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NASMA Director

Joyce Stratton

Director Zone 1

Joyce Stratton & Dewey

Joyce Stratton is a NASMA Charter Member and Director from Zone 1. She lives in Oregon in the Willamette Valley about an hour south of Portland on a farm where she raises mules and operates Snow Peak Equine Enterprises, Inc. She buys and sells to fit the “hard to fit” animal and professionally assists in her daughter’s training barn .

She has been a rider all of her life having grown up on a farm. Her interest in showing started out early with her first show at 8 years old. In those early years she showed horses and ended her youth career with a Purebred Arabian. In 1980 she saw her first mule show and was hooked. She got her first in mule in 1981 and entered her first mule show in 1982. She hasn’t let up on the mule shows since. She has many open and amateur high points to her credit with some of the most memorable being a 1995 National Amateur Champion title and a 2003 Battle of the Breeds Champion title. She has achieved top ten year-end championships in several organizations including NASMA, Oregon Horsemans Association, and American Mule Association.

Joyce has been active in bringing mules to the Oregon horse show world. Her awards in the Oregon Horsemans Association have been against horses. This is a group that 5 years ago did not let a mule on the show grounds. Not only does Joyce attend their shows but she is an active member of the State Board. In this role she has seen ample opportunity to not only promote mules and donkeys to the equine world but to also see the role equine owner’s can have in horse legislation and laws.

Joyce has shown LS Windjammer for the last 9 years. She is also showing a young mule now as Windy starts to get some age on her. This mule is known as Dewey at home but the show pen will know him as Double Dare. He’s the mule pictured here.

When not on her mules, Joyce is a High School Principal and Special Education Director. She has worked in education for over 30 years primarily with special needs students including work in the field of autism.

Joyce asked in 2005 to rejoin the NASMA board. When NASMA was first forming she had been a Director for several years but other activities pulled her away for a season. As a Director, Joyce is especially interested in efforts to have a unified rulebook for mule and donkeys shows. This rule book would be universal no matter what association was sanctioning the show. She is also interested in unification and cooperation from all mule and donkey groups and organizations to gain recognition by USA-E. This unification could allow mules and donkeys greater acceptance in all equine events.

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