Jorden Ranch Haying - July 2018- Pryor, MT
After a couple of cancellations due to the fact that the Jorden ranch was either under water or a giant mud bog, the weather cleared enough for folks to actually get in there and get some haying done.
MDHMA Fall 2018 Meeting - Twin Bridges
Once again - we had beautiful weather for our fall meeting and we went back to one of our favorite places - the county fairgrounds in Twin Bridges. This year's meeting was attended by several new members and drivers who honed their skills Saturday with the obstacles followed by some fun racing in the Canadian Maze. Sunday the group headed on to a local ranch and had a lovely drive through the hills and then back to the fairgrounds.
May 14-16 - MDHMA Spring Meeting - Huntley, MT
June 25-27 - Draft Horse Expo - Deer Lodge, MT
Sept 10-12 - MDHMA Fall Meeting - Twin Bridges, MT
Judith Basin County Fair Parade - August 2018
One of the purposes of the association is to help youth find and enjoy the draft horse hobby. This last summer we got a request from 4-H Ambassador Kaitlyn Boberg. She was wanting someone to sponsor them in the Judith Basin County Fair parade. Henry Harrison jumped to the rescue. He took two of his mules (Jenny and Judy) and his wagon and headed up to Stanford, MT. Turns out it was the 75th anniversary of the fair and although in recent years there has not been a parade, this year there was an effort to revive the parade and, although small, it was well done and well received. There are three 4H clubs in the county and each one had a float. The Geyer, MT group had some members, parents and friends riding in his wagon. Henry said his mules were pretty good, even though this was the first time he had hooked this particular team together, and everyone had a great time.
Horse Logging 101 - Oct 2020 - Roundup, MT
As announced at the MDHMA meeting at Twin Bridges in September, the Bilden's planned a logging event using their team of horses. Due to our 'too close' proximity of the Bobcat Fire, and being evacuated, we planned it for the first week in October, and we were hoping to get a couple other teamsters, to help. The response was overwhelming, considering the time of year, and wanting to get something accomplished quickly before winter. Perfect 70 degree weather held for the 4 days our 'guests' worked beyond belief. During the whole process, Emily Richards filmed the entire time, which she plans to use in a documentary! So wonderful learning and visiting time from Sunday afternoon to Thursday morning with an incredible group of horse men and women. We were also featured on the front page of the local Roundup Record newspaper! The huge stack of downed trees is getting cut and chipped for firewood to keep us warm for quite some time.
Melody and Jim
Dedicated to Promoting and Preserving Draft Animals in Montana
May 14-16 - MDHMA Spring Meeting - Huntley, MT
Join us at the Grosskopf ranch for a weekend of fun and education.
Here is a prelimiary schedule:
Friday evening – potluck for anyone who is there by dinner time.
Saturday breakfast – chuck wagon breakfast
Saturday Morning – arena work and practice in the adjacent pasture. Log skidding will be set up as well.
Saturday Lunch – sandwiches and the usual spread
Saturday afternoon – Ed Fryer will be giving a short educational presentation and we will likely then go on a short drive in the area
Saturday Dinner – We are going to have a chuck dinner extraordinaire! Currently there are 5 chuck wagons and a few more that may be coming as well. All will be contributing to dinner featuring dutch oven recipes.
Sunday Breakfast – chuck wagon breakfast
Sunday morning – we will go on another drive in the area
Sunday Lunch – Leftovers
Sunday Afternoon – pack up the state trailers and head home or, for the locals, stay a little while longer and drive a bit.
We will also be hosting a few of the local 4H kids who are doing driving projects with their miniature horses. They (and possibly their families) are going to spend the day with us getting a little experience being around the big boys. The will also likely hop on wagons with extra room and join us (with their families) on the afternoon drive. There is also a small possibility that one or two may bring their minis Friday night and do a demonstration of their “freestyle in hand” work. This will be a great opportunity for us to further our mission of providing driving education to the general public and promoting driving with our youth.
Those attending are more than welcome to camp at the Grosskopf ranch. There are not hookups but we can run extension cords to provide electricity and we are planning to have a porta potty on site. The Holiday Inn Express in Lockwood is about 16 miles from the ranch and there are numerous other lodging options in Billings which is an additional 5 miles or so. For more information contact Nicole Smart or send an email through the contact page.