Jefferson County Draft Horse Association
Draft Horses are the animals that settled America. They pulled the wagons west, plowed fields, cleared land and have been used in every U.S. war.  There are over 30 breeds of draft horses. Our current members represent several of those breeds:
Wisconsin State Horse Council
Wisconsin State Horse Council is a non-profit group of volunteers who work hard to promote good horsemanship, safety, and effective equine legislation in Wisconsin. The Horse Council sponsors events and offers scholarships to help promote the equine industry in Wisconsin.
Clydesdale Horses originated from the Valley of Clyde in Scotland. They were originally bred to carry knights into battle and work the land. Their heavy "feathers" evolved to protect their legs from the brambles on the moors.

Clydesdales are known for their gentle, friendly disposition. They have been made famous by the Budweiser 8-horse hitch. You will see some of the JCDHA members' Clydesdale horses in parades, pulling carriages, working at Old World Wisconsin, at the Midwest Horse Fair and at shows.

You can learn more about the Clydesdale breed at
You can learn more about Clydesdale horses at the Clydesdale Breeders' website.
Shire Horses originated in England and were bred to carry knights into battle. After the invention of gun powder, Shires were used more exclusively to pull plows and help with farm work. They typically stand about 17 hands high and weigh in at around 2,000. They can be black, bay or grey and typically have heavy white feathers on their legs. These feathers evolved to protect their lower legs from branbles when working.

During the 19th century Shires were used almost exclusively as cart horses in England. They delivered goods throughout the countryside. Today you can find Shires pulling wagons, carriages and plows. They are gentle, friendly horses. Their numbers have fallen and today they are considered an endangered species. 
Learn more about Shire horses at:
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Percheron Horses originated in the Perche valley of northern France and were bred as war horses, used to pull heavy canons, and carry men into battle. They are intelligent and willing to work hard. They were used to pull stage coaches in early American west.

Percheron horses are typically grey or black. Many Percherons are born black and turn grey as they age. They typically stand about 17 hands high, and weigh around 1,700 pounds. They are heavily muscled with a deep chest. Percherons are a versatile draft horse and are often show under saddle and pulling carriages and heavy loads.
You can learn more about Percheron horses at:
Belgian Horses originated in the Brebant region of modern Belgium.  They typically have a small head and a thick, muscular neck. Belgian Horses are usually light sorrel colored with a blonde mane and tail. They are strong, eager draft horses. Belgians typically stand about 17 hands high and weigh 2,000 pounds. They have small feet for their size and are generally thought to be "easy keepers".

Belgian horses predominate in horse pulls. Their strength and stamina make them a good choice for heavy farm work like pulling a plow or disk.
You can learn more about Belgian horses by visiting the Belgian website at
Suffolk Punch is an English breed of draft horse. They are always chestnut in color.  Suffolk Punch horses are generally shorter but more massively built than other English breeds. They generally stand about 17 hands and weight up to 2,000 lbs.  Originally Suffolk were thought to have feet that were too small for their size, but through breeding programs this is no longer a problem, and they are thought to have excellent feet.

The Suffolk Punch breed is considered to be a very rare  breed with only 150 registered horses in England in 2001 and 1,000-1,500 world wide. They are prized for their good work ethic and they are typically "easy keepers".
Learn more about Suffolk Punch horses at: