Sally Armstrong of Donkey-Oaties Miniature Donkeys was elected President of the Southwestern Donkey & Mule Society (SDMS) at their annual meeting on December 15, 2012.
The organization is based in Texas and has 90+ family memberships from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. SDMS was formed in 1973 to promote family activities and recognition of donkeys, mules and Miniature Donkeys through shows and outreach programs.
Armstrong served as Show Chair of the organization from 2007 - 2010.
SDMS hosts and sanctions the Donkey & Mule Show at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in January. It also produces the Texas Shoot-Out Donkey & Mule Show at the Brazos County Expo in Bryan/College Station. This has been the largest donkey and mule show in Texas since its creation in 2007 under Armstrong’s leadership. Two regional shows are also conducted in the spring and fall.
Armstrong has completed a busy year of travel with her three abreast team of Miniature Donkeys known as The Tri-ass-letes. In February they competed in a formal pleasure driving competition at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. They were the only donkeys ever to compete in the event and won Reserve Champion in the VSE Multiple Hitch division. Pictures of them at the event appeared in “Carriage Journal”, magazine of the Carriage Association of America and they were the feature photo in the “Ideal Harness Newsletter” an international newsletter based in The Netherlands and Canada.
Armstrong was contacted by the editor of “The Broomtail”, an Australian magazine dedicated to donkeys and was requested to write an article about The Tri-ass-letes. The article and photos were published in the
In June and October Armstrong went to Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. In June she volunteered at the Carriage Association of America’s Carriage Festival. She assisted with stabling and served one day as Paddock Manager and a day as Gate Keeper. In October she returned with her driving donkeys and participated in The National Drive, a week of recreational driving and seminars.
Armstrong also competed in the four SDMS shows, plus a few other shows during the year. The donkeys did well bringing home ribbons from every show. The highest award Donkey-Oaties received this year was “Best of Breed” won by She’s Mav-a-lous in halter classes.