We are working our way through January and while we still have a ton of reveals left to show fans, we wanted to remind you about our first Tale of Triumph from back in November. This equine’s tale of loving to jump, even when told it wasn’t their place, touched the hearts of fans! We are so thrilled to finally introduce you to Alan A Day's Work, one of this year’s Limited Edition portrait models!
Courtesy of Winslow Photography
Alan A Day’s Work, a 2008, 13.3 hand john, strives to prove that yes, you can horse show on a mule! In their early years together, owner Whitney Barnard and Alan dabbled in many different disciplines, but it quickly became clear that Alan loved to jump. Whitney wanted to show the world how talented Alan was and give him a chance to compete. But as a mule in a horse’s world, it was hard to find acceptance until finally a local horse show association welcomed them and let Alan shine.
However, mules weren’t permitted to participate in any nationally-recognized jumping disciplines. So, the pair began advocating to change the rules against mules and allow them to compete equally alongside horses in the show ring.
After many years, the USHJA and USEF finally passed a rule allowing mules to compete in all levels of jumper competition starting in 2022. In 2023, Whitney and Alan’s goal to become the first mule/rider pair to compete at a recognized jumper competition came true! Not letting rules or judgments stop him, Alan continues, against all odds, to show the world that he is just as capable, and deserving, as any other horse!
Alan A Day's Work has been done on Bonnie Shields’ Mule mold (#484) and will be available to ALL BreyerFest ticket holders, whether you’re joining us in person or online. VIP Ticket buyers have the added benefit of being able to pre-select and pre-purchase this handsome john if he’s at the top of your wish list.
See you right back here tomorrow on the BreyerFest Blog!
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