It may be driving season but in shorts and a short sleeve top it is mighty cool in the mornings, especially after another night’s low dipping into the 30’s. The skies were filled with high wispy clouds and the light sporadic breezes remained icy. It feels like another storm front is moving in, probably with more rain.
One week from today is Merlin and Hank’s first parade. So next week I’ll reintroduce the hames bells and they’ll have their first hitch to the Buckboard.
Not so lucky this morning, we drove and drove before finally spotting the cows. Up jumped a big black calf standing in the barrow pit on the wrong side of the fence. “Scuse us Blackie but we are going back the direction we just came from.” Hank flipped a U-ie with Merlin supporting him and our entire driving plan changed in a heartbeat.
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It’s that time of the year to tally those points Luc has earned just by being Luc. It looks like he has done it again. This will be Luc’s 7th appearance in The Brayer Magazine in the Continued Excellence catagory. Luc has also achieved fame in the ADMS Driving Participating Award and the overall Supreme Driving Program.
Here is how Luc’s next appearance in the Honor Roll Hall of Fame will appear;
7th Honor Roll—For Continuing Excellence
RMS Lippyluver Luc G-11987 HOF
It has taken me years to discover that the RMS Lippyluver Luc contract, which states; “The Kingma’s, will do our best to keep you healthy, happy and loved” is null and void. His end of the bargain was to be a very good boy and do as asked, not creating pasture havoc every chance he gets! It seems Luc has put us into an ongoing negotiation that almost always ends in his favor, or at least we let him think so.
He’s the leader of his pack of merry men. Swiping a mouthful of food from all the buckets every morning, that’s Luc. He loves wormer so much he would devour the syringe if you let him, licking the extra off everyone’s lips. He’s the one who will reposition his rubber mat so he can steal it later, turning it into a pasture toy.
After years of driving single he’s the one we hitch a green donkey with to show them how’s it’s done.
We requested his breeder, Janelle Rieger, of Rocky Mountain Songbirds in Ismay, Montana to build us another, jus’ like Luc. She told us that in no uncertain terms she broke that mold as soon as Luc hit the ground. Smart lady, that Janelle!
That’s our Luc earning his 7th Continuing Excellence Honor Roll. His stories have reached worldwide on the internet and in many popular magazines. It wouldn’t be Teamdonk without him.
Sandpoint, Idaho is the place to be the third weekend after Labor Day surrounded by the brilliant fall colors at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. Watching the gentle giants of the equine world working in harness is an absolute thrill. Over the years we’ve made friends with many of the mule team drivers, their families and the folks who support and help them ready for competition. It has become an annual event, in fact each year it becomes more like going home to a family reunion than just another horse show.
This year something truly special happened when Helen Eden asked if I might be interested in riding the hitch wagon in a class with her… To say the least that was over the top for me! Yes, in fact, HELL YES!! Saturday evening I gladly shed the cozy warm insulated coveralls that everyone was making light of to sit next to Helen as she put her mules thru their paces. It was the Ladies Mule Team Driving Competition, judged on driving ability against the clock.
When we burst out of the, rather chilly, warm up pen we were ready to make a statement. The team was right on through the figure eights; I could hear the wows from the crowd as she moved them closer and closer without knocking a single cone ball off. The full out run to the isle way of cones and stopping the rear wagon wheel dead center of the last cone was perfect. From there it was a straight back to repeat that dead center stop with the front wheels lined up to the cones. That maneuver could not have been executed with any more precision! The last obstacle was a tight turn around a single cone. What Yahoo fun it was for me to sit there through those exhilarating moments!
Helen won this class in 2009 and this year we, yeah… Like I was some big help, scored the fastest time of the event. Maybe it was me yelling, “Faster Helen Faster” that spurred us on!!!!
Mule Cart class will see a Teamdonk driver guiding a beautiful black Percheron Mule, named Dolly, around the arena. Now that would be one to cross off my bucket list!
Okay gang, this is it… the last update for the year and it comes to you filled with our holiday YouTube favorites.
Our biggest holiday news is that a whole new look is in progress for the website and I’ll just have let you know when it has launched as of right now it is cloaked in secretsey!
This blog has been moved and is now set up for the New Year at
… seems we have used up all our photo space here, which was my goal! The new updates will be posted at that site from now on, so add that to your radar.
Now for my favorite Donkey holiday videos…. each of these YouTube programs takes about 30 minutes to view and are set up in ten minute segments in three parts. Be sure to enjoy them all the way through.
The first one is narrated and sung by Roger Miller and is a Gene Autry production.
You’ll find Nester the Long Eared Donkey at
The second one is a Walt Disney production called The Small One and can be found at
Ahhhhh…and my all time favorite Christmas tune!
This has absolutely been one of the best years Teamdonk has enjoyed and I have enjoyed sharing it with you. I wish each and every one a terrific 2010!
Wow time does fly! I need to thank my patient readers who keep writing and calling to see if all is Okay at Team Donk. Yes, I am happy to report all is fine and we are in the process of surviving the holiday season and staying warm. With the wind child factor we have seen -4 degrees in the last few hours. With today’s 24 mph winds it is bone chilling cold! The donkey boys are eating, drinking, playing and sunbathing to stay warm. Very seldom do we see them inside the pasture shelter. They’re busy keeping track of what is going on in their world like their new horse neighbors they enjoy watching. I see the horses being ridden on a regular basis which excites them to no end. We have Black Angus cattle across the road and a new baby calf. The donkeys are in hot pursuit of any coyote that gets near “their baby”. Blowing, snorting, feet stomping are warning the predators to stay back! I heard a wolf howl the other night and saw one on my way to work. The tall slim predator stopped to watch me and was close enough for me to see his intense bright yellow eyes. I much say they are a deadly beautiful creature.
The four boys are getting along great! The two older ones Luc and Hank are best buds. Merlin and Galahad are like teenage boys who pick on each other all the time and a play session can begin at any moment for no apparent reason. All four are haired up and Galahad looks like he should be named Pigpen Donkey as he loves his mud baths. Hank is Jim’s lover boy and Merlin likes to hang out with me. Luc is their leader and Galahad is the rat pack’s brat child! All is well at Team Donk.
The website is in the update process and will have an exciting new look and feel. The webmasters are keeping it under wraps so we are all in limbo at the moment.
Merry Christmas to all the Team Donk fans and thanks for a wonderful 2009! I’m excited to take you with us down the 2010 Team Donk trails. Hopefully it will include some new territory we can all explore together. Until next year I wish you a life full of health, love and plenty of donkey hugs!
Jim and yours truly, Kristi
RMS Lippyluver Luc and OK Sir Galahad’s
2009 Yearly Totals….
255.5 miles in 111.5 hours
Just had to share these photos that were entered in a horse club costume contest. Thank you Stacy for sending them to me so I could share them with my blog readers!
It’s a Halloween Jack In The Box!
Here they are the all new Teamdonk boys during their first foursome feeding time….
From the top and posing is the newest member of the team RMS Magical Merlin. The next newest member is Hanksome Hank Bishop. Down the hill are the orginal team mates of OK Sir Galahad and the old man of the group RMS Lippyluver Luc.
Here they are from the bottom of the hill to the top; Luc, Galahad, Hank and Merlin.
In the pasture at play time Luc squares off with Hank and it’s youngsters Merlin and Galahad that go for it. Other than that the four eat, sleep and do just about everything together! They appear to be a pretty happy bunch of donkey boys.