Chamber of Commerce Mule Show


Photo by Shari Harris
While Jake Dawson was making his way “Thru the Barrel” his mule, Little Red, found a snack. Jake guided him to the finish line, but Little Red wasn’t going anywhere without his leafy greens.
By Shari Harris
Co-Publisher


The Licking Chamber of Commerce held their second annual Mule Show Saturday Sept. 7, at the Licking Rodeo Grounds. A small crowd gathered in the fading sunlight of a late summer afternoon to watch a group of 24 mules and their riders compete in 19 categories. This year’s competitors came from Licking, Dixon, Vichy, Belle, Bland, Owensville, Ozark and Sturgeon, and combined for a total of 139 total entries in the multiple categories.
The show opened with the riders offering a display of colors while The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful played. Steve and Pat Buckner announced the show, and Toby Decker filled the role of judge for the events.
The first two events offered participants an opportunity to show off their mules in the Open Halter and the Open Showmanship categories. A little fun was had with Ride A Buck, where five riders started out carrying a dollar under their leg, and the field gradually whittled down as the buck was moved lower on the leg.
One of the largest categories was the Walk-Trot, where riders demonstrated control of their mules and the mules’ form, changing from a walk to a trot and changing directions.
Photo by Terry Dawson
All ages, from the young to the young at heart, competed in the Mule Show. Sam Gale, 70, left, and Pete Armistead, 73, were among the latter category but that didn’t keep them from competing with younger generations and holding their own.
Seventeen competed in this event, including youth and adults.
Les Clancey from Ozark Mule Days donated a breast collar that went to Dustin Armistead, the winner of the Walk-Trot Class. Clancey also donated two caps, and PFI donated gift certificates that were given out as awards. South Central MFA – Houston donated feed, which was won by Pete Armistead. Sammy Gale won the 50/50 for the evening.
More fun events were interspersed throughout the evening, giving participants and the crowd a chuckle or two. Dustin Armistead’s technique for getting “Thru the Barrel” was unique, and Zoe Dawson’s less than cooperative mule caused a no-score for her in the same category.
A new category was added this year, Mule/Horse Hotheels Roping, and it proved to be popular with twelve teams entering the event, which was the last of the evening.
Photo by Shari Harris
Cindi Slemp took first place in the Adult Pole Bending competition, with Paco Bill negotiating the poles in 23.84 seconds.
The Chamber would like to extend a thank you to Les Clancey, PFI, and South Central MFA-Houston for their prize donations and to Jason Cross for bringing the Hotheels for the final category. The Chamber extends a special thank you to those who helped make the show run smoothly, Pat and Steve Buckner, Toby Decker, Peggy Link and Brandi McCloy for helping with the timed events, and the Licking FFA for working the show and in the cook shack.
The many sponsors, who made the evening possible, also are thanked, including prize sponsors: Red Caboose Realty, In memory of Bob Wulff, Hood’s Frosty Treat, Kinder Plant Food, Hatch Insurance Agency, Hammond Feed, Rinnes Tire Pro, Kyle Smith Insurance Agency, TJ’s Flowers and Flea Market, Hawn Law Offices, Buckner & Gately Auction Service, Booker Trucking & Farms, Storm Farms, Parts City, Texas County Veterinary Clinic, Olig’s BBQ and Ed Green Realty; ribbon sponsors: Agri-Enterprises, Blackburn Shoeing, Buffalo Livestock Market, Friend Lumber Co., Taylor Veterinary Clinic and Town & Country Bank-Licking.
Top three winners and their mules are listed below, by category.
Open Halter
1-Les Clancey, Oakley
2-Brianna Basham, Split
3-Steve Dawson, Snickers
Open Showmanship
1-Alison Daniels, Cowgirl
2-Les Clancy, Oakley
Ride A Buck
1-Loren Basham, Pair of Dice April
Walk-Trot
1-Dusty Armistead, Jake
2-Loren Basham, Pair of Dice April
3-Brianna Basham, Split
Youth Western Pleasure
1-Camri Jones, Hoosier Daddy
2-Alison Daniels, Cowgirl
Gaited Pleasure
1-Dustin Armistead, Jake
2-Steve Dawson, Willie
3-Zoey Dawson, Lori Darling
Adult Western Pleasure
1-Dustin Armistead, Jake
2-Cole Basham, Betty
3-Brianna Basham, Split
Youth Poles
1-Camri Jones, Hoosier Daddy
2-Alison Daniels, Cowgirl
Adult Poles
1-Cindi Slemp, Paco Bill
2-Cole Basham, Betty
3-Joe Bufalo, Josephine
Thru the Barrel
1-Les Clancey, Oakley
2-Alison Daniels, Cowgirl
3-Dustin Armistead, Jake
Panty Hose
1-Ed Shemp, Mushroom
2-Les Clancey, Oakley
3-Cole Basham, Betty
Keyhole
1-Joe Bufalo, Josephine
2-Cindi Slemp, Paco Bill
3-Ed Slemp, Mushroom
Scramble Race
1-Cindi Slemp, Paco Bill
2-Ed Slemp, Mushroom
3-Loren Basham, Pair of Dice April
Youth Barrels
1-Camri Jones, Hoosier Daddy
2-Alison Daniels, Cowgirl
3-Zoey Dawson, Lori Darling
Adult Barrels
1-Cindi Slemp, Paco Bell
2-Ed Slemp, Mushroom
3-Joe Bufalo, Josephine
Flag Race
1-Les Clancey, Oakley
2-Brianna Basham, Split
3-Loren Basham, Pair of Dice April
Egg and Spoon
1-Cole Basham, Betty
Trail Class
1-Cole Basham, Betty
2-Ed Slemp, Mushroom
3-Joe Bufalo, Josephine
Mule/Horse Hotheels Roping
Adam Cummins and Steve Dawson

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