It’s a tradition. There have been decades of Donkey Breed Society Championship Shows, and possibly none more special than the Special Jubilee Show held at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire on Saturday 20 August.
With eight In-hand Championship classes before the Supreme Champion could be crowned, it was a very exciting day. Alongside were four Championship Driving events, two Junior Championship classes and a host of other competitions, including ‘donkey agility’.
The coveted title of Supreme In-hand Champion went to Island Farm Viscount, from near Wallingford in Oxfordshire, who looked absolutely stunning. Reserve Champion went to gorgeous home-bred yearling Brownroad Gorse, who comes from Cheshire.
It was a Cheshire one-two in the driving with Supreme Driving Champion going to Debbie Street and Hapgood, and Reserve to Olwen Brown and Toadflax of Brownroad.
In keeping with tradition, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers kindly presented a wonderful example of their craft to one of the Champions, this year, it was a leather headcollar par excellence, and the worthy recipient was the Supreme Driving Champion.
The Society was delighted to welcome Lucy Atherton, Prime Warden, to make the presentation.
Donkey Breed Society President, John Porter, said: “this has been a marvellous Show. As ever, the turnout was of a very high standard, and members came from far and wide. It is good to get the ball rolling again and to welcome back our enthusiastic members and their wonderful donkeys.”