Where has the time gone! It only seemed like yesterday, but here I am getting ready to travel around the country during Britain's Best Beach Donkey Competition.
As you may remember, I had the great privilege of being the national judge last year and what a tough decision it was choosing the winners. I spoke to Shelagh Steele earlier today, who is the regional welfare officer for the East of England and organiser of the competition, and she said the turn out for this year's competition is absolutely outstanding.
I asked her more about the competition, because many people don't realise that the national judging is a culmination of many months of hard work by the welfare officers.
The regional judging starts in May of each year around the time that the annual licensing of beach donkey operators takes place. Between May and August, the regional judges will see over 500 donkeys from five regional areas and they will choose the best individual donkey and the best group of donkeys to go through to the national competition.
This year's national judge is Amber Brennan who works for our sister charity, the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, where she has been a riding instructor for 11 years at EST Birmingham.
I know Amber is really looking forward to the judging and has been preparing herself for the 1,500 mile trip around the country all in a week - a gruelling schedule but, like me, will enjoy every minute of it.
If you're in any of the following areas next week, please do come along and watch the judging and see all the beach donkeys. Perhaps you might have your own favourite beach donkey that you want to cheer on!