening activities: Raffle drawing, silent auction & more


Teamster & Presenter List:

      • Doc Hammill
      • Neal Perry
      • Stephen Leslie
      • Carl Russell
      • David Fisher
      • Ken Laing
      • Sam Rich
      • Anna Peck
      • Brad Johnson
      • Will Lent
      • Erika Marczak
      • Chad Vogel
      • Jay Bailey
      • Howard & Andy VanOrd
      • Donn Hewes
      • Jenn Colby
      • Bob Copobianco
      • Rebekah Perry
      • Jim & Barb Amblo
      • Robert Boynton
      • Tim Harrigan
      • Ted Russell
      • Cathy Greatorex
      • Reva Seybolt
      • Tony McQuail
      • Tom Jenkins
      • Dave Clark
      • Kurt Masters
      • Alan Robinson
      • Larry Newcombe

Event Sponsors: THANK YOU to all of our event sponsors and members who have made donations to help pay for the event. A partial list includes:

      • Perry Farm
      • Judith Buechner
      • Meader Supply
      • Fair Winds Farm
      • Frankenberg Agency
      • Scott MacKinnon
      • Vermont Compost Company
      • American Suffolk Horse Association
      • Farmyard Store
      • Poulin Grain
      • White Horse Machine
      • Local Banquet Magazine
      • Organic Valley
      • Horse Power Farm
      • Beech Grove Farm
      • Bob-White Systems
      • Northfield Savings Bank
      • Horse Progress Days
      • FEDCO/Moose Tubers
      • Doc Hammill
      • Natural Roots Farm
      • North Country Credit Union
      • Pioneer Equipment
      • Vermont Woodlands Association
      • NOFA – VT, MA, CT
      • Draft Horse Connection
      • Rural Vermont
      • Draft Horse Journal
      • Rural Heritage
      • Small Farmers Journal
      • Midwest Leather
      • Orleans County Historical Society
      • Farming Magazine
      • Piggyback Firewood Arch
      • Robinson – Wagon Train
      • John Hammond
      • The Front Desk Office Supplies
      • Boynton’s Yokes n’ Bows
      • Claremont Animal Hospital
      • Tractor Supply

Event Organizers, Committee Members & Volunteers: Special thanks to everyone who is helping to make this event possible

    • Teamsers & Presenters
    • Sponsors & Supporters
    • DAPNet Board of Directors
    • Field Days Committee:
      • Erika Marczak
      • Tim Biello
      • Jenifer Judkins
      • Bill West
      • Donn Hewes
      • Jean Cross
    • Field Days Administration Committee:
      • Bill West, Equipment Demos
      • Donn Hewes, Teamster Coordinator
      • Jean Cross, Volunteer Coordinator
    • Field Days Organizer
      • Rebekah Perry, couldn’t do it without all those listed above, and most of all, beloved husband
          • Neal Perry

        Have questions or want to help? Contact Event Organizer Rebekah Perry by email: dapnetinfo@gmail.com

        Please note that animals are allowed by invitation or pre-arrangment only. Please contact our Teamster Coordinator, Donn Hewes for more information.