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  • Ride & Drive and VDHMA Elections Mark Your Calendar!  The VDHMA elections will be held in conjunction with the Ride & Drive on Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 am in Churchville, VA.  Please see the flyer ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2014, 1:28 PM by Hope Graves
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Ride & Drive and VDHMA Elections

posted Oct 14, 2014, 8:16 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated Oct 17, 2014, 1:28 PM ]

Mark Your Calendar!  The VDHMA elections will be held in conjunction with the Ride & Drive on Saturday, November 8th at 10:00 am in Churchville, VA.  Please see the flyer for additional details and directions to this great event.

Draft Horse & Mule Fun Show

posted Sep 5, 2014, 6:49 PM by Hope Graves

The Draft Horse and Mule Fun Show will return to the State Fair of Virginia at The Meadow on Sunday, September 28th and Monday, September 29th.  

We are so excited to be offering a Draft Horse & Mule Show and a Draft Horse & Mule Pull, as well as Coon Mule Jumping at the State Fair of Virginia this year. After a number of requests, more mule classes and pull have been added.  We have great expectations for this show and the future of the draft horse and mule industry at the State Fair of Virginia and hope that you are able to be a part of our show.  

In addition to exhibitors and volunteers we need sponsors.  Please complete the Sponsorship Form if you are able to sponsor a class or more!

Classes will begin at 6:00 pm and are open to Drafts, SMALL Drafts and Mules (unless otherwise noted).

The Prize List, Show Entry Form, and Sponsorship Form is attached.

Rockbridge County Fair Amateur Horse Pulling Championship

posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:06 PM by Hope Graves

There will be an invitational amateur horse pull on Saturday, July 19th at the Virginia Horse Center, in Lexington, Va.  The event sponsored by Southern States Cooperative kicks off at 7:00 pm.

Draft Horse Pull & Mule Show, July 26, 2014

posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:01 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jul 12, 2014, 8:02 PM ]

There will be a Draft Horse Pull and Mule Show, on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Orange County Fair.  The Show will start at 10:00 am.  Click Here for additional information on the classes, entry fees, and who to contact for additional information.

Wanted Hayride & Carriage Drivers

posted Jul 8, 2014, 1:28 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 1:38 PM ]

Harmon’s Hayrides, Carriages, and Training is looking for experienced teamsters in the Northern Virginia area.  Or we will train on our apprentice program to drive our hayrides and carriages.  Applicants must have a driver’s license and transportation to the farm in Brandy Station, Virginia.  Experience in pulling horse or lowboy trailers is also a plus.  Applicants must enjoy dealing with the public, have the availability to work on the weekends, and a sense of humor.  To see all that we do go to  Contact Midge Harmon at 540-825-6707 or email

New River Valley Horse Pull Contest

posted Jul 1, 2014, 9:03 AM by Hope Graves

To be held at the New River Valley Fairgrounds in Dublin, Virginia.  Tuesday, July 22nd beginning at 7:00 pm


New River Valley Fairgrounds

Dublin, VA 24084


Take Interstate 81, Exit 98, turn North at top of exit, go 4 Miles North on RT. 100.

The New River Valley Fairgrounds is on the left.  There's a big marquee at the main entrance.  Horse trailers can avoid a great deal of traffic on the grounds is they go to the first left beyond the main entrance and follow that road to the back side of the grounds to the staging area and main arena.

If there is anyone that would like to overnight their horses at the fair grounds that option is definitely open.  We have stalls.  Camper hookups are not likely.  We have motels in the area. let us know what your people need and we will do our best to accommodate.

For information call Bonnie McCutcheon at 540-605-6311.


posted Jun 30, 2014, 10:42 AM by Hope Graves

The Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation, Inc. at Morven Park had to put their driving horse down and needs a semi-retired horse that knows it job and could still do light work to be donated to their program.  They support not only children but also wounded warriors with their great driving program.  They have a handicapped cart that is terrific.  They just need the horse to pull it.  If you have a horse that you would be willing to donate please contact:





Have helped support this program for years.  They do marvelous work and there is nothing like the look on the face of a child or vet when they get their first ride or drive.  FREEDOM.  Please help if you can.  Thanks  Midge Harmon

Ride & Drive for VDHMA Members

posted Jun 19, 2014, 9:40 AM by Hope Graves   [ updated Jun 19, 2014, 10:48 AM by Hope Graves ]

There will be a Ride and Drive at Nichols Farm located at 2091 Orrix Creek Road, Evington, VA 24550 on Saturday, June 28th.  The Ride/Drive will begin at 10:00 am.  Participants may camp if needed.  

If you don't have a horse or a wagon, don't let that stop you.  Come out and ride in a wagon with someone else.  
Bring a side dish to share, BBQ, buns, tea and lemonade will be provided.

Please RSVP to India at (540) 874-2006 or

Barefoot Trimming Clinic in Powhatan, VA - 8/16/14

posted May 28, 2014, 1:40 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 28, 2014, 1:56 PM by Hope Graves ]

Learn to trim your horse's hooves.  Hoof Guided Method - Barefoot Trimming Clinic with Maureen Tierney on August 16th

The Hoof Guided Method offers a unique method of barefoot trimming based on reading the hoof. A truly less is more approach, the Hoof Guided Method is based on the theory that a barefoot trim should mimic - or simulate - the action of the ground on the hoof, and that the true purpose of the trim is to stimulate the foot to grow healthy. You will learn what to trim and what to leave alone in order to allow nature to quickly transform the hoof.


  • Lecture and PowerPoint Presentation with Q & A. 
  • Trimming - demonstrated on five horses with Q & A
  • More Q & A to end the day. Participants are urged to bring photos of their horses’ feet for specific questions. 
Cost: $100.00 per person if paid before August 5, 2014. After August 5, cost is $125.00. Negative Coggins and Signed Release Form Required. 

Clinic Location: 4020 Fox Run Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 . Trimming will be done outside. Please dress accordingly and bring a chair. Bottled water will be available. No stalls are available. 

For More Information: Contact Catherine Browne at (804) 372-7181 or email:

Draft Horse and Equipment Parade at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show

posted May 28, 2014, 1:25 PM by Hope Graves   [ updated May 28, 2014, 2:06 PM ]

THE VIRGINIA DRAFT HORSE & MULE ASSOCIATION presents a Draft Horse and Equipment Parade at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.  Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm - to be held at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, VA.  Come out and see percherons, belgians, shires, mules, suffolks, spotted drafts and more; pulling vintage and new horse drawn equipment.  

Come out early and visit with the teamsters and horses.  Tickets are available at the Civic Center Box Office.

For more information and directions, visit

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