February 02, 2005
Spring is almost here, and there are a lot of great opportunities and events planned for donkeys and mules all across the country and around the world.
We have just added a bunch of new events to the Longears Mall Calendar, and will be posting more soon. If you know of any mule or donkey events that we don't have listed there yet, please email us the information about them and we will be happy to add them.
I am particularly looking forward to Bishop Mule Days - May 24-29, 2005. Bishop Mule Days is one of the largest mule shows in the world, and believe me, there are a lot of mules and donkeys there! The past few years that I have attended, there have been around 700 to 800 mules and donkeys competing in the many different events during the week. I especially enjoy getting to see old friends again and meet new ones from all over the country. To me it is kind of like a longears lover's dream vacation - a chance to soak up your fill of donkeys and mules, and maybe bring one or two home with you.
Another show I have enjoyed attending is Montana Mule Days. It is much smaller than Bishop Mule Days, but is a fun, relaxed, friendly show, and a great place to get your feet wet in the showing experience. If you want to be able to participate in the events with a smaller audience, and a more relaxed environment, then I'd suggest you visit Montana Mule Days or one of the similar small donkey and mule shows around the country.
One note of warning... If you come to Montana Mule Days, be prepared for any kind of weather! When we were there in 2002, it rained and even snowed!
I had scheduling conflicts and wasn't able to be there in 2003 and 2004, but from what I've heard, they had beautiful weather those years. Just be sure to bring your warm jackets, rain slickers, and a few extra blankets for the critters... just in case. In spite of the bad weather, we had a blast when we were there in 2002, and I'm looking forward to the next time we'll be able to go to Montana Mule Days!
There are many other great shows, clinics, sales, and trail rides that we have listed in the Longears Mall calendar. If you are not able to come to one of these two shows, there are still plenty of others to choose from! So as you are planning for the coming spring and summer months, don't forget to check our event calendar to find out more about shows and events in your area.
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 2, 2005 10:10 PM