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May 22, 2007

On Assignment at Bishop Mule Days - Part 2

Today was the first day of events at Bishop Mule Days.

The day started off with Gamblers Choice Driving and Obstacle Driving, two exciting events to watch. The Gamblers Choice Driving consisted of 6 obstacles, each with an associated point value. The obstacles were serpentine through 4 cones, "L" shape path between PVC pipes, "Back & Bump" between PVC pipes, a clover leaf pattern around cones, driving through between parallel ground rails, and ball on a cone where you have to knock the ball off with your driving whip. The drivers "gamble" on which obstacles they can do best to accumulate the most points in a 2-minute time. You can do each obstacle twice, but must do another obstacle in between - you can't do the same one twice in a row.

Two of my donkeys, Andy and Lily, competed in the Donkey Gamblers Choice Driving. Andy placed 4th and Lily placed 7th out of 12 entries. They did a great job!

The Gamblers Choice classes were followed by Mule Timed Obstacle Driving. Tim Phillips and "Tuff Stuff" took first place in this class. Both Tim and "Tuffy" were inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame this year. Second place in Timed Obstacle Driving was awarded to "Lonebranch Loretta Rosebud" driven by Jeannie Fowlston. Third place was given to "Crestline's Hot Blanche" driven by Teri Merry. Congratulations to all! Here are a few photos from that class.



Next up was the 2-up Donkey Hitch class. Here's a short video of part of that class for all you donkey team driving enthusiasts!

2-Up Donkey Hitch Class Video

In the afternoon there were English Mule Riding classes and Bridled Hunter Hack. Then we finished the day with Sidesaddle Mules.




What a great first day of competitions at Mule Days! Tomorrow there will be a bunch of jumping classes, pleasure driving, and 2-up Mule Hitches.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at May 22, 2007 09:17 PM