The Donkey & Mule Society of NZ (Inc.)

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
Cotswold Pickadee

Supreme Champion In-Hand Donkey
Diana Humphries with Cotswold Pickadee.

Elinikos Aneeka, J Bayliss

Reserve Supreme In Hand Donkey & Champion Jenny:
Elinikos Aneeka, J Bayliss

Chateaus Texas Premiere MB

Champion Jack:
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)

Rocky Mountain Ashe

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