Photos from AGM 2007 held at Oamaru

The Donkey & Mule Society of NZ (Inc.)

photos Lea Hullett

Above: We all enjoyed a ride in the double decker bus and then were treated to a display of riding by the owners of the Icelandic horses just south of Oamaru.

Visit to the Islantic Stud at Kakanui.

The ponies demonstrated a gait called the 'Tolt', and a glass of beer was carried high. The owner explained how they came to be so quiet. They eat horse meat in Iceland and ponies who misbehaved were not likely to reproduce offspring. Both young and old ponies were very quiet and friendly.

Julie Watson enjoyed one of the first rides on a mare. Joan Rabbitte talking 'horse' with a foal.

Jocelyn Gray on a mare. Cathy Perrott and Andrea Thomson riding the stallion.

Cathy Perrott and above or let: Barbara Jones were among those who had a really good ride.

A Visit to Baxter and Marianne's Smith's property.

Everyone loved mingling with Marianne Smith's immaculately presented donkeys while she explained how they came to be donkey owners and about their jennies and youngstock.

We were all ready for lunch held in Baxter and Marianne's beautiful garden.

Peter van Dijk came down from Auckland. Jean Reid and a friend enjoying the dinner.

Diana Humphries right with Les & Marj Pratt, donkey breeders from Victoria, Australia.

Diana & John Humphries gave a demonstration of branding on the Sunday. First the hair is trimmed away and then a iron is momentarily placed on the skin. This method does not cause the hair to go white and just leaves a raised area which is visible for life.