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Meeting to discuss creation of Draft Horse Driving Club

| March 28, 2024 12:00 AM

The Montana Draft Horse and Mule Association is working with interested groups to form a local/regional draft driving club in the Mission Valley. An exploratory meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Ronan Community Center.

According to Kenn McCarty, president of the Montana Draft Horse and Mule Association and owner of Live Oak Belgians in St. Ignatius, “Draft” simply means to pull. Any size of equine that is trained to pull is considered a draft animal, from the American Mini horse to the gentle-giant Belgian.

Typically, these clubs include all-breeds of driving/draft horses and mules and are free to determine their own mission and vision statements and develop their own bylaws. Most include such attributes as: education, youth, recreation, sport, small business and horse-farming type of activities.

Any person who joins a local/regional draft driving club is also welcome to join the state association. No other requirements exist.

For more information, call McCarty at 406-833-0714.