Bishop Mule Days

Jarid Alpers on Sweet Melissa placed second in the 2015 Mule Days Youth Equitation class behind Miya Roccoforte, both representing Linda Laird’s Double L along with fourth place finisher Megan Allen.Morgan Myer on Clyde’s Brass Ring keeps her eyes up during the 2014 Mule Days Youth English Equitation classes in the main arena. “English Donkey Pleasure” may seem like an oxymoron, but the above donkeys and riders proved otherwise at Mule Days as they line up for the judge’s decision. 2014 Show Chairman Dan Dean  puts up with a drizzly main arena Tuesday afternoon.Little Broken B’s Bodacious Babe took top honors in 2014’s mini-mule driving class with Kathy Bradigan at the helm. Mini’s are classified as shorter than 13 hands and Babe came in well under that height. 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Roger Downey (mounted) catches up with old friend Carl Lind at the world famous Bishop Mule Days.Tim Phillips and Tuff Stuff cruise through the first segment of the 2014 Drive and Ride competition. The pair came in first, an accomplishment that will be repeated multiple times throughout the Mule Days celebration. Bishop City Councilman Keith Glidewell dressed in his Mule Days best for the 2014 parade on Saturday, riding a long-board skateboard down the parade route. Bobby Tanner’s 20-mule team is always a crowd pleaser and is a rare site in the modern world. The piece of living history has been a popular Mule Days attraction for a number of years. 2014’s Best Friend of Mule Days, Susen Shields, made an appearance in the parade. The Bobs in the Bob Wagon in 2014 included Tanner, Tallman and Feist (l-r). Tanner is a Mule Days founder and Tallman and Feist are longtime event announcers. The VFW Honor Guard presents the colors at the 45th Annual Mule Days Parade in 2014, followed by the VFW’s wagon entry. Mule Days President Dan Dean (r) rides the parade route with his grandson, Wyatt Taylor. Mule Days’ smallest mule, Blossom, pulls Charli Crissy of Coursegold down the parade route Saturday. Cindy Johnson (l) and Jeff Thomson of Bishop stir the homemade chili during the 2014 Opening Night Supper. Longtime cook Link Stanley delegated this job to this new team.Staff from the Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM from Lancaster and Dodge/RAM marketing representatives stand in front of their welcome banner during the 2014 opening ceremonies. The crew included (l-r) Bill Czirr, fleet manager with Hunter Dodge; Karen Bernard, product specialist for RAM/Chrysler; Tim Fulton, owner and president Hunter Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM; Brent Gibson from RAM Rodeo; Barry Blagg, regional manager for RAM/Chrysler; and Kasey Chislom, representing RAM Rodeo.Susan Nelson serves up a roast beef dinner with all the fixings to Bill Czirr, fleet manager with Lancaster Automotive. “I love doing this kind of stuff! I’ll be back next year doing the same thing,” Nelson said.Mule Kickers enjoying the evening are (l-r) Marilee Shannon of Grass Valley, Sherian Kutzera of Shingle Springs where she resides on the Donkey Springs Ranch, Margaret Gorman, Shingle Springs, Jim Anderson of Mountain View, Ark. and his wife Ruth Anderson, who kicked off the annual event at the 2014 Opening Night Supper.