A life long love of horses has taken Shannon many interesting places and given her the opportunity to meet a wide range of people. Having started riding lessons in England at the age of six,then moving back to the U.S. in 1981. After years of showing Hunters and in All-Around divisions on the Quarter Horse Circuit she started trail riding, judging open horse shows and teaching horsemanship at 4-H camp.
A desire to try something new led her to mules and she has been hooked on the long ears ever since. Today she owns three Belgian Draft Mules and one Mammoth Donkey. She trail rides, shows English and Western, rides in parades, packs, drives and will try anything at least once with her mules.
Well long story made short, I was going to judge a trail obstacle competition and it got rained/snowed out for the weekend. The whole course was set up so on Sunday I brought Seven and Twila to school over the course. It was SO COLD and WINDY that I did not even saddle anyone up, but it was great exposure for Twila to new obstacles and new places. She even got on a mattress for the first time. We met a nice lady and her daughter who both fell in love with both Seven and Twila! You can tell how cold we are from the photos!
Seven and his new friend Rachel going through the Tunnel Of Love!
Reed uses her magic to train Twila Merrill to get one the Mattress!
Twila Merrill concurs the Pink Bridge!
Twila Merrill and Shannon going through the Tunnel Of Love!