THE DONKEY Breed Society Championships were held at Moreton Morrell College at the weekend.
It was standing room only – if you were a donkey that is – as hundreds of four-legged mules from all over the country clip clopped in for a special Jubillee Show at the South Warwickshire-based college.
There were eight in hand championships on Saturday (August 20), all leading up to just one donkey being crowned Supreme Champion.
There were also championship driving events for adults, as well as a junior category, and a host of other competitions including donkey agility. It was the first time the Donkey Breed Society has held a show since the start of the pandemic.
The coveted title of Supreme In-hand Champion went to Island Farm Viscount, who heralds from near Wallingford in Oxfordshire. Reserve Champion went to 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 presented an example of their craft to one of the champions. This year it was a leather head collar to the Supreme Driving Champion.
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.”