All sorts of donkey classes are staged at every conceivable size of show, from those with Royal Patronage to the event held in a local field. The majority of these are held under the auspices of the Donkey Breed Society who maintain a register of accredited judges and offer special rosettes for the benefit of DBS members where we welcome new exhibitors and all donkeys.

Donkeys enjoy going to shows just as much as we do, and you will find there are a wide range of classes to choose from. You don’t need to own a prospective supreme championship  winner, there are classes for pet donkeys, best conditioned and turned out donkeys, fancy dress, activity classes, young handler classes and driving classes.  Here are some lovely photos taken in the Northern region: see here.

Contact us for an informative leaflet, ‘Showing Your Donkey’ or just come and have a look at the donkey classes at a show near you. Details will be added as soon as shows for 2022 become available.

Agricultural Shows and Dedicated Donkey Show are an important show case for the breed, with everyone hoping to achieve their ultimate dream and go home with the much coveted red. To have won well in the past, is no guaranteed passport to winning in the future, and none of us should lose sight of the fact that whatever the result it is the opinion of one judge on one day, and tomorrow even he or she may come up with a different decision – Loud comments from outside the ring as to the quality of the judge’s eyesight do little to endear us to bystanders.

Those in charge of showing colts and stallions should ensure that the donkeys they are handling are well trained, wearing a well-fitting bridle and bit, and are being shown in the correct manner, paying due regard to the safety of those around them at all times.

The Donkey Breed Society will not tolerate any form of abuse towards any other competitor, nor any action that may be deemed as obstructive to another, as it is our sincere wish that all competitors should enjoy the experience.  The ‘Rules for Showing’ can be found on this site.

Similarly, The Donkey Breed Society will not tolerate abuse of a Judge, Steward, nor of any Official acting in any capacity for a show hosting donkey classes. Abuse of the donkey is not permitted, and steps will be taken to penalise any member found to be doing so.

All of that aside, go out and have fun at your local show, it most definitely isn’t the winning but the taking part that is important – and the jollifications and shared picnics in the lorry park afterwards are a great way to meet your fellow members and donkey lovers.

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