Legislative changes to microchipping

On October 1st 2018 a new law came into effect regarding the identification of equines.  For the purposes of this article the term equine covers horses, ponies, donkeys, mules or related animals including zoo species such as zebra’s.

Every equine should have a passport.  A passport is a bound document made up of several sections.  It includes an identification silhouette (completed by a veterinary surgeon) along with basic details such as name, description, breeder, date of birth and parentage (if known).  Other sections record current and previous owners, vaccinations and veterinary treatments.

Each equine passport is allocated a unique number and (if it has a microchip) the microchip number.  The prime purpose of the equine passport is to make sure any equine treated with medication not intended for use on food producing animals cannot enter the food chain.

Defra’s new equine identification regulations require every equine to be microchipped and have a valid UK passport.  Any equine born after 30th June 2009 should already be microchipped.  Owners of equines born before this date have until 30th September 2020 to make sure their equines are microchipped.

Many donkeys with passports issued prior to 1st July 2009 are not microchipped because it wasn’t a mandatory requirement at that time.  The new legislation passed through Parliament in August requires all equines to be microchipped retrospectively and for the microchip reading to be added to their passport document and the passport issuer to be informed so the Central Equine Database can be updated.

If you own an equine with no microchip number recorded on their passport please ask your vet to scan for a microchip next time they visit and insert a new microchip if one isn’t found.  Then inform your PIO of the confirmed microchip reading to ensure records are kept up to date.

The Donkey Breed Society is a registered passport issuing organisation  (PIO) recognised by the government.  We can issue passports for any equine not just donkeys.  For further details please see our web site Donkey Breed Society Passport issuing information

Government advice on getting and using a horse passport When you need an equine passport


London New Years Day Parade (#lnydp)

Yes, its that time of year again.  If you would like to come and take part in the London New Years Day Parade, please get in touch.  You have until Monday 19th November to let us know.  This is so vehicle passes can be organised in plenty of time.

EVERYONE is very welcome, with or without donkeys.  We already have members coming from Ireland and France to join in, so distance is definitely not a bar.  You will need to wear a society fleece but we have a few spares and, if you bring a donkey (or two) you can ride, drive, lead – whatever you want to do.

The London New Years Day Parade is also known as “LNYDP”.  It is an annual parade through the streets of the West End on 1 January. The parade first took place in 1987 and was known as the Lord Mayors of Westminster’s Big Parade.  The parade was renamed in 1994.  The parade route is two miles long and raises monies for charities in London.

The 2019 Parade promises over 10,000 participants from the US, UK, Europe and beyond and a street audience of over 500,000.  It also has a TV audience which reached more than 300,000,000 in 2018.  For more details London New Years Day Parade (LNYDP) website

Its a great way to start the New Year.  So, put the date in your diary, Tuesday 1st January 2019.  Don’t leave it too late to get in touch with the organiser, and feel free if you have any questions about it.

Contact Carole Travell for more information

Supreme Championship main results

Huge thanks to everyone who came along and supported the championship show, held over the weekend August 18th/19th at Moreton Morrel, Warwickshire.

Congratulations to our main Championship winners:

  • Champion Young Rider – Harley Teale
  • Champion Young Handler – Jessica Barnett
  • Driving Champion – Elizabeth Brown driving Toadflax of Brownroad, Liz also won the driven fancy dress proving that donkeys can be equally at hone winning ‘posh’ trophes or strutting their stuff in the fun classes.
  • Inhand Champion – Perehill Bently, owned by Dr Yvonne Cannavan
  • Miniature Champion – Asspirin Acres Magma, owned by Janet Lee
  • Sunday Points Champion, with points awarded across all the fun classes, Dougal, owned by The Donkey Sanctuary, shown by his guardian, Lady Melville on what was their first visit to the show.
  • Team Challenge winners – The Bedfordshire Challengers

Our championship show is all about donkeys of all types, with donkeys lovers coming together for a weekend of donkey activities with plenty of socialising for the humans.  Yes, the top National Championships are won but we also have as many fun classes covering long reining, best pet, classes for Novice donkeys, fancy dress, working donkeys, matching pairs, obedience and the increasingly popular agility.  There really is something for everyone including a great Saturday night supper and quiz.

Watch out for the details next year.

Meanwhile, congratulations to all our entrants and huge thanks to everyone who came to help – it couldn’t happen without you.


Full results here: Download Championship show results

Carole Travell

Championship Show Committee Chairman

With thanks to Josey Travell (Photographer)


The DBS at Malvern autumn show

Every year the Donkey Breed Society has a stand at the Malvern autumn show which takes place on the Three Counties show ground on the last weekend in September. The stand is manned by volunteers who gladly give up their time and expertise to help people learn about donkeys and fund raise for The Donkey Sanctuary.

Donkeys are usually on the stand too and assisting this weekend were Millie, Snowy, Lilly, Peter and Amadea along with their owners DBS members, Rachael, Sheila and Judy.

Lily was very happy to pose for the camera.

One of the purposes of our charity is to educate about donkeys and in addition to raising over £1100 for The Donkey Sanctuary, our stand organizer Claire provided a superb display of donkey related facts. Claire and her team of volunteers were happy to stand all day answering questions from passers by. The weekend was very busy and lots of information was passed on.

The information boards especially proved very popular and prompted lots of questions. It’s was a surprise and delight when the stand was visited on Saturday afternoon by the show organizers to deliver a second place prize for the best stand in the world of animals area. Claire and her helpers were complimented on their friendly, helpful and informative approach.

On behalf of the DBS thank you to all who attended and helped and congratulations to Claire Harper for the stand award. Claire has been organizing the DBS stand at Malvern for 23 years now and has helped raise nearly £20,000 for The Donkey Sanctuary.

Our Championship show

Once a year members of the Donkey Breed Society get together for our championship show. This year the event took place over a weekend in August at Warwickshire College of Agriculture.

The weather was kind and the facilities were superb. Lots of members, their families and their donkeys landed in Warwickshire on Friday night. It’s a long way for many to come and it’s a very sociable occasion. Whilst the donkeys and mules resided in five star equine accommodation, their owners bought caravans, horse boxes and tents or took advantage of the on site student accommodation.

A full day of classes kept everyone busy on Saturday with the winners of all classes going forward to the Supreme Championship in the afternoon. The full results may be viewed on our website https://www.donkeybreedsociety.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/DBS-2018-Championship-Results.pdf

Our supreme in hand champion this year came all the way from Ireland to attend the show. Congratulations to Yvonne Canavan and Perehill Bentley. Saturday culminated an in amazing fancy dress class which included a donkey immaculately disguised as an Angus cow wearing a Red Bull can and a mule dressed as a butterfly

Sunday saw more classes which included mule and donkey agility, long reining, pairs in hand, pet donkey, driving, obstacle driving and miniature donkey classes. It’s fair to say a good time was had by all.

The Donkey Breed Society prides itself on being a friendly, grassroots society. Our members are always happy to offer guidance and talk donkey. We welcome experienced donkey handlers and first timers alike to all our shows and classes.

Throughout the year our regional delegates organise training days, donkey walks, social get togethers and educational evenings. We try to cover all aspects of donkey care and knowledge whilst retaining a practical and fun hands on approach to life with donkeys which our members can happily tell you, is never dull.

The Donkey Breed Society is a charity working for all donkeys. Read our web site and find out about the benefits of membership here https://www.donkeybreedsociety.co.uk

May 2018 donkey diary

May starts with the Southern Eastern donkey show which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th. A lovely friendly show with just donkey classes open to all donkey owners. Classes range from the fun to the serious. The venue is Merrist Wood College, Guildford which has lovely facilities. Spectators are welcome and refreshments are available

Our Golden Jubilee and the Lord Mayor’s Show

As many of you know 2017 is the Golden Jubilee Year for the Donkey Breed Society. Originally formed as the Donkey Show Society in 1967, it was renamed as the Donkey Breed Society and granted charitable status in 1970. The first Society president was Reginald Summerhays who was highly esteemed in the equine world.

To celebrate our Silver Jubilee in 1992 members took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in the city of London and following this tradition we again attended the Lord Mayor’s show to celebrate our Golden Jubilee in November of this year.

For over 800 years the Lord Mayor of London has made his or her way from the City to distant Westminster to swear loyalty to the crown. Over the centuries this procession grew into the riotous medieval pageant know to all as the Lord Mayor’s Show, the first outside event ever to be televised and still the oldest and greatest civic procession in the world.

One of our members kindly took the time to set up a great website link detailing the background to each parade participant http://www.dbs-lms2017.co.uk/meet-the-donkeys/4593957047

Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the day and thanks must go to Carole Travell for organising and all the donkey owners and helpers who helped during the parade. Twenty three donkeys with assorted carts, drivers, riders and grooms took part in the parade. It was wonderful to see, amazingly well organised and very well received.

The aims of the Donkey Breed Society are:-

• To preserve and improve the standard of Donkeys in general by breeding and to encourage the use, appreciation, well-being and protection of the Donkey by the general public and members of the society

• To promote public education in the various arts and sciences in connection with the donkey and the use, appreciation, care and management thereof

• To prevent cruelty to the Donkey and to help, including the option to provide financial assistance, and cooperate with people and societies who provide for the care and protection of the Donkey in need thereof by reason of sickness, maltreatment, neglect, lack of knowledge, poor circumstances or other similar causes

• To promote and finance research into matters relating to the Donkey and the publication of the results thereof

Please visit our website for further information and to find out how to join http://www.donkeybreedsociety.co.uk