South Island Donkey & Mule Society Show, February 15, 2009
photos Lea Hullett
- In Hand Donkeys, Mary Naish, Canterbury
- Versatility Donkeys: Anne Brittan, Canterbury
- Mules: Alister Caley, Canterbury
Supreme Champion In-Hand Donkey
Diana Humphries with Cotswold Pickadee.
Reserve Supreme In Hand Donkey & Champion Jenny:
Elinikos Aneeka, J Bayliss
Chateaus Texas Premiere MB, D & J Humphries
Reserve Champion Youngstock:
Flaxton Green Ella Enchanted, S & G Green
Reserve Champion Gelding:
Meanerine Andre, L Bellamy
Champion Harness Donkey:
Farmyard Chinook, J Watson
Reserve Champion Harness Donkey:
Tara Samson, J Creak
Champion Versatile Donkey:
Kowhai Rosie, Winter Family (Shown here with Caitlin Winter, winner of the Child Rider)
Supreme Champion In Hand Mule:
Rocky Mountain Ashe, Sophie Newick
Reserve Champion Youngstock In Hand Mule:
Braywin Spectacular Blueboy, Robin Winter
Champion Adult In Hand Mule:
Ashridge Lucky Fern, C Sim
Best Paced & Mannered Mule Rosette & Champion Performance Mule:
Oakridge Dragonfly, N & L Thistoll (Here with Lloyd Thistoll)
Reserve Champion Performance Mule:
Oakridge Captivate, N & L Thistoll
Fancy Dress winners:
Life members Ian and Zanna Cameron (judges) with from left, Ponderosa Four Cents, Emma Tweed & Hailees Comet, Jack Tweed riding.
1st Child Handler
28 year old, Ponderosa Four Cents with Emma Tweed.
Jenny Donkey 2 & 3 years 1st.
Belltrees Cockleshell, Rex Donnelly
Cotswold Lavender Rose, a yearling with Lea Hullett (web manager), was 4th in the yearling class (seven entries) and as the youngest competitor in the Versatility events was very surprised to be 3rd in the bending race. In these three photos she is having a go in the obstacle course.
It really is good for donkeys to do these activities and it furthers their education. Donkeys don't like walking on unfamiliar surfaces and look sideways at strange objects like bright orange cones.
Margaret Salkeld has done a wonderful job organising the South Island Donkey & Mule Society Show in the past but for this year Jan Wright took over the reins and ensured it was up to the usual standard at the ideal grounds of Waihora Park Domain, Motukarara. We were blessed with a lovely clear day which was remarkable as the weather prior to the day was wet and the day after drizzly cold and overcast. I'm told that there has not been a wet day in the history of the show. I have attended since 2006 and learnt that hats and sunburn protection are vital.
Photos Lea Hullett — Let me know if you would like a print quality version