- September 29, 2015 at 7:20 am #86175Mark CowdreyParticipant
Can’t wait to hear something about how it all went….
MarkSeptember 29, 2015 at 9:11 am #86176JaredWoodcockParticipant
I for one had a great time. My mission was to talk logging with some folks who are in the know and I learned a ton. Mark you are one of the guys I was hoping to talk with but I guess I will have to add you into a road trip.
Who won the foal raffle?
September 29, 2015 at 11:50 am #86179JeanParticipant
- This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by JaredWoodcock.
Leah Haney from Maine won the foal. She is over the moon happy.
What a great couple of days. So many smart people willing to share their knowledge.
I came home with renewed energy to work my horses again.September 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm #86180dominiquer60Moderator
Wow where to start.
Thursday was great, we had room for a few more in the intensive workshops, but those that came were treated to learning on some of the finest animals the region has to offer. I think we created a lot of novice teamsters that day, so be on the look out for those that need a mentor, we are all responsible for passing the culture on to the next generation.
This year we had 4 Suffolk horses, 1 Suffolk mule, 4 Brabants, a Standardbred/Belgian, a Belgian/Haflinger, a Fjord, 2 Belgians, 8 Percherons, 2 Holsteins, 2 Holstein/Shorthorns, 1 Blue ox, 3 Milking Shorthorn, 2 Brown Swiss, 2 Randalls and 2 Mini Herefords, it was a wonderful menagerie.
They came from all over this time. Sweden, Alaska, New Brunswick, California, Washington, Georgia, South Carolina, PA, NY, ME, NH, MA, CT, VT and likely a few more States or Providences.
The fairgrounds was nice, good stabling, plenty of room for most demos, the kitchen was fantastic a real professional operation. Mowing and forestry were done at neighboring farms, the plowing was on the grounds and were the most difficult conditions yet.
It was wonderful to have our Plain friends from PA up with their goods and wares. To see and touch a product really gives us a good idea of the quality that they bring to modern horse farming.
There is so much more, but that is a nutshell at the moment.
Oh yes and Leah Haney in Maine won the filly, she was beyond delighted!
ErikaSeptember 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm #86181LongViewFarmParticipant
I had a great time Sat Afternoon and Sunday morning. It was great to see people form all over the region that I don’t always get to connect with. I wish I had been able to be there longer, and especially wish I could have participated in a Thursday elective.
I’ll try to add some pictures.
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More pictures. They come out with the proper orientation if you click on them.
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Looks great. Thanks.September 30, 2015 at 12:28 am #86191Kevin CunninghamParticipant
For me personally this was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had. I did not travel the furthest but it was still a haul for me to get there from California. I am so grateful to everybody there. I got to meet so many people I have known for years from the forum. It really was such a wonderful gathering of great people. Even through it was a jam packed weekend with two serious travel days bookending the experience, I returned home rejuvenated and refreshed. I am not a very social person but I found it so easy to introduce myself and strike up conversation with so many folks this weekend. It was awesome and I hope to find a way to make back out for the next one.October 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm #86202JaredWoodcockParticipant
It was great meeting you Kevin and I enjoyed the time we had together. I would not label you as “not a very social person” you sure seemed to fit in.
JaredOctober 4, 2015 at 10:26 am #86208Kevin CunninghamParticipant
I have been in plenty of groups of farmers that I have experience in common, but I have never been a part of a group that also shares a passion for animals and draft. The gathering for me was a gathering of true peers and that made it easy to socialize. Most of the time I simply keep to myself as most people just don’t get the life that I have chosen to live. I think that it relates ti what Carl is saying a lot. We are a part of a culture and that includes a live transmission of knowledge. I don’t have a many true peers here in the west but I found a wealth of them 3000 miles away. Luckily we live in the best time in history to start and run a farm. Our access to resources is unprecedented and I for one am glad to have this forum to learn what I can, but I can assure you that I will make more effort to get my boots on the ground with other teamsters to get that direct transmission of knowledge.
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