Most donkeys, be they young or old, big or small, will benefit both physically and mentally from a change of scene and a break from the usual routine. With this in mind the Donkey Breed Society runs a scheme called the Active Donkey Award, designed to encourage their members to get out and about and enjoy having fun with their donkeys.To qualify for an Award, a donkey has to complete eight different activities in the course of a year. These activities can be absolutely anything, except for competitive breed showing classes, and past winners have earned their awards by taking part in such diverse pastimes such as:
- Helping out at various charity events
- Visiting schools and care homes
- Taking part in Palm Sunday processions, nativity plays and various parades
- Going for pleasure walks and drives
- Carrying their owners’ shopping and helping to deliver parish magazines
- Appearing at fairs, fêtes, children’s parties and coffee mornings.
- Assisting in demonstrations to show correct grooming and showing techniques and general donkey management
- Hauling logs and helping to carry in the vegetable harvest.
There are so many different activities in which owners can become involved with their donkeys and, while everyone is having a good time, it is also helping to raise the profile of the donkey and serving to demonstrate what a versatile and intelligent animal he truly is.The award itself consists of a certificate and special rosette presented to the owner of each successful participant at the Society AGM. When a donkey has achieved three (not necessarily consecutive) years in the scheme they receive a special engraved plaque and there are now plans to be announced for further awards:For further information about the Active Donkey Award please contact:The ADA Adminstrator, c/o The DBS Secretary, The Hermitage, Pootings, Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 6SD. (01732) 864414. firstname.lastname@example.org.