Thursday, January 22, 2015

Remembering Von Twitchell

photo by Diane Grimes, Haywire Photos

Von “A” Twitchell, 82, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma took his final ride December 31, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was born January 3, 1932 in Manila, Utah. He is survived by Bess, his beloved wife of 60 years, daughters Robin Twitchell and her husband Carl, Patricia Ellin, and Angie Short and her husband Jim; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eva Twitchell and two sisters.
Von resided in Loma Rica, Calif.,  for 43 years and was the ranch foreman of Sugar Loaf Land and Cattle for 36 years. He was a member of Browns Valley Sheriff Posse, and a Navy veteran. He touched many lives through his work with numerous organizations such as 4-H, gymkhana and roping events.
Von’s proudest achievements were to be inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame, to gain a Mule Days Lifetime Achievement Award, and he was also the first man to have two great mules, Miss Kitty T and Silky inducted into the American Donkey Mule Society Hall of Fame as well.
A Celebration of Life for this great mule man was January 16, 2015 at Foothill Lions Club, Marysville, California.

Mules and More staff writer Meredith Hodges wrote a wonderful eulogy on Von that we wanted to share with our readers:

photo by Patricia Rustin, Patricia Rustin, Porch Pig Productions

photo by Lenice Basham, PairADice Mules

Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 Jack Index

Looking for a jack to breed to, or to buy a jack?
Then bookmark this page - it contains all the information you need, gathered in one handy spot.

Want your jack or farm to be featured in the online version? Visit
It’s not too late to be added to the online jack index, which will be promoted throughout the year on our Facebook page and website.

Friday, January 16, 2015

How To Submit To Mules and More

Mules and More has a staff of monthly writers, but we are always looking for more content. This page should contain all the information needed to share your submission with us.

To submit via mail:

Acceptable formats would include:
  • typed or handwritten stories
  • prints of photographs from a print shop (ie, 4 x 6's printed from Walmart or wherever you have your photos printed are OK, photos printed on regular copy paper from your home printer are not OK)
  • CD or DVD with text and photo files saved (photos could be scanned images saved at 300 dpi, or original file and format sizes for digital images)
Submissions via USPS mail should be sent to:
Mules and More
PO Box 460
Bland MO 65014

To submit via email:  

Acceptable format guidelines:
  • text/copy typed into the body of the email
  • attached text files (.doc or .rft for example, but do not send text as a .pdf)
  • attached images will only be accepted, images inserted in to text files can not be used
  • attached images files should be .jpg or .pdf, in their original file size and format and 300 dpi resolution
  • if scanning and emailing, save at 300 dpi
  • all photos should be sharp and clear for best results
  • do not crop, cut or alter photos
Submissions via email should be sent to:

What topics are accepted?

Special Topics

Each year, we have two special issues:

February -  Jack Issue - features our Jack Index as well as articles focused on the breeding for and raising of mules and donkeys

April - Trail Riding Issue - features our Trail Riding Guide, as well as articles focused on all things trail riding
Articles submitted that focus on these topics will possible be held to be used in these issues.

We also have special sections for Bishop Mule Days, Jake Clark Mule Days, The Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show, and The National Championship Chuckwagon Races each year. They are usually featured one to two months after the event (Bishop Mule Days held Memorial Day weekend appears in the July issue; The National Championship Chuckwagon Races held Labor Day weekend appears in the October issue).

General Topics

"Letters From The Other Side..." - Letters and photos from subscribers. Do you have something you want to share with the mule and donkey world? A favorite moment from the year or a special photo you love? Send it in!
Photography (anything mule and donkey related); Ranch Work; Mule and Donkey Care; Tack; Mule and Donkey Shows; Rodeos; Trail Riding; Spotlights on Mule and Donkey Owners, Promoters, and Important Mules and Donkeys; Historical Stories

Have something else you would like to share? Send it over!
Contact Cori with any additional questions.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

5th Annual Trail Riding Guide

We are working on our 5th annual trail riding guide for the April issue of Mules and More. Do you have a favorite place to trail ride, a destination trip or local trip, that you would like to see featured? Send your story and photos to us! Email or mail to PO Box 460, Bland MO 65014. If you email photos, be sure to send them in their original file size and format, and at least 300 dpi. The deadline is March 2. Also - the last several years we have chosen our April cover from submissions to the trail guide. So this might be your chance to be on the cover of Mules and More!

Do you own a campground, trail ride or overnight campground? Let us help you start the season out on the right foot, by getting your business in front of the eyes of thousands of mule owners! Contact us for information on how to get into our 2014 Trail Riding Guide, which is featured in the magazine and on our website.