The back bone of any stud, Ecclestone Valley boasts having owned 4 superb 100% AMMD jacks, two imported from New Zealand and our new boy from Texas USA.
We were intending to keep just one jack Clovercrest Satchmo for our herdsire but with him producing such lovely babies in 2015 we decided we needed to bring in another boy to both compliment his babies and to help improve the gene pool in Australia. We found our boy at Quarter Moon Ranch in Texas thanks to Carolyn and Pete Christian. Half Dollar arrived in Australia in February 2016.
With Half Dollar’s impeccable conformation and wonderful disposition we feel Ecclestone Valley’s breeding program will absolutely continue to be enhanced. We intend for Clovercrest Satchmo and Quarter Moon Half Dollar to remain as Ecclestone Valley’s herd sires for many many years to come.

Quarter Moon Half Dollar ( Imp USA)
100% AMMD

D.O.B. 20.12.2008
Color: Dark Brown
Height: 29 1/2″

Sire – Quarter Moon Top Dollar, 30 ½” , Dark Brown
Dam – Quarter Moon American Beauty , 31″ , Dark Brown

Having previously seen and drooled over beautiful foals and superb mature stock from Quarter Moon stud, my first port of call was Carolyn when searching for our new herd shire in the USA. I had lists of QM pending foals plus I had searched for offspring of Quarter Moon Top Dollar elsewhere in the States. When Carolyn offered me Half Dollar (Top Dollar’s son) the decision to say “YES PLEASE” was virtually immediate! Half Dollar is the definition of a top quality herd sire. His conformation is flawless. He has a gorgeous head, full rear, is compact and well rounded and has loads of eye appeal. His legs are perfectly straight and he tracks perfectly.
His pedigree is to die for…… 9 NMDA champions, 4 of which are NMDA National Champion Jacks and Best of Breed winners. Carolyn says “He would have done well in the show ring had Pete and I not hung up our show clothes.” She believes that “Half Dollar, with his conformation and presence, could have gone all the way in the show ring, and perhaps even won NMDA National Champion Jack and Best Of Breed (the very top donkey title in the U.S.) just as did his sire Quarter Moon Top Dollar plus his grandsire Quarter Moon Fistful of Dollars. And to top this- Half Dollar’s foals have been divine proving his worth unconditionally.

On his arrival to Ecclestone Valley we could not have been more delighted. We have found him a true gentleman. He has loads of character, is very gentle, quiet and calm and lovely with his jennies. Naturally we are extremely excited with anticipation to see his Australian offspring on the ground, commencing February 2017.

Many many thanks to Carolyn and Pete for offering me their very special and very much loved boy.

Click HERE to see Half Dollar’s full pedigree

Click HERE for Half Dollar’s journey from Texas!
Click HERE! to see Half Dollar’s arrival at Ecclestone Valley!


half dollar head

Half D




Clovercrest Satchmo
ht 31 1/4″

Sire – Cyder’s Spartacus (Imp USA) ht 30″
Dam – Ass-Pirin Acres Show Baby (Imp USA) ht 31 1/2″

JUNE 2009…. I am so excited to announce the arrival of Satchmo to Ecclestone Valley. We imported him from the renowned Clovercrest Miniature Stud in NZ owned by Marion and Peter vanDijk He has a star studded pedigree tracing back to the original Mediterranean donkeys imported into America on both his parents’ sides. He is a stocky drafty build and is a brilliant dark red – reds and blacks dominate his pedigree. Satchmo stands at 31 1/4 and displays the class and charisma of his father Cyder’s Spartacus who is son of the infamous Lazy Nissen Foxworthy (USA). My sincere gratitude to Marion and Peter for letting us have this magnificent boy.

UPDATE 2014…. Five years with us at Ecclestone Valley and Satchmo is proving his weight in gold. We couldn’t be more happy with every single one of his foals. He is throwing superb conformation fantastic colour and beautiful temperament. A boy to be proud of! We love you Satchmo.

Click HERE to see Satchmo’s complete Pedigree


Satchmo 6 1/2 years old

Satchmo 6 1/2 years old

Chateau’s Texas Ambassador MB (SOLD)

Sire – Country Music’s Marty Brown (Imp USA) ht 29″
Dam – Chateau’s Adorable Dewdrop 31 1/2″

Ambassador was imported from NZ to Ecclestone Valley In March 2008. He has a beautiful laid back and friendly nature and is a lovely classic grey dun with nice red colouring in his head. He is full brother to Chateau’s Texas Premiere- multi champion in New Zealand. His lines are invaluable to the Miniature Mediterranean gene pool being the only son of Country Music’s Marty Brown (Imp USA) in Australia. Many thanks to Maisie and Jack Hurst of Chateau’s Miniatures in New Zealand.












Joy’s Rock Of Jasper * (Sold) *
ht 30 1/4″

Sire – Chateau’s Country Casanova (Imp NZ ) ht 30″
Dam – Taranganba Lil Bit of Honey ht 32″

Jasper is a stunning little light sorrel jack. He stands at just under 30” at 2 years. Jasper gave us 4 stunning little foals in 2010. His sale was regrettable but necessary with our 2 new jacks imported from New Zealand.

Thanks to Joan Young of Joy’s Miniature Donkeys for breeding this lovely boy and congratulations to Ashington Park for now owning him.