Also, don't forget to check our Draft Horse and Mule Association CALENDAR OF EVENTS!
News & Upcoming Events
The Horse Pull scheduled for Saturday, July 30th has been CANCELLED.
Below you will find the two page application for the annual $750 college scholarship offered by the Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Association. The scholarship’s purpose is to encourage young men and women to pursue careers involving draft horses, donkeys or mules in related professions or activities highlighting these animals and their uses.
Before you apply, these points should be borne in mind:
Please follow the instructions on the application carefully. You may attach extra pages to the application if you prefer. If you have any questions, please direct them to: Patti Price at (540) 778-2567.
VIRGINIA DRAFT HORSE & MULE ASSOCIATION
Please Join Us For
April 16, 2016
Bud’s Ride & Drive
July 16, 2016
Please join us both days for a fun day with our Equine and Friends if you don’t have horses or mules to bring just bring yourself all our teamsters will share in their knowledge and fun with everyone. All Equine are welcome both days, if you don’t have a horse come ride one of our wagons on July 16, 2016. There is room for everyone.
Please Bring A Side Dish to each event
Circle W Farm
405 Spencer Rd
Dillwyn VA 23936
budNMules@gmail.com or 434-315-4109
Please join us for our annual meeting, January 30, 2016 at the Golden Corral in Waynesboro, VA. The Annual Meeting will begin at 11:00 am, please try to arrive by 10:45 am so we can begin the meeting on time.
Board members please arrive by 9:00 am.
51 Apple Tree Lane
Waynesboro, VA 22980
MountVernon.org/GivingTuesday. If you have any questions, please let me know!on #GivingTuesday, , and through the end of the month, George Washington’s Mount Vernon is inviting all mule lovers to help purchase a new team of mules to reside on our first president’s estate. By acquiring these mules, Mount Vernon will help build the bridge to inform visitors on the importance and history of these animals. We believe this event would appeal to the members of your organization, and it would be great if you could place information about it on your website. More information can be found at
Alicia V. Oken
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
We have received word that some people are trying to have the "horse" removed from the sign at The Glenwood Horse Trail from Day Creek to Glasco in Montvale. If successful, the trail will be closed to horses - and we do not want that to happen. Anyone interested in keeping the horse on the sign, and continuing to let horses on this trail should contact David Whitmore immediately at 540-291-2188.
In addition there is a meeting at the Salem Library to discuss the matter. The meeting is open to the public we encourage everyone to attend to support our equestrian trails.
CANCELLED - DUE TO WEATHER.
In an effort to notify members of some upcoming events, the most current Newsletter has been emailed to all members as well as attached to the website (click here) before it goes into the mail. Because of the delay of our Newsletters, many members do not know about the upcoming Field Days with Our Gentle Giants on at the Simms Farm, right off of St. Rt. 460 in Bedford. I want to invite everyone that would like to attend or participate with your draft horses, mules, or donkeys. The field events start at and go until . We need members to bring your drafts, mules and donkeys and help out plowing, demonstrating equipment, or giving carriage/wagon rides. If you do not have any animals to bring, but would still like to come and help out, we can always use your help.
After the field events, we will be having an auction of donated items, so if you have anything horse related or not, taking up space that you want to get rid of and you were thinking about giving to the Goodwill or some other place, please consider donating it to our auction. VDHMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we can give you a tax deduction receipt for your donation.
We are also raffling off a new Pioneer Forecart, or $500 cash first prize, and other items and cash for 2nd and 3rd. If you would like some raffle tickets to purchase or to sell, please call or email myself, or India Nichols, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-874-2006.
To finish out the day, starting atwe will be having a draft horse and mule pull that we expect to really draw in a crowd. The Simms' asked us if we could put on a horse pull and offered to help raise the prize money if we could. All pay out for this pull is being provided by businesses and sponsors in our area.
The Simms' farm is an excellent location right on the side of St. Rt. 460. It is very large, mostly flat and very visible by motorists. Pulling events is nothing new to the Simms'. Each year, they allow the local fire and rescue to use this location to have a truck and tractor pull, and this year, which was their 9th year, just drew their largest crowd ever of over 5,000 spectators. They already have the track, bleachers, barriers, everything that we need to have an event, and they are graciously allowing us to use their farm and anything that we need for this event. So if you are available, please come support this event.
Bo and India Nichols and several others have been working hard organizing this event and it has been advertised pretty heavily, so we are expecting a lot of spectators.
If you are able to help out in any way, can bring horses, please contact one of us and let us know.
The Draft horses, mules and donkeys will once again return to the Virginia State Fair in Doswell, Virginia, September 27th and 28th. There is a great lineup of classes scheduled throughout the day and we conclude this great event with a Horse Pull on Monday, September 28th. We look forward to seeing everyone. The prize list is attached.
This is the fourth annual Virginia Amateur Horse Pulling Championship, held during the Rockbridge Regional Fair at the Virginia Horse Center. The pull starts at 7:00 pm and this year it is being held in Barn 6 in the indoor arena. This pull is an invitational event limited to Virginia resident teams only. It is often used as a schooling event for first time horses to the sport and is conducted to be a good training experience. The amateur status is because there is no funding to pay premiums other than the gate proceeds that are divided evenly between participants. The training opportunity is based upon the way the event is conducted. The first load is the empty sled and weight is added in smaller increments than regular pulling contests. This allows the horses to develop a sense of confidence by the efforts being increased in smaller amounts so they can be successful and believe they can do the requested effort. All other disciplines have schooling shows and that's what this event is for Virginia draft teams. It is a fun event and not a serious competition. All Virginia teamsters are invited and the public will enjoy the good nature of the participants and horses. We look forward to seeing you there. Best Regards, Jason Rutledge, lifetime draft horseman, event announcer and organizer.
The Southern Va Draft Horse and Mule Show scheduled for this Saturday at the Pine Spur Hunt Club has been CANCELLED. The Show management shared the following update.
"Due to the week's worth of rain, and more predicted for tonight and thunderstorms for tomorrow, Astride with Pride, Inc. has made the decision to cancel the Draft horse show that was scheduled for tomorrow at Pine Spur Hunt Club. Our heavy horses and the equipment we use would tear up the beautiful grass arena. Please pass this information along to others."