Bedford County Fair

Donkeys step into Fair spotlight

Sunday, August 4, 2013

By SADIE FOWLER ~ sfowler@t-g.com

Befdord Co Fair

Katrina Fleener brought baby miniature donkey “Belle” to the fair from Murfreesboro. (T-G Photo by Sadie Fowler)

Seven years ago, Katrina Fleener started a new hobby with two miniature donkeys. Now, her barn is filled with the docile little creatures.

“I started with two and now I have 30 because I love them so much,” Fleener said. “I love spending time with them.”

Fleener was among exhibitors showing at the Bedford County Fair’s Miniature Donkey Show, held Saturday at the Bedford County Agricultural Center. The show was one of several events — including an antique tractor pull, goat show and live entertainment by Rayz’n Cain, slated for the fair’s finale.

Southern Belle

Fleener, a resident of Murfreesboro who has shown at the donkey show for the past several years, brought her 10-month-old donkey “Belle” with her this year for exposure.

“She’s got a pretty face,” Fleener said. “This is her first time out. At this age, they’re playful, a little naughty, so we are not here to show. It’s about getting her exposure. Donkeys really become competitive around age 2 or 3.”

Fleener works full-time in Nashville, but says “100 percent” of her spare time is spent caring for and training her beloved animals. She says donkeys are her choice animal because of their personalities, which remind her of Newfoundland dogs.

“They’re sensitive, and very intelligent,” she said. “And they’re so good natured, which makes them great for children and seniors who can’t ride horses anymore.”

 

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