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'2017 Championship Show Schedule now available -please click Championship Show page'.
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Applying for an Equine Passport, only the 2016 application form will be accepted.

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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:



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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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