Allow mules in the USHJA Jumper divisions

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Allow mules in the USHJA Jumper divisions

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Katie Wetteland started this petition to USEF and

A petition was submitted in 2016 to the USEF that all divisions and classes would be open to mules. This was unanimously disapproved by the USEF. But recently, mules have been allowed to compete in the USDF alongside horses. The USDF only banned mules from competing in upper level events and national shows.

I believe it is possible to slowly integrate mules into the USHJA using the show jumping arena specifically as the platform. Where mules can compete on a relatively even playing field in competition with horses. I propose that mules should be given a chance to preform at low level, local shows under specific rules, to hopefully facilitate the inclusion of mules into all areas of English and Western riding.

Mules would still adhere to the governing body of the USEF and USHJA in regards to all tack and conduct. Mule owners would need to call ahead to the show ground before submitting their mule in competition to respectfully ask permission to compete. Mule owners would offer to keep their mules by the trailers or in the parking lot so as to not potentially scare any horses. Mule owners would not necessarily have to be "in the ribbons" to compete, but just to have a platform to showcase the talents of the rider and mule. 

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