Meet the Board & Officers

Congratulations to our 2021 Board Members & Officers!

Lamar Mitchell

President

Lamar and his wife, Crystal, live in Shelbyville, Tennessee and have been active in the draft horse world since they purchased their first Percherons in 1989. The Mitchell’s family farm is known as Southern View Farm and has been in the family for 22 years. They first used their Percherons in parades and local county fairs, but then wanted to expand their experience. In 2006, the Southern View Farm Percherons began actively competed in halter classes, then purchased a driving cart in 2007 so they could begin showing in the cart classes. In 2015, the Mitchell’s jumped in and started showing a six-horse hitch of Percheron mares. As of today, the Mitchells own 7 head of Percheron mares and continue to raise colts and improve their blood lines. Lamar is very active in promoting the draft horse breeds in the South and is one of the few farriers in his area that shoes draft horses. Lamar and Crystal are very active in their local county 4-H club. They have unselfishly given countless hours of their time to coach the 4-H horse group as well as provided transportation to the Southern Regional 4-H horse competitions. The Mitchell family is always looking for an opportunity to introduce the draft horse breeds to young kids and their parents.

Kim Butler

Vice President

Kim has been an active member of the GDHA since 2013, after purchasing a 2y/o Drum Horse gelding, by the name of TADPOLE! Kim, her husband Rob, 12y/o son Wesley, and new baby Benjamin, live in Monroe, GA. Their small farm is home to three horses, two cats, a dog, and three ducks. Kim grew up riding off-the-track Thoroughbreds and was actively involved in the US Pony Club for over 10 years. Tadpole & Kim participate in a variety of disciplines, including Competitive Trail Riding, Obstacle Challenges, English/Western Riding, Pleasure Driving, and Horseback Archery. Kim has served on the GDHA Perry Show Committee since 2018, and has also served as the Board President of Horse Archery USA from 2016-2019, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of horseback archery in the United States. She is also the founder of Georgia Horse Archers, based out of Monroe, GA.

Cathy Hackle

Secretary

Cathy and her husband of 44 years (Danny) live in Jeffersonville, Georgia.  They have a small farm with 7 horses, most of which are rescues. They enjoy camping with their horses and trail riding.  Cathy retired from the state after working 35 years in the mental health field as an Office Manager and Human Resources Director. Cathy became involved with GDHA, back in 2015, when a former co-worker asked her to assist in the office at the Perry Show. The following year, Cathy was asked to resume the position of show bookkeeper after the resignation of the club’s bookkeeper and has remained the bookkeeper for the show since 2016.  Though Cathy does not currently own any Draft horses, she has loved them all her life, frequently visiting the show stalls during the Perry Show even before becoming involved. Being an active member of the GDHA and developing friendships with owners of draft horses has been a dream come true for her, and her hopes are she will one day own her very first draft horse.

Lynn Johnson

Director

Lynn has been a member of the GDHA since 1996 when she purchased her first Clydesdale Brookside Benjamin and started showing at local shows and Perry. Since then she has owned four other Clydesdales, Carl, Ebenezer, Willy and Royal and has shown successfully in ladies cart, English and western under saddle, pleasure driving and halter, plus fun classes like obstacle cart, obstacle under saddle, and costume classes all the way from Sedalia, MO to Louisville, KY to Raleigh, NC to Perry, GA to Ocala, FL and everywhere in between. She and her husband Tom reside in Ooltewah, TN near Chattanooga and have been married for over 34 years and have one son James and three grandchildren, Charlotte, Samuel and Lenora. And YES, she’s on Facebook!

Lou Rossi

Director

Rebecca Cannon & Johnny Cannon

Treasurer & Director

Johnny & Rebecca own a small Farm called FairWinds Farm located in Cleveland, Tennessee, right on the TN/GA border. After a lifetime of Rebecca owning and showing American Saddlebreds, she and Johnny bought their first Clydesdale together in 1992 and joined the GDHA! Even though they both already knew a lot about horses, they admit that draft horses were so different from any of the other breeds they had owned. There was a lot to learn! In the GDHA, Johnny & Rebecca have found lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge to help them both with their draft horses. Through the years the couple has owned several registered Clydesdale geldings and a registered Belgian gelding. Each and every one of those horses has taught them something new. The Cannons both enjoyed showing in all levels at many shows for over 20 years on the Eastern Half of the USA in Halter, Show Cart, Show Hitch Team, English & Western Riding, and in Youth Classes. They also enjoy pleasure riding and pleasure driving with their drafts. Johnny & Rebecca’s goal is to promote Draft Horses in the South by providing advice and assistance to other draft horse owners! They hope their years of experience will help them to support the GDHA in accomplishing this endeavor.