We sent the September issue to the printers today, which means tomorrow, we start working on the October edition. I am certainly not ready to think about October yet. October means colder weather and shorter days, and I am not ready to give up summer yet.
I updated the classifieds and calender of events today on the website, and added (for the first time) picture page ads. We also still have books and videos available for purchase on our site, too.
I guess I have a little addition to add to the Susan Dudasik's article from the August issue, "Feeding Hay Can Be a Dangerous Prospect." Yesterday, a round bale fell on my dad and he broke his leg. It actually hit him in the head first, so I think we are all very lucky that the injuries were not more severe. He gets his cast on Thursday and plans to be riding on Friday...I guess we will see how well that goes.
The September issue is full of Shelbyville coverage. My favorite part this month is the front cover story, about one of the gaited exhibitors that cleaned house with his two-year-old mule at the show.
The Mules and More staff will be very busy in the next few weeks. We are attending the Iowa Donkey and Mule Society State Show in Bloomsfield, Iowa. The next weekend is the Clinton, Ark., Chuckwagon Races. Then up next, there are the Ozark Mountain Mule Days in Springfield, Mo. The next weekend is the Boone County Mule Sale in Columbia, Mo. Following that, it's the All-Star Mule and Donkey Show in Humansville, Mo. Then there is a tiny break, and off to Pea Ridge, Ark., for the Pea Ridge Mule Jump.
I am not going to all of these places, but my grandmother will be making every single one! She will be very busy these next few weeks.
The October issue will feature the National Chuckwagon Races in Clinton, Ark. So for those of you attending, feel free to send in any photos or stories.
We are also always looking for articles and features. I think that writing these types of stories is a great way to get free advertising. For example, if you a trainer and write an article, you are going to get your name, number, and e-mail published for free. Plus, it looks good on your part because you are willing to share your talents, which is definitely a good thing in most people's eyes.
Photos are always good, too. Everybody likes to see their mule's picture in print!
If you are interested in writing an article, feel free to send any questions you might have concerning the topic to firstname.lastname@example.org.