Borax 20-Mule Team coming to Centreville for mule seminar
CENTREVILLE — The famed Borax 20-Mule Team will be at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park in Centreville on Sunday afternoon, July 2, and the public is invited to this free, historic event. Thanks to Centreville residents Garon and Donna Stutzman, the mule team is making the journey from Death Valley, California, being hauled here in three tractor-trailers. This July marks the first time in 100 years that the mule team has been on the East Coast. The last time the team was in the area was the 1917 Presidential Inaugural Parade of Woodrow Wilson, where they won first place.
The Stutzmans own Grove Creek Mule Farm in Centreville. They describe themselves as mule enthusiasts and want to help educate the public about the heritage of this magnificent animal that played a much unheralded role in the pioneering of the American West.
On July 2, from noon to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of what a mule is and learn about its limitless potential as a member of the equine family.
The Stutzmans have organized an informative magazine for the event, 20 Mule Team comes to Washington, D.C. 2017. The magazine is available at several local stores, and will be available July 2, at the 4-H Park for $2 a copy. It is filled with everything anyone would ever want to know about a mule, and more! The magazine describes the history of mules in America in great detail.
In 1993, Garon Stutzman, along with two friends, became the first people ever to ride “pleasure riding mules” in a presidential inaugural parade. Mules had been used for many presidential parades before the invention of the automobile, however, they had been used exclusively to pull wagon as floats in parades, not as show animals in a parade like horses had been.
On July 2, seminars will be offered on the versatility of mules. Renowned mule and horse trainer Rebecca Evans will show Tom Colins, a World Champion Green English Performance Mule. Tom will perform a basic level dressage pattern. Also, Evans will show Miss Junebug, Reserve All Around World Champion Mule, demonstrating her talents in Western discipline, such as reigning, cutting and Western pleasure riding.
What is a mule? Put simply, it’s a cross between a female horse (mare), and a male donkey (know as a “jack”). What results is a mule; most are sterile and cannot reproduce.
The cross breeding between a horse and donkey produces a highly versatile animal that was discovered and appreciated by the pioneers as they traveled west.
Mark your calendars for this once in a lifetime event.
Garon and Donna Stutzman of Centreville stand with two of their own mules. The Stutzmans have arranged for the historic Borax 20-Mule Team from California to come to the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park to be viewed free by the public from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, July 2. The mule team will be here before they perform in the July 4th parade in Washington, D.C.