Danny Ray Davis
25 June 2018
AGMA Members and Mule Enthusiasts,
AGMA has been working with the staff at the 27thAnnual Great Celebration Mule and Donkey Show (AGMA World Show) to make it bigger and better for 2018. You can view the show bill posted on the AGMA website, and please read the Notes at the bottom of it.
The Youth Fun Show will be Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Champions Arena. This is a great event for the youth. Please bring your family and participate. If you would like to sponsor this event, please do. Steve Clark, Charles Bailey and AGMA would like to see the pot grow for the youth, and maybe give some scholarships at this show in the coming years. Please send your sponsorships to AGMA, 4915 Oxford Drive, Mobile, AL 36618. All sponsors will be listed on the AGMA website. Sponsorships for any AGMA show is $100 per class.
All AGMA members need to get your memberships, amateur cards and registrations completed before the show. We know in some cases this cannot happen, and we’ll help you in these rare instances. Gene Montgomery, AGMA secretary/treasurer, will be set up in Barn #9, beside the Barn Office to help you with these matters.
The AGMA Membership Meeting will be in the Calsonic Conference Room on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. I ask all members to join us with your thoughts and ideas for growing this great breed of gaited mules and donkeys.
AGMA has partnered with the Wilson County Fair in putting on the 3rd Annual AGMA Tennessee State Championship Gaited Mule Show. The show will be Friday, August 24, 2018 at 6 p.m., in the covered arena at the Wilson County Fair Grounds in Lebanon, TN, just off I-40. We have all 20 AGMA classes at this show. You can find the show bill on the AGMA website, americangaitedmule.com. AGMA is asking for sponsors and volunteers to help with the show. Please send your sponsorships to AGMA and note the class you would like to sponsor. Your sponsorship will be listed on the AGMA website.
AGMA has also partnered with the Tennessee State Fair in putting on the 1st AGMA Nashville, Tennessee State Fair Gaited Mule Show. The show will be Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Nashville Fair Grounds in downtown Nashville, TN, just off I-40. We have all 20 AGMA classes at this show. This show bill is also on the AGMA website. AGMA is asking for sponsors and volunteers to help with the show. Please send your sponsorships to AGMA and note the class you would like to sponsor. Your sponsorship will be listed on the AGMA website.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the July meeting and upcoming shows.
Keith Holley, AGMA President
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.
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