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June 27, 2009

Wivelsfield: Pantomime Donkeys in training

There are definitely no cowboy builders in Wivelsfield: Alun Gedrych would describe himself as preferring donkeys!

When organisers of Wivelsfield Village Day approached Alun, who owns Alun Gedrych Ltd a ground work company, and asked him if his business would like to be involved with the day, he leapt at the chance to sponsor the soon-to-be-famous pantomime donkey derby race.

Read the rest of this article in the South Downs Living Magazine.

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June 26, 2009

No use being stubborn with Canyon mules

Anybody who has hiked into and out of the Grand Canyon can appreciate why mules have a history there.

The question today is what kind of future do they have?

Canyon trails are steep and narrow, and in summer the heat can be brutal. Just getting yourself out of the Canyon can be a chore, much less your gear.

Mules, however, are hardy, sure-footed and, with proper training, calm and reliable. Most important, they are strong enough to carry hundreds of pounds of gear — or a human passenger.

Read the rest of this article in the Arizona Daily Star

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June 25, 2009

Americans moved West on the backs of mules

Although there were many treasures in early America such as gold and silver, for a period of years from 1823 to 1850, another treasure generated huge profits for those involved. The treasure? Mules!

Hard-headed, stubborn, unpredictable, ornery and ugly, the critters were sorely needed to pull the plows and wagons of the settlers and carry supplies to the miners and armies.

Originally started by Mexican traders from Mexico when they drove herds of Jacks, Jennets and mules to Missouri to trade to the power-hungry settlers needing mule-power for many reasons. The trade grew year by year with ever-increasing demand.

Read the rest of this facinating history lesson on Amarillo.com

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June 24, 2009

Everything’s coming up Rosie

A newborn donkey who will be a regular on the Furness and South Lakes carnival scene in years to come is one-week-old today.

Rosie is the first foal of the season at Low Greaves Farm in Pennington, which is home to South Cumbria’s only childrens’ donkey ride company – Orchard Donkeys.

Read the rest of this story in the North West Evening Mail.

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June 23, 2009

'Mule Man' passes through town

Gregory Kuehmichel, 49, of Texas entered Centerville in his covered wagon along Highway 2 on Thursday, before turning south onto Highway 5.

Kuemichel is on a trip from Marshfield, Wis. to Texas. He has already traveled from Texas to Wisconsin, and written a book, "To God Be the Glory," based on his travel journal, which is currently available on his Web site, www.jubileetrump51.googlepages.com. Kuemichel hopes to publish a version of his book this winter.

He, along with his mules Courageous, Constance and Charity and kitten Sarah are making the return journey to Texas along a slightly different route than the original trip.

Read the rest of this story on TCM Net.

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June 22, 2009

Pack-string travel: A lost art

Workshop leader keeps tradition alive (video clip online)

Time was when pack string was about the only way to get to these parts, but nowadays using mules to haul cargo through the backcountry is a dying art.

Glenn Ryan, however, is keeping the tradition alive and last week taught a weeklong course about the intricacies of hitches and handling pack stock.

Read more and watch the online video clip in the Durango Herald News.

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June 19, 2009

Mules, donkeys take over spotlight

It's that time of the year again - the time when mules and donkeys take center stage.

It's not very often that the general public pays much attention to these breeds of animals, but Saturday at the Athens Club, the 10th annual Midstates Mule and Donkey Association event is scheduled to take place.

Find out more in The Paper of Montgomery County Online.

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June 17, 2009

Mule team drives for Multiple Sclerosis awareness

Led by a pair of mules and flanked by his trusty blue heeler, McComsey is making his way from Henry, Tenn., to Phoenix to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.

McComsey and his mules arrived in Socorro on Friday, June 12 — more than two-thirds of the way to his final destination.

Read the rest of this story in the El Defensor Chieftain.

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June 14, 2009

Montana Mule Days celebrated in Hamilton

Montana Mule Days kicked off at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds in Hamilton on Saturday.

Montana Mule Days was started to bring awareness to the world of mules and to show that they can do just as much as horses can.

Read more on Montana's News Station

Or visit Montana Mule Days website at http://www.montanamuledays.com/

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June 13, 2009

Watch Donkeys Live Online and Maybe Foster a Pair at Home

Two new live-stream webcams have just been installed at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary broadcasting live footage of rescued donkeys around the clock.

Previously, the charity’s two ‘Donkey Watch’ webcams transmitted static images, which were only updated every 60 seconds.

The new webcams are a vast improvement and allow website visitors to view live footage of the Sanctuary’s rescued donkeys both inside the barn and out in their field.

Read more in the Smallholder News

You may view the new webcams at these links:
Donkeywatch Webcam 1
Donkeywatch Webcam 2

I have also added these webcams to our WebCams menu on at the top of the Longears Mall website.
Right now I see 6 or 7 donkeys digging hay out of their manger on Webcam 2.

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June 12, 2009

A Mule Days Legend: Benson's Original Cowboy Goes Home

Benson is mourning the loss of its original cowboy with the death of local legend Willis Elbert McLamb.

Mr. McLamb was best known for co-founding Mule Days, a Benson tradition dating to 1950 that has since grown to become the largest festival of its kind in the country.

Read more about the extraordinary man on MyDailyRecord.com

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June 11, 2009

MSU Grad Student Takes Donkeys Under Her Wing

To Amy McLean, nothing is more personally fulfilling than improving the livelihood of mistreated animals.

Growing up in a family that raised mules and donkeys, McLean, a Michigan State University doctoral student in the Department of Animal Science, developed a passion for understanding and interpreting animal behavior.

“It just makes me feel good knowing that I’m making a positive difference in an animal’s life,” she said.

Read more about Amy, and the work she is doing to help donkeys around the world, in the Michigan State University News

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June 10, 2009

Stubborn as a ... Dressage Champ?

Like all dressage competitors, Audrey Goldsmith begins each ride with a customary salute to the judge. But unlike other riders, as she raises her head from the salute, she usually gets ... The Look.

"It's like, 'Yeah, yeah, let's get the dog and pony show over with, already,'" she says.

That's because Goldsmith, an acclaimed hunter-jumper trainer, has joined the regional dressage show circuit — usually home to big, fancy warmbloods — on her mule.

Read the rest of this story on the Bend Bulletin

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June 09, 2009

Donkeys guard Brunswick County farm from coyotes

The electric fence didn’t prove a deterrent. Neither did shooting a couple of the interlopers.

So when Brunswick County farmer Pearly Vereen was looking for a better way to protect his livestock from coyotes, which were targeting his goats and calves, he turned to an animal known more for its stubbornness than its ability as a strange-looking guard dog.

Read the rest of the story about his guard donkeys in the Star News

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June 07, 2009

Donkey-trekking in France


When he booked a Cévennes holiday, Stephen Bleach hoped for a compliant beast. He got Mistral.

There are times in life when swearing is profoundly beneficial. Being stranded in a storm on a remote French mountain with an uncooperative donkey is one of them.

I didn’t think it would be like this. In fact, when I heard that a UK tour operator was offering donkey-trekking holidays in the Cévennes, I made a number of unwarranted assumptions.

Read the rest of the story about Stephen's adventures on the TimesOnline

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June 05, 2009

Girl, 13, Named World Champ in Mule Riding

For every cockeyed look 13-year-old Samantha Henricks gets for bringing a mule to a horse show over the years, she has a trophy, belt buckle or funny story to toss right back.


Recently named world champion in her age group at Bishop Mule Days in Bishop, Calif., the Rogue River middle-schooler readily admits having an award-winning mule is not an honor most teenage girls would strive for.

Read the rest of this story in the Mail Tribune

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June 03, 2009

Surprise birth at Málaga donkey refuge

A Mother’s Day surprise for the donkey refuge in Fuente de Piedra is now one month old, a baby donkey which was born at the Refugio del Burrito on 3rd May to the surprise of staff at the centre. Her mother, Nana, a donkey who had 16 different owners before she was taken in by the centre last year, was barely able to walk when she arrived. No-one, not even the vets who attend the animals in the refuge, realised that she was pregnant.

Read more on TypicallySpanish.com

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