Gems of the Hill Country



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P.O. Box 363  

200 Hwy 39

Ingram, Texas 78025



The results are in for the 2010 Great American Jackass Race, held July 10.  James Lee of Uvalde took the blue, while J.P. Murray,Sr. of Brady took second.  Scott Zesch of Art received the prize for the Best Dressed Jackass and good sport.


One of our asses did manage to place.  You may remember The Dude, the regular size black donkey that has raced for us for several years.  He returned to Ranch herd guard duty due to his spectacular lack of interest in running.  He was replaced by Pedro, a High Plains mini donkey.  Pedro ran the race with Miriam Stem, of Colorado, while Pablo ran with our nephew, Adam McKeown of Liverpool, TX.  They were in the front of the pack until the last turn, when both jackasses broke away and headed for the barn.  The runners fell down, but were unhurt.  Both donkeys were roped by our intrepid outriders.  Brad helped free Pedro, who did not return to the race.  As I was helping get the rope off Pablo, Miriam ran up and told us third place was still possible, so we took the ropes the rest of the way off, turned him around, and put him back in the race.  It took me following popping his butt, but he was the third to cross the finish line. 

Greetings from Stinky Bob no Facebook page this time


Hi- I’m Stinky Bob, a full time resident at Gems of the Hill Country.  A true shelter cat, I traded some boy parts for regular meals, and have been here ever since. However, come into the store, and you are in my home, and I will treat you with hospitality. 




Pablo and Pendejo - The other store mascots

Mason, Texas, our former hometown and home of the Texas state gemstone, celebrates our Asinine heritage every July with our Heritage Roundup weekend. As part of the celebration, The Great American Jackass Race follows the parade. It takes place on the historic Mason Square. The first donkey to circle the courthouse wins.  It can be driven, ridden, or led.


 Pablo is a small burro, and is too small to pull a cart, but has been led in the races, and is an enthusiastic athlete. Pendejo, our therapy donkey, has stolen Pablo's heart. The two are inseparable. Pedro has been brought in as a sleeper donkey. He is a Texas Highlands donkey, used to racing in the rarified atmosphere of the Great Texas Plains, so he should do well at the higher oxygen levels in the Mason County area. 


The down side of burro mascots is that y'all don't get to visit with them very often.  Maybe we need a hitching rail at the store.   Pablo in his new pack saddle, Pablo & Pendejo.


Pablo and Adam.