Thursday, June 9, 2016


Storm over White Mountains

Up early to get about a three mile walk in before leaving for the day to Bishop. Tina’s English Dressage class was to be at 0750 so she was up very early prepping for the class.  I had my coffee and homemade sweet pretzels as I drove up to Bishop. 

The fundamental purpose of dressage is to develop, through standardized progressive training methods, a mule's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding mule. The animal and rider should appear relaxed and willing to respond to the requested movement. As you can see from the video there are number of changes in gait, lead, and direction. Tina was quite pleased with her ride. I believe she did get a placing in this class. 

Early in the afternoon Tina also competed in the Amateur English Pleasure Class. Here mules are judged on their manners, performance, quality, and conformation. The mule is to give the impression of being a pleasure to ride. Here she also placed. 

Waiting to Show

"Ima" at a Trot


Following the Pleasure Class was what is called the Hunter hack class which entails the mule jumping two low jumps. Here are a couple of examples —

Mule Jumping in Hunter Hack Class

Then DawnMarie and her Mom, VedaRose, competed in similar classes for donkeys.

VedaRose and "Hope" Jumping

  After a slow serving but very good dinner at the Upper Crust Pizza Restaurant across from the Fairgrounds, I was off to Big Pine for the evening. I spent time downloading pictures, checking mail, and finally going to bed.

Way to Relax

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