Missy, 31.75" Dark Brown
Grand Sire: Diebold's
Shorty, 30.5" Red (Sorrel) Grand
Dam: Diebold's Market Jane, 32.5" Dark Brown
a storybook birth was had by this little girl. Her mom,
had been under the barn cam at night for 8 nights.
At around 8:00 p.m. she was showing signs of labor and
at the same time a terrible storm was brewing. We lost
electricity and I was not able to see the stall so after
an hour of waiting Bob took the spot light out to the
barn to see what was happening. Just as he approached
the stall the lights came on and within 10 minutes Missy
was in heavy labor and presenting her foal. This precious
very dark brown/black jennet was on the ground by 9:45
and standing up by 10:00. The terrible storm had lots
of wind, thunder and lightening. The thunder was so
loud that it scared the foal to death and she’d tuck
her head right under Missy and peek out. It almost looked
like she was playing peek-a-boo. She stayed tucked right
up next to her mom and acted as if she was very shy.
Of course she was just scared and I must admit I was
too. I hate storms and this one was no exception. Our
barn has a metal roof so the pounding rain, gusty wind,
razor sharp lightening, and thunder made for a traumatic
entrance into the world. I can only imagine what was
going on in her little wet head.
We had been having a “Name the Donkey Contest” with
a group of people in our community and the one naming
the donkey received a gift certificate for lunch at
a nearby restaurant, Backyard Café . All were very wrapped
up in being the winner of the contest and one of the
girls suggested naming the new foal Cheyenne. We liked
that name and when the foal was born and the storm scared
her so badly the name seemed to be a perfect fit. We
spelled it Shy-Anne to match her behavior. Of course,
she is anything but shy now but the name still fits
her to a tee. She is absolutely gorgeous and has excellent
conformation, perfect bit, straight legs, and that beautiful
dark shiny hair like her dad, Racer.
As people came to visit her they added yet another adjective
to her name and she is now called Princess Shy-Anne.
Shy belongs to all of us who simply love and adore her
and all who had a part in naming Wit’s End Farm’s newest
addition. A MUST TO SEE!
first person to come see Shy when she was 10 hours old
was Laura Musgrave, the cute blonde pictured above with
Shy. She is, also, the one who picked the name Cheyenne,
aka Shy-Anne. Thank You, Laura!!
is one little girl I could talk about all day long.
She was making little grunting sounds while she was
being born which sounded much like a little seal pup.
As soon as she hit the floor she was trying to stand
up and bop all around the stall. It appeared as if she
was on a little spring. When she was not bouncing she
was standing as if she was competing in a halter class.
Wish I could get some of my other donkeys to stand that
erect in the show ring. She is still bouncing around
and now plays hide-and-seek from me. Her tail wags with
excitement when people are with her and she gives kisses
to all that visit. She has the most adorable personality
and the most people-friendly little girl I've ever seen.
She has so many colors in her furry coat that it is
hard to explain her true color. She has a gray base
but top hair is a brown/taupe/sorrel color. Her belly
is black and her little ears are sorrel and black. Her
fetlocks are black and when her tail stops wagging it
is gray and black. A true Baskin Robbins variety on
color. Bob has a good friend named Be-Bop that bakes
him chess pies to die for. We took her a picture of
Be-Bop the other day and Bob said look what we have
be-bopping around in our nursery. She was filled with
delight at the sight of this darling little jennet so
we named her after our pie-baking friend. It fit her
to a tee since she is never still and awaits visits
like a dog waiting for his/her master to return home.
She is a must see!!! We are offering Be-Bop and her
mom, Loretta, as a package to some lucky person. It
is rare to find a spotted 5 year old jennet with foal
at her side offered for sale. Take the time to inquire
about this special pair. See our
'for sale' page for more information!
Kim Roberts & Jon Jackson
Foal coat: Very Dark Gray w/White Points & Sorrel
Birth Height: 21"
Gems Lucky Zig Zag, 31.5" Frosted White
Grand Sire: Salt Marsh Farms Ziggy
Stardut, 32.5" Frosted Spotted White
Grand Dam: DWE
Henrietta, 32" Gray-Dun
Dam: Charles Ebony Sue Two,
Nebraska Star's Black Jack, 33" Black
Grand Dam: Anderson's Own
Short Stuff, 35" Gray-Dun
what do you think about this little ball of fire?
He is one of a kind and has the conformation that
seems to be that needed for a great driving donkey
if one should choose to do that with him. He has such
a great personality and so alert as he commands the
pasture with his prancing and trotting like he is
going to a fire at all times. He has the most unusual
color and markings. His little face is gray/white/brown
and his body is a steel gray. He stands so straight
and tall and loves to be right with us when he can
shake his mother from his side. Ebony is such a good
mother and loves to be with him but Smokey is really
showing his independence from her at this early age.
He has taken to Truffles, our new jennet foal, and
the two of them dine together every morning and evening.
What a twosome! She'll be leaving for Montana in a
few weeks and breaking his little heart at a very
early age. Poor Smoke! Learning lessons about girls
so early in life is going to be tough. Check back
on the availability of Smoke Signal next week. The
details will be given at that time. Come see him as
he is a one-of-a-kind little fellow that will welcome
you to his paddock the minute he hears your voice
or your car come in the driveway.
Farm's Casey, 32"
Diebold's Shorty, 30.5" Sorrel
Grand Dam: SS Big Girl,
32.5" Dark Brown
I was away at a donkey show this tiny little girl
was born. Bob was so excited and was going to finally
name this new little girl that he helped deliver while
on "foal watch". That Friday night he thought of a
thousand names for her as he held her little fuzzy
dark black/brown face next to his face. He said she
felt like velvet and smelled so sweet. They cuddled
a lot that night and he told me she had angel eyes
that melt your heart. I could hardly wait to get home
from my trip to meet this new bundle of love. The
next morning he had a customer come to look at donkeys
and the moment her eyes saw this new foal it was love
at first sight and she wanted her. Bob let her choose
the name since it was not even a full day old. Truffles
is the name given to this sweet little girl who is
so dark black/brown and living up to her name. She
and her mom, Casey, will soon be leaving for Montana.
What a change so her fuzzy coat will certainly be
needed real soon.
Franklin, Tennessee! (soon to be Montana)
(Click photos to enlarge)
got a new red blanket to wear for her trip to Montana
with her mom, Casey, November 20th. She is definitely
"outstanding in her field". What a doll!!!
Ass Acres Willow, 31"
Grand Sire: Dewey
Meadows Sweetwater Puccini, 31.75" Black
Grand Dam: B. J. Midget,
drafty little puff of black hair came into this world
marching and strutting around the stall like he already
knew he was special and built like a tank. His first
steps lead him straight to the feed bowl where he
immediately gummed his way across the bottom of the
pan in search of "grain rations". He then discovered
hay and carried around the longest piece he could
find to hold in his mouth for a long time. We thought
he had decided to skip the nursing process and go
straight for the food thinking he was way to big to
need his mommy. After an hour of playing "big boy"
he realized milk was a good thing for him to try and
he'd just have to wait on the other things. Soldier
is so outgoing and seems to have his orders as to
what he wants to be when he grows up. (just like his
dad, Racer) What an excellent junior herd sire for
someone. We actually sold before we had a chance to
get him on our web site. He was snatched up in 3 days
after birth. Racer and Willow sure did themselves
proud with this little fellow. No wonder he didn't
last long enough to be posted on our site. The new
owners purchased his dam, Willow, as well, and both
have already been delivered to their new home.
John's Destiny, 31.5" Dark Brown
Grand Sire: LUA
John, 30" Gray/White Spot Grand
Dam: LUA Ester's Sarah, 34" Brown/White Spot
Blizzard, a 32" Gray/White spot show winner, is
3 generations back in Cracker Jack's pedigree. This
young boy made a quiet entrance into the world at 7:45pm
on Tuesday July 15th, 2003. It was a textbook delivery
and he was standing up in 13 minutes making himself
known to his mother and Wit's End Farm. He nursed within
an hour and all was calm as his loving personality emerged
letting all of us know he was here to win our hearts.
Didn't take long as we were holding him and loving him
immediately as he sought our attention for hugs and
kisses. I turned and looked at Bob and said, "now
he's like a surprise in a cracker jack box!" Yep,
that's how he got his name. Funny how you spend weeks
before a young one is born racking your brain for names
and never use any of those names. So "Crackers"
it was. Destiny, his mom, took over from the very beginning
and was a nurturing mother. We were so proud of her
and the attention she showed Crackers. We are offering
this pair as a package to some lucky person. Destiny
will make a fine addition to any herd as she is an easy
breeder and foals with ease. Crackers speaks for himself!
Racer was a real proud Papa!
Lazarus' Lucy, 33.5" Brown w/Red Highlights
Grand Sire: LUA
Lazarus, 32.5" Spotted (Rockbridge Maracus bloodlines)
Peaches & Creme, 31" Brown/Gray (Rainblow's
little girl is so feminie and reserved. In her quiet
manner she steals your heart as she moves towards you
with those beautiful big brown eyes. She is so straight
and has a perfect bite. One can see the warmth and love
in her and she is such a lady! You can't keep your hands
in your pocket long for reaching out to pet this loving
little jennet was named after her personality. She entered
this world ready to jump up and run. She has big ears
that barely turn in on the tips which reminds me of
a Pixie. She has not left our side as you can tell from
her pictures. It has been very difficult to photograph
her for that reason. It was very comical watching her
the night she was born because she was so interested
in everything around her. She aggravated the dickens
out of her mother and still does all day long. She is
definitely a heart stopper, in fact, she has already
been sold. What lucky owners!! She will be living in
Leiper's Fork so she won't be far from us. I'm definitely
going to watch this little girl as she matures and,
hopefully, be on the show circuit before she is bred
to our precious Wit's
End Chips Ahoy.
could write a book on this precious little jennet. She
is beautiful and has that cute little dish nose and
she is black with a bit of light on the inside of her
legs and a white star is forming on her little forehead.
She is only a week old in these photos but she is ruling
the pasture. Her conformation is excellent, straight
legs, and perfect bite. Starburst is going to make someone
an excellent addition to their herd. She is another
one that stays right with us when we are out in the
pasture and has already caught the attention of the
rest of the herd. She made sure she did that the first
day she was turned out with them to play. Starburst
is so dark that it is very hard to photograph her so
any of her facial features show. Her eyelashes are black,
her eyeliner is black, and now she is growing some nice
black bangs to cover her face. Trust me...she is a knock