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  • Virginia Percheron Association Plowing Contest - 3/25/17 The VPA will be holding a Plowing Contest on Saturday, March 25th in Weyer's Cave, Virginia.   Teamsters may arrive on Friday, practice is permitted, and a dinner and teamster ...
    Posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:16 AM by Hope Graves
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Virginia Percheron Association Plowing Contest - 3/25/17

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:16 AM by Hope Graves

The VPA will be holding a Plowing Contest on Saturday, March 25th in Weyer's Cave, Virginia.   Teamsters may arrive on Friday, practice is permitted, and a dinner and teamster meeting will be held that evening.  The Plowing Competition begins Saturday morning at 9:00 am.  For additional details please contact Gary Kisamore at 540.290.0801 or Brett Seal at 540.908.7370.

VDHMA 2017 Annual Meeting

posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:07 AM by Hope Graves

Happy New Year. The Virginia Draft Horse & Mule Association's annual meeting will be February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at Traditions Family Restaurant in Harrisonburg Va. Please plan to join us.

Lexington Horse Pull - CANCELLED

posted Jul 28, 2016, 7:14 PM by Hope Graves

The Horse Pull scheduled for Saturday, July 30th has been CANCELLED.

The VDHMA College Scholarship

posted Apr 9, 2016, 10:22 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Apr 9, 2016, 10:23 PM ]

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:

  •  Should  you  be  selected  as  the  recipient  of  the  scholarship,  the  funds  will  be  given  to  you  (or  to  your  school)  at  the  end  of  the  first  semester/quarter.
  • In  order  to  receive  the funds, you  must  provide  a  transcript  showing  that  you  are  a student  in  good  standing  and  have  achieved  passing  grades  in  all  your  courses  for the  first  semester/quarter.
  • As  the  recipient,  you  will  be  expected  to  attend  the  annual  membership  meeting  of  the  VDHMA  and  read  your  essay  to  the  members.

 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.

VDHMA Scholarship Page 1

VDHMA Scholarship Page 2

Bud Whitten's Plow Day - April 16th

posted Apr 8, 2016, 10:31 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Apr 9, 2016, 2:09 PM ]


Please Join Us For

Bud Whitten’s



April 16, 2016

10:00 AM

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

Bud Whitten’s

Circle W Farm

405 Spencer Rd

 Dillwyn VA 23936

            or   434-315-4109

VDHMA Annual Meeting Coming Up

posted Jan 13, 2016, 5:45 PM by Hope Graves

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.

Golden Corral
51 Apple Tree Lane
Waynesboro, VA 22980

#GivingTuesday - Help Mt. Vernon Purchase a team of mules

posted Nov 30, 2015, 7:23 PM by Hope Graves

Tomorrow on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 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 If you have any questions, please let me know!



Alicia Oken


Alicia V. Oken

Communications Coordinator


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121

O: (703) 799-8693 | @mountvernon

Help Save The Glenwood Horse Trail

posted Nov 19, 2015, 12:34 PM by Hope Graves

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 Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7pm 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.

Field Day with our Gentle Giants - CANCELLED

posted Sep 10, 2015, 3:14 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 12:58 PM ]


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 October 3rd 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 10 am and go until3 pm. 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 or 540-874-2006.


To finish out the day, starting at 5 pm we 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.


Bo Nichols-540-875-8691

India Nichols-540-874-2006

Geryl Wade-540-330-5480

Missy Wade-540-330-5481

Draft Horses and Mules Return to the Virginia State Fair

posted Sep 10, 2015, 2:16 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 3:06 PM ]

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.

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