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, 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 the “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

Secretary/Treasurer

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!

Johnny Cannon

Director

Johnny resides in Cleveland, Tennessee and calls Fair Winds Farm his home. After a lifetime of his wife, Rebecca, owning and showing Saddlebreds, Johnny bought their first Clydesdale 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 other breed they had owned.  Johnny has found lifelong friendships and a wealth of knowledge in the GDHA. Through the years he and Rebecca have owned several registered Clydesdales and a registered Belgian gelding. Each horse taught them something new. The Cannons both enjoyed showing in Halter, Show Cart, Hitch Team, and Riding classes at many shows for over 20 years. They also enjoyed riding and pleasure driving with their drafts. Johnny’s goal has been to promote draft horses in the South by providing advice and assistance to other draft horse owners.

Lou Rossi

Director

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.