November 6, 2009


  • The day dawned cold and windy but that did not deter mule, donkey and draft enthusiasts from assembling to celebrate their animals.    They plowed, pulled wagons and skidded logs, seeming to enjoy the brisk air as they performed their various tasks.    Read the rest of this entry »

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September 21, 2009

Mule Crossing

September 19, 2009

A lot of folks think that if it has long ears it must be a donkey!  Mule enthusiasts can readily spot the differences but the genetic water is getting a little muddy.  Following are some standard crosses:

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Meet Bojangles

September 15, 2009

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Bojangles is the latest addition to the LaDon and Cathy Dewrell family of animals.

“Bo is a 17 hand bay mule. Although we have not had him very long he seems to fit right in with us. He has a very easy going nature toward not only people but other animals also.

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September 10, 2009

Lily is a sweet, black miniature mare.    She was bred to a miniature jack for a September 2009 foal; but Lily was carrying a foal that just wouldn’t wait!  Early on July 24, 2009, she delivered without incident a little john mule.   For about two weeks his survival seemed problematic at best.  Who would have thought that two adults could hand milk a miniature mare?  Believe me when I say that the process was not as easy as one might think!  But then this little john  seized life by the horns and  now seems to think he is the biggest thing on the place!  He will certainly steal your heart away!

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August 24, 2009

Southern States Mule and Donkey Association will host a Mule Day Celebration this year!

Click on the link below for details:

SSMDA Mule Day Celebration Flyer

All mules, donkeys, and draft animals are welcome.  Everyone is encouraged to come out and share the day with us.

Plow Day 2009

August 24, 2009
Tip Campbell working Julie and Napoleon

Our 2009 Plow Day commenced  on Saturday, May 2nd at 10am in Opp, Alabama.  SSMDA members and friends gathered on the plow site at the intersection of Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Hattaway Road on Friday afternoon for an informal supper, a little work  and a whole lot of socialization!  Several people brought musical instruments and played and sang well into the evening to the delight of all.

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2009 Election

August 24, 2009
Left to right:  LaDon Dewrell, Patricia Graham, Cathy Dewrell, Anne Hancock, Tip Campbell, Kerry Hancock

Left to right: LaDon Dewrell, Patricia Graham, Cathy Dewrell, Anne Hancock, Tip Campbell, Kerry Hancock

Elections were held for the 2009 Officers and Directors on January 20, 2009 during the regularly scheduled meeting at the Covington County Extension Office.  Congratulations to our new Board!  May you have great success in the coming year!

PRESIDENT:                     LaDon Dewrell

VICE-PRESIDENT:            Kerry Hancock

SECRETARY:                    Cathy Dewrell

TREASURER:                    Patricia Graham

DIRECTOR:                      Anne Hancock

DIRECTOR:                      Tip Campbell

Meet Hootie

May 30, 2008

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Hootie and owner Kerry Hancock

Hootie is a 2 year old mule on his way to becoming a great friend and companion to his owner Kerry Hancock. Born and raised in Laurel Hill, Florida, his sire is a 15 hand black mammoth jack named Panhandle Rudee and his dam is a 15 hand spotted saddle horse named Patches.

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April 23, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008 was a great day. Don’t get me wrong…there was a lot of planning, work and combined effort that went into making the plowing competition happen. But don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?!

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