The Club was originally founded in the mid 1930’s and functioned until World War II. The demands of the war, and the increase in the use of tractors soon after the war, left the club with few active members until the mid-1950’s when there was resurgence in interest in draft horses again.
The purpose of the New York State Draft Horse Club is to promote the use of, and ownership of, Shire, Clydesdale, Percheron, Belgian, Suffolk, and Haflinger horses. Our goal is to increase the number of people who responsibly own and enjoy draft horses. The New York State Draft Horse Club sponsors a wide variety of projects each year designed to introduce the public to draft horses and to help new draft horse owners learn how to enjoy draft.
As a result, the New York State Draft Horse Club was incorporated in 1956 and there has been a steady increase in interest in draft horses ever since. In fact, the Club has grown over the years so that today we have over 200 members, many of whom do not even own horses. Some of our members today are children and grandchildren of the original members of the club.