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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 304

Longears Cele'bray'tion celebrates burros and mules

Burro and mule fanciers from a wide area of northern California met in Red Bluff Oct. 13 and 14 to celebrate their love of longears.

The annual Longears Cele'bray'tion brought together people who have adopted burros and horses from the Bureau of Land Management as well as owners of more unusual animals such as mini donkeys.  Organizer Virginia Freeman, a founder of California BLM Adopter Assistance (CABAA), said the intent of the event is to have fun and to tone down the sometimes serious nature of horse and donkey shows.

Below, a contestant in a halter class leads her burro for a judge's evaluation, while a young contestant has an eye-to-eye meeting with his mini burro, second photo.
A contestant in a halter class leads her burro for a judge's evaluation
A young contestant has an eye-to-eye meeting with his mini burro

The event features contests that most people have never heard of, and that includes seasoned horse show veterans.  Contestants race with the animals and actually cook a pancake in the aptly named Pancake Race, play donkey musical chairs, and participate in donkey lawn chair and gold rush races.

Below, coon jumping is a popular contest for burros of all  sizes.  In the first photo, a competitor leads her mini floppy-eared burro over the jump (burros start their jump without a running start). In the second photo, Ashley the burro shows fine jumping form.
A competitor leads her mini floppy-eared burro over the jump
Ashley the burro shows fine jumping form.

Below, Freeman, left, presented an appreciation award to Janet Neal, a member of the BLM's national wild horse and burro program staff, for her support of the BLM-California wild horse and burro volunteer program.  Neal recently coordinated a pilot volunteer program in California that resulted in a substantial increase in the number of volunteers and expansion of their duties.

Ginny Freeman, presents an appreciation award to Janet Neal, a member of the BLM's national wild horse and burro program staff, for her support of the BLM-California wild horse and burro volunteer program.  Neal recently coordinated a pilot volunteer program in California that resulted in a substantial increase in the number of volunteers and expansion of their duties.

The Cele'bray'tion was held in conjunction with a BLM "mini" adoption where several animals were place in new homes.

The adoption featured a reunion of sorts.  In the photo below, adopted mustang Shasta, right, meets up with Blue, who was up for adoption in Red Bluff.  Both horses were gathered from the High Rock Herd Management Area in northern Nevada and both were initially gentled and trained by Fremont resident Becky Delaney.  Shasta was adopted during the BLM adoption event held last summer in Chico and Blue found a new home during the Red Bluff event.

Adopted mustang Shasta meets up with Blue, who was up for adoption in Red Bluff.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Eagle Lake Field Office


BLM California News.bytes, issue 304


 
Last updated: 10-20-2007