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Draft Animal-Power Field Days

Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

September 24 – 27, 2015


Planning is in full swing for the 2015 DAPFD four-day program including all the workshops, equipment demos, presentations and networking you have come to expect!


Thursday All Day Intensive Workshops

These four workshops will give participants a chance to spend the whole day in a small group, learning from experienced teamsters and gaining some hands on experience.

Beginning Teamsters

Beginning with Oxen

Draft Animal Powered Forestry

Train the Trainer

The fee for these workshops also includes a weekend pass to the event. By pre-registration only.  Participant Fee $120     Apprentice Fee $100

Contact Donn Hewes to Register:


Friday & Saturday Programing

Working Oxen, Horses & Mules in Practical Application

A full schedule of training workshops, equipment demos, educational presentations, round table discussions, networking opportunities, haying, plowing, cultivating, forestry & More!

Come see working draft animals in action, visit our vendors and have some great family fun!

Day Admission:  $15     Weekend Pass:  $25

Under 16 & Over 65:  Free


Sunday Activities

Draft Animal-Power Network Annual Meeting

Obstacle Course Challenge

Ice Cream Social


Would you like to be involved in the DAPFD Event?

It takes a lot of people and resources to present an event of this size!

We invite you to join us as a presenter, vendor, exhibitor or volunteer!

If you are interested in more information or would like to make a sponsorship donation,

please contact Emily Langer at or 860-942-4955.


2015 Fundraiser: Foal Raffle

Would you pay $3 for a registered Suffolk Punch foal? Well, okay, let’s rephrase that… Would you pay $3 for a chance to win a registered Suffolk Punch foal?

Get your tickets now! DAPNet’s 2015 fundraiser is in full swing and we invite you to join us.

John Hammond and North Star Livery are donating a 2015 foal for the raffle, which will be held at the Draft Animal-Power Field Days in September.

Once the foal is weaned it will go to Neal & Rebekah Perry for a few weeks of handling and baby training, then it will be at the Field Days to meet it’s new owner! The winner need not be present to win, but we hope you will be there to meet the foal!


                                ABENAKI DRAFT HORSE ASSOCIATION

                                            WINTERFEST 2015


DATE:  February 15, 2015                  TIME:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

PLACE:  Abenaki Draft Horse Club, Duke Lane, Lyman, Maine

DIRECTIONS: Horse drawn sleigh rides, Sledding, Food and Drink

Blacksmith Demonstrations

Free Admission

Sleigh ride prices — Adults $5.00, 15-18 years old $3.00, Children under 14 free if accompanied on ride by an adult

Travel East on Rte. 111, at Jack

From Kennebunk

Travel North on Rte. 35, at a sharp turn go straight, stay left and go straight onto Walker Road until Duke Lane on right.  You will see Abenaki Draft Horse signs.  Follow Duke Lane until you get to the Club House.

From Sanford

son’s Corner Store turn right onto Rte. 35, follow for 2 miles, at sharp curve take right, at fork stay right and follow Walker Road to Duke Lane on right.  You will see Abenaki Draft Horse signs.  Follow Duke Lane until you get to the Club House.

From Biddeford

Travel West on Rte. 111, at Jackson’s Corner Store turn left onto Rte. 35, follow for 2 miles, at sharp curve take right, at fork stay right and follow Walker Road to Duke Lane on right.  You will see Abenaki Draft Horse signs.  Follow Duke Lane until you get to the Club House.

For more information:

Call Leo Ruel at 499-7436




The Quiet Corner Workshop Series

               Draft Power Logging  Portable  Band saw Milling


It’s that time of year again! Join us to witness Sam Rich, Erika Marczak and their trusty animals log pine out of Yale-Myers for Denis Day to mill into lumber. Lumber produced from this workshop will be used to construct a new timber frame auditorium at the Yale-Myers Camp. Local trees are an excellent source of building materials for the New England construction industry. There will be plenty of hot chili and merriment to ward off the winter weather!

When: Sunday, January 18 10 am – 1pm

Where: Yale-Myers Camp 150 Centre Pike Eastford, CT 06242

Snow date: Saturday, January 24, 10 am

Please RSVP to Sara Rose at

Click Here for registration Info:  HorseLoggingMill2015


DAPNet Logging Workshop!

Hosted by Jay Fisher at Long View Farm in Charlestown NH

November 29th, 2014 10am – 4pm

Demonstration of safe felling, efficient transport, and milling of timber.  
Lunch available by donation – chili and cornbread!  

Admission starting at $20, or $10 for interns.
Please mail registration along with check to DAPNet at 
509 Dutton Brook Lane, Brownington VT 05860
Questions? Email, or call Jay Fisher at 603 477 2114.



Thinning of Sugarbush using Draft Power

November 9th – 2014

On Sunday, November 9, 2014 Sherry and Art Tunbridge will holding an educational event at their farm in Ashord CT.  This event will feature the use of draft power in the thinning of a sugarbush.  This has been an annual event cosponsored by the Yale School of Forestry.  Yale students and faculty attend this event along with the general public and many local forest landowners.

For more info contact:



FREE Workshop – ‘Exploring Oxen’  at Spring Meadows Farm

April 9th, 2015

Millerton PA

AM Demos, PM Hands-on driving 4 teams of all ages.

Limited to ten participants!  Call 570 537 2128 for more info on how to register.


_culti05                                                  Fair Winds Farm

Celebrating 34 years of diversified, horse-powered family farming.

Fair Winds Farm is a 42 acre diversified, horse powered, family operated  farm. We work together with our horses, chickens, sheep, goats, turkeys, pigs and perennial and vegetable gardens to feed ourselves and our community. Jay and Janet run the farm business with the help of many others, including: daughter Erica and family (Jason, Jonas and Margaret), son Reuben, and friends Mary-Diane, John and Joe. Through the participation of each of these minds and bodies, the farm evolves to suit its farmers. We thank each for their contributions and welcome you to come and visit. Link to events & workshop calendar: _____________________________________________________________

Sanborn Mills FARM

Workshop 2014 General Information

Over the years we have offered workshops, demonstrations and events  in the following areas at various times..

Traditional Blacksmithing for Beginners & Intermediate Smiths Jigs for Blacksmithing Forge Welding with Coal Spinning Introductory Tinsmithing

Stone Wall Building Traditional Timber Harvest Timber Framing Historic Preservation Internships

Oxen Basics for the Teamster and Team Logging with Oxen Logging with Horses Logging with Draft Animals Workhorse Management (The Smooth Side to the Horse) Breaking Ground for Planting with Mules

Water-Powered Sawmill Demonstrations & Farm Tours Barn Raisings Corn Husking & Barn Dance

How to Reach Us:

Colin and Paula Cabot 7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307 Telephone: (603) 435-7314    email:

Our workshops are small, so reserve a place early.  We have four student forges for Black smithing.  Tin smithing is limited to eight.  Spinning is limited to six.  Workshops generally cost around $125 – $150 per day depending on whether meals are included.  Accommodation is $40 per night. Some materials may cost extra, too. Please tell us if you’re interested in a particular workshop and we’ll arrange a schedule to fit yours.  Simply call us or e-mail us to tell us your time preference and we’ll coordinate your availability with that of others in order to fill up classes.