On May 22, 1990 a group of draft horse enthusiasts met to discuss forming an association to preserve and enjoy the draft horse, and the Northwest Michigan Draft Horse & Mule Association was born. Our goal is to keep the draft horse and mule heritage alive for future generations.
Our membership has continued to grow and our group includes equines of all types and sizes; miniature horses and donkeys, ponys, horses, mules, drafts, draft crosses and we even have a Sheltie dog that pulls a cart! Owning or driving a four legged critter is not a requirement in our Association. Some of our members just like the fellowship of our group and love sharing in the 'horse' experience.
May 1992 Cal and Willo Spangler offered to host a Plow Day at the Spangler Farm, which continued annually on the 3rd Sunday in May, regardless of weather for 20 years. Plow Day is now held at the historic Ruby Ellen Farm located in beautiful Leelanau County. Everyone is invited to participate in the field with their animals. Wagon rides are also provided for those that wish to visit and watch. Traditionally there is also an obstacle course for the Teamsters to show their skill and dexterity with their teams. Participation gifts are given to all Teamsters and there is no charge to come enjoy and watch or test your skill in the field.
August 2003 Dan Hubbell hosted the first three day Driving School in Cedar Michigan. The three day school is held the 4th weekend in August now at R & K Mampe Farm in Traverse City. No experience is required just the love of horses. We start with the basics of how to harness and drive a single horse. Next we move up to driving the team and move all the way up to the six horse hitch if students are willing. The three day class for Students is $75 and Adults is $450. Go to our Driving School page for documents or contact Dan Hubbell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like an enrollment form.
Watch the Schedule of Events page for updates of other activities that our group participates in. Come join in the fun, or just come visit and watch, and help keep the Teamster Spirit Alive!