On Tuesday 18th September at 11am on Llanelli sea front, Dennis the donkey was 'crowned' as Britain's 'Best Beach Donkey' of 2007.
Awards (trophy and rosette) were presented to Dennis and his owner, Mike Thomas, by the Sanctuary. The Mayor of Llanelli also attended to help with the presentations.
Our annual best beach donkey competition, established in 2003, aims to recognise high standards of animal welfare practice by selecting the best donkeys and their owners at regional and national levels.
Our national Judge, Rosemary Clarke, explains what it takes to be amongst Britain's finest beach donkeys. "The awards are based on the donkeys' welfare. The donkeys must be in good health; they should be strong with good conformation, have gentle and placid natures and, above all, be happy in their work. The condition and suitability of their tack is an equally important factor.
I am delighted to award Dennis with the title of Britain's 'Best Beach Donkey' because he had a real presence about him. He was beautifully turned out, in lovely condition, his tack fitted well and his owner obviously cared for his donkeys very much."
The runner-up for the Britain's Best Beach Donkey award was Bobby owned by Pauline Clews in Blackpool.
Best group of beach donkeys
A second national award was given to an eight strong herd of donkeys owned by John Nuttall at Skegness for Britain's 'Best Group of Beach Donkeys'.
The runner up to this group award was the Scarborough and Blackpool teams of donkeys owned by Jenny Floris and Karen Richardson.
Best beach donkey resort
Finally, an award for the Best Beach Donkey Resort was awarded to Scarborough. This award recognised the commitment of the beach donkey owners and local council to ensure the welfare of the donkeys comes first.