March 04, 2005
Jump Mule, Jump!
It is an incredible experience to watch mules compete in Jumping events, and Bishop Mule Days has plenty of them for you to watch.
I always find it impressive how graceful these beautiful creatures can be, and at the same time I find it very entertaining to see their humorous side come out, too. The mule jumping events always have a few moments of suspense when you don't know what's going to happen.
One of the more entertaining things to watch is what the announcers at Bishop Mule Days like to call "umph" jumping. Some of the mules gracefully glide over the jumps with ease. But others will approach the jumps at a nice speed, then come to almost a complete stop before they pop up and over the jump - Umph! You always wonder if those mules are refusing the jump. And then somehow they bounce up high enough to clear the jump and keep on going! You'll have to watch for the "umph" jumpers next time you are at a mule jumping event.
Here are several of my favorite pictures from the mule jumping classes at Bishop Mule Days 2004.
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 4, 2005 06:57 AM