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February 25, 2005

Mules of Many Trades

Mules are such versatile equines. Not only can they excel at riding and packing, but many can also become beautiful harness mules once properly trained.

Some of my favorite events to watch at Bishop Mule Days are the driving and harness events. There are all different sizes and shapes of mules - from big heavy draft mules all the way down to much smaller but still very capable little mules. There are also many different kinds of mule-drawn vehicles to see, too - fancy wooden carts, buggies, carriages, big wagons, chariots, sleds, antique wagons, and more.

Here are a few pictures from one of the first mule driving classes of the week - Single Mule Pleasure Driving. These photos were taken at Bishop Mule Days 2004.


Ray Jensen driving May in the red and white cart, and another mule.


Yvonne Bailey driving Bailey's Palomo (white mule), and Brenda Overton driving Hot Cocoa.


This was a big class, and had to be divided up into several sections. This is part of the section 1 class line up - Ray Jensen driving May, Brenda Overton driving Hot Cocoa, Dr. Kelly Riccitelli driving Five Mile Farm's Booger Bear, and Teri Merry driving Crestline's Hot Blanche.


And here is the complete Single Mule Pleasure Driving line up. Aren't they a stunning sight to see?

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 25, 2005 06:58 AM