High gas prices and recent floods may have affected attendance at the annual Jake Clark’s Mule Days celebration last weekend, according to organizer Kay Clark, but it didn’t affect prices …
High gas prices and recent floods may have affected attendance at the annual Jake Clark’s Mule Days celebration last weekend, according to organizer Kay Clark, but it didn’t affect prices paid for top mules.
Two mules tied for the highest price paid during the auction, with both selling for $52,000. Tin Man, a 6-year-old grey horse mule sold by Bryan Mahoney, and Rose, a 9-year-old red roan mare sold by Shawn and Nellie Petersen brought in the highest bids.
Flower, a 9-year-old mare sold by Scott Kincheloe, sold for $48,000, and Pairadice’s Rooster, an 11-year-old male sold by Loren Basham, sold for $34,000.
Fewer mules were included in the sale this year than in previous years, with 56 selling. Yet the average sale prices and grand total sales figures were basically the same as recent larger auctions. In 2020, for example, 77 mules sold in the auction. But this year’s total revenue was the same, Clark said.
The average sale price of adult mules in this year’s sale was more than $15,000. About one-third of the top bids came from online clients this year.
Clark said the high price of fuel and local flooding issues resulted in fewer people attending this year.
Clark is frustrated by the price of fuel.
“People in the East have no clue what we’re doing here in the West,” she said. “We don’t have short commutes. And we drive big trucks pulling heavy trailers.”
The auction was forced online in 2020 due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements. Some have found it easier to attend the auction online and the number of those turning to the internet to participate seems to be increasing.
Regardless of the attendance method, Clark said they try hard to make the celebration successful for everyone.
“We do everything we can to make it work for both parties, whether the buyer is here or online,” Clark said.
1st, Clayton McCarley; 2nd, Mark Bailey; 3rd, Homero Lopez
1st, Jennifer Bailey; 2nd, Virginia Lohr
Youth Barrel Racing
1st, Gage Griffin; 2nd, Coyle Cobb
Saddle Mule Race
1st, Bobbie Nelson; 2nd, Keaton Phillips
1st, Kasen Asay; 2nd, Jayce Lejeune
1st, Mark Bailey
Ribbon Roping team
1st, Mark Bailey, Tripp Mobley, Linda Bailey; 2nd, Levi King, Hunter Wells, Sidney Wells
1st, Jennifer Bailey
Wild Cow Riding
1st, Caden Gines; 2nd (tie), Kyle Cheney and Easton Bowers
Wild Cow Milking team
1st, Levi King, Hunter Wells, Russ Driscoll
1st, Coyle Cobb; 2nd, Gage Griffin
1st, Levi King, header, Clayton McCarley, heeler; 2nd, Easton Bowers, header, Nathan Ruth, heeler
1st, Jason and Gage Griffin; 2nd, Mark Bailey and Tripp Mobley
1st, Pacen Zeller; 2nd (tie), Tripp Mobley and Buster Campbell
Overall rodeo champion