Meet the Board & Officers

Please welcome our 2022 Officers and Board of Directors!

Lamar Mitchell


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, Southern View Farm Percherons began actively competing in Halter classes, then began showing in Cart classes in 2007. In 2015, the Mitchells jumped in and started showing a six-horse hitch of Percheron mares. As of today, the Mitchells own 7 Percheron mares and continue to raise colts and improve their blood lines. Lamar is very active in promoting draft horses in the South and is one of the few draft horse farriers in his area. Lamar and Crystal are very active in their local county 4-H club. They have volunteered countless hours of their time to coach the 4-H horse group and provide 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 (Clydedale x Gypsy Vanner) gelding, by the name of Tadpole!  Kim, her husband Rob, and their two boys, Wesley (14) and little Benjamin (2) live in Monroe, GA. Their small farm is home to 3 horses, 2 cats, 1 dog, and a few ducks. Kim grew up riding off-the-track Thoroughbreds and was actively involved in the United States Pony Club for over 10 years. Kim and Tadpole (also known as ‘Taddy’ or ‘Little Frog’) participate in a variety of disciplines, including Competitive Trail Riding, Obstacle Challenges, Riding, Pleasure Driving, and Mounted Archery. Kim has served on the GDHA’s Perry Show Committee since 2018 as their Light Draft representative. Having served as the Board President of Horse Archery USA (2016-2019), and the founder of Georgia Horse Archers, Kim’s experience working with and managing non-profit organizations has been a valuable asset to the club.

Cathy Hackle


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


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!

Johnny Cannon


Johnny calls FairWinds Farm in Cleveland, TN his home and has served as president of the GDHA Board in previous years.  Together with his late wife Rebecca, he bought their first Clydesdale in 1992 and joined the GDHA.  Johnny has found lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge in the GDHA. Through the years he has owned several registered Clydesdales and a registered Belgian gelding.  Johnny has shown men’s cart, team, halter and under saddle throughout the years.  Serving on the GDHA Board as president in the past he is an asset to both the association and the draft horse industry.  Johnny’s goal is to continue promoting  draft horses in the South by providing advice and assistance to other draft horse owners.

Lou Rossi


Lou has been involved with Draft horses since 2010 when he and his wife (Kathy) purchased their first Clydesdale named Kate.  Together they own a small farm called K & L Clydesdales in Hudson, Florida.  They currently own and show 3 Clydesdales (Kate, Peaches, and Kat Von D). The Rossi’s show in the halter, riding and driving classes.  Lou has a special place in his heart for all the youth as they are the future of our Draft horse industry.  He is always ready and willing to answer any questions.

Dusty McQueen


William “Dusty” McQueen began his draft horse journey back in 2007 after purchasing a Percheron mare, who happened to be in foal!  Java was born shortly after, and while she was still young, Dusty began showing her (and placing well!) in halter classes. He was hooked, and soon brought a Percheron gelding by the name of King Triton home to Berry Oaks, his farm in Madisonville, TN. Dusty jumped right in and started learning everything he could about showing and caring for Draft horses from the many people in the GDHA who offered their help, knowledge, and love of the Draft breeds. Dusty fondly recalls how he got his nickname “Dusty” – during his days as a disc jockey, someone said he was “spinning music so fast that dust was flying!” A Florida State University graduate, Dusty has now been in produce sales for over 25 years as a Regional Manager. Having been a member of the Georgia Draft Horse Association for the past 12 years, Dusty is looking forward to bringing new ideas to the club and working with fellow Board members to bring the GDHA forward into the future as an exciting, enjoyable, and thriving club.