The Donkey Breed Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, having been formed originally as the Donkey Show Society in 1967, it was renamed 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 of the Society took part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in the city of London with a ‘cake’ mounted on a carriage.
Our aims 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 cause
- To promote and finance research into matters relating to the Donkey and the publication of the results thereof
The Northern Ireland branch of the Donkey Breed Society organises a wide range of events for members and fans.