Online show has 745 entries!
Donkey Show entries top 745!
Run in aid of The Donkey Breed Society, a donkey show like no other attracted 745 entries across 20 classes recently. The two biggest classes received 85 and 83 entries – just imagine that happening at a showground near you! There were 5 in hand (conformation) classes, 4 for donkeys and 1 for mules/hinnies and fifteen other classes, open to donkeys, mules and hinnies, ranging from driven, ridden, veterans together with ‘rainbow bridge’ and fun classes such as ‘best cuddle’, best close up’, best helper’ and ‘best comedy moment!
There were 2 Championships, 1 for in hand and 1 for the other classes and a special prize for the photo with the most ‘likes’. The most liked photo went to a working logging team of donkeys from France.
Organiser Carole Travele said, ‘the show was initially set up to encourage donkey, mule and hinny owners to join in and become more active members of a long-eared community. Many are people who have no transport or live in areas without accessible shows, so their only option is online’.
Judging was spread across Donkey Breed Society Panel judges and others with donkey experience for some of the fun classes. The judge for the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ class said, ‘I just can’t split the entries! They were all obviously so much loved’ and she very kindly ended up sponsoring a special ‘rainbow’ rosette for each entrant!
Entries were Europe-wide, including France and Southern Ireland! The majority however came from the UK, spreading from Penzance to Aberdeen and across to Lurgan in County Armagh.
For many, humans and donkeys, this was their first ever entry and first ever rosette! One gorgeous little donkey foal, Rosie, who was born in lockdown and is now just over ten weeks old, can be seen admiring her very first red rosette! Owner Terri said, ‘Thank you so much Carole and all who gave up their time to be judges, for the wonderful rosettes and the fun of being able to enter this show in the midst of such a difficult time’.
There is huge enthusiasm amongst those who took part for further shows and with one definitely planned for Christmas, and the possibility of an interim Autumn Show, donkeys, mules and hinnies who never leave home can look forward to being showcased by their proud owners once again.
The Donkey Breed Society will not also be the beneficiaries in terms of entry fees, donations and new memberships (there have been twenty as a result of the Show) but in enlightening the public as to the range of activities in which donkeys, mules and hinnies can be involved: agility, logging, ridden, driven, pack saddles, hay making and much more. All these wonderful activities give enrichment and mental stimulation to the equine and help build trust and relationships with their human.
Feedback from entrants was brilliant, ‘it has been a fantastic event . . . it was so lovely to look through all the photos and see the different things people do with their donkeys and then to receive the lovely rosettes was a bonus! . . . looking forward to the next show with my long-eared friends!’