I’m hoping that this shelter in place will all be over soon… and when it is over, all of us should do this! Pack Burro Races! Let’s all let off some housebound steam!
First off, everyone who can house and care for a donkey, should have a donkey, or two. They are amazing beings. Once you get your donkey(s), you may find that one or both of them lives to hang with you and do fun stuff.
This would be fun stuff.
How fun would this be??!!
Norma, watchout! Mamma’s gonna put you to work!
(FYI: Only the start line and finish line are on pavement… the rest is natural landscape.)
FROM A VET
PACK BURRO RACE ASSOCIATION
So, I was flipping through Facebook as I always do – looking for interesting photos – and I came upon the photo pictured above.
It stopped me in my tracks.
What were these people doing?!
I couldn’t figure out if the donkeys were runaways or if the exhausted-looking humans were trying to keep up with their athletic burros?
Obviously, by the look on the humans’ faces, this was serious business. (The donkeys, however, look like they are having a great time!)
Pack Donkey Racing is very serious – for some. But, really, it is just a lotta fun and a way for people to get out and do something with their burros.
I Googled ‘pack burro racing’ and found the Western Pack Burro Racing Association website which made me smile. (I also found a FB page linked here.)
WESTERN PACK BURRO WEBSITE
You can go to the Association site and find all the information you need as well as how to ‘outfit’ your donkey – Southern Missouri Mule Outfitter (lovingly referred to as ‘SoMoMule’) – and even a place to purchase a burro if you don’t already have one. The donkeys offered here however, are very serious contenders (wink).
I loved several aspects of this site. The best quality to me is that the site is quite informative but also doesn’t take itself too seriously.
I also admired that they push rescuing a BLM burro. Nice.
And, the photos make me wanna throw Norma in the trailer and ‘haul ass’ as they call it, to Colorado!
To top it off for me, the subtle touch of adding photos of mini donks in there was genius. Really. Minis take away the last excuse not to do it.
It all started in Colorado. (Can you believe this has been going on for 62 years and we never knew?!)
The problem is that Colorado is as far as the sport has reached. The border of Colorado. That’s it. So, if you want to do this, you either have to go there, or you have to create a satellite branch in your neighborhood. (I dare ya.)
Anyway, what tickled my fancy was that some of these photos were taken in Leadville, Colorado. Now, I know nothing about Leadville except that is the place that Debbie Reynold’s character (Molly Brown) in the ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ movie was headed towards when she met Howard Keel (Johnny Brown).
The real town of Leadville looks to be doing well. It hosts this fine event annually. The other Colorado towns that participate are: Fairplay, Idaho Springs, Buena Vista and Georgetown. Colorado has even created a petition to make this their State Sport. (You can sign it here.)
OK, so how can just about anyone participate?
If you look at the photos, just about anyone with a burro is in the lineup. I’m getting the impression that this is mostly just good times except for those few die-hards that always top the leaderboard.
Anyway, it seems like kids, grandpappys, entire families and just about any size donkey can play. There are no real restrictions but there are rules.
Here are the rules:
DONKEY RACING 101
I know that all of you probably wonder how you can get your donkey ready for the race.
Well, after reading through the official website, I think you need to think more about readying yourself than the donkey… if you know what I mean.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST, UPCOMING EVENTS!
I swear, if I lived anywhere near this, I would do it in a heartbeat!
It seems like so much fun!
IN MY OPINION
If I had more time, I’d organize one somewhere. I mean, how can you not just have a smile on your face all day when surrounded by people and their silly, mischievous, mammoth, mini, serious, confused, willing, dragging, running longears?!
I think I should just buy a ticket and sit at a coffee shop (or pub) and watch the festivities!
Totally something to write home about…