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March 31, 2009

Donkey Paddy Helps Children with Special Needs on St. Patrick's Day

A riding therapy donkey called Paddy has made a special comeback after illness in time for St Patrick's Day.

Paddy has today been giving children with special needs rides at The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust (EST) in Sidmouth for the first time since he developed a tumour.

Read the rest of Paddy's story on the Commnity Newswire.

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March 26, 2009

Death of Donkey Derby Champion

Trevor Culling, known across East Anglia as the man behind hundreds of donkey derbies, has died aged 74.

Photo Credit: EDP24

At its height, the donkey derby business ran more than 50 animals, working in three teams from the Wash down to Essex.

The derbies dated back to the 1960s when Mr Culling was working at Pontin's in Pakefield and met a donkey handler travelling back from an event at Yarmouth Racecourse.

Read the rest of the story on EDP24.

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March 24, 2009

A mule ride into Molokai's storied history

A visit to Kalaupapa is the antithesis of sun-washed revelry in the Hawaiian Islands, but it's a story of human tragedy and bureaucratic atrocity that shouldn't be forgotten.

The status of this settlement as Kalaupapa National Historical Park, established in 1980 and overseen by the National Park Service, seeks to ensure that it isn't.

Read more about Molokia's mule rides on the San Jose Mercury News.

Or find out more by visiting the Molokia Mule Rides website at http://www.muleride.com

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March 22, 2009

Donkey rides return to Clacton's Martello beach

Young and old welcomed donkeys rides back to Clacton for the first time in 20 years.

Jayne Johns and Linda Moore took four donkeys out on the Martello beach for a trial run before the summer tourist season.

Mrs Johns, from Rayleigh, decided to bring the tradition back to Clacton after being given a donkey as a 40th birthday present by her husband, Martin.

Read more about them on Braintree and Witham Times

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March 20, 2009

Hook Up a Mule and Plow

It's been a long time since you or I have a seen a mule plowing in a giant field. A mule was a beast of burden during our early years of growing cotton and corn.

According to Webster: "A mule is a hybrid offspring between a mare horse and a male ass or donkey." Mules are born male and female but sterile and cannot reproduce an offspring other than by a mare as described above.

Mules were big, beautiful and strong animals with long ears, a sharp back bone and huge muscles built for field work. They usually are deep red or black with manes cut short. A mule's hoof was different from a horse being a bit smaller and thinner and required a different type shoe.

Read the rest of this story on The Monticello News

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March 18, 2009

Local ass tries out for 'America's Got Talent'

A local animal trainer and her miniature mule are headed to New York City this week to audition for the NBC show "America's Got Talent."

Miniature Mule on America's Got Talent
Photo Credit: Seacoast Online

Soso Whaley, 54, and her mini mule Firefly recently went to the Boston Convention Center for a first round audition for the show. During their trip to Boston, Firefly got to ride in his first elevator en route to his audition.

Read the rest of the story on Seacoast Online

But wait... Don't miss the reference in this story to our heroes at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue who helped Soso find Firefly!

Way to go Soso, Firefly, and SYA!

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March 17, 2009

Cowboy magazine gets kick out of Mule Days

The Hells Canyon Mule Days event has been selected, for the fourth consecutive year, by American Cowboy Magazine as one of the "101 Events Not To Miss In 2009."

Driving mule harnessed to a show cart
Photo Credit: LongearsMall

Hells Canyon Mule Days President Sondra Lozier was contacted with the news by Joni Gleason, a representative of the magazine. The article will run in the March edition and it includes Western-themed shindigs, rodeo celebrations and livestock shows.

Read the rest of this story in the La Grande Observer.

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March 15, 2009

Little Donkey with a Precious Load

It's been 12 months since the familiar clomp of hooves returned to Chalford. David Clensy visits the Cotwold village to see how Teddy the donkey is getting on as the latest in a long line of four-legged delivery boys.

It's a timeless sight, as the head-bowed donkey climbs the steep lanes of Chalford, his panniers overflowing with loaves and groceries.

Read more of Teddy's story on Bristol News at this link.

Teddy, the delivery donkey
Photo Credit: Chalford Donkey Project

You'll also want to follow Teddy's adventures on the Chalford Donkey Project blog. You'll find lots of great photos there!

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March 06, 2009

Saddle Up & Ride Your Donkey

A Rayleigh woman is bringing donkey rides back to the beach – but not in south Essex.

After months of trying to persuade Southend Council, Jayne Johns has given up and is taking her donkeys to Clacton.

Click here to read the rest of this story in the Southend Standard.

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March 03, 2009

Donkey Cart Races

Donkey-cart racing is the pride of the city and this sport is kept alive by the youth of Lyari.

Acting City Nazim Nasreen Jalil said this while addressing the participants of the donkey-race at Kothari Parade in Clifton on Sunday.

Read more about the races in this article in the Daily Times.

More about these donkey races can also be found at this link on The International News

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March 02, 2009

Mules Help Couple Avoid Icy Roads

So much snow fell across the Athens area that David and Yvonne Smith decided to go old-school. Very old-school.

"We're still snowed in and don't have any power, so we decided to hook up the mule and wagon to ride in to Waffle House," David Smith said.

Read the rest of this story on 11 Alive at http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=127549&catid=3

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