Welcome to the North Carolina Work Horse and Mule Association Website
The North Carolina Work Horse and Mule Association (NCWH&MA) is dedicated to the practice of exhibiting and teaching about “Ole-Timey” ways of plowing and farming. Our events provide members and guests many opportunities to fellowhip with one another.
- To use authentic plowing/farming equipment and practices from America’s past.
- To educate and inform any and all interested parties (especially children) of how vital these life-skills were to our ancestors.
- To provide wholesome outdoor fun for our members, their families, and guests.
2012 Recalled for the NCWH&MA
2012 was a very good year for the NCWH&MA. It included ten plow days, four wagon rides, two stalk-cuttings, and participation in two parades (one in Benson, North Carolina and one in Coats, North Carolina .) John Woods assisted with our participation in the Benson parade, and Ken Darroch with the Coats parade.
As with many past years, our 2012 plow days began with Richard Buchanan near Sanford, North Carolina in March. This was followed by another plow day in March at Jimmy Dozier’s near Rocky Mount, North Carolina. We enjoyed a large double-event on that day. Tractor plowing was done in one field, while horses and mules plowed in another.
A few teams from our organization represented us well at plow days in distant places. One such event was the US Championship Plow days in Dayton, Ohio in September. Phil Hudson and Roy Hatcher attended and plowed. They made us proud. Another far off event was the Mt. Herman Plow Day in Salisbury, Maryland held in April. Our NCWH&MA plowers included: Jesse Aldridge, Terry Lee, Jeff Walker, David Ruffin, and John Flowers. The Mt Herman event was impressive in its organization of events and handling of large numbers of spectators.
In April there was a corn planting at Indian Ridge near Linden with the Colliers. A wonderful breakfast was served by Carolyn and Wayne Collier, after which disking, plowing and planting took place. We had a second corn-planting a week later near Windsor with J. T. Hoggard and Roger Manning as hosts. Spectators were treated to wagon rides; there was a good meal; and the corn was planted. April also found a large crowd at Triple R Farms. This wagon ride was sponsored by the Rouses and Donald Stroud. Many wagons were present. There were morning and afternoon rides, and as usual, lots of good food on hand.
In May a wagon ride was held near Hammer, South Carolina with Gene and Margaret Driggers. There was lunch on the trail, and a meal at the end of the ride. Donations were taken for the Heart Fund at this event. This was followed by another successful plow day near Fair Bluff, North Carolina in May with Cathy Ashley, Jimmy Moore, and Frank Horn sponsoring. Again, a donation for the Heart Fund was received.
The North Carolina State Championship Horse Drawn Plowing Contest took place June 2nd at the historic Ivey Burn Plantation near Erwin, NC. Ronnie Bowen and Wayne Collier were instrumental in putting together this event. Also helping out with registrations, ribbons, and trophies were Ann Bowen, Sheila Rouse, Diane Aldridge and Carolyn Walker. This event included: oxen, horses, and mules plowing; walking plows; antique plows; and modern plows involving everything from single hitches to six-animal hitches. We had a lot of member participation and placings. It was a fun-filled day!
Spot and Sheila Rouse regrouped, after a serious fire at the S&S Saloon, to hold a very successful plow day in September. Lots of plowers and many spectators attended. Plus, a trick mule named “Rocky” entertained the crowd, after a sumptuous meal was enjoyed by all.
Two tobacco stalk-cuttings were held in October. One was with Phil Hudson and another with Richard Berry. Then, on October 27th weather issues threatened the plow day held with Lyman Hardy. We ended up holding this event, anyway. Antique tractors were on display that day. And, it did rain hard on the way home! Maybe next year the weather will be more cooperative.
In November a wonderful plow day event was held on the John Hudson Farm near Newton Grove, sponsored by Phil Hudson. Plowing, disking, wagon rides, a hay maze for kids, music, and enough food for an army was provided. The huge attendance included people from across the state and some from out of state. Great fun!
The annual Goldsboro plow day took place on November 10th. This was hosted by Carolyn and Jeff Walker. There were quite a few teams and plenty of spectators on hand. Children and adults, who so desired, were given a chance to try their hands at plowing (with seasoned plow-men close by to supervise, of course.) Hot dogs and the trimmings were served.
Our year ended with a bang-up Christmas Party in early December. It was held at the Ruritan Club Building in Albertson, NC. The attendance was quite good. A wacky DJ provided music and got the crowd involved with a host of zany songs and antics. We enjoyed a tasty meal, some dancing, and lots of good fellowship!
Thanks to the many visitors to this website in 2012. Please check out our calendar for events this year and January 2014.