I truly believe to appreciate and understand the Miniature Donkey of today, you need to look at the roots. Let me introduce Cobra’s Golden Anne. Annie was born on 8/21/91, therfore, she turned 20 years old last August. She came from JT Smith’s Cobra herd in Oklahoma and was used in his breeding program. JT Smith stopped selling Miniature Donkeys to outside parties over 10 years ago. Therefore, offspring from his core breeding program have not been available for years. I have been able to trace 8 foals produced by Annie. Likely there are more. I own one of her foals, Cobra’s Anastasia, who is gorgeous and produced one jack foal for me (Legendary’s Tom Dooley) who was 100% herdsire quality, but sold as a gelding to a fabulous home. One daughter, Cobra’s Margarita (Cobra’s Red Man X Annie) resides at Lil Graceland Miniatures Donkey in Texas and has produced exceptional offspring. Her grandson is a herdsire at Lil Graceland. When Annie was bred to Cobra’s Arthur II, she produced a jack seen in many pedigrees, Lil’ Half Pints Lil’ Abner. I sold one really beautiful Annie daughter, Cobra’s Tracy to a farm in Tennessee (not active in showing).
Despite being a brood jennet, Annie is stunning today at 20 years of age. Last year, I halter broke her (yes, she was not halter broke) and she won Reserve Grand Champion in Halter at The Celebration, Shelbyville, TN. She won and placed in several other halter classes at shows in 2011. She initially enjoyed her show experience, but prefers staying at home. Therfore, I don’t have plans to continue showing her unless there is an exhibition event. Her father is Cobra’s Arthur (30″ graydun) who was the primary herdsire at Cobras for years. Her accomplishments have been amazing and she sure looks great!