I have been a donkey fan ever since the first time I read Brighty of the Grand Canyon. Not surprisingly, there are a number of model donkeys in my collection. The oldest are Breyer's Brighty and his longtime sidekick, Ichabod. I've owned this pair for more than thirty years!
Bitsy Brayer is a North Light donkey foal...
and Hattie is a Hagen Renaker donkey foal. I think both of these babies need mamas!
Bitesize is a customized Breyer companion donkey. He was one of my favorite performance models when I returned to live showing. Unfortunately, time has not been kind. You can't see it in this photo, but he has a fair amount of paint damage and really needs a new coat of paint.Moving on to resins, this is Gimme S'more. He is a Sarah Minkiewicz Breunig Brownie resin and one of my most successful show models. He won a Top Ten for his first owner at NAN 2009 and was Reserve National Champion for me in 2011.
This pretty jenny is a Michelle Belisle-Locke Cricket resin that was also painted by Michelle. Her name is MN Bonnie.
Last--and perhaps least--is this stripped and slightly customized HA Jonathan resin by Renate Van Der Graaff. He's been hanging out on my nekkid resin shelf for years. Maybe someday he'll actually get finished...
I would love to adopt a donkey from the Longhopes Donkey Shelter someday, but until that's possible, I'll have to be content with the plastic, resin and china donkeys on my shelf.