Mule goes to US Dressage Finals

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A MULE makes it to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky! I am Laura Hermanson and I have been training and working with mules for over 10 years. I have enormous passion for these incredible equines and believe anything is possible with them. This has been proven true! My own dear mule Heart B Dyna competed throughout the year at 3 star sanctioned shows earning scores up to 75% and qualifiying for both the CDS state and USDF regional championships. We had an incredible time at the Championships educating people about mules and being able to ride along side Olympians! I was thrilled to be living my dreams, and then my dream became even greater. The US Dressage Finals invites the top two equines at each level from every region throughout the country as well as a wildcard based on scores. It all comes together for an incredible showcase of the best Dressage horses in the US.  And then the unbelievable happened, Dyna and I recieved an invitation!!! This is the first time in history a mule has been invited to the USDF Finals! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to expose people to mules on a huge national platform.  I have put this together to ask for help making this possibility become a reality. Anyone that knows me is aware of how hard I work and how extremely dedicated  I am to mules and the sport of Dressage. It is VERY hard for me to ask for help, but the expenses to travel across the country and attend this show are beyond my reach. I would GREATLY appreciate any financial help to make this pioneering journey possible!
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THANK YOU TO ALL!!! Your positive thoughts and encouraging words from all over the world were resoundingly felt in Kentucky. This has been such an astounding experience full of learning. I am SO VERY GRATEFUL to you all!!!!
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Thank you all for your support!!! My warm-up class is in ring 2 (Stonelea) at 9:03AM. Friday finals class is in ring 3 (Murphy) sometime between 9:15 and 11:42. I will be updating and posting video. Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The goal has been met!! In 9 days, Dyna and I will be on our way to Kentucky! I cannot thank you all enough for the unbelievable outpouring of support. This experience is proof that you have to dream the impossible. I wake up every day grateful I get to live this life and learn the incredible life lessons equines have to offer. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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18 Days till the Finals!!!
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Nancy Kramer
52 months ago

I just a video of your ride. You two looked great together!! Well done!

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Arlene Holly Kimball
53 months ago

Laura, So happy for you and for all of your successes. Congratulations on your beautiful ride.

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Sandra Hyder
53 months ago

I thought you and Dyna did an outstanding job. Beautiful to watch!!

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Travis Underwood
53 months ago

Great Ride! I would love a dressage trained mule! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn6pSo6ZNZQ

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Nancy Babcock
53 months ago

So excited to have met Dyna on Sunday! My boy, Mr. Big (a Belgian Draft going to Aiken SC), was in the box next to Dyna's on the Brook Ledge van--she has a whole new fan base here in El Dorado Hills, CA . All who were there to see Big off were able to glimpse Dyna--we can't wait to hear how she does and are sending you both the best of luck!

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Rick Kokesch
53 months ago

Great opportunity... love it . go go go Laura and Dyna

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Lesley Dunn
53 months ago

Go Dyna Go! How exciting!

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Jane Taylor
53 months ago

Ring 2, 11-6, 9:03 AM #435!!! That is Heart B Dyna!!!! Yay!

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Jane Taylor
53 months ago

Many congrats!!! Please keep posting with links and results!

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Ellen Sue Kane
53 months ago

This is awesome!! Congratulations. To all that are asking... yes, it will be live streamed on the USEF network starting Friday @ http://www.usefnetwork.com/coverage/guide.aspx If you see this Laura could you please let us know what class to be looking out for to make sure we don't miss you and Dyna despite the fact that it will also be "on demand" for those who miss it live!! You guys are pioneers in Dressage... starting a new trend perhaps!! Good Luck..

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Travis Underwood
53 months ago

Keep us all posted as to when you are set to be in the ring. I hope its broadcast on the web

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Nora Hensley
53 months ago

Although I'm not in a financial position to contribute right now I'd still like to wish you the best of luck! You're doing great on your fund and can't wait to hear how you do. Keep up the good work and a treat to Dyna for me.

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Teri Blaser
53 months ago

Have a wonderful time, you are going to be in beautiful Lexington so enjoy some of the area. You must go to Keenland just to see the buildings and track, it is the most beautiful racetrack in the U.S. Also, treat yourself to a breakfast/brunch at Wild Eggs in Lexington if it is open. Good luck, I know you will do well! Oh, by the way, the Red Mile is there too, a racetrack for trotters and pacers. A lot of history is there. I hope you get to do a little sightseeing before you have to leave. I am jealous, it is my second home.

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misko beaudrie
53 months ago

simply beautiful, go get em!

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Roseann Blacher
53 months ago

Knock it out of the park!

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Carole Pivarnik
53 months ago

My mule Emma and I wish you the very best of luck...it is awesome to see a mule compete in the USDF finals!

KC
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Karen Carr
53 months ago

Good luck!! :)

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Cathy Dudick
53 months ago

Limits are imaginary. GO.BIG!!! Congrats on all the endless hours of hard work and the heart that allowed you two to partner as you did. God bless and good luck!

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Chisholm
53 months ago

Good luck! Came across your posting through a post of a barn I follow on Facebook. Not a dressage rider myself but appreciate the beauty , grave and discipline. Good luck! Please provide a video if possible after the competition

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Anonymous
53 months ago
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Nancy Waterhouse
53 months ago

I love mules and worked with my mule on dressage for many years. I'll be watching, somehow!

Nancy Kramer
52 months ago

I just a video of your ride. You two looked great together!! Well done!

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Arlene Holly Kimball
53 months ago

Laura, So happy for you and for all of your successes. Congratulations on your beautiful ride.

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Sandra Hyder
53 months ago

I thought you and Dyna did an outstanding job. Beautiful to watch!!

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Travis Underwood
53 months ago

Great Ride! I would love a dressage trained mule! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn6pSo6ZNZQ

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Nancy Babcock
53 months ago

So excited to have met Dyna on Sunday! My boy, Mr. Big (a Belgian Draft going to Aiken SC), was in the box next to Dyna's on the Brook Ledge van--she has a whole new fan base here in El Dorado Hills, CA . All who were there to see Big off were able to glimpse Dyna--we can't wait to hear how she does and are sending you both the best of luck!

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Rick Kokesch
53 months ago

Great opportunity... love it . go go go Laura and Dyna

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Lesley Dunn
53 months ago

Go Dyna Go! How exciting!

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Jane Taylor
53 months ago

Ring 2, 11-6, 9:03 AM #435!!! That is Heart B Dyna!!!! Yay!

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Jane Taylor
53 months ago

Many congrats!!! Please keep posting with links and results!

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Ellen Sue Kane
53 months ago

This is awesome!! Congratulations. To all that are asking... yes, it will be live streamed on the USEF network starting Friday @ http://www.usefnetwork.com/coverage/guide.aspx If you see this Laura could you please let us know what class to be looking out for to make sure we don't miss you and Dyna despite the fact that it will also be "on demand" for those who miss it live!! You guys are pioneers in Dressage... starting a new trend perhaps!! Good Luck..

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Travis Underwood
53 months ago

Keep us all posted as to when you are set to be in the ring. I hope its broadcast on the web

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Nora Hensley
53 months ago

Although I'm not in a financial position to contribute right now I'd still like to wish you the best of luck! You're doing great on your fund and can't wait to hear how you do. Keep up the good work and a treat to Dyna for me.

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Teri Blaser
53 months ago

Have a wonderful time, you are going to be in beautiful Lexington so enjoy some of the area. You must go to Keenland just to see the buildings and track, it is the most beautiful racetrack in the U.S. Also, treat yourself to a breakfast/brunch at Wild Eggs in Lexington if it is open. Good luck, I know you will do well! Oh, by the way, the Red Mile is there too, a racetrack for trotters and pacers. A lot of history is there. I hope you get to do a little sightseeing before you have to leave. I am jealous, it is my second home.

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