2014 California Workshops

Doc Hammill Driving and Farming with Horses in Harness Workshops

Doc will be presenting workshops packed with three full days of hands-on instruction and working with horses. These workshops will be held at two locations — one in Santa Rosa, California, and the second in Covelo, California:


2nd Annual Doc Hammill Driving and Farming with Horses in Harness WHOA Workshop

Doc  with Balyn driving Mark and Chip on a  Homesteader
Doc with Balyn driving Mark and Chip on a Pioneer Homesteader

Santa Rosa, California
October, 2014

Join us for our 2nd Annual Doc Hammill Driving and Farming with Horses hosted by Work Horse Organic Agriculture (WHOA) Farm.

This is a truly an amazing workshop because of the quality of the farm the mission and work done there, the horses, and the people involved. WHOA Farm, a philanthropic endeavor,  is a non-profit that was established to promote and support sustainable and organic agriculture in Sonoma County, California.

Their motto, “The best food money can’t buy!”  gives another layer of meaning to their mission of helping the community around them by helping people in need gain access to healthier food.

WHOA Farm also is working toward a future of training people and horses for farming to preserve tradition and help them grow nourishing food with ecologically sound practices.

Nigel ground driving Sparky
Nigel ground driving Sparky

The photos here show students, horses, and instructors from the previous workshop hosted by WHOA, and some of the driving and farming skills that students learn and practice. Throughout the workshop we will be teaching you how to communicate and interact with horses in gentle, safe, effective ways that they inherently understand and are comfortable with.

A lot of hands-on time will be devoted to learning and practicing the principles, techniques, and details of harnessing, harness adjustment and collar fitting, hitching, and driving and working horses in harness. We will work primarily with single horses and teams of two.

For more information and to register for the workshop, contact Doc at workshops@dochammill.com or 406-250-8252.


5th Annual Doc Hammill Driving and Farming with Horses in Harness Covelo Workshop

Covelo, California
November, 2014

Doc and Students digging potatoes with Pete hitched to Annie's All-All-In-One
Doc and Students digging potatoes with Pete hitched to Annie’s All-In-One

Join us for our 5th annual Doc Hammill Driving and Farming with Horses at Live Power Community Farm, Covelo, California – the organic and bio-dynamic horse-powered farm of Gloria and Steve Decatur.

It is a fantastic place for a workshops with great people and horses, horse drawn agricultural equipment, opportunities to work horses in fields and a chance to study an amazing organic and bio dynamic horse-powered farming operation. Stephen, Doc, and Cathy will again co-instruct the workshop as we have in earlier years.

Thursday evening’s lecture “The Mind of the Horse” is open to the public and free of charge. It will be followed by 3 full days of hands-on workhorse workshop.

Throughout the workshop we will be teaching you how to communicate and interact with horses in gentle, safe, effective ways that they inherently understand and are comfortable with. A lot of hands-on time will be devoted to learning and practicing the principles, techniques, and details of harnessing, harness adjustment and collar fitting, hitching,  driving and working horses in harness. We will work primarily with single horses and teams of two.

Doc and Steven demonstrating to students harness fitting
Doc and Steven demonstrating to students harness fitting

The workshop will focus on gentle/natural horsemanship, safety, and the basics of harnessing, hitching and driving; rhythmic pressure/release driving techniques will be a key component of all our hands-on work. The use of horse-drawn farm equipment and doing real work with horses on the farm will be an important focus as the workshop progresses. Students may participate as either as hands-on students or observers.

Review of the 2012 Workshop at Live Power Community Farm…

Motels are available in nearby Covelo, California, or students are welcome to camp at the farm. Organic meals are available for an additional fee.

For information, contact Doc personally at 406-250-8252 or workshops@dochammill.com.

For registration contact Gloria Decater 707-983-8196.