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May 29, 2008

Bishop Mule Days Report

Wow! Like they say, time flies by when you are having fun! If you missed Bishop Mule Days this year, you missed a great show.

The crowds were a bit smaller this year, and there were about 10% less animals competing. But that helped the events move along faster.

And the temperatures were great! It wasn't too cold at night, but also stayed nice and cool during the daytime. Usually it is very hot during the day. It was very windy one or two of the days, and I would have enjoyed those days better without the wind, but the rest of the week was lovely.

The show started off bright and early Tuesday morning with driving classes. My gelding, Andy, competed in Donkey Pleasure Driving and placed 4th. Then in the afternoon they had English and Hunter Hack classes.

Here is Little Brother Brewster winning first place in the English Pleasure Mule class.

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They also added a new Donkey Hunter Under Saddle class this year, for those who like to ride their donkeys English style.

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On Wednesday it was very windy all day. They had jumping classes in the morning, and more driving events in the afternoon. I drove Andy in Donkey Gamblers Choice Driving where he placed 4th again. He was a very good boy, in spite of the wind.

Thursday was still a little windy, though not quite so bad. Thursday they had more driving events, dressage, some trail classes, and some halter classes. I showed my gelding, White Knight, in the Donkey 3yr old & Up halter class. Knight was very well behaved for me, but the judge didn't place us.

Friday was a busy day. There was Reining, Roping, Western Riding, Barrel Racing, Keyhole, Pollbending, and more. They added a new Donkey Reining class this year. That was fun to watch. Maybe next year one of my donkeys will be ready to compete in it. My gelding, White Knight, placed 10th in the Donkey Barrel Race. I rode my other gelding, Andy, in Donkey Western Pleasure, but he didn't place. Little Brother Brewser won first place Western Pleasure Mule, Western Riding Mule, and Western Stakes on Friday. He really did well this year!

I missed most of the events on Saturday.

Sunday was full of fun events - cow working, log skidding, trail, pack team events, and more. I rode Andy in Donkey Trail, where we placed 7th.

Then came the long drive back home.

We sure did enjoy seeing those of you who came by and said Hi! And if you didn't get a chance to come, you'll have to start planning for next year.

For a full report on the placings, visit the Mule Days website at http://muledays.org It looks like they don't have the 2008 results posted quite yet, but I'm sure they will soon.

Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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May 19, 2008

Bishop Mule Days - May 19, 2008

The time has come! Everyone is rolling in to Bishop, California. People are busy setting up camp, getting their mules and donkeys used to the setting, and preparing for the show to begin.

Bright and early tomorrow morning, the show will begin with driving classes - single mule pleasure driving, ride & drive, and donkey pleasure driving.

If you are coming to Bishop Mule Days this year, stop by and say "Hi!" You'll see our Longears Mall banner in the shaded barns area near the show office. Or look for us in the show ring. I'll be riding OK White Knight and Sagebrush Dazzlin' Daisy, as well as riding & driving Sagebrush Oklahoma Andy this year.

Kristie Jorgensen
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May 12, 2008

Clipping Your Donkeys - Another Tip

This is the time of year when things are really starting to warm up, and also show season is getting into full swing. You may be thinking about clipping your donkey to make them look better for show or just be cooler during hot days.

I posted a series of articles a few years ago on the steps that I use for clipping donkeys. You can view them by following the links at:

http://longearsmall.com/mt/articles/mall/archives/2005/06/clipping_your_d_8.html

Here's another tip from my clipping experience this year. If you're donkey's fur feels clean and normal, and you know your clipper blades are sharpe, but they just aren't going through the fur, try washing your donkey real well. Then once he is dry, try clipping again. This may make a vast improvement, even though your donkey's fur felt normal.

I had this experience with two of my donkeys this year. I still don't know what they had in their fur, but bathing them made a huge difference it helping the clippers work. Just be sure to let the donkeys dry off well before clipping.

Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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May 01, 2008

Mule Days Videos by Video Mike

Bishop Mule Days is coming up soon. If you've never been, here's a great preview and a chance to see what all the excitement is about!

Mike Kerson (Video Mike) has done an excellent job capturing the escence of Mule Days in his DVDs of the last 5 Bishop Mule Days. There is so much going on during the week of Mule Days that it would be impossible to fit all of Mule Days onto just one DVD. However, each of Mikes tapes has it's own unique focus.

You will love watching these DVDs and seeing some of the best mules and donkeys in the world competing in many different disciplines - from Gaming to Driving, from Western to Jumping, from Halter to Trail, and a few unusual and surprising events thrown in along the way.

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Mike's collection of Bishop Mule Days videos is a must-have for anyone who enjoyes watching longears show off their versitility and skill in the show arena!

Kristie Jorgensen
LongearsMall.com


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