Go Dyna! First Mule To Compete In National U.S. Dressage Finals Hails From Northern California

If you thought dressage was just a fancy competition for fancy horses, you are wrong. It’s a fancy competition for fancy mules, too.
Dressage trainer Laura Hermanson of Madera, has been showing mules for the last three years at local horse shows. The United States Equestrian Federation has allowed mules to compete since 2004 but no mule has ever made it to the national United States Dressage Finals… until now.

Originally Posted On sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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A Mule Named Dyna Poised to Make Dressage History

A Mule Named Dyna Poised to Make Dressage History

In preparation for this week’s U.S. Dressage Finals in Lexington, Kentucky, Laura Hermanson did what most dressage competitors do: she worked on her own and in sessions with her trainer, Renee Johnson, on maintaining suppleness, relaxation and engagement. But she also did a little cross training—competing in reining, cutting and cow working while doing a little jumping on the side. You could say Hermanson’s mount is no ordinary horse, and you’d be right. Heart B Dyna is a 16-hand, 12-year-old mule. Hermanson and Dyna were originally long listed for the Training Level Championship when the Madera, California-based dressage trainer got an invitation to the finals. Though mules have been allowed in USEF dressage shows since 2004, this will be the first time one will compete at the championships.

Written by Kelly Sanchez 

Originally posted on dressagedaily.com

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A mule makes it to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky!

A mule makes it to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky!

Laura Hermanson, of Madera, California, has been training and working with
mules for over 10 years and sits on the Board of Directors of the American Mule
Association. She has enormous passion for these incredible equines and believes
anything is possible with them. This has been proven true! Her mule, Heart B
Dyna competed throughout the year at 3 star sanctioned shows earning scores up
to 75% and qualifying for both the CDS state and USDF regional championships.

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Endurance Day – ICE Your Cell, Leg Protection, Mules & Mustangs Excel in Endurance

 Endurance Day – ICE Your Cell, Leg Protection, Mules & Mustangs Excel in Endurance

Endurance Day with Karen Chaton opens with her usual assortment of endurance adventure stories, tells us how to ICE a cell phone before we get the low down on leg protection from The Distance Depot.  Our guests this month highlight the variety of equids that can excel at endurance;  Jessica Bishop who competes with her mule Speed Racer and Janet Tipton  tells us about her mustang Lady Jasmine.

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