Donkey Breed Society

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Happy New Year to all donkey lovers. Please note that Membership Renewals are due on 1 February.
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Regional Delegate


Area Reps


Stephen Cherry


Anne Brown


The Donkey Breed Society Northern Ireland secured a new Agricultural show this year at Omagh on the 4th July 2015.  The donkeys turned out to be a huge hit, it was a great turn out for the first year - 'Click here' for a selection of images.


Saintfield Agricultural Show at Balmoral Park - 20th June 2015 - 'Click here' for a selection of images.


Lurgan Show held on 6th June 2015 with Champion Annie B with owner Ashley Brown and Young Handler line up - 'Click here' for images


DBS - Robert Wallace ploughing his donkey


Robert Wallace competing at Mullahead's Ploughing Society's 100th event with donkeys Denis (brown) and Popcorn (grey). He was the only DBS member and Northern Ireland donkey owner taking part in the Guinness world record of 100 equines pulling in draught at one time. He came second in his class of Mules/Donkey ploughing section, it was won by a set of mules from Yorkshire. Robert competes regularly at ploughing matches and has the only DBS team in Ireland ploughing at this time.



Dear Members


Finally a huge welcome to any new members since my last newsletter.  We look forward to seeing you at any events you can hopefully make it to (donkeys optional).  As always it’s the members that make the society!


AGM Update


Did you know...Donkeys milk was once valued as a medicine and was given to premature babies, sick children and to people suffering from tuberculosis. The milk of a donkey contains much more sugar and protein than cow’s milk and also has less fat.


That’s all for now folks.  If you need any information just give me a shout on:


Don’t forget:

Our Area Rep contact details:

Anne Brown

07719270954 for any help or information.

(Donkey related!)




With the winter months well behind us Spring kicked into action with the Annual Walk ride and ride on Easter Tuesday from the Wallace Families home, a well timed event for everyone to catch up after the lull and a perfect opportunity to bring out the donkeys for some exercise before the showing season begins, a big thank you to the Wallace's who hosted the event and all involved on the day, yet again a well supported event.


First show of the year was at Killyleagh on the 29th April, the weather remained favourable for the day and a good turn out of donkeys for all classes, the traditional class as always was the highlight of the day with everyone pulling out all the stops to put on a great show for spectators.


Again it was an honour for the donkeys to be asked to attend the Whip and Collar driving event on May 1st. The club itself attended the DBS NI AGM and emphasised how much they enjoyed the diversity the donkey brings to the event. Well done to all that attended and won throughout the day.


One of the main events of the calendar, RUAS Balmoral took place from 10th May, this year running for 4 days, each day consisted of mainly two displays in the horse rings along with a display in the main arena on Friday where crowds packed the stands watching on. Everything from farm implements, carts and vans where on display and this year certainly did not disappoint with over 17 exhibitors and their donkey's on offer. Saturday was the new day added to the event and was classed as junior day, DBS NI had the juniors completing an activity course for the crowds to see the versatility of the donkey, again a huge thank you to Amanda for arranging such a week, the event run like clock work and could not have happened without her.


June see's the start of the showing classes at agricultural shows with Lurgan, Saintfield, Armagh and Newry beginning what will be a packed summer of events.



Events coming up.


Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August Cultra Show


Sunday 13 August Dublin Horse Show


Saturday 2 September Rare Breed show Gosford


Saturday 21 October Carrot Chase





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