Saturday, September 20, 2008

Brad Cameron Mule Clinic

Our friend, Joe Bufalo, hosted a Brad Cameron Mule Clinic this weekend. Joe asked Cole to take one of his colts for the colt starting clinic. Cole has started a few colts already and took to Cameron's methods very quickly. There were 2 other colts the first day and 3 other colts on the second day. There were many people watching. The weather was perfect!

Monday, September 15, 2008

All Star Mule Show

The All Star Mule Show was organized well but in a horrible facility. The mules and donkeys were pushed to the outside arena with mud and water everywhere. The stalls were also crap. The show manager agreed to move out of the big arena and into the small arena for a discount. It really emphasized his lack of desire to put the show together and his lack of respect for the people and animals who attended. No bleachers, no bathrooms, no warmup pen with the arena. It was cold and wet.

Camri participated in the lead line and the teddy bear race. She looked good. Cori won the Extreme Trail Challenge, Amateur Western Pleasure and Trail. Cole won a couple speed events.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Scenes from South Dakota

This year's buffalo hunt was not as exciting as last years. They only rounded up buffalo one day and only rounded up between 500 -600 buffalo. Here are a couple of the pictures. He and Tim Cross had a good time and made it safely home. Loren and the kids are now on their way to Columbia for the All Star Mule Show. Good luck to Cole and Cori. Camri may get to show one class if she is feeling better.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Buffalo Roundup

Loren is headed to Custer State Park in South Dakota this week to roundup the buffalo. This is a preround-up with only a select number of people on muleback/horseback rounding the buffalo out of the state park to put in a pen in order to have other people drive them through town. This job gets none of the glory but all of the fun and drama.

I'll post some pictures when he comes back.

Monday, September 1, 2008

National Chuckwagon Races

We've just returned from the National Chuckwagon Races in Clinton, AR. As usual, it was hot but the races were fantastic. There were 5000 mules and horses on the site with more than 20,000 people in attendance. It is an amazing event and Dan and Peggy Eoff are incredibly crazy to invite that many people to their home in a weekend. I think the races were the best ever. It was great to see so many new people win this year. Will He Make It won the big mule team race and I don't think I've ever seen anyone as excited as their team was. Mr. Waddle said he'd been waiting for that moment for 17 years! Amazing - their team was amazing. Their outrider got on and was in perfect position. Congratulations to all the teams that won. Cole won the mule race and we were almost as excited as the Will He Make It team. Cole had a lighting run with a time of 46.8.