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8th annual Mule, Donkey and Horse Show


July 7, 2018

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The eighth annual Mule, Donkey, and Horse Show is coming to Bear Valley Springs Equestrian Center on Aug. 3, 4 and 5. It's the second largest mule and donkey show in the state. Being sanctioned by the American Mule Association, competitors from California, Nevada and Arizona will attend.

The BVS Pony Club is sponsoring and hosting the show this year, allowing for an expanded class list. Many of the new classes are "fun and user friendly" and designed for average riders. The Pony Club invites and encourages local Tehachapi riders to come have fun at the show.

The show highlights different disciplines each day. Friday features English events: pleasure, equitation, hunters and jumpers.

Saturday is western day: pleasure, reining, trail and ranch riding. The day concludes with gymkhana events for some speed and excitement.

Sunday is going to be exciting. It starts with "using ranch" classes, fun and practical. For the first time driving classes will be offered, for both mules, donkeys and horses. Both reinsmanship and obstacle driving classes are offered, as well as mule log skidding. The show will conclude with packing competitions. The final class will be a pack scramble, where competitors riding animals and pack animals are turned loose in the arena – all together. They have to be caught, saddled and packed, then ridden thru a course to the finish line. Fun, exciting and sometimes a little western.

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Volunteers and sponsors are what make this show happen, and both are still needed. There are many different volunteer opportunities available, no horse experience necessary. Sponsorships help fund the awards for the show; buckles, equine products, ribbons to name a few. Sponsors will be acknowledged throughout the show, and business banners are proudly displayed in the arena. The United States Pony Club is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. The BVS Pony Club serves the greater Tehachapi area, and all proceeds from the show will stay local and benefit local Pony clubbers.

For more information on how to enter, volunteer, or sponsor visit or

Most of all, come out to watch the show and enjoy the entertainment that mules, donkeys and horses provide.


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