American Gaited Mule Association History
In November 1993 Bill Moore, Ricky Davison and Eddy McCrary had the first meeting of the American Gaited Mule Association at Old Charles Restaurant in Lebanon, Tennessee. Soon after Warren Bagley, Elizabeth Gilmore and Sue King came aboard to help form the AGMA. At this time, the six of us felt as if we should have some input from the Walking Horse Industry and contacted Ronald Young, David Howard and Tommy Grider for guidance. John T. Bobo, of Bobo, Hunt and Bobo Law Firm, came aboard as our attorney.
In the spring of 1994 at our next meeting the board of directors was formed. The first AGMA Board of Directors and Officers were Bill Moore (President), Eddy McCrary (Vice President), Warren Bagley (Treasurer), Elizabeth Gilmore (Secretary) and Directors: Ricky Davison, Ronald Young, Tommy Grider, David Howard and Sue King.
On July 6, 1994, the AGMA was incorporated with the state of Tennessee as a non-profit organization. In the fall of 1994 the AGMA was contracted by Sue King from the North American Saddle Mule Association at her request we formed a rules committee to do a section in the rule book for gaited mules. The Rules Committee included Eddy McCrary, Ricky Davison, Ronald Young, Warren Bagley and Bill Moore. This started our affiliation of the AGMA with the NASMA.
In 1995 the AGMA asked the Great Celebration Mule Show in Shelbyville, Tennessee to hold their first World Championship Show. We have grown from one class simply called "gaited" with 22 total mule entries to a current 24 classes with some have over 30 entries in 2006. In 2006 a AGMA Rule Book was published and we continue to expand and grow.
1 March 2019
AGMA Members and Mule Enthusiasts,
Moving out of 2018 into 2019 - AGMA had its annual February Membership and Board meeting February 16. Here are some of the topics we talked about:
After a long winter of riding our gaited mules on the trails, we are looking forward to a great show season. We will start off at Mule Day in Columba, TN, April 1–7, 2019. I would like to invite AGMA Members to bring your gaited mules and ride in the parade Saturday. Maury County Bridle & Saddle Club will have its gaited mule show at 6 p.m. Friday.
Then we will have the show we wait for every year: 28th Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show in Shelbyville, TN, July 11 – 13, 2019. There will be 23 AGMA sanctioned gaited mule and donkey classes Friday Night, and 21 classes Saturday night. Let's not forget AGMA Youth Show at 6 p.m. Wednesday. We are adding one class Friday night: Trail Racking Class. Before entering your mules in any class, please review all AGMA Rules, Judging Considerations and the Show Bill that you are entering under; changes have been made this year.
I would like to personally thank all members and sponsors for your help in making AGMA shows and events successful. AGMA could not do it without you.
We have one new member on the AGMA Board of Directors. Please welcome Marty Gordon when you see him. The two re-elected board members are Danny Jenkins and Larry Cox. It's great to have Danny and Larry on the board; they give AGMA a lot of their time and work. We also elected 2019 officers at the meeting. They are Keith Holley, president, Steve Clark, vice president, and Gene Montgomery, secretary.
AGMA will have its Annual Trail Ride at Hang Em High Horse Camp this year, the weekend of May 31, 2019. Some of us may go up earlier in the week and get the party started, so come when you can. Wendel & Sunni have a very nice campground and you can’t find better riding anywhere. For reservations give Sunni a call at (606) 682-3370. The address is 1611 High Moore Road, London, KY 40741.
If any member has a gaited mule event they would like to share, please let us know and we will post on the AGMA website.
Tammy and I are looking forward to spending time with the AGMA family and riding this great breed of gaited mules and donkeys. See you soon.
Keith Holley, AGMA President
Danny Ray Davis
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