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DAPNet Annual Gathering 2014!    

At the Cummington, Massachusetts Fairgrounds this coming Sept. 26th 27th, and 28th.  Keep your eyes peeled on our forum and facebook as we make plans for this fun event.  Put those dates on your calender now!  We will be back in Cummington one year later for a great Draft Animal – Power Field Days in 2015.  There is always room for folks who would like to help us plan and coordinate these great events on our DAPNet Program and Events Committee.  Looking forward to seeing you all in Cummington.



 Cultivation with Animal Power Workshop, July 12th 2014

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Draft Horse Days Featured at Billings Farm & Museum

Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, will celebrate the power of the mighty draft horse on the farm with a new two-day event, Draft Horse Days, on June 19 & 20, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The weekend will feature demonstrations and activities using on Billings Farm’s draft horses, including traditional fieldwork, horse shoeing, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more.

Draft horses teams will demonstrate plowing, planting, cultivating, and mowing in the farm fields during narrated programs at 11:00 a.m., 1:00, and 3:00 p.m. each day.

Each morning will begin with braiding the horse’s mane and tails; additional activities will include: shoeing the farm’s Percheron teams, making horseshoes, and rope making. Especially for children (or the young at heart): making clothespin horses, hobby horse races, and Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Horse.

Admission: adults: $12.00; 62 and over: $11.00; children 5-15: $6.00; 3-4: $3.00; under 3: free.


Green Mountain Draft Horse Association 2014 Annual Horse & Equipment Auction

This year our auction is May 3rd. Wright Auctions will be doing the inside and horse auctions. Pat Palmer will be doing the equipment outside. This is a great place to get new and used draft horse tack and barn supplies. We will hopefully have some good quality horses as well. Last year we had some solid teams for sale and some light horses.

Contact GMDHA for more info:


Auction and Swap Meet

April  24-27, Jefferson county Fairgrounds, Madras, Or. Four days of   to include Harness, Blacksmith Tools, Horsedrawn implements, Carriages, Wagons,  Old Tractors and MORE!

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2014 Horse Progress Days

MT. Hope, Ohio

July 4th & 5th 2014










                                                 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.

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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
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.