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- September 24, 2008 at 2:13 am #39804
just wanted to spread the word, in case anyone is interested; there will be an International Conference on oxen at Colonial Williamsburg in oct/ november, 2008. i believe it starts on Friday Oct 31 and runs through saturday Nov. 1st. the main focus is on history, i believe , but several of the best known ox teamsters in the US and in Europe will be there presenting , so it should be of interest to modern day ox teamsters as well as historians. do a google search for “oxen in the new and old worlds” to find the web site and more information. Hope to see some of you there!October 6, 2008 at 11:27 am #47459PatrickParticipant
How did it go? I was hoping to attend, but had a conflict that weekend.October 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm #47460
it’s not over yet…. it’s the end of this month. hope you can attend!November 2, 2008 at 11:44 pm #47461
Just got back from the long-awaited Conference on Oxen in Williamsburg virginia. it was great! there were about 100 people there, not counting the presenters and teamsters, so it was a big group. About half of the participants had no experience with oxen and another 1/4 of the group had only a little experience, and there were some with a good bit of experience, too. We spent three mornings learning about the history, present and future of oxen and three afternoons working hands-on with six teams of mature oxen and one little team of Devon heifers, guided by some of the greatest promoters of Oxen in the world today, (e.g., Drew Conroy, Tim Huppe and family, the Winslows from Maine, Dick Rosenberg fromTillers, Paul Starkey, Dr. Don Collins, and Rob Flory of Howell Farm …)
anyone who is feeling sorry they missed this opportunity will be glad to know that it looks likely that Col. Williamsburg will offer another similar conference sometime in the future (in a couple of years?)
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