About Us

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More than three decades of dedication to a centuries-old tradition.

The Virginia Draft Horse and Mule Association, Inc. (VDHMA), a 501(c)3 organization, was formed in 1978 to organize and promote the draft horse, mule, and donkey industry.

Our organization has grown since to more than 100 members who share their knowledge, skills, and friendship in the promotion, enjoyment, and continued use of the "gentle giants" and their equine cousins.

VDHMA provides many opportunities to work with, learn from, and teach others who share an interest in draft horses, mules, and donkeys. Association members have wide-ranging interests from farming with draft horses and mules to driving elegant carriages; from trail riding to dressage; from showing at halter to competing in pulling and log skidding contests; and from breeding and raising stock to caring for animals retired from the field and the show ring. Ownership of a horse, mule, or donkey is not required to be eligible for membership--just interest and enthusiasm!

VDHMA is a member of the Virginia Horse Council and Northern Virginia Coalition of Equine Organizations.


VDHMA organizes and sponsors several events each year, including Spring Plow Day (April), hands-on clinics, and projects which support youth agricultural education.

, our VDHMA Newsletter,as well as the Draft Horse Yellow Pages, Classified Ads,and our Services Directory! Register at our Yahoo!User Group and stay in touch with members, post any info, questions or sale items you have, and get emails on Association announcements.

We have a lot of fun, and hope you will join us with your horses

and mules, or hang out with us and learn more about them!

Want to learn more?

For more information about VDHMA, and about draft horses, mules, and donkeys in Virginia please contact our secretary, Hope Lynne Graves. To review the VDHMA bylaws, click here: VDHMA Bylaws.

Join Us!

Click here for the Membership form. Dues for 2016 are $20.00 for single, $30 for family, and $5 for junior (under 18). Memberships run from January to December.

Click on the links at left side of each web page for:• VDHMA news Videos of draft animals at work and play • Calendar of harness/plowing clinics, meetings, rides/drives, etc.• Articles & links about draft animal care.• Photo gallery of our draft horses and mulesDon't forget to check out Lines & Traces