Little donkey, big success

Arranbrook Bedazzled Faberge with John  Rae
Arranbrook Bedazzled Faberge with John Rae

A miniature Mediterranean donkey from north Northumberland has been crowned the best female donkey in the country.

Arranbrook Bedazzled Faberge, owned by John and Lorraine Rae, from Bamburgh, was the highest-placed female donkey in the national Donkey Breed Society’s in-hand showing points award for 2014.

Lorraine said: “We are absolutely thrilled at how well Faberge has done this season.

“She is a dream of a donkey to show and the portfolio of wins she is accumulating will hopefully be an impressive background when she goes into foal.”

Faberge’s national points win has been the icing on the cake following an outstanding season for the Rae donkey showing team.

Taking the Reserve British Mare In-Hand Champion Donkey title at the Donkey Breed Society Supreme Championship Show, Faberge was Reserve Champion Donkey at the Border Union Show this summer.

She also won the Female Championship at the UK’s Miniature Mediterranean Donkey Association 2014 Showing Points Championship, where points are awarded at shows throughout the year.

Faberge was bred in Yorkshire and her dam, country music’s Dixie Nolan, was bred in the USA and brought into the UK by a Yorkshire breeder.