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May 21, 2009

Bishop Mule Days - May 21, 2009

Dressage, 2-Up Mule Hitches, Youth Driving, Mini Donkey Driving, Gambler's Choice Trail, all the Donkey Halter classes and some of the Mule Halter classes made today a fun and busy day!

The day started off early at 6am with Dressage in the East Arena. I didn't get up early enough to catch the start of it, but did get some nice pictures of some of the later entries. They finally completed the last of the Dressage tests just after noon.


Meanwhile, starting at 8:00am, there were other fun events going in the Main Arena. First we had 2-Up Hitch Mule Teams. What a fun assortment of vehicles and beautiful mules to watch!



That class was followed by the Youth Driving class. This class is for all youth driving entries regardless of whether they are driving donkeys or mules, singles or teams. There was a nice array of entries in this class this year. The drivers ranged in ages 4 to 15 years, and were all accompanied by an adult groom riding beside them incase they needed help.



Next came Miniature Donkey Driving.


That concluded the events in the Main Arena for the day. The rest of the afternoon, stage equipment was being set up in the Main Arena in preparation for the evening Joe Nichols concert.

But there was still plenty to watch in the East Arena and to do around the fair grounds. Once Dressage was finished, we had a short lunch break, then it was time to get ready for Halter. My first event to compete in was Donkey Halter 3yrs & Up. I showed my beautiful white gelding, White Knight. He stood like a good boy during the standing-still portion of the class, but didn't think it proper to trot when the judge wanted him to trot. Ah, you gotta love them...

I was busy running around showing Knight, then cleaning up and putting my stuff away afterwards, and didn't have a chance to get any photos of the other afternoon Halter classes.

I did catch Video Mike filming some of the events during the day.


And for those who got tired of watching the show, a lot of the vendor are now set up and you can stay busy for hours browsing through their selection of goodies and visiting with them about mules!


Well, enough for one long busy day. It's time to get a good rest in preparation for tomorrow when the show really swings into action.

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at May 21, 2009 07:24 PM