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Ken Colbert - 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award

Ken Colbert

Director Zone 5
Glen Dale, WV


Dr. Ken Colbert was raised on a farm in Missouri. Some of his fondest memories are of him and his father preparing steers and a horse for the shows at the annual county fair. After graduating from dental school, he moved his wife and baby boy to Steelville, MO, a small town in the Ozarks where he still lives.

Within weeks of his arrival, he found a place to keep a mare and a nearby jack to breed her. After raising a couple mules each of four years, he sold them and sat out for a few years (while reading Mules and More magazines) to learn how to improve the quality of mule babies. He notes that the quality of jacks has improved dramatically in the last couple decades. Loyd Hawley sold him his first jack, Colonel Ben, around 1996. "I've learned about good breeding from Loyd, about training from Brad Cameron, Pat Parelli, and Clinton Anderson, and about showing from my own defeats and mistakes. And I'm still learning."

Ken is passionate about his animals and the opportunity for everyone to walk into a show class on a level playing field with a rule book to back them up for generations to come. In 1997 Ken began to watch a mule organization called NASMA get started, and realized the founders of this organization shared his same passionate goals about mule breeding, trail riding, and showing. "I hope my daughter Abby is an active NASMA member long after my riding years are over."

He further adds, "To the members of Zone 5, I thank you for your confidence in me as your director. I pledge to serve in a helpful and transparent manner. Please feel free to let me know how we can help each other to build this great mule association"

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