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Pablo: Champion of Champions

A huge congratulations to one of our members, Suzi Truesdale of Cloughey, Co. Down and her beloved stallion, Pablo.

Balmoral Show 2022 seen a huge turnout of donkeys from all over the island, with Ratallagh Pablo taking Champion donkey and Kinedale Silver Solstice as Reserve Champion with her foal. His success allowed him to compete against the other champions of the show including the champions of the dairy, beef, pigs, sheep, goats and various horse breeds.

The final selection was made by Nicola Drew of BBC Radio Ulster and she made history as Pablo is the first donkey to ever take part in the champion of champions being made all the more special as he won it! Suzi received a prize of £1000 and a beautiful rosette for the main man. Suzi explains that she rescued Pablo as a six-month old foal from slaughter, after many years winning across the country she has decided to retire him from the showring as she says that he can never top this moment. Although he may not be able to put his hooves up just yet as Pablo is a wonderful therapy donkey, visiting nursing homes and may still compete with a carriage in tow.