Don and I took the day off from work yesterday to go to the New Mexico State Fair donkey show. We met some really nice donkeys and their people while we were there.

This is GW and his person Judy. Judy adopted GW from Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Colorado.

Here’s Judy’s jenny, Daisy decked out with her pack saddle:

Judy riding GW:

Daisy performing in the donkey trail, in hand class:

Judy with her other jenny, Patience in the donkey trail, in hand class:

After the competition, Don and I enjoyed walking around behind the scenes to meet everyone up close and personal. Here’s one of the handsome Severs mules:

A spotted jenny named Chloe:

Who has a heart-shaped spot on her behind:

When we stopped to visit with Judy and GW, the little jenny named Patience caught my eye. When I started telling her how pretty she was, she literally started posing for me:

Really, seriously posing:

What’s not to love? ♥

This flag is being carried on horseback by a member of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse at the New Mexico State Fair rodeo.

Did you know?

Much of modern-day rodeo evolved from the working cowboy and his duties on the range. After months of moving cattle across the country, cowboys celebrated the end of their grind by roping more cattle and riding wild broncs for fun and friendly competition. It was from those informal, friendly competitions that on July 4, 1869, two groups of cowboys met to settle an argument over who was best at performing everyday ranch duties. This first competition was how the sport of rodeo evolved.