IFDS Donkeys at the Royal Berkshire Show

A big busy county show is a great day out even if you’re not competing.

Did you know that some of our donkeys have won awards at shows up and down the country ?

Monty and Mr Crusty at the Royal Berkshire Show
Monty and Mr Crusty at the Royal Berkshire Show

This weekend, 19th-20th September, some of the Island Farm donkeys (and people) are at the Royal Berkshire Show at Newbury Showground. Show opening times are 8am to 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. If you’re in the area please do come along to our stand where you can meet donkeys Monty and Mr Crusty. We’ll also be glad to talk about our work at the sanctuary and accept any donations – large or small. We are looking forward to meeting new and existing supporters during the weekend.

Now that we’ve had time to settle in here are a few photos of Monty and Mr. Crusty making themselves ‘at home’ here.at-home-at-the-RoyalBerksShow2015

In Hand & Ridden Pony Show, 7th June 2015

An In-Hand and Ridden Pony Show took place at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary on Sunday 7th June. Competitors and visitors were greeting by clear blue skies and pleasant weather in addition to the warm welcome from the staff and volunteers and donkeys here at the sanctuary.

Jason Light with 'Bonnie Boy' winning of Reserve Supreme Champion
Jason Light with ‘Bonnie Boy’ winner of Reserve Supreme Champion on 7th June 2015

Many beautifully turned-out ponies competed for rosettes in 40 different classes held in 3 show rings. Some of the classes at this event included:

Best Condition & turnout (ridden), Family pony (ridden), Shetland pony classes, Welsh pony classes, Exmoor / Dartmoor pony classes, Dales / Fell / New Forest/ Highland / Connemara pony classes, Coloured / Piebald / Skewbald ponies, a class for Roans, Duns, Palomino, Appaloosa ponies, Prettiest mare, and even a “Thelwell Pony” class.

Below are a couple more photographs from this Pony Show at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary.

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Above, Catherine Keogh with ‘Rosy’ winning second in the Veteran class
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Above, Right: Gavina Semonella on ‘Burnside Larra’, winner of the Supreme Championship

Country Show 2015

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary’s 2015 Country Show took place on the weekend of 23-24 May.

This is an annual two day event featuring a wide range of entertainers and demonstrations of various skills and activities. Many attractions have a rural or agricultural associations while others are cultural or simply great fun. This year’s event featured birds of prey, a ‘Pets Corner’, llamas, dog agility and Shetland Pony agility events, model and craft displays, vintage cars and motorbikes, Irish dancers, Ashnah Folkloric Fusion Dance, and the Kennesaw Confederates and the H-Bar-C Drifters American West Living History Displays. Our popular fun dog show also takes place during the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary Country Show weekend.

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In addition to the displays, competitions and musical entertainment there were also plenty of stalls selling various products.

Below are a just a few photographs from this year’s Country Show, which took place in late May.

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Above: Llamas and alpacas were among the exhibits at the 2015 Country Show.
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Above, Left: Parade of Island Farm Adoption Donkeys
Above, Right: Island Farm’s ‘Monty’ awaiting his public at the Country Show

If you enjoyed the Country Show or if you missed it but would like to visit something similar soon do come and visit our Pony Show on 7th June and the Island Farm Donkey Show with Fun Dog Show on 5th July.