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Oris Reed

Director Zone 3
Lamar, CO


Oris Reed, a fourth generation mule man, has had a life-long love affair with donkeys and mules. He grew up on a working ranch. Field work was accomplished with big mules in big hitches, up to 22 head. Working cattle was done from the back of a saddle mule. He handled mules, 2-4-6-8-12 up in competition and exhibition

Oris lives in Colorado, a little closer to the river than he’d like and with the chatter of more birds than he wants to listen to. More often than not, pesky neighbors drop in when he’d rather be working with mules, donkeys, dogs or kids. His memories are peppered with enchanting stories picked up along life’s journey through the years of yesterday. His unique style of taking readers along the paths of boyhood adventures, days long past, and the gentler times we all wish we could once again experience, bring out the child in each of us. Capers, only a young boy and his donkey or mule could endure, vanished along with the era of lemonade on the porch and Grandma’s baking cookies on Friday afternoon.

The nostalgia which brings these summers back for a lingering glance, a memory, and a flash of experience appears in each of his short stories. Recently, these essays have been published in a book, Along the Back Roads of Yesterday, and in occasional blog posts on his website at You’ll want to read each and every story to be certain you don’t miss a lesson, an experience, or the grand humor of a boy growing up in a time when birds still chirped, clouds still drifted across clear blue skies, and the only thing that disrupted a young boy’s childhood was nightly chores and Mama calling him in for the night.

He is honored and excited to serve on the NASMA Board of Directors. He will do his best to further the acceptance and use of mules and donkeys.

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