A hugh audience was drawn to the exotic breed sale at Borderway,
Carlisle, when specialist auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington
Limited brought under the hammer a selection of Mediterranean miniature
donkeys from Southern Ireland, Alpacas from local breeders in Cumbria
and a dispersal of Llamas from Aberdeen.
Mediterranean Miniature Donkeys
Breeders and enthusiasts travelled from as far south as Dorset and
Cornwall, to as far north as Aberdeen and across from Northern Ireland.
First to enter the auction ring were the Mediterranean miniature
donkeys from the Red Oak herd based in Gorey, Ireland. This is the
first time in the UK that Mediterranean miniatures have been auctioned
which proved to be a great success with seven lots selling over the
Selling for the top price of this consignment at 4,600gns was Prairie
Brae April Mist an original Canadian imported 33” grey jennet.
She is a daughter of the noted Circle C Bear Essential and her mother
is a daughter of Circle C Desperado. She sold in foal to Old West
Limited Edition, a Canadian Champion, and due for June. Her new home
is in Gloucestershire for Mr R Overthrow of Woodland View, Newent.
One of the stars of the sale sold for the next leading price at
4,200gns. Circle C Annalise is sired by the multiple Canadian prizewinner
Circle C Legend and bred from LN Circle C Anna who is one of the
top jennets at Cooke Livestock. Annalise sold bred to LN Dark Void
for a late June foal, and goes to north east enthusiast, Alder Bradford
of Knitsley Mill, Co.Durham.
Two lots sold for 4,000gns, the first was lot 1 into the sale ring
Cyders Ruby Queen an attractive dark red jennet. Her breeding on
the sires pedigree carries the great Foxworthy line and her mother
is a daughter of the brown Sunset Acres Tuffy jack. Ruby Queen travels
south into Dorset for Mandy Baughan of Crist Church.
Mandy Baughan also secured the second entry to sell for 4,000gns.
Circle C Miss Ellie, a daughter of the 1999 Grand Champion at the
World Miniature Donkey Show MGF Future Link, and bred from a daughter
of the 29” grey dun Desperado sire. Miss Ellie is just turned
3 years old and is ready to breed.
The next consignment to enter the sale ring were the Alpacas from
Alpacas of the Lakes and Lakeland Alpacas who are based local at
Eden Park, Renwick, Penrith.
The top price from this entry were three lots all reaching 1,800gns.
The first lady to enter the ring was Paradise Lady Helen a 7 year
old solid mid brown daughter of Blackmore Vale Rupert. She joins
the Whitestonecliffe Alpacas of MT & JM Fowler-Jones & Ptrs
at Thirsk, N.Yorkshire.
Whitestonecliffe Alpacas also purchased at 1,800gns Paradise Cora
a dark brown female.
The third lot to sell for 1,800gns was Paradise Valantina a fawn
appolosa daughter of Meadowsweet Barnaby. She was purchased by Pauline
Robson of Lanarkshire.
A white female, Larchfield Mavis of Paradise, sold for 1,700gns
and was knocked down to Bruce Kemp of Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, who
also purchased at 1,600gns Paradise Lady Shea a solid black female.
Following the sale of Alpacas was the dispersal of Llamas from the
Rowett herd based at Bucksburn, Aberdeen.
Highlight of the sale was one of the favourites a yearling female
called Toffee. A daughter of the herd sire Khan and bred from Amy,
Toffee sold for 1,100gns to John Irving of Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.
Following at 620gns was Topsy, another yearling female and a daughter
of herd sire Jude and out of Marmalade, she now travels to Cornwall
for Brian and Jane Gray of St.Ives.
Tipsy attracted the next leading price tag at 520gns. Another daughter
of Jude and bred from Lola who had sold earlier, Tipsy also sold
to Brian and Jane Gray of Cornwall.
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