January & February

The first event of the year is normally (weather permitting) an old fashion ice harvest in Tully, New York. The Club joins with the Tully Historical Society to demonstrate the cutting and storage of ice. Usually, there’s an ice cream social in July which uses the harvested ice.

March & April

In late March or early April the Club sponsors a Draft Horse Seminar. Topics include various aspects of horse health and management presented in lecture form. There are also a number of demonstrations and hands-on opportunities presented by Club members. Topics usually include how to show your horse, harnessing, shoeing, and a display of major draft breeds.

Calendar of Events 2023

(all subject to change)

January

20th -  Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 6:30PM

February

17th - Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 6:30PM

March

23th - Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 6:30PM

April

20th - Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 6:30PM

May

 - Plow Days @ Minturn's, Sennett, NY, 10:00AM

June

 - Trail Drive @ Brookfield


July



August


September

21st - Meeting @ TBD, 6:30PM

October

19th - Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 7:30 PM

November


December

7th - Organizational Meeting @ Lafayette VFW, 6:30 PM


ANNUAL EVENTS
The New York State Draft Horse Club sponsors several projects each year designed to promote draft horses in New York.


July

In July, the members gather for a Club picnic usually at a member’s farm. There’s good food and lots of time to swap stories about draft horses. There’s also time for beginners to pick the brains of experienced members. Later in July, club members support the annual Hay Day held in Auburn, NY where we demonstrate raking hay with horses and the use of a stationary baler.

May

On the third Sunday in May the Club holds a plowing demonstration at a suitable location, usually in central New York. Teams from New York as well as neighboring states demonstrate the art of plowing with draft horses using riding and walking plows. There are also log skidding and obstacle course competitions and the public enjoys a grand display of how it used to be.

October

In 1979, the Club began sponsoring a fall sale of draft horses and equipment. The purpose of the sale is to promote New York State Draft horses and give beginners a place to buy horses and necessary equipment. The sale is held at the Cortland County Fairgrounds in Cortland, NY, the first week of October. The club charges a small commission on all sales to help offset costs.

August

In August, the club joins with Kings Ferry Historical Society to demonstrate how grain was cut, threshed and the straw baled in the late 1800’s. Horses pull the grain binder and the wagons that are used to transport the wheat to the thresher. There are also free horse drawn wagon rides for spectators.

September

In September, the club demonstrates how corn was harvested using horses. The weather is usually brilliant and spectators are welcome to join in the fun by helping load and unloading wagons with corn stalks that have been cut by horse drawn corn binders.

June

In June, Club members meet for a two day trail drive at Brookfield State Park. There is camping, a barbeque dinner, stories around the campfire and fun.