Ass Pen Ranch - Placerville, California - Donkeys, Mules & Horses
We are beyond sad to inform you that Crystal Ward - world-renowned donkey, mule, and horse trainer and judge, as well as activist for the well-being and mitigation of abuse of donkeys worldwide, died tragically on March 7, 2014.
Send cards of condolence to her father, Harold Ward, P.O. Box 9504 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
Crystal's favorite charity was Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, who will continue to care for her donkeys. Send contributions in Crystal's memory to: PVDR,
8317 Duckworth Road, San Angelo, Texas 76905. Or click HERE to donate online
For more info: American Mule Association
Crystal's family and Jan Jensen have created a memorial website where people will be able to post pictures, thoughts and memories. Any planned celebrations of life can be posted to this website so people can attend. The site can be accessed at: http://www.greenvalleymortuary.com/sitemaker/sites/greenv0/obit.cgi?user=1266260Ward.Bishop Mule Days will honor Crystal in the "Empty Saddles" memorial. Next year, they will continue to honor Crystal in some way, possibly a perpetual trophy. The Santa Cruz County Horseman's Association is preparing a collage of photos and memorial to be framed and hung in their clubhouse. Crystal was very active in SCCHA for many years.
Mark Meyers from Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in Texas is heir to the property and all the animals. He will be handling all aspects of care and transport of the animals to his rescue site. At this time, no additional help has been requested. Mark already has plans underway to construct a special memorial building in Crystal's name where momentos, awards, and photos will be on display. It will be showcased in the Interactive Educational Center where visitors can enjoy visiting with her friendly donkeys and mules as well. Eventually, Mark will ask for any photos or stories to be sent to him directly for display.
At this time, you can contact Jan Jensen at: email@example.com (This email was specifically set up for Crystal's memorial.) You can send stories or photos to Jan and she will forward them on the Ward family and to Mark Meyers.
Crystal's "Donkey Training" DVD is still available and still excellent. It answers all of the commonly asked questions about donkey or burro ownership. With the help of videographer Mike Kerson who filmed, edited and produced this video, it is perfect for owners of miniature, standard and mammoth donkeys and BLM burros. A variety of donkeys are used from weanlings up to mature animals.
Join donkey expert, Crystal Ward, as she shares her love for all donkeys - minis, standards, BLM burros, and Mammoths - and her training methods, which have won widespread acclaim.
- Standing Tied
- Handling the Feet
- Bit & Harness
- Ground Driving
- Introducing the Saddle
- First Ride
Plus a Section on Special Donkey Care Tips: Health, feeding, special concerns in gelding & surgery, measuring for accuracy
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