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Meet a Winning Dressage Mule

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  • Meet a Winning Dressage Mule

    Give it up for the mule! Second Level Test 3. First place!

    Part 1.


    Part 2.

    Last edited by Mike Matson; Jan. 16, 2011, 04:22 AM.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    LOVE those ears!!!!
    Horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
    ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.


    • #3
      Cute! Porter has a facebook page, if anyone is interested.


      • #4
        WOW!!!!!!!!!! I have a mule I'm just starting. Right now we are working on staying between each hand and leg. Next step will be traveling straight. It's great when you see those ears just flopping away, happens with relaxing.

        The rider seems to get a real nice head and neck position with relaxation. Mine can gait as well.

        Kudos to Porter and the rider!


        • #5
          I love it!!! I really want one, but now isn't the time...
          Do not toy with the dragon, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup!


          • #6
            Very impressive. What is the mules breeding?


            • #7
              How fantastic! Really enjoyed that!


              • #8
                That is one cool mule!


                • #9
                  The mule is by a jack donkey, out of a mare. (giggle.)
                  A hinney is from a jenny donkey, and by a stallion, but most stallions will not breed a jenny.

                  Porter won the Oregon Dressage Society's Horse Ambassador of the Year award. (giggle again)

                  Some nice photos:


                  • #10
                    I think more to the point, what was the mare's breeding and is the jack known for producing sport mules?

                    He's a very well-balanced mule!


                    • #11
                      Love the bouncing ears! Adorable!

                      (Watch out warmbloods!)


                      • #12
                        The rider/owner/trainer is Audrey Goldsmith in Sisters, OR. Her farm's website is above.

                        Audrey was a pro H/J trainer in NorCal long ago who also worked with dedicated dressagists down there as well as some eventers and breeders in several western states.

                        The depth of her knowledge on and off the horses is impressive. Check out the wins at Bishop Mule Days and Oregon's indoor trail challenges. She bought Porter, Oliver and Tux from their breeder and made them up herself in these different disciplines.

                        These mules are very nice in person. The boys do play rough, however. I have never seen a horse bite his buddy's knee and attempt to wrestle him to the ground as two of Audrey's mules did when turned out to play together. She says training mules beats training horses any day. But it is different.
                        The armchair saddler
                        Politically Pro-Cat


                        • #13
                          He is absolutely adorable, has a gorgeous shiny coat and does really nice shoulder-in and haunches-in, as well as all his other work.
                          Tranquility Farm - Proud breeder of Born in the USA Sport Horses, and Cob-sized Warmbloods
                          Now apparently completely invisible!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mvp View Post

                            These mules are very nice in person. The boys do play rough, however. I have never seen a horse bite his buddy's knee and attempt to wrestle him to the ground as two of Audrey's mules did when turned out to play together. She says training mules beats training horses any day. But it is different.
                            our mule plays like this too. My horse has learned to play with him mule style. My horse goes for the mules wither and then tries to bring him down to the ground.
                            It's wild.

                            that mule was nice.
                            Mules are not allowed to show in recognized competition with the USEA. They are allowed in USDF?
                            Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                            • #15
                              Love him! Especially the flippity.Floppity.Ears!!
                              Your village is calling. Apparently their idiot is missing!


                              • #16
                                I am a great admirer of Porter and his work. Fenway and I can dream . . .
                                My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

                                Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives


                                • #17
                                  How neat! I've seen quite a few very nice riding mules. This guy has had some very good training.

                                  I know mules are not allowed in USEF recognized jumping competitions, not sure about the other types of riding.


                                  • #18
                                    Mules are explicitly allowed in most dressage competition per USEF rulebook, dressage division, DR 119:

                                    Dressage classes are open to riders on horses, mules and/or ponies of any origin, except
                                    that ponies or mules may not be ridden in USEF High Performance Championships, USEF
                                    High Performance qualifying and selection trials, and observation classes. Mules and/or
                                    ponies are also ineligible to compete in (1) any other classes designated as qualifying or se-
                                    lection classes for international or international high performance competition (except cham-
                                    pionships for FEI Pony Riders), and (2) cham pionships where such participation is prohibited
                                    in the championship selection procedures.
                                    There was some discussion a few years back (?) about a judge who was reprimanded for talking disparagingly about a mule that was competing.


                                    • #19
                                      Hmmmm, now why would someone not want to allow a mule into international high performance classes? Because they can kick their warmblood butts and some delicate flowers can't abide the thought of being beaten by a long ear.

                                      I still love my horses, but my mule, while no Porter doing dressage, is great fun. Mine's learning to jump...should be fun in hunter classes.

                                      Porter is a beautiful mule!
                                      "Sic Gorgiamus Allos Subjectatos Nunc"


                                      • #20
                                        arh how lovely makes me want one got to love there ears