New York State Draft Horse Club

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PURPOSE AND HISTORY

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 Club was originally founded in the mid 1930ís 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-1950ís when there was resurgence in interest in draft horses again. 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. 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.


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ANNUAL EVENTS

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OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Club holds monthly meetings at various locations around central New York area. There is also an Annual Meeting and dinner-dance in November.

The club promotes youth involvement in draft horses by providing additional prizes for youth classes at fairs throughout New York including the New York State Fair in Syracuse. A youth member is selected as the club representative and that person presents ribbons and trophies at club events and draft horse competitions throughout the year.




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