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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 5 February 1950Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameMeredith Sue Lewis

Mini Bio (1)

Meredith Hodges, eldest daughter of Charles M. Schulz, lives in Loveland, Colorado. Inspired by her mother Joyce Doty, she has made her mark as a breeder, trainer and international promoter of mules and donkeys for the past 35 years and is know as the foremost authority on the contemporary saddle mule in the world today. To date, she has published six books on training and five children's books in her Jasper the Mule series that have also been adapted to animation for television. She has developed the first equine correspondence training course in her 10-part video series and has produced 48 television shows for the Training Mules & Donkeys series, Those Magnificent Mules series and the Jasper the Mule series for RFD-TV (Dishnet Ch. 231, Direct TV Ch. 379) over the past nine years. Her spacious 127-acre ranch is being developed as the Loveland Longears Museum & Sculpture Park.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Helen Hertz

Spouse (2)

Gary Lee Hodges (10 May 1980 - 1 March 1982) (divorced)
Gary Gene Fredricksen (8 September 1969 - 7 August 1975) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (8)

Meredith's mother was the first to breed modern mules from top quality mares and jackstock in the United States.
She did not learn that Charles M. Schulz was not her biological father until well into her adulthood.
Meredith Hodges received the Best Friend of Bishop Mule Days award in 2008.
Jasper the Mule was the Grand Marshall of the Bishop Mule Days parade in 2005.
Lucky Three Mae Bea C.T. galloped to victory over 56 horses in the Abbe Ranch Horse Trials in 1996 and was inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lucky Three Sundowner is the only mule to date to have reached Fourth Level Dressage in 1993.
Lucky Three Ranch's own donkey Little Jack Horner is the only formal jumping donkey in the world to date that has jumped to four feet in exhibition at Bishop Mule Days in 1991.

Personal Quotes (2)

I wanted to counter all the stereotypes about mules and show kids that in many ways, mules are just like them.
My philosophy is based on the principle that I am not, in fact, "training" donkeys and mules. Rather, I am cultivating relationships with them by assigning meaning to my body language that they can understand, while I learn what they are trying to indicate to me with their body language.

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