U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.bytes Extra, issue 386
BLM Fire Horse Brigade Wins Blue Ribbon at Bishop’s Mule Days
Bishop’s “Mule Days” hosts what is considered to be the largest non-motorized parade in the world. This year, Jim Wilkins brought his matched pair of Belgium Draft horses to drive BLM’s horse-drawn water tender in the parade. The tender is an Amish-built replica of an 1870s-era fire apparatus wagon. This is the eleventh year for the 19- and 21-year-old mares, named J.C. and Katy (pronounced Katie).
“This is the first time a bunch of guys decorated the wagon, and it looked great,” said Wilkins. “Even though we were not entered in the parade, the Parade judge gave us a first place [best matched pair - horse drawn wagon]. There was an incredible crowd along main street and our reception was very warm and vocal the entire route. I was honored to once again represent your agency and the BLM fire folks.
- Rich Williams, BLM-California, Bishop Field Office
|Last updated: 06-10-2009|