1998 marked the first year that NASMA
participated in what was known at that time as the Color Breeds
Council, CBC, now called the International Equine Judges Seminar, in
Oklahoma City. With the help of Daryl Bilke, Jim Isley, Doug
Haws and John Abrams, the newly formed North American Saddle Mule
Association joined the ApHA, APHA, NBHA, IBHA, and other colored
breed associations in a unique experience in which horse show judges
are trained, take tests and are carded by different associations to
officiate at their shows. It was a very exciting time for the
new mule association be recognized with other breed associations.|
At this first meeting, Daryl Talbot, (pictured) Cowboy Cartoonist attended. His cartoons and
illustrations are used in magazines, books, T-shirts and greeting
cards. Daryl's work is seen regularly in WESTERN HORSEMAN, HORSE
ILLUSTRATED, and LEATHERNECK magazines, and LEANIN TREE greeting
cards. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in
art education in 1972 and is a member of the National Cartoonists
Society, Cowboy Cartoonists International, and the Academy of
Western Artists. In 1997 he received the Will Rogers Cowboy
Cartoonist of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists.
Diann Walker, realizing this initiation of NASMA into the "horse
world" should be immortalized in some artwork, commissioned Daryl
Talbot to create something to recognize this auspicious even.
After all, humor is one of the best traits of a good muleskinner.
He agreed and this is his rendition of The North American Saddle
Mule Association being accepted into the Color Breeds Council.
A copy was given to Darl Bilke, Jim Isley, Doug Haws and John Abrams
for their help.
You will surely recognize Daryl's unique style and sense of
humor. More of his work can be seen at