Awards & Recognitions

For years Meredith Hodges has remained committed to her mission to foster the public’s interest in mules and donkeys and broaden our understanding of these wonderful animals. Her dedication has brought recognition in many forms. Meredith’s many productions of Those Magnificent Mules, Training Mules and Donkeys, and the Jasper series have received 20 Telly awards, five Vision awards, and multiple publishing awards and recognitions. Below is a timeline of some of the many awards and acknowledgments Meredith has received.

1986 – Meredith establishes the Colorado Mule & Donkey Society.

1986 – Meredith gives a presentation entitled, “Mules in Dressage” to the United States Dressage Federation in Houston, Texas. Mules are accepted nationally at non-AHSA shows and competitions.

1988 – Three of Meredith’s mules march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.

1991 – Lucky Three Ciji is International Side Saddle Organization All-Around Champion.

1991 – Meredith rides Little Jack Horner to jump over four feet in exhibition at Bishop Mule Days, setting the world record. Little Jack Horner becomes the world’s first Formal Jumping Donkey.

World Champion mule Lucky Three Sundowner

World Champion Lucky Three Sundowner

1992, 1993 – Meredith rides Lucky Three Sundowner to two world championships at third-level dressage.

1992 – Lucky Three Ciji is named Reserve International Side Saddle Organization All-Around Champion.

1993 – Mae Bea C.T. takes first place at the Abbe Ranch Horse Trials, in competition with 56 horses.

1993 – Meredith rides Mae Bea C.T. in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.

1997 – Meredith is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Saddle Mule Association.

1998 – Lucky Three Eclipse is named Bishop World Champion Warm-up Hunter.

2002 – Meredith’s television show, Training Mules & Donkeys, debuts on RFD-TV.

2004 – The award-winning Jasper the Mule series of children’s books is published, and a companion series of animated specials begins production.

2005 – Meredith receives a commendation from the Colorado State Senate for her tireless efforts on behalf of and long history of service to the Equine Community.

2006-2009 – Meredith produces the award-winning documentary series, Those Magnificent Mules, which airs on RFD-TV.

Hall of Fame mule Mae Bea C.T. jumping

Hall of Famer Mae Bea C.T.

2006 – Mae Bea C.T. is inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame.

2008 – Meredith is presented with the “Best Friend of Bishop Mule Days” award at the annual Bishop Mule Days Celebration.

2010 – The children’s film, Jasper Goes to Bishop, is a finalist at the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival and Moondance Film Festival, and wins the Silver Mixed-Media Award at the Jamfest Film Festival.

2013TMD Equine University is approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board to begin accepting students.

2013 – The new edition of Training Mules and Donkeys wins the gold medal in the Animals category at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

2014 – Little Jack Horner is accepted into Bishop Mule Days’ Donkey Hall of Fame for his career as a performance donkey.