Donkey Breed Society

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Happy New Year to all donkey lovers. Please note that Membership Renewals are due on 1 February.
DBS - Donkey looking over a dry stone wall

Applying for an Equine Passport, only the 2016 application form will be accepted.

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The Donkey Breed Society was part of the prestigious Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London on Saturday.  The donkeys were impeccably behaved and loved the musical entries which kept them marching, and they were particularly admired by the spectators - you couldn't  miss all the 'aaaaahs'  and 'ooooohs'  as they passed the crowds.


There are a huge selection of photos available if anyone would like a set.

Please contact Carole Travell (










Saturday 25 November 2017

Puckrup Hall Hotel, Tewkesbury GL20 6EL


Bookings for weekend accommodation will be closing at the end of August, but members wishing to come for the day and/or the annual dinner can still book.  Please contact Carol Morse  .


This is our Golden Jubilee AGM so please come along and celebrate with us.


If any member has a question to put to the meeting, please contact Carol Morse before Wednesday 8 November 2017.





We need members to take lovely photos of their donkeys for possible inclusion in The Donkey magazine and of course on the cover.  Particularly looking for riding this year as we have had driving twice and in hand, but will really consider anything.


Photos need to be over 1mb and larger if possible for the cover, but fine to send small pics first and Liz Wright will get back to you.  Email: Liz will acknowledge all photos so if you don't hear from her she didn't get them.  Photos also need captions please.


The deadline for all material for the 2018 issue of The Donkey magazine is Friday 22 December 2017.



GOLDEN JUBILEE SOUVENIRS available in Donkey Store


Special edition Membership Badge Donkey Brass (Click Here)


Transport Survey - Can you help?


Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA), The British Horse Society (BHS) and The Horse Trust are working together to identify ways in which horse transport can be made safer in the UK.  You have until 11pm on 30th June 2017 to complete it.


We realise it's quite a long survey but need detailed information so that we can make accurate recommendations for making transport safer - we really appreciate your time!

Before starting the survey please make sure you have the following information to hand:


• Driver transport qualifications (if any)

• Vehicle (lorry and/or trailer) information

• Details of any transport incidents


Please select 'don't know' for questions where you don't have full details.

All respondents will remain anonymous and the subsequent analyses will not include reference to any individual or Company.

Participants must be over the age of 18 and you can withdraw from the survey at any time.


To take part in the survey please follow this link:



LOOKING TO BUY A DONKEY?   WAIT!   DON'T BE BEGUILED BY ATTRACTIVE WEBSITES   …  before you buy, read our article (click here)


DBS AGM 2016


The AGM took place on Saturday 19th November 2016 in Newcastle followed by the Annual Dinner on Saturday evening.  Sincere thanks to our hosts who went to great lengths to make us feel welcome and provide a beautifully decorated room for our function.


The meeting was well supported followed by presentation of awards to recognise our members' and their donkeys' activities; as was the dinner with amazing entertainment by a magician and dancing afterwards.  Thank you to everyone who made the weekend so enjoyable, and to the members who travelled to the meeting.    If you would like to see a selection of photographs from the weekend, please use the following link




DBS - Annual magazine is availble nowOur annual magazine, 'The Donkey', is available free of charge to members.    Additional copies can be purchased for £4.50 including postage.  Non-members are also welcome to buy it.  Please go to the Donkey Store page.










is awarded to a junior member making progress.


Do you know a young person - aged 12 to 18 years old who is a junior member and helping you with your donkeys or looking after their own?


Later in 2017 we will be asking for nominations for the Barnabas Trophy. Your junior should show an improvement in their general donkey knowledge and be actively involved with donkeys in a capacity other than showing. Nominations should be sent to the Chairman of the Education and Youth committee by the end of September 2017.


The Horse Trust

The Horse Trust are conducting an online survey in conjunction with the RVC in relation to Euthanasia.  The aim of the survey is to identify the circumstances and factors that lead to the decision being made to euthanase horses in the UK.


In addition to horse owners, the survey is also aimed at veterinary surgeons, charities and other professionals that participate in the decision-making process.


The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete and the results will be used to help inform guidance and advice that can be used to support people that may have to make this decision in the future.



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