So just what is a mule?

The first Mule in America was named "Royal Gift"

  

Mules are not native to America. We can hold the first president of The United States of America responsible for their presence in America.

George Washington developed an interest in the animal when he heard that farms throughout Spain were using a nifty work animal that was stronger and more sure-footed than either the horse or the donkey. Not only that, it ate less. He asked the U.S. ambassador to Spain to inquire about the critter. In what was probably the most important task of his assignment, the ambassador learned it was the infertile offspring of a jackass and a horse mare.

In 1785, King Charles III of Spain sent Washington a male as a gift. George liked him and named him appropriately "Royal Gift". He became impressed with the little guy and spent time in the 15 years before his death breeding mules. Mount Vernon became host to 58 working mules and regional farmers began breeding their own stock from George's. The mule was America's favorite plow animal until the advent of the tractor. Not only was he the "Father of His Country," he was perhaps the "Farmer of His Country."

Mule Facts

  • A mule is a cross between a jack (male donkey) and a mare (female horse).
  • A female mule, known as hinny, is a cross between a jennet (female donkey) and a stallion (male horse).
  • A hinny is much rarer in comparison to a mule.
  • All mules and most of the hinnies are infertile in nature. However, several hinnies are seen reproducing offspring, when mated with a purebred horse or donkey.
  • Except for the long ears, mules look very similar to horses, but their muscle composition is different. Mules have smoother muscles than horses. Think of a football player's muscle build compared to that of a ballerina's. Both are very strong, but the mule has greater physical strength for its size, and more endurance.
  • Mule's lifespan is 30 to 50 years.
  • Mules are measured in terms of "hands" which is equivalent to 4 inches.
  • Minis are less than l 2.2 hands or 50 inches. Saddle Mules are more than 12.2 hands.
  • Mules tend to eat less than a horse of the same size.
  • Generally, a mule can carry "dead weight" up to 20% of its body weight, which consist of non­ living things. When i t comes to 'live weight", like a rider, it can carry up to 30% of its body weight.
  • The coat of a mule is almost similar to that of a horse. It comes in a variety of colors, like black , grey, sorrel and bay.

Mule events & registering your mule

Mule Event Entry Form & Mule Exhibitor Application

Halter & Showmanship Events at Mule Day

HALTER EVENTS

  • Class 1 Draft Single Mule at Halter under 2 years old 
  • Class 2 Draft Single Mule at Halter 2 years or older 
  • Class 3 Cotton Single Mule at Halter under 2 years old 
  • Class 4 Cotton Single Mule at Halter 2 years or older 
  • Grand Champion Single Mule at Halter
  • Class 5 Draft Pair Mules at Halter under 2 years old 
  • Class 6 Draft Pair Mules at Halter 2 years or older
  • Class 7 Cotton Pair Mules at Halter under 2 years old 
  • Class 8 Cotton Pair Mules at Halter 2 years or older 
  • Grand Champion Pair Mules at Halter

SHOWMANSHIP HANDLERS 1 7 YEARS AND YOUNGER

  • Class 9 Showmanship at Halter 
  • UNDER SADDLE
  • Class 10 Lead Line: Rider 8 years and under
  • Class 11 Youth Under Saddle - Walk/Trot  Rider 17 years and younger
  • Class 12 Adult Under Saddle
  • Class 13 Youth Egg & Spoon Race Rider 17 years or under