Donkey Breed Society
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The Aims of the Active Donkey Award Scheme
Most donkeys, be they young or old, big or small, will benefit both physically and mentally from a change of scene and a break from the usual routine. With this in mind the Donkey Breed Society runs a scheme called the Active Donkey Award, designed to encourage their members to get out and about and enjoy having fun with their donkeys.
To qualify for an Award, a donkey has to complete eight different activities in the course of a year. These activities can be absolutely anything, except for competitive breed showing classes, and past winners have earned their awards by taking part in such diverse pastimes such as:-
Helping out at various charity events
Visiting schools and care homes
Taking part in Palm Sunday processions, nativity plays and various parades
Going for pleasure walks and drives
Carrying their owners' shopping and helping to deliver parish magazines
Appearing at fairs, fêtes, children's parties and coffee mornings.
Assisting in demonstrations to show correct grooming and showing techniques and general donkey management
Hauling logs and helping to carry in the vegetable harvest.
There are so many different activities in which owners can become involved with their donkeys and, while everyone is having a good time, it is also helping to raise the profile of the donkey and serving to demonstrate what a versatile and intelligent animal he truly is.
The award itself consists of a certificate and special rosette presented to the owner of each successful participant at the Society AGM. When a donkey has achieved three (not necessarily consecutive) years in the scheme they receive a special engraved plaque and there are now plans to be announced for further awards.:
For further information about the Active Donkey Award please contact
The ADA Adminstrator, c/o The DBS Secretary, The Hermitage, Pootings, Edenbridge, Kent. TN8 6SD
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