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April 16, 2009

Saying Goodbye to Josephine My Love

Owned by Dianne Smith of Monogram Farms
Smithville, TX
Article and Photos submitted by Jeannie Richards


What it takes to make a champion is far more than just physical ability. A champion must have a big heart, and Josephine My Love was most certainly a champion. She was not only a Champion, but a multiple World Champion, and National Champion Mule. Even more to her credit, she has been shown by many riders including youth and sub-youth riders as young as 3 years old. Her owner Dianne Smith has ridden her to win many championships, earninga countless line up of awards including 10 saddles at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and a Pick-Up truck. She was shown in 2008 at San Antonio by a youth exhibitor, Kelsey Hoffpauir, along with a Mammoth Donkey and a Miniature Donkey, earning Kelsey a $10,000.00 scholarship. Josephine was trained by Mary Wasson.

Josephine died January 3, 2009, at the age of 16. She was still in her prime, and died of an unexpected infection.

There is no way to write enough words, or say all the right things to express the impact Josephine had on the people who knew her. She was special beyond words. She was a gorgeous sorrel molly mule, standing 16.5 hands. But her beauty was not the most important thing about her. She was exceptionally tolerant and willing. When she entered the ring, she put her feet right where she was asked to put them….every time. It didn't really matter who was on her back. If she was asked, the answer was always "YES".

Josephine contributed to the donkey and mule world in ways that will never be forgotten. There will be a huge space in the hearts and minds of all who knew her that will not easily be filled back up. Saying goodbye is not easy, but never was there a mule more deserving of a tribute than the lovely, Josephine My Love.


Posted by Guest Contributor at April 16, 2009 08:59 PM


Mary Wasson and Josephine were the best combination of rider and performer I have ever known... They both represented the best in horsemanship. Looking forward to Mary's next champion. I loved both of you........... Steve

Posted by: Steve Burns at June 10, 2009 11:40 PM

What an awesome mule. I have watched her for years in the show arena. What a nice blessing that she was a part of your family & many other families. Being a mule lover & owner of SamMule from Five Mile Farm, I want to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to watch Josephine all these years!

Anne-- Chappell Hill, Tx

Posted by: Anne Keady at August 2, 2009 11:30 AM