Green Mountain Draft Horse Association
2018 Diving Clinic, April 21-22

The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association 2018 Driving Clinic is happening April 21st and 22nd. This is an annual clinic that brings new drivers together. The clinic is meant for beginners, but we have students that attend year after year to enjoy the friendships that have developed and to freshen up on their driving skills in a beautiful location.

We usually have five teams and a couple of single horses for people to learn with. We have drafts and minis. This clinic is open to all people, however if youngsters want to take it we will need a parent of guardian there with them. The cost is $145 for non members of Green Mountain Draft Horse Association, or $130 for members. This includes breakfast and lunch each day. Dietary restrictions are happily worked with. Each day starts with a homemade breakfast, and a group talk about what to expect that day. We try to keep the groups small enough so each teamster has no more than 5 students at a time.

Saturday morning is spent learning about the harness and working safely around the horses. By late morning students are ground driving the team or single they are working with. We break for lunch, which is provided by the club. This gives students and teamsters a chance to talk about what they have learned so far. After the lunch break most students are ready to hitch to the cart or wagon and start driving. We stay close to the breeding barn, but there are roads around the barn that we can drive around. We also have cones setup to work on the finer points of driving and taking turns. Students always have a teamster with them while working.

Sunday starts with a hearty breakfast and a chance for students to let us know what areas they want to go over again. More driving is done around the barn and everybody gets ready for the highlight of the weekend. As a group we drive around Shelburne Farms, giving us a chance to see all the barns and buildings. This drive usually takes about two hours and gives students a chance to have the lines on a longer stretch then what they has done prior. We finish up early enough on Sunday for people to get on the road for their long drives home.

If you would like to attend, please send the following form and a check to GMDHA 271 Plank Rd, Vergennes VT 05491.

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Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association Events 2018

Hudson Valley Draft Horse Association holds Annual Driving Classes which start in January, meet once a month until our grand final class at our Spring Plow.  The classes are held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, Libertyville Road, New Paltz, NY.
The fee for the classes is $75.00 pp,(this is for ALL the classes) plus a $15.00 membership fee. This includes a book on draft horse information and refreshments are always served. 

Our Spring Plow is held at Saunderskill Farm, 5100 Rt. 209, Accord, NY.  At the Spring Plow the students can drive a wagon or plow or just ground drive.This years spring plow will be on April 28, 10AM-4PM.  Lots of action this year as we have mules, horses and so far 8 team of oxen promised.  The Spring Plow has something for all ages, vendors, good food, kids games, pony rides and much more.  Free event…donations graciously accepted.

Our other events are a Square Dance, May 19, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds.  Live caller and band.  $10.00 at the door.

Corn Harvest at Saunderskill Farm, Sept. 29, when we harvest the corn with an antique corn binder, pulled by horses.  Scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, kids games, vendors, good food and so much more.  Again, a free event!

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