NATIONAL MULE DAY IS OCTOBER 26
It’s time to celebrate the longears in your life! National Mule Day honors this beloved hybrid equine.
Mules are the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, and their fans say that they’re stronger,
smarter, and more athletic than the average horse. Here are some fun facts:
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW
This year marks the 59th renewal of one of the United States’ most prestigious horse shows.
Looking for an autumn equestrian getaway? Here’s why you should consider making the trip
● The show is held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., within walking distance of
the capital’s museums and landmarks.
● Your favorite Olympic and international show jumpers will be there, competing in the
FEI World Cup Jumping qualifier and the President’s Cup.
● Barn Night at WIHS includes
the Shetland Pony Steeplechase, the
Halloween-themed $35,000 Accumulator Costume Class, and prizes for
the largest and most spirited groups
who attend the evening session.
● The final day of competition is
100 percent ponies, with pony hunters
and pony equitation dominating the
schedule. And what’s better than a full
day of ponies?
Find out more, plan your trip,
and purchase tickets at WIHS.org.
BY LESLIE POTTER
The mule is the state animal of Missouri.
Mules serve as Army mascots for the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point.
The military still uses mules to move heavy
equipment over challenging terrain, where
they’re more effective than motorized
Mules compete against horses in many
disciplines, including dressage and reining.
A mule-specific event called coon jumping
(named for its origins in raccoon hunting)
has mules jump over an obstacle from a
standstill. The current record of 72 inches
(6'0") was set by a mule named Sonny
According to the American Mule Museum,
George Washington was a fan of mules
and was the first mule breeder in America.
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