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April 10, 2009

Show Report: San Antonio Donkey and Mule Show

Sanctioned by Gulf Coast Donkey and Mule ASSociation
February 16th & 17th, 2009
Judge: Sandy Jirkovsky
Article and Photos submitted by Jeannie Richards


This show continues to grow in numbers, especially with the large animals, and we want to thank all the exhibitors who attended. GCDMA is proud to announce that this year's San Antonio show was a great success!

The San Antonio staff is beyond comparison in their organization of this show, and their courtesy toward exhibitors and spectators. These guys andgals really know what it takes to make a show run smoothly, and they greatly exceed our expectations each year. What a great crew! One worker travels all the way from Florida each year just to volunteer at this show, and most especially so that she can work with the donkeys and mules. They love this show as much as we do!

For most of the GCDMA officers this is a very easy show, but not for all. We wish to extend a special Thank You to Rose Jones, our show secretary, for organizing and working this show. Her jobs are numerous, and without her we just couldn't do it. Not only is she indispensable, but she does it all with a smile. We also wish to thank Page Bishop for working the computer at the show. A special thanks also goes to Tex Taylor for helping with trail patterns, and to David Sessum for helping us work the show.

The spotlight of the San Antonio show goes to Cody Wellman, who won the $10,000.00 scholarship. Some of you may recognize Cody as the ring steward for the past two years at our ADMS National Show, where he served as a volunteer with his 4-H group. This young man spent many hours of hard work going to different locations to take lessons from the owners of the three animals he showed, and never seemed to tire of the schedule. He showed all three animals with the confidence and ability of a professional, and walked away with three titles in addition to the scholarship. The three animals he showed were: Judiciass, owned by Monica Bishop (Reserve Champion Youth Mule), Laptop, owned by Jessica Scoggins (Champion Youth Donkey), and Little Chief, owned by Li'l Angels Miniature Donkeys (Champion Youth Miniature Donkey). Congratulations Cody!

We also want to recognize Weston Shefcik, who won the Reserve title for the scholarship. We had several youth competing for this award, and we hope that number will increase as more people become aware of the program. This is the only scholarship that we know of for donkeys and mules! The youth scholarship is based on total points for the whole show, for each youth exhibitor. We congratulate and applaud all the youth exhibitors at San Antonio! Well done!

For complete results for the San Antonio show, please visit our website at www.GCDMA.org.

Posted by Guest Contributor at April 10, 2009 06:22 PM