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August 30, 2007

Montana Mule Days - Part 2

Montana Mule Days is a busy show with over 130 classes in 3 days. Here are some more of the other events we enjoyed on Friday.

Halter classes finished up the morning. I showed my yearling jennet, Sagebrush Rooster's Star, in the Mammoth Jennet Halter class. We had never even practiced the halter pattern with her at home, so she was a bit distracted and wiggly, but I was very proud of her confidently leaving her other buddies and going happily with me in the show ring for her first time!

After Star's halter class, I took her back to her pen, and then got my camera to take photos of some of the other halter classes. Here are the gelding and jack halter classes.

Mammoth Gelding Halter

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Championship Gelding Halter

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Mammoth Jack Halter

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Miniature and Standard Jack Halter

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Championship Donkey Halter

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Friday afternoon I rode my gelding, Sagebrush Oklahoma Andy, in the Donkey Western Pleasure class. This was his first time doing a walk/trot/canter Western Pleasure class. He's only been in western pleasure one time before, and that time was Green Western Pleasure, and they didn't ask us to canter in that one. I was concerned before his Western Pleasure class that he wouldn't want to canter long enough for me, but I still wanted to do it for his experience. We got into the arena with 7 other donkeys, and Andy performed beautifully for me. He picked up each gait when I asked for it, and held the canter until I asked him to come back down. Good boy! And we took 1st place!

I also rode my jennet, Sagebrush Desert Delight (aka Lily), in the Donkey Flag Race where she did a flawless run and placed 1st.

Later in the afternoon they had Keyhole, along with a number of other classes. Here are a couple photos that I got of the Junior Donkey Keyhole. This young man was quite busy all weekend showing mules and donkeys in a lot of classes! And he did quite well too.

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Then we stopped for a quick dinner break, then headed back to the arena for one of my favorite events at Montana Mule Days - Log Pulling! There were 13 donkeys in the Single Donkey Log Pulling and 4 teams in the Donkey Team Log Pulling. That was quite impressive! I did Single Log Pulling with both Andy and Lily. Both did well. Andy placed 4th, and Lily didn't place. With so many donkeys, we had some stiff competition.

I also drove Andy and Lily together in the Donkey Team Log Pulling. They placed 3rd out of 4 teams.

Here are a few photos graciously provided by Laurie Morgan. The first is of Lily doing Single Donkey Log Pulling. The others are of my team.

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Next article I'll have more photos from the show!

Kristie Jorgensen
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August 26, 2007

Montana Mule Days - Part 1

I had a wonderful time at Montana Mule Days this year, and was quite excited to see the large number of donkeys competing this year!

This summer has been a bit busy, so it has taken me a few weeks to get them ready, but I thought you would enjoy a few photos from the show. So here it goes!

Friday morning started off bright and early with Showmanship classes on one half of the arena and Trail in the other half. Here are some photos from both of those.

Youth Showmanship

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Junior Showmanship

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Adult Showmanship

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Donkey and Mule Trail

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In my next article I share photos from a few more of the Friday events.

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August 02, 2007

On Assignment at Bishop Mule Days - Part 8

May 28, 2007 - Farewell 'til next year!

What a great show! We had a wonderful time, and hope you'll join us at Bishop Mule Days next summer! But now it's time to pack up and head home.

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Complete show results should be up at the Bishop Mule Days website soon. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who brought their mules & donkeys to make this show a great success!

Next comes Montana Mule Days! Come back to read my reports from Montana Mule Days soon!

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August 01, 2007

On Assignment at Bishop Mule Days - Part 7

May 27, 2007 - Afternoon

Things got a little hectic this summer, and I haven't written any new articles in a while. Now that I have some more time to write again, I wanted to finish my Bishop Mule Days series! In my last article I wrote about the Sunday morning events. Here are some good photos from Sunday afternoon's events.

Someone brought a mare with twin baby mules to show off. Here they are waiting to go into the arena for their minute in the spotlight.

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I found a good place to sit at the top of the stands where I could watch both the main arena and the two east arenas. They had jumping in the main arena.

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Mule Trail was going in one of the east arenas.

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Donkey Trail was going in the other east arena. The first photo is JoDe Collins on Double C Redman. The second is Curtus Imrie on Musai.

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Later in the afternoon we had Youth Costume Class in the main arena. The theme for this year was "your favorite superhero." Some of the kids got quite creative!

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Next came one of the pack team events. In this one they had to load up and pack out a variety of odd shaped objects like pipe, deck chairs, sheets of plywood, plastic barrels, etc. The packers have to make sure everything is tied down good. They then race around the back track, and back into the arena. When they come back in everything still has to be on their back team - it can't be dragging or lost somewhere around the track. It's quite an event to watch!

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Then they had Mule Keyhole Finals. Here is one of the mules in that event.

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Another exciting event to watch was the Mule Chariot Races. Some of those teams can really run! It's quite the experience to hear the heavy weight teams storming down the track!

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What a busy, but fun filled day to end the show!

Kristie Jorgensen
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