GDHA Member of the Month / July 2013 / Lamar Mitchell

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I am Lamar Mitchell from Shelbyville, TN.  I currently serve as the Georgia Draft Horse Association Vice President.

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Our family farm is known as Southern view Farm and has been in our family for 19 years.  I have shown Tennessee Walking Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses since early childhood before getting involved with the Percherons.

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I purchased my first Percheron in 1989 and have been active in the draft horse world ever since.  We first used our Percherons in parades and local county fairs but after being around these gentle giants, we decided to expand our experiences with them and start competing in 2005.  In 2006, Southern View Farm Percherons went to Perry Georgia to the Georgia National Fair and actively competed in halter classes.  Then, in 2007, I decided to purchase a driving cart and added that to our list of classes to enter.  In 2008, we decided we didn’t have enough to do, so we added the team class with the purchase of a wagon.

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Up until this year we have successfully competed in halter, cart, team, and under saddle classes. Then I had the opportunity in late October to purchase two mares from Albert Cleve.  These mares came from his Blue Ribbon Farms 6 horse hitch.  We are excited to be adding the 4 horse hitch class to our list this year!

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As of today, we own 6 head of Percheron mares and continue to raise colts and improve the blood lines.  I am always looking for opportunities to promote the draft horse breeds in the south.

My wife and I are very active in our local 4-h club and love the chance to expose the children in 4-H to these wonderful animals.

Lamar

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