Clyde's Gallant Fox, better know as "Ted", was a Mother's Day present for his owner, Samantha Francis of Richards, MO. The Francis' own a mule, Clyde's Brass Ring, who has seen his own share of success in the show ring. Brass is sired by Candace Shauger's mammoth jack, TJC Clyde. Samantha knew TJC Clyde was a great mule sire so when the opportunity presented itself to purchase a donkey by Clyde she took it.
"I chose his name because I knew my little donkey was going to rock the place when he grew up!" said Samantha.
"He was special from the start," remembers Tabitha. "He is one of the best minded donkeys I have trained."
Ted went to his first show, the Fort Worth Stock Show, in January 2010 following less than120 days of training. He was the Reserve High Point Training Level Donkey.
"Ted has always been a great loper," says Tabitha. "I knew he was ready to compete with the older donkeys because he is a naturally forward mover and has such a great mind."
At the first show of the season, Fort Worth, Ted was high point donkey.
"I felt like this was going to be Ted's year." Tabitha said, "He has developed into such a great all around donkey that he is capable of winning any class he goes in."
"I have always dreamed of winning the High Point at Bishop Mule Days," says Tabitha. "I have been reserve twice. The competition is so tough that you can't make any mistakes. You have to place high in every class to have a chance."
"It was a team effort," says Tabitha. "Dan won the pleasure driving with him and that is where we fell behind in 2010. I knew Ted would be great in the western pleasure and then he came through in the speed events as well. It was a very special win for all of us. I was really excited that my dad, Gary Kinser, got to come along and share this with us. He trained horses for many years and I still call him all the time for advice."
Ted has now won NASMDA High Point Open Donkey SIX times! He is a THREE time High Point Winner at Bishop Mule Days and holds Superior titles in EIGHT events! In 2016 he was inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame. He also earned a Reserve World Championship at the 2015 Western Dressage World Show competing against horses!
He has sired MULTIPLE Bishop World Champions, NASMDA National Champions, Pinto World and Congress Champions and High Point Winners in the Open, Youth and Amateur divisions! He has also won Get of Sire at Bishop twice.
Ted is the 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 NASMDA Leading Jack and Signature Equine has been the NASMDA leading breeder for EIGHT years, breeding only foals sired by Clyde's Gallant Fox.
Ted stands at stud to mares at Signature Equine in Morris, OK. Shipped semen is available.