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2012 Eastern Kentucky Draft Horse
and Mule Association
Spring Field Day
For the past few years, if eastern Kentucky
needed rain, doing a rain dance wasn't necessary. All that was needed was
for the Eastern Kentucky Draft Horse and Mule Association to schedule a field
day....it was sure to rain! Well, the year 2012 was no exception.
Conditions in this part of the country had been beautiful and warm throughout
much of March and into April.
Right up until Saturday April 21st when the EKy DHMA had their Spring field day
scheduled. On that day, the rain started very early in the morning on
Saturday and light, intermittent showers continued to fall until lunch time. In fact, the ground was rather dry and some rain was needed, but
it would have been better for the club if it had held off just another 24 hours.
As a result of the rain, there were only a few teams of horses hitched up to do any field
work on Saturday. Most of them belonged to Mike Downs, our host and the
President of the association. Also, Shannen Mannies had brought his team of
Belgians down from Indiana for the weekend and Homer Rader brought his team of
Norwegian Fjords over from Paris, Kentucky so that they could have their first
try at plowing. We even had some visitors from Ohio, although they didn't
bring their horses. Overall, the plowing was not bad. There was less
than 1/4 inch of rain and the dry ground soaked that right up. Everyone in
attendance seemed to have a good time: the air was cool, so the horses didn't
have any problems with this early season workout. Overall, it
turned out to be a fun day for all who were there
Click the link below to see photos
from this event!
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