THE sun shone for the Donkey Breed Society NI Elementary Training Day held on Saturday, September 22, near Saintfield.
A brilliant crowd of enthusiastic folk enjoyed in-depth demonstrations from farrier Bruce Carson (D.W.C.F) on hoof care and also Gareth Bell from Jubilee Veterinary in Newtownards about knowing when your donkey is unwell. These demonstrations gave people a chance to ask questions and ask for advice relating to their own donkey, whilst building upon their existing knowledge and experience. Sincere thanks are extended to both for providing such interesting and useful information!
After a talk on paddocks and a visit out to the fields, it was a chance for everyone to get arty! Everyone channelled their inner five-year-old and came up with some… erm… ‘interesting’ junk art ideal paddocks for donkeys. THe day finished with a long reining demo, which encouraged a lot of interest and discussion.
The biggest thank you goes to everyone who attended, both DBS members and non-members. New friends were made today, all while having the ‘craic’, which makes this wee society so worthwhile!
Please visit the Facebook page on The Donkey Breeds Society NI to find out more about the club and forthcoming events.