From everything we've heard and observed, the week-end was amazing. This was the 2nd pack burro race, or as it was called the Donkey Dash in Arizona in decades. Last year about this time, the 1st race was held in Superior and it was also a rousing success. In the 90s Safford had races for about 3 years and quit. I would imagine they didn't get the local backing needed to keep it growing.
Only 2 of the racers were from Tombstone, probably about half the runners were from Arizona. The rest were from California, Colorado, and Texas. It's great that so many people came from other states, but it will take Arizona racers to keep it going. Pack Burro Racing has been going on in Colorado for almost 73 years and this year because of Covid all the towns in Colorado canceled their races. Hopefully by next year things will go back to normal and people can continue with their lives.
This is how the donkeys were set up when they came in last week. This was the next morning, I think they were waiting for breakfast to be served.
This little girl is Mamacita (little momma) Suzanne, Lynn and Linda went out to trim 4 mini's feet in Colorado for a guy and discovered they all had white line disease. White line can really mess their feet up, basically it's a fungal infection that will make the hoof crumbly. The treatment is usually daily, and the guy lived quite a ways away, so they hauled them back to their place to treat them.
The guy didn't want Mamacita back, said she wasn't friendly. So she ended up in the trailer headed back to Arizona. She also is probably pregnant, she had a baby last November, so if she is, we'll be on baby watch for the next few weeks. At first she was a little stand offish, but she isn't unfriendly and she's pretty cute.
Misty, Linda, Avery (aka Coquette) and her new mom
Some of the runners from Colorado are staying here until they leave for the race in California tomorrow or Wednesday. This is some of their donkeys waiting for their ride to California. The long race will be 26 miles. They are leaving early to give the donkeys a couple of days of rest before the race Saturday.
This is the Burro Barracks across the wash, with a lot of the donkeys that came back from Colorado last week. And of course we also have the pen area filled with donkeys. I'm not really sure how many donkeys are on the property right now, probably around 50 maybe a few more. Of course about 25 of them will probably be going to California.