Donkey Derby was held on the 26th May 2018


Donkey Derby 27th May 2017

 Families waiting for the race Oh dear! Walking to the finish. Nervously waiting to start the race.   

Plenty of interest in the wide variety of stalls. Everyone having fun. We would like a rosette each please.

Thanks to all those who came to the Legion field again for this years Donkey Derby. A GREAT BIG thanks to all the sponsors of the races, and also to Tesco who donated a large number of LARGE cookies to the event. Also the Co-op helped with some BBQ stuff. Thanks also to the printers of the program, the van hire people and many others, all up they were helpful. 

The Lions Club  of Hayling Island

Would like to thank the following

Donkey Sponsors
Alan Rae Butchers Aqua Bathrooms
Aqua Bathrooms Bassatts Shoes
Bently Walker Ltd Beach Road Garage
Coastguard Café Bently Walker Ltd
Darron Ford Carolines Dog Grooming
Designer Windows Cathy and Terry Shoebridge
Geoff Foot Coastguard Café
Gradys Family Funeral Directors Country Pets
Harbour vets Derek Gillard
Hayling Barbers Shop Elite Dressmakers
Hayling Cycles Gradys Family Funeral Directors
Hayling Hardware Harbour vets
Home Instead Hayling Cycles
Hugh Hickman Hayling Garage
JK Supermarket Hayling Island book Shop
Lifeboat Inn Hayling Yacht Co
Millers Property Heron Autos
Pepperellis Hickman Estates
R J Morris Home Instead
Royal British legion John De Waele
Sovereign Flooring Ludikriss Hair
Studio 6 Marilyn Blake 
The Co-operative Funeral Care Pepperellis
Vets 4 pets Rileys Best One
Walker Williams Flooring Ltd Royal British legion
Seaside florist

Dog Show Sponsors 
Smith Austin 
Special thanks to all Lions, 
Sovereign Flooring
Friends of Lions  Station Road Tyres
and their families for the help given on the day Studio 6
Terracotta Pot Shop
The Co-operative Funeral Care
Tibbles Flowers
Vets 4 pets
Walker Williams Flooring Ltd
Wilson Wakefield
Yew Tree


The donkey races drew the crowds and many lucky investors chose wisely and placed winning bets! There were winners and losers but several of the riders in the races come each year because they enjoy themselves so much. 

The serious side to this great afternoon is the raising of money. 

Donkey Derby 2015  Hayweb Rider jumping on donkey

DD2016      DD Races 1       

           DD Report Picture 2012                 


There was the added excitement of being able to bet on the race winner using the Tote betting system and fortunes were won and lost - well at least a pound! The attraction of dog shows are as ever,  very popular. There were sixty five entrants over the eight fun classes.  

DSCN0814      DSCN0839            DD Dogs 3          

The burgers and sausages supplied from a local source, and char-grilled by an local team from Hayling, and Langstone were in great  demand throughout the afternoon, as was the Beer Tent next door.


setting up the BBq       Beer       

Setting up the BBQ                             and the beer tent

A number of local charities and groups took the offer of a free pitch and set up various games and stalls,including First Responders who provided the all important first aid cover and a tea and cake stall.

We are extremely grateful for the sponsorship given by both local businesses and  individuals, the equipment and facilities loaned, and to the jockeys and our helpers on the day, and to you for coming along to support/

                                            We had a lot of fun on the day and hope that you did too!!