For years Meredith Hodges has remained committed to her mission to foster the public’s interest in mules and donkeys and broaden our understanding of these wonderful animals. Her dedication has brought recognition in many forms. Meredith’s many productions of Those Magnificent Mules, Training Mules and Donkeys, and the Jasper series have received 20 Telly awards, five Vision awards, and multiple publishing awards and recognitions. Below is a timeline of some of the many awards and acknowledgments Meredith has received.
1986 – Meredith establishes the Colorado Mule & Donkey Society.
1986 – Meredith gives a presentation entitled, “Mules in Dressage” to the United States Dressage Federation in Houston, Texas. Mules are accepted nationally at non-AHSA shows and competitions. Finally got mules officially accepted into the United States Equestrian Federation in the Dressage Division in 2004.
1988 – Three of Meredith’s mules march in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA.
1991 – Lucky Three Ciji is International Side Saddle Organization All-Around Champion.
1991 – Meredith rides Little Jack Horner to jump over four feet in exhibition at Bishop Mule Days, setting the world record. Little Jack Horner becomes the world’s first Formal Jumping Donkey.
1992, 1993 – Meredith rides Lucky Three Sundowner to two World Championships at Third Level Dressage.
1992 – Lucky Three Ciji is named Reserve International Side Saddle Organization All-Around Champion.
1993 – Lucky Three Mae Bea C.T. takes first place in the Novice Division at the Abbe Ranch Horse Trials in competition with 56 horses.
1993 – Meredith rides Lucky Three Mae Bea C.T. in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C.
1997 – Meredith is awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North American Saddle Mule Association.
1998 – Lucky Three Productions, Training Mules and Donkeys (Week 1) TV show wins Telly Award
1998 – Lucky Three Eclipse is named Bishop World Champion Warm-up Hunter.
1999 – Lucky Three Productions, Teach Your Mules Amazing Things: Trampoline commercial wins Telly Award
1999 – Lucky Three Productions, Training Mules and Donkeys (Week 9) TV show wins Telly Award
1999 – Lucky Three Productions, Training Mules and Donkeys (Week 13) TV show wins Telly Award
2000 –Meredith’s book Donkey Training wins the silver medal in the Animals category at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
2000 – Lucky Three Productions, Teach Your Mules Amazing Things: Housekeeping commercial wins Telly Award
2001 – Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center Lifetime Sponsor award
2001 – Lucky Three Productions, Training Mules and Donkeys (Week 25) TV show wins Telly Award
2002 – Meredith’s television show, Training Mules & Donkeys, debuts on RFD-TV.
2004 – The award-winning Jasper the Mule series of children’s books is published, and a companion series of animated specials begins production.
2005 – Lucky Three Productions, Jasper: The Story of a Mule TV show wins Telly Award
2005 – Meredith receives a commendation from the Colorado State Senate for her tireless efforts on behalf of and long history of service to the Equine Community.
2005 – Lucky Three Productions, The Making of Jasper: A Labor of Love wins Telly Award
2006-2009 – Meredith produces the award-winning documentary series, Those Magnificent Mules, aired on RFD-TV.
2006 – Mae Bea C.T. is inducted into the Bishop Mule Days Hall of Fame.
2007 – Lucky Three Productions, Those Magnificent Mules and the Lucky Three Ranch wins Telly Award
2008 – Meredith is presented with the “Best Friend of Bishop Mule Days” award at the annual Bishop Mule Days Celebration.
2008 – Lucky Three Productions, Those Magnificent Mules: Walk On: Exploring Therapeutic riding wins Telly Award
2008 – Lucky Three Productions, Those Magnificent Mules: The Bishop All Stars wins Telly Award
2008 – Lucky Three Productions, Those Magnificent Mules: The Road to Bishop wins Telly Award
2009 – Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center Legacy Donor award
2010 – Lucky Three Productions, Those Magnificent Mules: The Bishop Experience wins Telly Award
2010 – Lucky Three Productions, Jasper Goes to Bishop wins Telly Award
2010 – Lucky Three Productions, Equus Revisited wins Telly Award
2010 – The children’s film, Jasper Goes to Bishop, is a finalist at the San Diego International Children’s Film Festival and Moondance Film Festival, and wins the Silver Mixed-Media Award at the Jamfest Film Festival.
2010 – Meredith donates Port-A-Stall 14-stall barn to Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center
2012 – Lucky Three Productions, Jasper: A Precious Valentine wins Telly Award
2012 – Lucky Three Productions, Jasper: A Turkey Tale wins Telly Award
2013 – TMD Equine University is approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Private Occupational School Board to begin accepting students.
2013 – The new edition of Training Mules and Donkeys wins the gold medal in the Animals category at the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
2013 – Lucky Three Productions, History of the Mule documentary wins Telly Award
2014 – Little Jack Horner is accepted into Bishop Mule Days’ Donkey Hall of Fame for his career as a performance donkey.
2014 – Lucky Three Productions, The History of the Lucky Three Ranch wins Telly Award
2014 – Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Stable Lasting Legacy award
2015 – Lucky Three Productions, The Long Ride Home wins Telly Award
2015 – Lucky Three Productions, Give Your Equine the Athletic Edge wins Telly Award
2017 – Death Valley Conservancy, 20-Mule Team in Rose Parade presented by Honda (Meredith sponsored rebuild of Borax Wagons)
2017 – Death Valley Conservancy, 20-Mule Team in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. (Meredith sponsored the replication of the Borax Wagons and was invited to participate)
2017 – Meredith received an award from the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County for her numerous contributions as a “Champion for Children”
2018 – Meredith helps Tamara Merritt and Jan Polema lead the campaign to build a new double-sized indoor arena/exhibition center for the Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Stables that she has sponsored for more than 20 years to date.
2019 – Meredith Hodges (American Donkey & Mule Society Representative, Animal inspector & Judge, Author & Producer) was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo Hall of Fame on February 28th in Denver along with Julie Goodnight (RFD-TV instructor), Dr. Robert Miller (Veterinarian who wrote the book on “Imprinting”), Denny Emerson (Olympic Gold medalist in Combined Training), Pat Parelli (Natural Horsemanship) and Richard Shrake’s brother, Greg Shrake, stood in for Richard (AQHA Congress Instructor/Judge).
2019 – Meredith & JASPER ride in the Bishop Mule Days parade with all three wagons completed (Meredith sponsored the replication of the Borax Wagons, finalizing the water wagon this year and was invited to participate)
2019 – Meredith received an achievement award from the Women of Influence for her work in the betterment of her community, empowerment of women and her inspiration for women internationally.
2019 – Meredith cuts the ribbon at the Hearts and Horses Donor Party for the official opening of the new indoor arena as the major contributing sponsor.
2021 –Lucky Three Productions, Rock & Roll: Diary of a Rescue Documentary wins Telly Awards. Silver in Individual Documentary, Silver in Educational Documentary and Bronze in Entertainment Documentary.