Regional Delegate and Chair

Allison Roberts 01697 748311 

Northern Region Vice-Chair   

Liz Brown, 07517382472  

Secretary and Hon. PR Officer UK

Sarah Booth, 07970375562 (phone signal is awful, so leave a message or text me and I will get back to you!) Colley Mill House, North Rode, Nr Congleton, Cheshire.  CW12 2PL

Colley Mill Donkeys Junior Club (DBS Affiliated Club)

Sarah Booth, as above.

Northern Region Treasurer  

Sarah Pennell, 01889 591497

DBS Awards Regional Link & Training  

Olwen Brown  01457 762336

Area Reps

Introduce yourself to your Area Rep and say what you would like to see happening in your Area.  Area Reps are always keen to hear your ideas and if you can volunteer some help at any time, that too would be most welcome, although not obligatory!  

Lancashire – Pam Moon

Pam: 07842 535993 

North & East Yorkshire/Cleveland 

Vacant – caretaker Allison Roberts 01697 748311 

Cheshire/Greater Manchester – Olwen Brown

Olwen:  01457 762336 

West Yorkshire – John & Terri Morris

John & Terri: 01274 835520 

Derbyshire – Janet Thornhill 

Janet:   07976 556649

Cumbria –  Julie Connolly 

Julie: 07501 331014

 South Yorkshire – Jane Bramwell

Jane: 01433 620110 

Northumberland – Geraldine Burton

Geraldine:  07833 602311 

The Northern Region covers Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire/Gtr Manchester, Derbyshire,
Cumbria, Northumberland.  If you are on our borders why not hop across and join in – you don’t
have to live in the Region to take part in another Region’s activities! We look
forward to welcoming you.


Our Magazine
For you, by you – all the latest from the world of donkeys in the North. Advice, anecdotes,
articles, history, training day reports and lots of pictures!

Asspire  Spring 2024  ASSPIRE Spring 2024 Donkey Breed Society NORTHERN REGION MAGAZINE

Coronation Special Edition of Asspire! The Coronation Special Edition of Asspire

Northern Region is proud to showcase a video of their Coronation Special Spring Show.  A super video of the Region’s most recent Show, filmed and edited by Bill Tetlow, is now available to enjoy on YouTube .

Asspire Summer 2023 – DBS NORTHERN REGION ASSPIRE Summer 2023

Asspire Spring edition 2023 – ASSPIRE Spring 2023 The magazine of the Northern Region

Asspire Festive/Winter Edition 2022 – Northern Region’s Festive Edition of ASSPIRE 2022
If you’re not already a member, go to the Membership Section of this website and get on
board! You don’t have to be a member to attend our events, but there are many benefits
to membership of our Charity, so we know you’ll want to!

Link to . . .
Videos from recent training days:
Feet and foot care (coming soon)
YouTube Advice videos on the DBS YouTube channel
Long-reining with Liz and Pam

The Northern Gallery



There were donkeys at Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life in Carlisle, on Saturday 8th June, marking the arrival of ‘The Richmond Poppies’ that commemorate the roles played by animals and birds across the globe, in theatres of war, past and present. 


Donkeys Shadow and Dusky from Wyeknot Donkeys were accompanied by Brownies Ella Brown, Amelia Blake and Jessica Irving, who gave a very accomplished account as to why the animals were being commemorated.  A very moving address was given by retired Bishop, Rt. Rev. John Richardson who attended with Mrs Richardson and amongst the many distinguished local guests, were Dr and Mrs J Fotheringham, JP, DL and former High Sheriff of Cumbria.


Raising awareness of the UK’s official acknowledgement of International War Animal Day and the purple poppy campaign of the War Horse Memorial Organisation, the display brings together education, aesthetic appeal and a recognition of the importance of crafting and charity.  Beautifully crocheted in a broad spectrum of purples and mauves, the Poppies are a poignant reminder of sacrifices made.


Beginning their Tour at the York Army Museum, where the display has attracted a wide audience during its two months temporary residency, the Poppies were gifted to the Northern Region of the Donkey Breed Society by a group of makers from Richmond.


Carefully worked up, with additional artefacts to create a museum exhibit, the tour will remain at the Cumbrian Museum of Military Life in Carlisle during June and July before moving later in the year to Cheshire’s Military Museum.


A representative from the Donkey Breed Society said: ‘We are so pleased to bring this interesting work to Carlisle.  These animals must be remembered.  They experienced much horror and had no choice, yet their contributions have assisted in giving us the democracy we enjoy today.  We are very grateful to Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life for welcoming the Tour to this part of the world’.

Richmond Poppies reach Carlisle Gallery


The Northern Region AGM and Christmas Lunch was held at the Bridge Hotel and Spa, Wetherby. Following the AGM they had a super three course lunch. A great opportunity to get together, sharing memories of the past year and looking forward to 2024.

Northern AGM Photo Gallery


Coronation Spring Show: In addition to the usual Showing, Driving and Children’s classes, there was a Scavenger Hunt and a Fancy Dress class.  Possibly the most memorable event of the day however, was the Coronation Pageant that saw Junior members of the Society dressed in fine royal regalia, made by Northern Region stalwart Olwen Brown.  How amazing they looked!  See photos in the gallery (click on this).

March 2023 craft event in Cumbria photo gallery. Spot your favourites!

See you soon!

Northern Region Report 2024




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