2012 Jake Clark Mule Days

The Jake Clark Mule Day annual rodeo and sale, held Father’s Day weekend (June 13-17) in Ralston, Wyo, had  sunny (and windy) weather and spectacular mules! This year contained the highest sale of a mule in the history of the auction. If you are a potential seller or buyer – mark your calendar now and ask for time off next year. Each year the rodeo and sale get bigger and better. 
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Mounted Shooting
The Mounted Shooting competition was held on Wednesday with over 35 participants. There were four different patterns for them to compete in.  The top four participants, Mark  Bailey and Ty McManigal, representing the Wild Bunch from Vilonia, Ark., TJ Clark, of Ralston, Wyo., and John Cipollone, were invited back for a demonstration shooting during the rodeo on Saturday afternoon. John is the Range Master for the event and designs and sets up each of the mounted shooting  patterns.  This was the first year he had advanced to the finals during the rodeo.  The level of interest in mounted shooting at this event has been amazing.  Each year the courses get more challenging and more people want to be a part of the event. 
Barrel Racing and Team Roping
These are held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night.  Wednesday night Steve King and Loren Basham won the team roping. Mark Bailey and Loren won Friday night.  Mark and Loren had the fastest time going into the third head Thursday night but they missed.  There weren’t a lot of barrel racers – mostly youth who love an opportunity to run the pattern when they can.
Team Sorting
Team Sorting was held on Thursday. The practice sorting was held in the morning and the competition was held in the afternoon. The event starts with a jackpot draw partner and than a second competition where you chose your own partner. In the second competition Brad Cameron of Cameron Mule Co., in Corvalli, Mont., ended up winning three out of the four placings partners (first with Mark Bailey, second with Randy Gibbs, Peyton, Colo., and third with Chuck Reed). Brad’s mule Concho is amazing to watch work cattle. He pins back his ears and tracks those cattle like few other mules I’ve ever seen work.
The team sorting classes have also exploded in numbers in the last few years. I believe it is because it doesn’t require a rope like team roping classes do – you just need confidence and a mule that isn’t afraid of cattle in order to participate.  The other participants are very encouraging and provide positive reinforcement even when the run didn’t go as they had planned.
Ranch Mule Competition
The Ranch Mule Competition is always a nice event to watch. The contestants are both those with mules in the sale and mules that their owners want to show off their abilities.  It is a combination of a basic reining pattern and cow working. There were some very good contestants in this event.  Mark Bailey ended up on top riding the mule that would become the high selling mule, owned by Mike and Angie Lee.  Brad Cameron had a good run as did Chuck Reed and Walter Nunn, from Texas. I thought Walter’s run would earn him top placing – but I am certainly not the judge. TJ Clark also had a nice run. Some of the steers were a little sticky and hard to get them to move away from the pen.  However, as with all cattle classes, it is the luck of the draw.  
The Annual Parade was held Saturday morning in downtown Ralston.  The weather was beautiful for a parade with fewer numbers of hats blowing away than usual.  The streets were lined with spectators.  It is an inspiring moment when you catch sight of the first mule carrying the United States flag, with mules as far as the eye can see centered in front of the mountain range.  It is always good to see a mule that you might want to bid on in the sale calmly walking down the highway with kids running out of the crowd to pet them or cars whizzing by. 
The Rodeo was well attended with both spectators and contestants. The contestants ranged in age from four to 80.  They traditional classes were held: Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Goat Tying, Ribbon Roping and Team Roping. In addition the non-traditional rodeo classes were held:  mule race, wild cow milking, steer riding, wild cow riding, mule wild ride and new this year was the hide race. Von Twitchell, the 80 year old cowboy from Tecumseh, Okla., riding a 22 year old mule, had a smoking pole run this year.  Randy Gibbs, riding Squirrel Tooth Betty, was unstoppable during the mule race.  Betty stayed just ahead of the second place winner and refused to let the other mule get by. Betty is fast – she expends just enough energy to make sure she is always in the lead.  Randy and Betty also had a great run in the barrel race, taking home a buckle in this event as well.
The wild cow milking was crazy as usual. If you have not seen this event – it is chaos.  All of the teams are in the arena at the same time, cows are turned loose, milkers are on foot in among it all.  Ropes are flying and I am sure several participants were clothes-lined and knocked down.  TJ Clark and his team played it smart by moving the cows down near the finish line, roping one and milking before anyone else had come anywhere close.  The hide race was amusing to watch but it was very dusty and it was tough to see the hide rider by the finish line.  Several smart contestants put on goggles! 
Only one team caught in the team roping during the rodeo and their run certainly wasn’t pretty. They were one of the last teams to compete and finally got a clean run. The youth and peewee barrel race and pole bending was fun to watch.  A couple kids were on their first mules and tried very hard to get the patterns completed.  The Cobb children, of Weiser, Idaho, also did a good job on mules that were for sale in the auction. There was a great announcer this year that kept everything going and did a fantastic job.  The arena crew was quick and on top of things.  The pick up horses and their riders were some of the best you will find anywhere!

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Contestants in the hide race. Photo by Bob Kisken; One of the Cobb daughters running in the barrels. Photo by Lenice Basham

Mule Preview
I love the Mule Preview. I do not know of another sale who allows the potential buyer to watch every mule go over the same course within a three hour time span. It is a great indicator of what the potential buyer could have when they get home. I know it is exhausting for the Clark team to set up, judge, and tear down, but it is so worth it to the buyer. It is hard to see everything from one viewing post – therefore, many buyers put a partner at the other side and then pass on their observations. On the far side of the arena, there is a trailer.  The mules are bridled and saddled, have their feet picked up, and are loaded in a trailer. They then enter the arena and mount.  The mule crosses some logs, walks into a box and stands for 90 seconds and then crosses more logs.  They serpentine cones at a trot, trot a circle and then drag a log.  (It is really more like a telephone pole.)  They then lead a pack mule (who is very tired of this by the 100th trip) and cross a small bridge.  They cross the creek a couple times, put on a slicker and then finish the course.   The pack mules are provided by Jake.  It is the luck of the draw – one pulls back, one is hateful and one is OK. I heard rumor that one liked to nip the lead mule (but I did not observe him doing this). Every mule that was allowed in the sale ring went through the trail course. The scores ranged from 69 to 100. The judges put notes alongside their scores (excellent, nice job, strikes, bites, etc.)  The scores are then posted for potential bidders to see.  They are only discussed in the sale ring if the buyer brings it up. 
I find this trail course to be enlightening.  Mules that you have watched all week in the arena may have difficulties that you didn’t expect – they may back across the field while leading their pack mule.  This is not important if you aren’t going to lead a pack mule – but it is a big deal if you are taking this mule hunting and will lead a pack mule.  The mule may not stand in the box – the mule may not drag the log – these are decisions that the buyer has to decide are important or not.  You have been given the information – you have to decide what will work for you.  This is a better indicator than just talking to the owner.  The mules who brought higher prices were mules that scored well on the trail course (for the most part). 
There is such a variety of mules that are offered at this sale.  There are mules offered for every riding ability – but it is up to the buyer to discuss their true riding abilities with the seller.  The seller cannot read their minds. A buyer needs to honestly express their riding abilities and insecurities and find out which mule meets their needs.  The trail preview allows buyers to really see what the issues of each mule might be and lets them decide what is important.  All mules have something they do we don’t like – it’s up to us to decide what we can live with.  My mule, Jessie, swats you in the face with her tail every time you walk behind her.  Can I live with it? Yes.  No mule is absolutely perfect – the buyer and seller need open communication to discuss this.  There is a second preview the morning of the sale in which the seller enters the arena and Jake talks about the mule.  It is a very short look but allows for bidders to clarify in their minds (after three days of watching hundred’s of mules) which ones are the possibilities for purchase. 
Mule Sale
The Mule Sale started with a bang with the #1 mule, Gismo, a 9-year-old 15-hand red dun horse mule consigned by Jake Clark bringing $12,000.  It ended with the #110 mule, Cimarron, a 15.2 hand iron grey mare mule consigned by Jake Clark bringing $6,000.  The high selling mule was Bailey, a 8 year old 14.3 hand, buckskin horse mule consigned by Mike and Angie Lee purchased for $23,500 by Pat and Marla O’Halloran, Kirkland, Ariz. Bailey had been sold as a four year old for $10,000 and had been in training with Mark Bailey of Wild Bunch for the last year.  The Bailey family showed the mule all week long.  They used it for team sorting, team roping, barrels, and the ranch mule competition.  Bailey was a very sweet, gentle mule that would be broke for anybody.  O’Hallorran’s got a nice mule with Bailey.
The reserve high selling mule was PairADice’s Smarty, #18, an 8-year-old 15-hand black horse mule consigned by Loren purchased by Pat and Marla O’Halloran. Smarty was an awesome mule. I had ridden him all week in the Big Horn Mountains and he took incredible care and showed great patience.  He placed his feet so steady throughout some of the toughest terrain we rode in.  Loren had been using him in the sale barn to pen back cattle and for branding cattle.  Smarty will be perfect for the O’Halloran’s. He is sweet and kind and can be safely ridden by anyone who can get in the saddle.  The third high selling mule was sold by Matt and Jerry Cobb.  It was an 11 year old 15.1 hand palomino horse mule.  It was broke, broke.  A family from Helena, MT with two kids who were new to riding bought the mule. This family bought a total of four mules at the sale. 
Phone bidding is not new to Mule Days, but this year there were a number of successful phone bidders. One in particular phone bidder was Tom Huggins of Virginia. His wife Beth, daughter Elizabeth, and friend Tara, flew out for the auction. While Beth and the girls were here most of the week interviewing and scrutinizing the auction mules personally, her husband made plans for a phone bid. Beth ended up with two mules. Her husband was called via phone bid on the mule he had decided upon, and successfully purchased him.  “The Huggins returned home, the new proud new owners of three mules who arrived only three days later,” said Kay Clark. “The Huggins have reported that they are very happy with their purchases and even Tom is planning to attend next year.  These are the success stories that Jake Clark’s Mule Days is so proud to be a part of.”
Mrs. Clark always provides details of the sale but here are some different facts about the mules that sold. These are not official results from the sale – just information compiled based on my sitting through the sale and writing down the purchase price as they went through the ring. 
The average price for a molly mule was $5,151 and the average price for a john mule was $5,750.  When you average the price of the top five molly mules it was $10,550.  The average price of the top five john mules was $15,900.  Of the top 10 selling mules at the sale, six of the 10 were horse mules.  I find this interesting only because most people claim to want a molly mule.  There were more 6 year olds sold than any other age. The average price for the 6 year olds was $4,832. The highest average age price was the 8 year olds at $7,514. Second to that was the average price of a 9 year old which was $7,350.  The majority of mules sold at the sale were 15 hands (this may be that people stated they had a 15 hand mule without really measuring?). The average price for a 14.3 hand mule was $6,926 (this included the high selling mule).  The average price for a 15 hand mule was $6,011 (this included the reserve high selling mule).  The average price for a 16 hand mule was $4,680.  I find this type of information interesting – and would be curious to see if these are trends.
“We are so very happy to bring both great mules together for our happy buyers as well as making Mule Days a genuine family get together!” said Kay Clark. To keep up with Jake Clark’s Mule Days, visit their website, www.saddlemule.com, or follow on Facebook by searching “Jake Clarks Mule Days,” and clicking the “Like” button.

This video, courtesy PairADice Mules, is just a series of short clips from the auction. It includes a clip of both the high selling and reserve high selling mules.

2011 Jack Clark Mule Days

14th Annual Jake Clark Mule Days
August 2011 Mules and More Cover Story
by Lenice Basham
PairADice Mules
Belle, Mo
To view over 200 more our photos from this event, click here.
Jake Clark Mule Days, held June 15-19 in Ralston, Wyo., is an annual rodeo and saddle mule auction hosted by Jake and Kay Clark, along with their children and their spouses (with a few grandbabies thrown in the mix).  It is always a full week of amazing mules, wonderful mule people and pure exhaustion. This year’s event was no exception. 
The week begins with a Brad Cameron Clinic and ends on Sunday with the sale of over 100 head of exceptional mules.  As a prospective mule buyer, you can watch each mule for a week before bidding on it at the sale.  If you haven’t figured out what kind of mule you are buying by Sunday, you probably shouldn’t be bidding.  You get the opportunity to watch the mules being saddled, bridled, ridden, led, fed and see how they react to all of the stimulus occurring around them. 
Brad Cameron Clinic
There was a great crowd for the Brad Cameron clinic.  He conducted a Mulemanship 1 Class which was for saddle mules that could be ridden.  The class was designed to improve the riding skills of the owner and participants were taught how to produce a soft and responsive animal that was balanced and sensitive to their requests.  He also conducted a Ranch Mule Class which was designed for people who wanted to learn the basic procedures of working with cattle. It provided emphasis on cow working techniques, ranch roping and stock handling. The emphasis was how to safely and effectively work with cattle while on your mule.  Both clinics were fun for both the participants and the spectators who were present to watch. More information about upcoming dates for Cameron clinics can be found in this issue. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t attended a Brad Cameron clinic to make plans now to attend.  Everyone (even long time riders) can learn something new.  It benefits you and your mule to revisit techniques you thought you had forgotten. 

Mounted Shooting
The mule competition events began on Wednesday with the mounted shooting.  The competitors are given several patterns to complete, with the top four hightest scorers receiving checks.  The top four mounted shooters this year were:  TJ Clark, Colby Gines, Mark Bailey and cowgirl Jessie Konoski. Three of the four were riding mules that would go through the sale on Sunday.  TJ was riding a five-year-old, sorrel john mule named Theorodore who ended up bringing $7,900 in the sale.  Colby was riding a six-year-old, gray roan mare mule named Madina who brought $9,000 in the sale. Colby had ridden Madina the year before while announcing the 2010 rodeo from the arena. Mark Bailey was riding a five-year-old red roan horse mule named Hancock who brought $5,300 in the sale.

Team Sorting
Team sorting was held on Thursday morning. There was a huge turnout for this event.  Loren, Cori and Cole competed with varying luck. There were those that were really good at this event and those who had a great time competing.  The first place winners were the first team up and the cattle got crazy from there.  I enjoyed watching the dynamics of the teams.  For one event, the partners were drawn out of a pot.  Those teams were much more polite to each other than the teams that were chosen by the competitors.
It was interesting to watch the first timers and hear them exit the ring saying they wanted to do it again. I think that team sorting is a sport that even beginning riders can enjoy. There were numerous mules entered in the team sorting that would be in the sale. Brad Cameron also competed in this event.  It was nice to see him out of the clinic ring and having a good time. 

Team Roping
Each evening from Wednesday through Friday there was jackpot team roping.  There were several fantastic teams and the team ropers were amazing.  It was rare to see anyone miss.  (Until we got to the rodeo on Saturday and then no one seemed to be able to catch...)  Loren roped very well and I was proud of him and Wounded Knee. A special thanks to Loren (Jiggs) Loesch for donating the breast collars for the high money earners in the roping events. 
The cover this month features two of the jackpot team ropers, Jerry Cobb, riding Tequila, the second high selling mule, and Justin McManigal, riding Mouse.
Trail Preview
Each of the mules that goes through the sale must go through the trail preview.  It gives buyers the opportunity to watch each mule go through various obstacles:  saddling, bridling, getting in and out of the trailer, crossing logs, waiting in a box, trotting through pylons, trotting in a circle, dragging a log, crossing a bridge, leading a pack mule, going through a creek, putting on a slicker and dismounting.  It really does give everyone a real idea of what to expect from the mule.  Buyers are allowed to wander around and talk to the sellers, ride the mule, ask a million questions.  I think every buyer is exhausted by the end of the day.  Jake removed several mules from the sale following their performance in the trail preview.  The trail results indicated about four mules had perfect scores and another 10-15 had scores of 98 or 99. 

The Parade was held on Saturday morning.  It was a beautiful day.  The goal was to get everyone to the start of the parade without incident.  This didn’t occur.  It was a large group and there were a couple runaways.  One rider had to have a few stiches after his mule stepped on his face. He was well enough to win the race later in the day, though.  It was a great parade.  The streets were lined with spectators.  The mules were well behaved.  There was a lot of traffic this year but the local police did a great job of preventing any incidents during the parade route.  The Bailey family looked outstanding in their matching orange shirts.

The Rodeo went smoothly.  It was fantastic to watch so many outstanding rodeo mules in one place. An added bonus was seeing Jake Clark rope with the auctioneers son, Seth.  Just like all of those who roped before him –  they received a no time.  There were several highlights in the rodeo: watching the younger kids steer ride; cheering the mule racers on; laughing at the chaos in the wild cow milking and seeing the smile on Jenna McManigal’s, (Mark and Jennifer Bailey’s  youngest daughter) face as she ran her mule around the barrels.  Her absolute joy in running the barrels and crossing the timer reminded me of why we all ride and sell mules...we do it because we love it.  We do it because there is incredible joy in our day-to-day lives with the mules. The mules are as big a part in this rodeo as their cowboys/cowgirls.  Her smile encouraged me to look closer at the mountains in the background, the flag flying high above the arena and reminded me of how thankful I am for my family and friends who were experiencing this moment with me.  Her smile and joy were a reminder to take pleasure in all of the simple things in life and to express that joy when you can.  

Click above to watch the Wild Bunch's sale preview performance...

Saddle Mule Auction
The Saddle Mule Auction was held Sunday afternoon.  The high selling mule was Tiger, consigned by Jeff and Christina Tift.  Tiger was an 11-year-old, 14.2-hand dun horse mule out of a Fjord mare. Tiger was shown all week by Christina and scored a 99 on the trail preview course. He topped the sale when we sold for $15,500. 
The gentleman who purchased Tiger raised his card at the first bid and didn’t take it down until he was the last bidder.  There was a phone bidder who bid against him for quite a while.  Tiger was listed in the sale catalog as, “a very unique and cute mule.”  The buyer left the sale after his purchase.  Congratulations to Jeff and Christina! They received the high-selling mule consignor saddle.
The second high selling mule was consigned by Tim and Jerry Cobb.  Tequila was a 10-year-old, 14.3-hand black horse mule.  He was listed in the sale catalog as, “An outstanding mule that you can do anything on.”  Tim had shown this mule in the team roping and team sorting events over the week.  He was sold for $11,750.  Congratulations to the Cobb family!
There were two mules that sold for between $9,000-10,000; four mules that sold for between $8000-8999; five mules that sold between $7000-7999; and seven mules that sold between $6000-6999. There were around 15 mules that  did not sell.  The buyer who purchases mule to be used on the Grand Canyon trips was there and bought several (6-8) mules to take back. 
“We had 16 mules bring under $2,500, so we have a great variety of mules for all types of pocket books,” said Kay.
In my opinion, there were several bargains that buyers missed out on.  I also thought as with every auction, some mules brought more than they were probably worth and some mules brought less than they were probably worth. That is certainly part of the game. I think overall most sellers were pleased with their sales.  I noticed that several of the sellers who had passed-out mules in the ring were talking with bidders outside at the pens about purchasing the mule.  In this situation, the seller notifies the office and all sales go through the office.  There is no alley trading at this sale.
One of the cuter consignments of the sale was number 110 in the catalog, June Bug. June Bug was a smooth mouth, 13.1-hand mare mule that was consigned by Caden and Cason Gines (Jake’s grandsons). She was shown by Caden in the trail preview and scored a 98.  She brought $1,500 in the sale and was probably the best babysitter at the sale. Jake indicated that his grandsons had played for hours in the backyard with June Bug. 
I think that despite the fear of equine herpes and the high price of diesel, the buyers and spectators were in high numbers. It also appears that 99% of the consigned mules were also present at the sale. 
The weather was really beautiful.  The event is well organized and run in a timely manner.  It is a great way to spend Father’s Day.  If you want to consign a mule to the sale in 2012, you will need to contact Jake in January 2012. There are very limited slots to sell a mule in the auction and you will need to prepare a video submission so that Jake and Kay can review the mule before they agree to put it in the catalog. Keep in mind that once your mule arrives – Jake may still reject it from being in the sale if the mule doesn’t perform to the high quality that he has set.
Make plans now to attend next year – it is a great event.

2011 Mule Days Super Stars
Mules Name
Hip #
Sale Price
Jeff & Christina Tift
$     15,500.00
Tim & Jerry Cobb
$     11,750.00
Jake Clark
$       9,100.00
Colby & Codi Gines
$       9,000.00
Jiggs Loesch
$       8,700.00
Tim Cross
Crow Warrior
$       8,500.00
Pair-A-Dice Mules
Peggy Sue
$       8,200.00
Pair-A-Dice Mules
$       8,100.00
T. J. Clark
$       7,900.00
Jeff & Christina Tift
$       7,500.00
Jeff & Christina Tift
$       7,400.00
Larry Gaustad
$       7,300.00
Colby & Codi Gines
$       7,100.00
Wade Johnson
$       6,700.00
Jake Clark
$       6,500.00
Scott Weatherman
Jukebox Bubba
$       6,500.00
Jake Clark
$       6,400.00
Jake Clark
$       6,400.00
Chester Southwick
$       6,300.00
Jeff & Christina Tift
$       6,250.00
Steve Wilson
$       5,900.00
Colby & Codi Gines
$       5,800.00
Jeff & Christina Tift
$       5,600.00
Justin Long
$       5,500.00
Mark Bailey & T. J. Clark
$       5,300.00

2009 Jake Clark’s Saddle Mule Days

December 2009 Front Cover Story

12th Annual Jake Clark Mule Days
Held in Powell, Wyo. - June 17-21, 2009

By Kay Clark

America’s finest saddle mules came out of the woodwork for a five-day celebration over Father’s Day weekend at Jake and Kay Clark’s ranch in Ralston, Wyo. More than 20 saddle mules came from 28 states to this sleepy little town with a population of 100. There were no signs of economic struggle, with attendees coming from as far away as Arkansas, Florida, Vermont, Virginia, Pennsylvania, California, Washington and Hawaii.

(above) Photos from the dance, where a live band performs
(below) Attendees gather for a dinner

Team sorting and team penning clinics and competitions were new to this year’s calendar of events. The team sorting is an event that any rider can participate in and will be continued in next year’s list of activities.

Gunfire woke up attendees during the third annual mounted shooting contest. Doug and Dawne Cambell donated a pair of handmade spurs crafted by Quint Gonzales and spur straps made by Fraker Saddlery to the winner of this event, which was Marlin Kennedy of Idaho. Marlin also holds past world and national championships of the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association and the Mounted Shooters Association. Not far behind in the competition was Ron Differ, of Pennsylvania, who also holds a Regional Championship title and was the Range Master for this year’s Mule Days. Following closely was Mark Bailey of Arkansas, and T.J. Clark and Sky Grant of Wyoming.

The winners of the three-day cumulative jackpot roping received trophy halters donated by Loren (Jiggs) Loesch, from Spillville, Iowa. Champion header, T.J. Clark took home a halter along with $437. Heeling champion Amy Landrus, of Ralston, Wyo., left with a halter and $280. Also high in the money was Justin King with $277 and Chuck Reid with $245.

Donated high-end merchandise and tack was auctioned off on Friday evening and Sunday morning. Almost $9,000 was raised for the Cody Country Outfitters and Guides Association and other various Mule Days charity foundations. Jake Clark donated a small mule that was auctioned off and, combined with other generous donations, a check for $2,650 was sent to Steve King of Idaho to help with medical expenses. Steve was injured during the practice roping at Bishop Mule Days in May.

Over 1,000 spectators attended the all-mule rodeo on Saturday. A steak dinner and old-fashioned barn dance followed. Homemade pies, bringing from $50 to $150, were auctioned between sets performed by a live band.

“Outstanding” is the best description of Sundays auction. The consignors of the highest-selling mule received a handmade saddle donated by Flat Creek Saddle Shop in Jackson, Wyo. T.J. Clark and Amy Landrus took home that honor and prize this year when they sold Susie-Q for $19,000. Susie-Q went to a large farm in Georgia. The Georgian’s representative had found two mules that he felt would fit the needs of these Georgia boys. A father and son who had played professional ball, both weighing well over 200 pounds, needed a mule that was gentle and would go all day on their farm for quail hunting. Their bidding on their first mule fell short and the mule sold to another buyer. When the bidding for the other mule that would work for them started, it went well over what they had hoped to pay. The mule was delivered to Georgia and the men were very happy with their purchase. The buyers were awarded a pair of trophy spurs, donated by Doug and Dawne Cambell’s Peaks to Prairie Livestock, for purchasing the high selling mule.

(above) Chad Turner laying down a mule
(below) TJ Clark competing in mounted shooting

The second high-selling mule, Amos, who went for $12,500, was sold by Tom Jones of Falls City, Nebraska. Jones was awarded a breast collar donated by Dan’s Boot and Saddle shop of Powell, Wyo. Amos went to Edward Benson of Kansas City, Mo., via phone bid.

The total average on all saddle mules sold was just over $4,700, $800 higher than previous years, and proved to the mule buyers that Mule Days accomplished bringing the best selection of quality saddle mules gathered for any national auction. The buyers top mule choices determined mule prices rather than any particular positions in the sale. This is proven by noting that both Todd DeJong, of Iowa, who had a mule that sold fourth and Jake Clark, who had a mule that sold at number 108, appeared in this year’s Super Star List of high selling mules (on next page).

This Super Star List weren’t the only ones that sold during this year’s Mule Day. This is just a list of the mules that were the top sellers and judged to be the best mules by this year’s buyers. Jake and I work to see that the very best mules are part of their annual sale. Because of this, and the integrity of the consignors, America’s best saddle mules are found at this auction.

Following Mule Days, Michelle Meuth of Floresville, TX called our ranch. Michelle and her husband Bill were first time attendees and purchased Bev and Cracker Jack, two of the top-eight selling mules from this year’s sale. Michelle said, “My husband and I don’t mind paying a good price for a mule, but we expect to get what we pay for.”

Not quite knowing where this statement would lead, I paused for a moment.

Michelle continued, “Well, I just want to tell you that these mules are awesome, they are everything the consignors said they were, we are delighted with both of them.” This is just one of the many reason’s people return year after year or recommend their friends to attend.

Jake Clark’s Mule Days will be held June 16-20,2010, and will begin accepting consignments December 1. See many of the 2010 mules in future ads of Mules and More and Western Mule magazines. Contact us for a catalogue or additional information about events or mules at (307) 754-4320 or by visiting www.saddlemule.com.

TJ Clark with Hip #14, Susie Q
Saddle Mule Sale Averages: 
Top 10 - $10,140 
Top 20 - $  8,237  
Top 50 - $  5,835 

TJ Clark with the High Selling Mule Saddle
Jake Clark’s 2009 Mule Days Super Star
Consignors & America’s Finest Saddle Mules
T. J. Clark & Amy Landrus - Susie Q - $19,000
Mark Schrimpf - Andrea - $6,400
Tom Jones - Amos - $12,500
Jason Wilf - Mizzy - $6,400
Jake Clark - Fireplug - $10,000
Mark Bailey - Kate - $6,300
Ed & Thea Disney - Cracker Jack - $9,800
Jason Wilf - Pete - $6,250
Levi King - Chrom - $9,500
Jason Wilf - Pete - $6,250
Mark Schrimpf - Pecos Bill - $8,750
Todd DeJong - Cleatus - $6,100
Scott & Sandy Sallee - Rosebud - $8,500
Scott & Sandy Sallee - Eve - $6,000
Colby & Codi Gines - Bev - $8,000
Jason Wilf - Painted Lady -  $6,000
Chad & Paige Turner - TR Making History - $7,750
DeWayne & Debbie Cason - Buckwheat - $5,900
Doug J. & Dawne Campbell - Velvet - $7,600
Jake Clark - Lilly - $5,500
Gary & Cindy Thoreson - Olie - $7,000
Jake Clark - Gringo - $5,400
Jake Clark - Cora Beth - $6,500
DeWayne & Debbie Cason - Handy Sandy - $5,300
Tom Jones - Pee Wee - $6,400
Jake Clark - Waco - $5,000
Sharon Warwick - Sadie - $5,000

(above) Hip #13, Eve Scott and Sandy Sallee (below) Levi Jones with Hip #17, Amos
The Mule Days Rodeo awarded the High Point trophy saddle to T.J. Clark of Powell, Wyoming. The runner-up High Point Breast Collar went to Mark Bailey of Vilonia, Arkansas.  The results of the rodeo are as follows:
Open Barrel Race - 1st Sydney King, Idaho; 2nd Von Twitchell, Pine Bluffs, Wyo.; 3rd Marlin Kennedy, Idaho
Youth Barrel Race - 1st Chance Karst, Powell, Wyo.; 2nd Joci Campbell, Bridger, Mont.
Open Poles - 1st Von Twitchell; 2nd Marlin Kennedy; 3rd Sydney King
Youth Poles - 1st Chance Karst
Ribbon Roping - 1st Levi King, Justin King, Todd DeJong; 2nd Chad Turner, Page Turner, Richard Hodson, Montana and Wyoming; 3rd Brian Wise, Phillip Bower, T.J. Clark, Wyoming
Open Goat Tying - 1st Mark Bailey, Arkansas; 2nd Sam Olsen, Montana; 3rd Linda Bailey, Arkansas
Youth Goat Tying - 1st Chance Karst
Senior Steer Riding - 1st Jose Perez, Powell, Wyo.; 2nd Buster Campbell, Powell, Wyo.
Wild Cow Riding - 1st Parker Breding, Montana; 2nd Matias Guillot, Powell, Wyo.; 3rd Cliff Schadt
Saddle Mule Race - 1st Marlin Kennedy; 2nd Sam Olsen
Team Roping - (Header/Heeler) 1st Mark Bailey/T.J. Clark
Team Branding - 1st Chad Turner, Jim Short, Von Twitchell, Montana and Wyoming; 2nd Dillon Swim, Laken Power, Tim Wilf
Wild Ride - 1st T.J. Clark; 2nd Briar Burell, 3rd Andy Pollari
Mounted Shooting - 1st Marlin Kennedy, 2nd Ron Differ, Pennsylvania; 3rd Mark Bailey, Arkansas