There are sixty affiliated shows spread around the regions each year, most of which have junior classes as part of their schedules and can feature all or some of the following.
There are special junior classes at the Donkey Breed Society Supreme Championship Show where the Champion Young Handler and Young Rider are selected.
Condition and Turnout
Where both you and your donkey will be assessed on the smartness of the turnout, including body condition, coat and hooves; and your own attire.
This is a class to demonstrate how you are able to handle your donkey at the walk and trot, as requested by the judge.
This is a great class for our younger juniors to show that they can ride safely on the leading rein. And for our older juniors can demonstrate that they are capable of riding a donkey without assistance. In both instances you will need to exhibit how you can position you donkey at the halt, and then walk, trot and turn as requested by the judge.
Pet Donkey Class
We all know that every donkey is a pet really, but some make better pets than others, and you will need to show that your donkey will do anything you would like it to, whether it be to take you to post a letter or accompany you on a walk; and the judge will be interested to hear all about the things that your donkey does in your company.
Obstacles classes, fancy hat classes, fancy dress classes, gymkhana games, you think of it, we can try it!
Junior Whip Classes
Older juniors can learn to drive in company with an adult and take their place in appropriate driving classes.
Essential Safety Head Wear
It is mandatory for all hard hats worn in riding and driving classes to meet the current BSI standards and it is recommended that a hat meeting the same standard is worn by junior competitors in all other classes.
Current BHS recognised Standards
PAS 015; ASTM F1163; BSEN 1384; EN1384 and SNELL E2001