Sunday, 20 November 2016

British Mule Society over on Facebook

Monday, 9 May 2016


Mules are going to Burghley this year!!


The British Mule Society team have entered Burghley Horse trials, no, you haven't heard me wrong, there will be four mules going round the cross country course on Sunday. So I if you are there come and say hello. 

We REALLY are going round the cross country course, but we will be going AROUND the fences as The British Mule society team has entered The Burghley Sponsored Ride on the 4th September 2016. This is a chance to ride along the famous four-star Land Rover Burghley Horse Trails Cross Country Course on the final day of the World Class International Three Day Event. 

Making up our team is me, Helen Brodie riding Betty, a 15hh bright bay out of a Hanoverian x shire mother and Mammoth jack donkey, Sarah Hemmings riding Honey, a 13.2hh bay mare 
out of a 16 hh Holstiener mother and a 10hh Jack donkey. 
Jacqui and Clive will be riding two of their four Spanish Andalusian mules, to be decided nearer the date.



We are taking this fantastic opportunity to enjoy a 12km leisure ride alongside the huge fences and explore the tracks and pathways of the Burghley Estate while raising money for charity.
Thanks to the support of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, Burghley Estate, Stamford XT and the sponsorship of SEIB Insurance Brokers, 100% of the money will go to charity.
The day includes completion rosettes, a photographer and special Burghley prizes for the most money raised.  It's great ride to do with friends, as a yard or club and it is open to riders 5 years and upwards so if anyone wants to join us with their own mule can contact Helen (details on contact page of journal) to find out how to apply. 
This will be the fourteenth ride held on the Sunday of the Burghley Horse Trials, cumulative proceeds for charities is now over £200,000. Numbers taking part have varied from 300 – 500 each year and is suitable for horses and MULES of all ages, sizes and abilities to come and take part, provided they are fit and well. The ride allows walking, trotting and some designated cantering areas. There is no jumping. 
About the money
100% of the funds raised go to equestrian and local Stamford charities, and event costs are paid for with the generous sponsorship of SEIB Insurance Brokers
Charities that received funds from the 2016 ride are:
  • World Horse Welfare
  • British Horse Society
  • South Kestevan RDA
  • Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall extension appeal
If you would like to sponsor The British Mule Society Team please contact
Helen Brodie on
07895107346 to find out how. 

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Happy 2016!


Meanwhile over on facebook.

The greatest mule show on earth! We can't wait to see you at this years Bishop Mule Days Celebration on May 24-29, 2016!

Posted by Bishop Mule Days Celebration on Friday, 8 January 2016

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Mule Camp  24th-26th July 2015

Turn up on Friday 24th
  Settle in and Meal out at the local pub in the evening.

Saturday 25th: Day - hack out in the local countryside. Set up and practice
Western night in the evening £5 per person £10 for a family ticket.
Includes  veggie or beef chilli and mulled cider and soft drink.
Please also bring your own drink and a wrapped cheese for the cheese board!

Sunday 26th. 10am: Open to the general public free admission 

Western theme with events including
Condition and turn out
Barrel racing
Jumping
Driving
Agility
Key hole
Dolly Parton race!
All events can be done ridden or in-hand!
BBQ
All campers must pre reserve. £20 for non members for the weekend.
Also ticket only for the western night!

Contact Jaqui  01959 523801

Please support our event with or without your mule.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014



New Arrival




Thanks to Francine for these pictures of Toby a little mule foal and his amazing Mum Beauty who had to overcome the loss of an eye and having a baby all in space of 12 weeks since she was rescued.







With a huge stallion donkey as a dad,  Toby is sure to be a really big hit with his new family!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014



Remembering the Mules of WW1



Picture from http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205298236
British troops taking up supplies on a mule drawn light railway. Balkan Front, January, 1917.

2014 is the Centennial year of the First World War. You only have to look in any parish church to see that the casualties of this war were immense and widespread - in nearly every village there is a list of those that fought and died in the conflict. In every town the toll was equally high and changed the shape of our industry and transport systems. There were changes to our society that can be followed back to the effects of this war. It is difficult to imagine and overestimate the effects this conflict. Not listed on the memorials were the animal casualties which were at least as high and widespread.

Mules have a special place in war even today - they are highly valued for their resilience, and the same self determined calm and sometimes obstinate nature that means an almost endless ability to stick to whatever task they have taken on.


People trusted mules with their lives.


Harder to document is the effect of a mules natural ability to warm the hearts of whoever the mules trusted. They naturally form a bond with their handler, and in times of tragedy, conflict and dismay their winning natures still managed to shine through in the darkest of times.
Please go over to http://www.warmule.org and take a look at the stories and pictures of their sacrifice.



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Thanks to the Blue Cross Burford Rehoming Centre

for letting us use their venue for the BMS AGM May 3rd 2014  and their very interesting tour.    They are doing some really great work finding homes for cats, rats, dogs, rabbits, and horses, chinchillas  & degus.

Of course, my favourite bit was the horses rehoming part, and they seem very well organised, turning out some lovely rescued horses.


Trying hard to not take anyone new home

If you are at all interested in caring for a new equine or know someone that is, give them a call.



See how happy we are!


Once again, Thanks to all those who helped make it a great day.