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Pictured above from top left
Champions Tomcat, Outlaw, Johnny Paycheck.
Bottom Res DBS Champion Poynton Bobby Dazzler.
Right Dancie.



Due to a fanatastic dog showing season last year
& 2 winners at Crufts, a Champion,  with another knocking on the door for his title already this year.
Ann is now concentrating on the Collies.



What a swansong year!
 I have given up showing and breeding Donkeys, handing the reins to others
this year and they have done us proud!


                                                                                           STOP PRESS!
Perehill Alchemilla takes the British Filly Championship &
Reserve Youngstock Champions at The DBS Supreme show 2013

Arranbrook Bedazzled Reserve Champion Wooler show 2013

Perehill Alchemilla Champion Halifax 2013

Perehill Alchemilla Reserve Champion Poynton 2013



First time out our Perehill Alchemilla takes Reserve Champion at Heckington (Ch status show)

Another Qualifing for The Supreme Show 2013.  Well done Pam!








*Arranbrook Bedazzled first time in the show ring took the Show Champion Title at Alborough and Boroughbridge show well done the Rae's*

DONKEY BREED SOCIETY SUPREME SHOW QUALIFIER 2013







Also flying the Arranbrook flag, Arranbrook Fanci Pants first time shown and went beautifully.
Congratulations to their owners Mr & Mrs Rae.



SERIOUS BREEDING = ASTONISHING RESULTS



Our show winning Donkeys over the years being so sucessful never made us popular
within the breed but our show wins under DBS judges speaks volumes!!!!



August 2013

I am fully aware that a lovely little old "lady" is going around telling lies about me and generally out to cause trouble
due to the fact that I refused last year to give her
MY customers contact details knowing she would harrasse these people.
 How right was I?


I selected and imported Outlaw from friends of mine in the USA.  I trained him, bitted him,
groomed him, bathed, trimmed and conditioned him,
fed him, paid for all his expenses including hefty fuel bills to the shows, etc etc.
Then I stupidly split the proceeds of the sale 50/50 with his co-owner.

Obviosuly she does not believe that but has not come forward to me and said as much,
in fact she owes me money for a pony she "bought" last year
but its too much hassle and I don't need the money so she can have the mare.

However, just to clarify that I have never
been "thrown out" of any Society or Club, ever.  
I did refuse to Support the MMDA several years ago due to no confidence in
the then Chairman which has now been proved beyoned all doubt.

 I wish the new Committe well but have declined the recent (July) invitation
to join the MMDA Committee.




 JULY 2013

All the Miniature Donkeys have now been sold and / or placed in their new homes.  
I gave several of my favourites to special friends in Standard Donkeys and have not bred foals for several years.

I do not claim it has taken me just a couple of weeks to find new homes as I wanted the very best homes I could find
so it has taken a while.  I am now satisfied that all my Donkeys are being well looked after.

I understand that Outlaw has been sold through ill health of owner.
I do hope his new owners gives him more of a chance for him to settle in
to his new sourroundings before trying to show him again!
Why do people not understand it takes a Donkey a year to settle into a new home?




Ann is an A list Donkey Breed Society judge and will carry on accepting appointments
feeling better placed than exhbitor / judges and less biase on that basis.

  She will be at this years Supreme show and a number of Donkeys breed by her
are now being shown by other exhibitors including at this years DBS Supreme show.

 I wonder if any other UK breeders have other exhibitors / owners showing their homebred stock?

I now have a super litter of 9 Smooth Collie Puppies in the nest.  
These are by my top winning Young Male
Foxearth Flock Master For Breckamore   Junior Warrent.
2 CC'S  6 RCC'S     TOP PUPPY OUR DOGS 2012.  
PUPPY OF THE YEAR SMOOTH COLLIE CLUB OF GREAT BRITIN 2013

Dam is exceptionally well bred from Finnish bloodlines & sister to 5 UK Champions plus other Finnish / European titles.
For more details
  www.smooth-collies.com 


  My Standard Filly by Supreme Champion Gamlingay The Alchemist
is now on loan in a super show home and will be at the Supreme show!







                                                                  

NEWS.                                        At the DBS Supreme Championships
                                         Reserve Supreme Miniature Champion Red Country Albertine, also Champion at Island Farm   
                                                                      Congratulations to his Breeder Miss Farr


                                                             

Grandson of our much missed Champion Country Music's Johnny Paycheck

 
Johnny Paycheck



We also used to own the Dam of this years Champion who took the Country Music's Johnny Paycheck memorial Trophy!



STILL THE ONLY BREEDER OF ADULT CHAMPION & RESERVE CHAMPIONS
 AND ALL UNDER DONKEY BREED SOCIETY RULES!


The Donkey Breed Society Supreme show held in August each year is the UK Donkey equal to Crufts Dog show or the NMDA Nationals!




STILL BETTERING THE BREED OVER THE YEARS WITH 
THEIR FABULOUS TEMPREMENTS AND EXCEPTIONALLY STRONG CONFORMATION.

My breeding program and ideas are often copied, a compliment!

 





DBS Inhand (Heckington),  DBS Reserve British Colt Champion 2010 
Multiple Champion Kiterras Outlaw
 
Though selectively, yet fearlessly, shown continued his winning ways during the 2011 season, see News page and his own page for details

*To date UNBEATEN in three consecuative Miniature Donkey shows.

 Outlaws first foals for us have arrived and they are absolutely fabulous with exceptional conformation.
Look out for several in the show ring 2013.





             
 

 Herdsire Itsy Bitsy Tomcat
Height 29 inches   Qualifier 2011 DBS Supreme show.

~ The First and Only Miniature Donkey Stallion who is DBS Veterinary Inspected Free from Hereditary Faults done while residing at Arranbrook Stud ~
 

 Rebecca Goddard Highbury Stud





  
HCM Moulon Rouge takes Reserve DBS Inhand Champion
at the prestigious Great Yorkshire Show 2011



All three of our show Donkeys Qualified for the DBS Supreme show 2011 the last season I showed Donkeys.



NB: We only showed our Donkeys in Top Quality Competition and ONLY under Donkey Breed Society Panel judges.
We stopped taking part in any Points Championships years ago 

We are members of and support 
The Donkey Breed Society



ALWAYS STAYING TRUE TO THE BREED STANDARD

Copy of The Breed Standard to be added soon.


SERIOUS BREEDING = ASTONISHING RESULTS




 
Major Donkey Breed Society show awards won by our Donkeys are listed below:

DBS Reserve Champion Donkey Great Yorkshire Show 2011
The DBS Reserve British Colt Champion 2010
DBS Heckington Inhand Sjow Champion 2010
DBS Reserve Inhand Show Champion Poynton 2010
DBS Reserve Inhand Show Champion Newark & Notts County show 2009
Reserve Champion Mare Royal Highland Show 2007
Reserve Champion Male Royal Highland Show 2007
DBS Reserve Inhand Show Champion Royal Lancashire show 2007
DBS Royal Bath & West Inhand Show Champion 2006
DBS Royal Highland Inhand Show Champion 2006
DBS Reserve Champion East Anglia Donkey Show 2006
Best Opposite Sex in Show East Anglia Donkey Show 2006
Reserve Youngstock Champion East Anglian Donkey Show 2006
Reserve Champion  Mare Scottish Donkey Show 2004
DBS Yearling Champion Braco Show 2004
Reserve Champion Mare Royal Highland Show 2004

     

* NB: 
 Like many sensible Breeders I have never shown my foals, the risk of infection, stress and to their delicate joints not worth an easy Rosette as foal classes have always been poor for this very reason!

I have only listed DBS Awards here not any of the many MMDA Awards won by our Donkeys in past years.
All the above awards were against Standard and Miniature Donkeys. 
We did not show much in 2008 and hardly at all in 2009, with none of our Qualified Donkeys attending the Supreme show
in 2009 due to Johnny Paychecks illness.
No Donkeys where shown 2010 as by now I was concentrating on showing dogs and judging Donkeys.


 
 
Welcome to Our web site!

Our goal has always been to breed Miniature Donkeys which will do well in the showring and later make a
valuable contribution to the Breed.   
As we are presently the ONLY Miniature Donkey Breeders to have bred both adult DBS Champion/ Reserve Champions
 
We look forward to the future with our own stock striving for more show Champions for ourselves and others.

“Quality” is a term that is often used among breeders and for us it is over all “Correct Strong Conformation”
with the genetic ability to produce selected preferences in breed type. 
We have not purchased or bred any animals carrying dwarfing traits, we will not compromise our conformation to acquire small (micro mini) animals.  
Miniature Donkeys, as are my Smooth Collies, are after all working animals!
I never compromising on Temprement either but do like confident Donkeys as they make the best show Donkeys. 
We do not/ have not bought for colour alone unlike many other Breeders.

* Arranbrook Miniature Donkeys are the UK no 1 source for exports and our Donkeys have been selected to build new Herds
   in Belgium, France and Ireland.  
   With further exports to add to established Herds in France and The Netherlands. 

Just keep in mind that in this Country jealousy is rife!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                
 
Quote
 

                                                           "don't worry when people speak behind your back...
                                                             it means you are two steps ahead of them"..!!!

                                                                                                          Anon


My lifelong interest in Horses, ponies & hounds with 30 years of showing collies means
I have always had an understanding of fliud movement with correct conformation,
something I do not believe can be taught.  

 I have strictly appllied this throughout my own personal selection and breeding program.  

While we have never actually claimed to be the best we know our Donkeys results
and especially the type of foals we breed continue to speak volumes for us.  
 
*Please note (yet again I was the first UK breeder to make this announcement which was originally on my foals page) due to
the present economic climate.
Arranbrook foals will be few and far between for the next few years,
     

I still show and breed my dogs at the highest level, (yes that includes Crufts) go to
www.smooth-collies.com to
see more with Top Quality puppies of Finnish bloodlines planned for in 2013.     


 I am also a Donkey Breed Society judge and a Smooth Collie Breed Specialist judge.

We freely offer help and advice, lots of after sales advice as always, see my Testimonials page,
please note (again) I was the first in the UK to add a Testimonials page to my web site.

   

Visitors always welcome by prior appointment.   
We do ask for a small donation in the form of a cheque made payable to the Donkey Charity of our choice.                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ann.      

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    
                                        Kiterra's Outlaw, the FIRST and ONLY Coloured Champion Miniature Donkey in the UK and he's a Tricolour! 

                                                  For those wishing to breed for colour, Grey and white will give plenty of Grey's, colour produces colour!
                                Breeding two coloured Donkeys is not recommended due to the LWG always breed solid to colour which gives 50% chance of colour!
 




                                              

                                                                                                                                   
 



            ARRANBROOK WHERE OUR DONKEYS HAVE ALWAYS SPOKEN FOR US IN THE SHOWRING
AND ESPECIALLY IN OUR FOALS! 




                                        NEVER FORGET OUR AIM CONTINUES TO BE TO IMPROVE THE BREED IN THE UK

                                        CONTACT
                                                      Ann French  Email
ann@minidonks.co.uk   Tel 01765 603149   Mob: 07793812206

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