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- January 28, 2013 at 6:47 pm #44406Draft Animal-Power Network presents
2013 Spring Plowing Clinics with Sam Rich
at We-Li-Kit Farm in Abington, CT
Sam Rich is the 2007 Walking Plow Champion at the USA Plow Match, and also placed well in the sulky and international classes.
Registration forms are now available, please contact Bekah Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy (I tried to attach it, we’ll see if it worked) For more information on the clinic details, please contact Erika Marczak at email@example.com
New this year! We will be offering a Friday clinic for refurbishing plows.
Would you like one on one help learning to plow or honing your plowing skills? Do you need help adjusting your plow so that you can guide it with two fingers, to skim or vertical plow, or open and close a land?
Any teamster with a draft animal (equine and bovine will be accommodated) and a plow appropriately sized for their animal(s) are welcome to register. Auditors are welcome.
Here is a look at our clinic schedules, remember if you want to participate in the Friday Clinic, the sooner we know about you and your plow, the sooner we can order materials and parts. Discounts for DAPNet members and early birds. Teamsters and auditors can choose to come for 1, 2 or all 3 days. Friday potluck, all other meals will be home cooked with vegetarian options.
Friday April 19 – Plow Refurbishing Clinic
9 AM- Work on plows in the Farm Shop
Noon- 1 PM- Lunch at the Sugarhouse
1 PM to 6 PM- Finish shop work on plows
After 4 PM Teamsters arrive for weekend, begin
equipment checks, have nuts and bolts
loosened so that plows are adjustable.
6:30 PM -Potluck Supper at Sugarhouse
Saturday April 20 – Plowing Clinic
7AM to 8AM- Breakfast at Sugarhouse
8:15 AM to 11:30 AM- Shop (plow evaluations &
adjustment, setting up by the numbers,
yokes & eveners, safety check & tips)
Noon to 1 PM Lunch at Sugarhouse
1 PM to 1:30 PM- Harness and hitch up
1:30 to 5 PM- Brown side up! Plowing open ground or start your own land, we will cover what you want to learn (plowing for the first time, skim, vertical, competition, how to turn a stone out)
Sunday April 21 – Plowing Clinic
7 AM to 8 AM- Breakfast at Sugarhouse
8 AM to 8:30 AM- Harness and hitch up, plow
evaluations begin for single day teamsters.
8:30 AM to Noon- More Plowing for all skill levels, possibility of advanced plow persons to turn over a cover crop.
Noon to 1 PM- Lunch a Sugarhouse
1 PM to 4 PM- Plowing, work on lingering issues,
try something new, finish lands.
4:30 PM Wrap-up & pack up, have a safe trip home!February 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm #76790
It looks like the Plowing Clinic is half full, with a 6 teamster limit, it could fill fast! A reminder to anyone who would like to attend, you receive a registration and meal discount if you sign up before April 1st, plus DAPNet Members get an additional discount.
Interested in auditing? It looks like we have a small team of horses, a single and some oxen to watch, and our own animals to demonstrate with, both walking and sulky plows will be represented.
Don’t forget the extra clinic day on Friday that you have the option to sign up for, we will spend the entire day in the shop fixing what we can on what you choose to bring us. Last year we did some major work on 2 sulky plows and built up the wing and point on a fine walking plow. If you plan on coming down to the Storrs Plow Match, this is a good chance for a tune up before you compete!
We hope to see you in Abington in April, all are welcome!March 20, 2013 at 6:38 pm #76791
Students of the Plow (this includes the perpetual student type too), there are 10 days left until the clinic price goes up (April 1 ), so take advantage of the pre-registration prices now. Come plow under the guidance of former National Plowing Champion Sam Rich. Use this opportunity to prepare your plow and animals for success in the field, practice what you learn and go home ready to take on your own plowing project. Auditors, watch the details of how to tune-up and fix various plows, watch how to prepare your animal(s) for success using the plow, making adjustments in the field, starting and finishing a land, plowing in garden, corn ground and possibly sod too, vertical and skim plowing can be touched on if there is interest as well. We are only limited by time, there is a lot to cover in 3 days!
Event highlights so far:
-Pioneer Homesteader with plow attachment will be used with a team of Halflingers on a garden plot, just the thing that these beauties were designed to do. The garden plot is seeded down to winter rye and has some brassica trash, so if you are interested in seeing a how a Homesteader handles, this is the place to be the Weekend of April 20 & 21.
– We have a walking plow that we will be refurbishing and putting new handles on. New handles is easy to do, but not easy to do well. If you would like to see how it is done, Friday is the day to attend.
– Also Friday we will be sharpening a plow point and taking a single Oliver walking plow from a useless heap of scrap metal to a useful tool.
– We won’t know until the last minute, but we have new neighbors that would like to bring their single plow and Suffolk mare to the clinic if they move to CT in time for the event, we wish them well and hope to see them.
– Besides a Homesteader and a walking plow we would love to attract someone who wants help with their sulky plow, they are functionally similar to the others, but there are much more to them to fix and tune up, we have a couple to tinker with as examples if this turns into a walking plow only event.
– We-Li-Kit Farm will be demonstrating plowing with a 2 way Sulky Plow, and plowing with steers and a walking plow if time permits and attendees are interested.
– Food, no DAPNet event is complete without excellent meals and good company. Homemade meals including some home grown goodness, vegetarian and gluten free options if requested, please register early so that we can plan ahead. Rumor has it that a fiddle and a banjo have been invited to the supper on Saturday.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity this year, because Sam will be taking a break from the clinic next year as he delves into a new business and readies his horses for a serious competition.
We hope to see you in Abington, CT for this unique event,April 8, 2013 at 10:53 am #78365
Last call for DAPNet Plow Clinic teamsters and auditors. Currently the clinic is only half full, we need a couple more teamsters and a few more auditors to cover the cost of putting this event on. Sam Rich will be giving this clinic at his own shop and is a great opportunity to have minor repairs and tuneup done to your plow, not to mention the 2 days of one on one instruction and help in the field. It will be a few years until DAPNet will be able to do another clinic with Sam Rich so please take the opportunity now while it is being offered. If we cannot reach a minimum number of participants for this clinic, we will not be able to hold it. Thank you all for your support and we hope to see a great bunch of folks in Abington, CT.
Use the link below (scroll down below the calendar) to find out more details.
http://draftanimalpower.com/events/, be sure to scroll down below the calendar.
Contact Bekah firstname.lastname@example.org, to register.April 8, 2013 at 11:00 am #78367AnthonyParticipant
I participated in this clinic last year and the work of renting a truck and trailer to get my horses and plow out there was well worth it. Sam Knows plows and plowing and took a great amount of quality time to work with me and the other folks there to meet our needs and rework my plow. If you are even slightly considering attending but are unsure, I hope you find your way there. I am sure I would come away with a lot of knowledge and first hand experience if I were auditing as well.April 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm #78374
Thank you Anthony, we had such a great group last year and I hope to have just as much fun and educational opportunities this year.
I saw Dale (pictured below with greys) yesterday and he is just tickled with how well his plow goes after getting it set up properly at last years clinic. he no longer struggles with taking too much land at once, it turned a messy furrow and tired the horses out taking 6″ too much. Now plowing is an enjoyable task that he looks forward to and seeks out every opportunity to do so.
I audited last year and I learned a ton, auditing really gives a person the advantage of being able to see all the different things going on at once. I wanted to add that as Sam Rich’s partner, we really look forward to this clinic. There is much to learn by going out and just doing/attempting a task, in time you can master your situation. But there is something about the melding of different minds, equipment and animals that really steps it up a notch every time we all get together. Education is an ever continuing adventure, though Sam is giving this clinic he will also learn something new guaranteed, and hopes that everyone attending will too. Exchanging information and ideas, and making connections is what makes our DAPNet community such a worth while investment, whether we invest time volunteering or funds to keep events like this possible.April 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm #78532
We are very close to having enough teamsters and attendees for the DAPNet Plow Clinic. If you intend to join us next weekend please speak up, tomorrow is the deadline.
We have on board 3 walking plows, a sulky plow and a shiny new Pioneer Homesteader! Haflingers, Suffolks, Percherons and Milking Shorthorns will be represented. We have three types of ground that we will be able to work, old corn ground, sod and a rye cover crop in a large garden. Teamsters of all skill levels will be coming from 5 different states, discussions should be delightful and educational.
We welcome you to Abington! Please contact Bekah 802-763-0771 or email@example.com, or Erika (518) 441-9870 tomorrow Monday April 15th if you plan on coming but haven’t contacted us yet.
Thanks,April 15, 2013 at 8:05 pm #78548
Thanks for getting a hold of us. The 2013 DAPNet Plow Clinic is on! We have enough folks committed to meet our expenses. We add another sulky plow for the Friday Plow Refurbishing Clinic, an old JD that needs a tune up and a hopeful conversion to store bought points for ease of parts replacement. We also welcome back one of last years participants who will bring his walking plow Sunday, last year we refurbished his 2 way sulky plow. We welcome anyone else interested in attending, you can pay when you get here, but please let me know if you plan on joining us for meals so that we can plan ahead. We look forward to seeing a great group at this very educational event.April 16, 2013 at 11:52 am #78552
Sue Brennan, daughter of the much respected Bob Brennan, will also be joining us this weekend. Bob’s old plow needs some new points, some work to the beam and a general tune-up. Sue will take off Saturday to the ECTDHA Plow Match and then join us again on Sunday for some advanced field work plowing around a land.
There is still room for one more last minute teamster and no limit to the number of auditors, so feel free to register at the last minute, this is sure to be a memorable clinic.April 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm #78590TCMParticipant
I wish there were more activities like this in our neck of the woods. Though there are draft horse and mule clubs, they seem to be hobby oriented. How does one get something like this going?April 18, 2013 at 5:37 pm #78591
Find a teamster that is willing to open his farm/shop up to participants, the teamster doesn’t have to know everything but should be willing to teach what they know. Get some insurance, a pot-a-john, someone willing to cook and advertise it in every place that you can think of.
Sam Rich is not someone interested in promoting himself, but many of us at DAPNet wanted some more in depth instruction about plowing so he was asked if he would do a clinic. “As long as DAPNet is willing to do the leg work” was his answer. So if you can find a teamster that you want to learn from and 2-3 people that are willing to do the paper work and maybe the cooking, make the teamster an offer, the worst that they can say is no thanks.
If more people would be willing to be teachers and others are able to support them, we could do a lot of good for the draft animal community everywhere.
I hope that answers your question.
ErikaApril 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm #78632JayParticipant
I just got back from spending the whole 3 days there with team and plow. Wow! what a great chance to refine what I already new and learn new things as well. Great group of people and Sam and Erika (and Linda (cook)) are great as well. We went over the plows on Friday, setting them up correctly, replacing handles, loosening adjusting bolts, etc. Sat morning we did more adjusting till the rain had been gone a while so the land had dried out some. In the Pm we took to the field with 3 plows and began translating theory into practice. We laid out a couple of lands and got them about 1/2 done. Today we finished them off and 2 more teams came and joined in. All in all a great learning weekend. I think Erika may have some pictures. JayApril 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm #78648Ed ThayerParticipant
Glad to hear it went well, Look forward to some pictures. It would be hard to find a better teamster, plowman than Sam.April 23, 2013 at 7:50 am #78657
It was a great weekend, a small but very interested and appreciative group of teamsters showed up and learned a lot. We mostly worked on walking plows because that is what showed up, and also a Homesteader. Sam wanted to bring out his team to demonstrate the 2 way sulky plow, but a recent illness was haunting him so we were not able to do that.Sam will be the first to admit that there are better plowmen than him, some too old to practice, some to far to be convenient and some that are not the type to share. One need not be the best to help others learn better practices, they only need to be willing to take the time to do so:)
Hopefully the video attaches, otherwise I will attach a few picture.April 23, 2013 at 7:58 am #78659
The video doesn’t seem to be working, here are a few photos.
One plow traveled via Corolla from Northern NY.
Chalk lines snapped to evaluate and adjust Don’s plow
Jay Bailey doing a smashing job of finishing the land with a dead furrow, a little deep, but given the wear on Jay’s point this was an amazing job.
Jay Chases land with the Pioneer homesteader, not very deep, but a great plot for a garden!
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