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DBS Golden Jubilee Year - come and celebrate at the Championship Show 19/20 August at Moreton Morrell and AGM in Tewkesbury on 25 November.
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DBS Scotland held its Annual Meeting in October this year at the Huntingtower Perth. Our National Chairman joined us for the proceedings. After formal business Mrs Clarke presented DBS Scotland Awards, after which we all enjoyed a superb lunch with plenty of donkey chatter.


Our shows were well attended once again and I am delighted to say new exhibitors have joined the throng. Welcome to you all I and look forward to meeting you again next season. DBS Scotland driving donkeys have been out strutting their stuff against the horses and ponies. It is tremendous to see them in the rosettes above the longer legged entries. My congratulations to all winners.


For one reason or another, away from showing it has been relatively quiet. However, the ball has already started to roll for 2017. The 2 events we did host this year, one in the North and one in Ayrshire had a good following. The former was an education packed day delivered by Jane McInness and Mary Sivewright. Making use of the Education Budget allowed DBS Scotland to have a fabulous venue and the two aforementioned highly skilled and respected trainers. The Ayrshire event saw our driving donkeys looking superb as they performed in the huge indoor arena.


DBS membership north of the border is still healthy and it is hoped that the events pencilled in for next year will encourage people to stay with us and more to come along. We must not move away from the word ‘Breed’ in our society name so it is important to have these classes. To make sure everyone has a bite at the cherry there could be non-breed classes at shows to encourage folk to bring their donkeys out. Handy Donkey, Fancy Dress, Pet Donkey classes are all good fun and we will encourage folk to come along and join in. If members do not wish to travel their donkeys then they could think of hosting an event at their home. Even without donkeys. Nothing better than tea and a donkey blether.


DBS Scotland says a huge thank you to Anne Crawford and Diana Milligan who have served as Area Representatives and now step down. Further thanks to Mary Sivewright who after a good number of years as a Judge steps down from our panel. The Scottish Chair comes under the stewardship of Jean Flint. I still have two years left to serve as Regional Delegate.


The aftermath of the AGM brings with it winter. Cold and frost I don’t mind, but oh, the rain. Donkeys hate getting wet. Some donkeys are not so lucky as ours. Please keep an eye on any near you that are in need of help. Report it to the appropriate people soon so that something can be done for these beasts.


Please, enjoy your donkeys, look after them well. Without them, where would we be?




Elma Cunningham

Regional Delegate





Regional Delegate


Regional Chairman


Area Reps


Elma Cunningham


Jean Flint


Claire Armet

Netta Sangster

Kendal Young

Elma Cunningham

Jean Flint

Mary Sivewright

Click Here’ for the Scottish AGM Regional Report 2016

Click Here’ for the Spring Newsletter 2017

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