Meet the Board & Officers

Lynn Johnson

President

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!

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 two 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 recently served as the Board President of Horse Archery USA, 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.

Rebecca Cannon & Johnny Cannon

Treasurer & Board Member

We own a small Farm called FairWinds Farm located in Cleveland TN on the TN/GA border. After a lifetime of Rebecca owning and showing American Saddlebreds, we started with our first Clydesdale in 1992 and then joined the GDHA! We knew a lot about horses, but the draft horses were so different from any of the other breeds we had owned. There was a lot to learn! In the GDHA, we have found lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge to help us both with our draft horses. Through the years we’ve owned several registered Clydesdale geldings and a registered Belgian gelding. Each and every one have taught us something new. We’ve 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. We also enjoy pleasure riding and pleasure driving with our drafts. Our goal is to promote Draft Horses in the South by providing advice and assistance to other draft horse owners!  We hope our years of experience will help us support the GDHA in accomplishing this endeavor. 

Lawanna Higgins

Secretary

Lawana has been a member of the GDHA since 1992 and has been very active serving in just about every capacity since day one at one time or another.  She chaired the Perry Show from the time it was moved to Perry in 1994 until 2007. Besides serving as our Secretary, she also publishes our News Letter.  Her and husband, Milton, have hosted many of our events at their Double S Farm in Marietta, GA.  Their Clydesdales, after years of showing, participating in local parades and church events, are now pasture ornaments and giving pleasure to the grandchildren and those that stop to meet them.    

Candace Taylor

Board Member

Candace, her husband Nick, and their family live in Canton, GA and are active members of the GDHA.  The Taylor Family owns Embellir Equestrian Gypsies & Drafts, a facility that focuses on Gypsy Vanner and Spotted Draft Horses (recognized as “light draft” breeds with the GDHA).  Candace also owns and operates Georgia Draft Horse Rehabilitation and Recovery, an equine rescue which serves as a dedicated advocate and safe haven for mistreated and misplaced draft horses.  Their mission is to Rescue, Rehab, and Rehome.

Lamar Mitchell

Board Member

Lamar and his wife Crystal live in Shelbyville, Tennessee and have been active in the draft horse world since they purchased their first Percheron in 1989 and a second one in 1990. The Mitchell family farm is known as Southern View Farm and has been in the family for 22 years. They first used their Percheron in parades and local county fairs but after being around these gentle giants, they decided to expand their experiences with them and start competing in 2005. In 2006 the Southern View Farm Percheron went to Perry Georgia and actively competed in halter classes. After handling these talented animals and showing in halter classes, they decided in 2007 to purchase a driving cart and add that to their list of classes to enter. The Southern View Farm show string enjoyed many wins and a great show season. In 2015, the Mitchell’s jumped in and started showing a six . As of today, the Mitchell’s 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. He is one of the few farriers in his area that will and can shoe a draft horse. Lamar and his wife Crystal are 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.