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Assessing Your Equine – by Meredith Hodges


Just like humans, all equines have different personalities. They’re not cookie cutters and should not all be treated the same way, so observe your equine whenever possible and see what he naturally likes to do, and then adjust your training program accordingly. Although each animal must go through the same kind of basic training to

History of Columbia Mule Day – by Dave Skillington


Columbia, Tennessee and Mule Day are “synonymous” to many people in the Southeast and with the growth of our “current festival” (in excess of 100,000 people during our Parade downtown), plus a mailing list that covers 35 states, plus Canada, it has become known as MULE TOWN USA. It all started more than 150 years



Many knew him as W.E. King, but his family and friends called him Dub. His is the late husband of the Mule Pull Director, Anita King. W.E. was a hardworking, family oriented man. He grew up working mules in the log woods with his father and brothers. He could tell you just about anything you

The Mighty Mule: The Military’s Vital Weapon – by Becky Leifheit


The city of Columbia, TN is known as the “Mule Capital of the World” as these mighty equines have been crucial to agriculture in Maury County.  Throughout history mules have also played an important role in the military action of this country and the world. In America pack mules have been very essential in moving

Bonnie Shields & Columbia, Tennessee Mule Day – by Glenda Bowman


I first met Bonnie Shields at Mule Day in 1977 and have been good friends ever since. The summer after Mule Day in 1977, a trip was made to Springfield, TN to visit Bonnie. During that trip I asked Bonnie if she would be interested in drawing for our Official Logo. She readily agreed and

2014 Grand Marshal & Honorary Grand Marshal


Dr. Joe DiPietro, President of the University of Tennessee was the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Mule Day Parade. He was named the 25th President of the University on January 1, 2011. He previously served as the UT Institute of Agriculture Chancellor from 2006 thru 2010, before “heading to Knoxville”, he was Dean of University

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