Donkey vote at Castle Hill Show

Hee-haw: Lorelle Baker’s donkeys, Snow (left) and Brambles, will be among the donkeys on parade at the Castle Hill and Hills District Agricultural Society’s 126th annual show on Sunday, March 18. Donkey classes will be judged on the cattle rings. Picture: Natalie RobertsLORELLE Baker still laughs when she recalls her daughter, Cairo, bringing a baby donkey with her to school in the car for show and tell.
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Reilly, Cairo’s brother, topped her when he took the testicles of a donkey to school for show and tell after it was castrated.

‘‘They’re [donkeys] just great companions, especially for young kids,’’ said Ms Baker, co-ordinator of the donkey section of this year’s Castle Hill Show which runs over three days, from Friday, March 16.

It’s not true that donkeys are stubborn or stupid, she said.

‘‘When they’re being stubborn, they’re usually protecting themselves,’’ Ms Baker said.

‘‘They’re very smart animals and, unlike a horse that’s trained in the one thing, a donkey can learn a bundle.

‘‘If you leave them in the paddock a year, and then saddle them up, then they will still retain that information.’’

Her donkeys, Snow and Brambles, will be among those exhibited at this year’s Castle Hill Show.

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