2017 Draft Animal-Power Field Days Harness Raffle
(Percherons not included)
Photos represent the style of D-ring Harness. Actual harness will be at the HPD
DAPNet Raffle of a Single D-Ring Harness made by Bowman Harness of Millersburg, Ohio or $300 cash
Drawing will be held at the Draft Animal-Power Field Days, Cornish NH Fairgrounds on Sunday, October 1st, 2017.
The raffle harness is a Bowman Harness semi-gloss bio/granite D-Ring harness for a single draft horse. It includes a complete bridle with V nose/split nose, removable square blinders and side check, steel farm hames, and adjustable basket britching. Specs: 6″ mullen ring bit, 21″ front trace, 28″ hames. Pad, shaft loops, and hold backs can also be ordered from Bowman Harness.
Bowman’s Harness developed this D-Ring harness inspired by Les Barden’s DVD with photos and measurements of Carl Russell’s harness. Their goal is to make a harness that functions as a D-Ring out of the box (with proper adjustment/fit). Many harness makers make a “D-Ring”, but few make them to be used correctly when hitching a pair to pole. This harness features some differences when compared to the standard generic D-Ring that many harness shops offer: a shorter front trace to fit a normal sized draft horse,a longer front lazy strap to remove pressure on the collar when hitched properly (hame to jack snap), a longer and simpler trace carrier to allow for a proper line of draft with the britching adjusted just below point of buttocks, and a basket britching to maximize the horse’s ability to hold back a load . We now have a harness maker that has created a functional harness with the comfort of the animal in mind.
The actual raffle harness can be seen at the DAPNet booth at Horse Progress Days, Leola PA June 30-July 1 where Carl will be doing a presentation on the D-Ring Harness. Carl will also be doing a similar presentation at the Draft Animal-Power Field Days, Cornish, NH on Saturday, September 30. Erika Marczak has the first prototypes and can answer specific questions about the design. The retail value of this harness is $615. Contact her at marczake [at] hotmail [dot] com
Tickets are 1 for $3 or 5 for $10 and can be bought at DAPNet’s website www.draftanimalpower.org/store
All proceeds to benefit the Draft Animal-Power Network
Build Your Own Stone Boat
On Saturday, there will be an opportunity all day long to put together your own Stone Boat for $115.
The finished stone boat is 30″ wide and 72″ long. The head is made of 3/8″ pre-drilled steel and has a keyhole for chain instead of a hook. There will be suitable carriage bolts and pre-cut hardwood boards. We will provide the tools and available help if needed for putting it together and getting it into your vehicle. Please sign up in advance through the registration page so we have enough heads and materials available.