Thursday, May 19, 2005

Mule stuns horse crowd

Taj Mahal easily stands out among his competition.

And it's not just because he hasn't been out of the top 10 in his three years of 50-55 mile endurance races.

The 17-hand, 8-year-old thoroughbred mule is a rarity among a field dominated by Arabians.

"Some of the other riders are not happy with me, especially the Arabian people," says Taj's owner Doris Roesch, who has eight of her own Arabians.

At one race, Roesch stuck with a group of riders near the front and could tell that one woman in particular was extremely annoyed. As the woman's horse tired, Taj Mahal passed her. When they got to the watering hole, the other rider came up from the behind, screaming, "Get that mule out of the water tank! My horse won't drink with him in there!"

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