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February 09, 2006

Bishop Mule Days

When I am showing people my photos from Bishop Mule Days, one of the classes that I often get questions about is the Youth Ride-A-Buck class.

This is a fun class to watch! It is only open to Youth riders. Each rider enters the arena riding bareback on his mule. The ring steward gives each rider a dollar bill, which the rider has to tuck under his leg between him and his mule. Then the judge gives the riders directions. He might ask them to walk their mules, trot, canter, stop, and back up. I also heard him ask for a collected canter and a few more complicated things like that!

The trick for the riders is to try to keep that dollar bill tucked under their leg the whole time while doing the things the judge asks! As soon as the dollar bill falls out, that rider is out and has to go to the middle of the arena and wait. It was fun watching the kids in the Youth Ride-A-Buck class at Bishop Mule Days. Some of them really had to try hard to get their mule to do what they wanted, and before to long they would lose their dollar.

The one little girl on the white mule did an excellent job! Her mule was very well trained, and she was an excellent rider She was one of the last two contestants left competing at the end!

Here are a few photos I took of this fun class last year at Bishop Mule Days:






Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at February 9, 2006 10:25 PM