2013 Draft Animal-Power Field Days
September 28 & 29, 2013, Barton, Vermont with featured presenter: Doc Hammill
DAPNet is excited to announce this year’s Draft Animal-Power Field Days to be held at the Orleans County Fair Grounds. The Fairgrounds are located right off Route 91 at exit 25, about an hour and a half north of White River Junction, VT and a half-hour south of Quebec. There are outdoor and covered spaces for working demos, buildings for discussions and a large infield for demos. Camping is available on site so visiting, mentoring and fellowship can continue into the evening. We expect it to be sunny & warm, but there is plenty of indoor space to accommodate other forms of weather!
Doc Hammill will be the featured presenter, offering demonstrations of horse training, purchasing a team and more. We will have a strong set of workshops focused on training and working steers, yoke selection & fit, etc. There will be a ring dedicated to demonstrating and discussing using draft animal power in the market garden. Other sessions will address animal management, health and wellness and other basic topics. We’ll have some technical discussions around pricing logging jobs, the economics of using draft animals and other relevant topics. There will be field demos including haying and plowing with draft animals and moving logs in the yard. Similar to NEAPFD events of the past, DAPFD will be filled with opportunities to ask questions, get answers, join discussions and see equipment up close and in use. Come and expand or create your own network to support and grow your draft animal-power applications.
We will need a large group of volunteers to help throughout the weekend, benefits include attending for free and a t-shirt you can proudly wear. Volunteer opportunities and details will be updated here and in future newsletters.
There are many opportunities for financial sponsorship of the event. We have a growing list of “Friends of the DAPField Days”, but we need you! Our goal is to have 200 “Friends” in order to make the event happen. Please consider a gift of any size – $5 is great! So is $25 or $100 – whatever you can do. Click here to make a donation…
The end of September is peak foliage season in the Northeast Kingdom, so don’t delay in booking hotel rooms, if you are so incluined. You can find information about lodging in the area at travelthekingdom.com Camping & hookups are available at the fairgrounds, check back for more info as the event gets closer.
Have questions or want to help? Contact Event Organizer Rebekah Perry by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that animals are allowed by invitation or pre-arrangment only. Please contact our Teamster Coordinator, Jen Judkins for more information.