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March 22, 2005

Obstacle Driving

Gamblers Choice Driving is always one of my favorite driving classes to watch at Bishop Mule Days, especially the Donkey Gamblers Choice Driving!

For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Gamblers Choice Driving is a timed obstacle driving class. Each contestant has a certain amount of time to navigate as many obstacles as they can. Each obstacle has a point value, and they can only do each obstacle twice, but not back to back. At the end of their time, the donkey with the greatest number of points and the smallest amount of time is the winner.

Some of the obstacles in Gamblers Choice Driving are pretty simple and have lower point values. But some of them can be quite a challenge! Each year Bishop Mule Days has a little bit different combination of obstacles in their Gamblers Choice Driving classes. But here are several that they had last year.

In this first photo TW Biscuit going through the Bridge obstacle. This bridge was made a little more difficult with a turn to come in and another turn going out from the bridge.


Here is SCMM Merlin going through the U-Turn obstacle. In front of the U-Turn obstacle, you can also see the Back-N-Bump obstacle set up.


Here one of the donkeys has just bumped the back rail and completed the Back-N-Bump obstacle.


This is one of the more complicated obstacles. It is call a "figure 8 in a box". In this picture Double C's Hat Trick is turning around the last cone before exiting the box.


Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 22, 2005 06:56 AM