Iowa Draft Horses and Mules

The "events" page will list our planned events for the year.  Usually updated in March.  Last minute additions will be posted on the "just-in" page.


Annual meetings:
 South Central Iowa Draft Horse & Mule Association regular meeting dates -second Tuesday of the odd months at the Lions Hall in New Virginia .

Second Sunday in January, Iowa Draft Horse and Mule winter meeting and potluck .

First  Sunday in March, South Central Iowa Draft Horse and Mule Association Potluck meal.

 Second Sunday in June. Iowa Draft Horse and Mule Association summer meeting & potluck

Some of the events listed below will have initials at the end signifying the area of the state the event is being held. 

SW = South West, EC = East Central , SC = South Central, etc..


*March 7th-Meeting at Sally's. Gather at 12 for lunch, Meeting at 1pm. EC

          24-27 Waverly Draft Horse Sale

*March 29th-10am "Sunday Funday" at Hilltop in Robins, Ia. This will be a hands-on learning day featuring harnessing and multiple hitches. Bring your teams, harness and any questions about hitching!! Mary Davidson will demonstrate "Braiding for Show" There will be a pass-the-hat for pizza lunch. Contact Jeff Carnahan for info (319)213-1858. EC

 3rd-5th- Iowa Horse Fair, Des Moines, wagon rides.
Driving clinic from 1:00 to 3:00 on Saturday. Contact Jim Stuart 515-971-1254.  SC

          20th – 21th – Kalona Draft Horse Sale (Draft Horse Pull Monday evening at 6pm)

18th (rain date April 25)  4-H Driving Clinic 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm at the Washington County Fair Grounds. SE (I need contact information) 

*April 25th-10am "Play Day in Prairieburg" at the Baker Park Pavilion. Obstacle Course practice and get together. Contact Jeff Carnahan (319)213-1858. EC        


*May 9th-"Spring Wagon Train" at Matsel Park. Meet at the Day Camp area at 9am. Depart at 10am. Outriders welcome. Rain Date is Sunday May 10th. Contact Deanna Lagos (319)270-4441. EC

 23th – John Wayne Parade 11am in Winterset, contact Frank Santana at 520-241-6442, SC

 31st- Trail Ride (Teams & Singles) – 1pm Leave from Fred Coltrain residence (also location of “A Place To Remember” Historical Museum) 2973 Hwy 39, Kiron, Iowa.  Fred Coltrain: 712-269-0197 or Dan Schroader: 712-269-8395  NW

          Registration for the Iowa State Fair Farm Team Competition Due!!!

 *June 6th-10am "Bob Tails and More Wagon Train" This is Bob and Janet's annual event! Contact Bob for more info on location. Camping available.  Bob and Janet Gerard: 2233 F15 Blvd. Marengo, IA 52301 H(319)642-5611 Bob(319)350-8158 Janet(319)350-8168. EC   

          7th- Draft horse show in New Virginia, Hitch classes, farm team classes and fun classes
          Starts at 10:00. Jim Stuart 515-971-1254 SC       


          20th Douds Field Day at Douds, 1pm Don Garrett Memorial Farm Team Fun Show. SE
 Contact Tony Garrett at 641-799-9228 (SE) 

*June 27th-10am-1pm "A Day of Horsepower" Grandstands at Linn County Fair! We are providing an Obstacle Course as part of the entertainment! Bring your team for some friendly competition and prize money! Contact Bob Davidson (319)480-3987 or EC Jeff Carnahan (319)213-1858.                   


          3rd -4th Horse Progress Days, Mt. Hope Ohio
4th – Parades at Osceola, Milo, Carlisle, Bedford, New Market         

*July 10th-12 noon start time "Obstacle Course Competition" at the Cedar County Fair Grounds in Tipton. Bring your team to partake or come root for your favorite team and teamster! Free admission if you bring a team to the demonstration-mention at the gate. Contact Bob Davidson (319)480-3987 or Richard Davidson (563)331-0517. EC 

   11th – New Virginia Old Settlers Parade at 6pm.  Contact Jim Stuart (SC)

 *July 11th-10am "Brown Farm Planning Meeting/Work Day on Brown Farm site. For questions on what to bring.......Contact Jeff Carnahan               (319)213-1858. EC 

11th – 9am Henry County Fair, Mt. Pleasant, IA;  Draft Farmyard Skills, Dave Frieden 563-260-2898 (SE)

11th – 12th – Draft Horse Hitch show, Manchester, Iowa (
             563-608-1607,  7:30pm on Saturday and 11:00am on Sunday. 

17th Draft Horse Obstacle Course , Shelby County Fair, Harlan  Iowa  5 to 7 PM
contact Jeff  Christiansen – 712-542-0011 (SW) 

18th – 1: 00 pm Montgomery County Fair Draft Horse competition, Red Oak, Iowa
(contact Jeff  Christiansen – 712-542-0011 (SW) 

19th- Madison County Fair in Winterset, Draft horse and mules show.  10:00 AM
Jim Stuart 515-971-1254 (SC) 

*July 25-26th-10am-5pm "Brown Farm Pioneer Days" Central City, Ia. Bring a team or come volunteer to help with field demonstrations! We have equipment to use or bring your own. Plowing, discing, horse-powers, stationary bailer, grist mill, obstacle course, log skid competition and more! Contact Jeff Carnahan (319)213-1858. EC 

26th Van Buren County Fair at Keosauqua 2pm Draft Horse & Mule Farm Team Challenge. SE

*Aug 1st-2nd-"Carriage Glow" at Delaware County Fair Grounds in Manchester. Lovely event with lots of etiquette and grace! Volunteers are needed! For more info on how to help or for event times contact Dionne Pinckney (319)365-7177. EC         

5th-6th –Joan Koenig Memorial Ride, from Gillett Grove, IA to Albert City, IA (NW) 

6th-9th – Albert City Thresherman’s Show (NW)

14th – Farm hitch classes at the Iowa State Fair 

16th – 18th – Belgian/Shire show at the Iowa State Fair 

20th – 23th – Percheron/Clyde Show at the Iowa State Fair 

30th  – South Central Iowa Draft Horse and Mule Association driving clinic at New Virginia          Clinic from 10 am to 2pm Sunday (contact             Jim Stuart 515-971-1254) SC


3rd – 7th  – Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, IA;  Lots of horse powered equipment
                            (threshing, sawing, crosscut saw, grinding, using elevator & buck rake) 

4-6 Britt Draft Horse Show 

19th  – Hand Corn Husking contest in Emerson, Iowa (contact Jeff Christiansen 712-542-0011) SW 

*Sept 26th- "Fall Wagon Train" Matsel Park. Meet at Day Camp 9am, Depart 10am. Outriders welcome!

           Contact Deanna Lagos (319)270-4441. EC 


3th – Plowing at Living History Farms, Urbandale. 10:00 to 2:00 (contact Jim Stuart 515-971-1254). SC

  6th – 9th – Waverly Horse Sale 

*Oct 10th-10am "Piss Ant Farm Logging Day" Bring your team and try your hand at clearing trees and pulling some logs up! Pot Luck Lunch. Carnahan's in Central City. Contact Jeff Carnahan (319)213-1858         

12th – 13th – Kalona Fall Sale 


*Nov 7th-Last Meeting of 2020 at Sally's Gather at noon for lunch, meeting at 1pm. EC Contact Jeff Carnahan (319)213-1858