Donkey Meadows

Donkey Meadows Donkey Meadows is a small farm that uses American Mammoth Jackstock for trail riding, summer camps, Birthday parties and educational activities.

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WOW! What a day! Thank you to everyone who came out to Donkey Meadows for Christmas with the Donkeys. We had an incredib...
12/09/2021

WOW! What a day! Thank you to everyone who came out to Donkey Meadows for Christmas with the Donkeys. We had an incredible turn out, so many happy people and lots of children to see Santa and the donkeys. Donkey Meadows has now been completely approved by the IRS as a non profit organization. I am so grateful for all the support and volunteers and am excited to see the impact we can make towards preserving the American Mammoth Jackstock in the new year! May God Bless you and your families this holiday season. Merry Christmas from Donkey Meadows, Audrey Cadle, and all the donkeys!

Don’t forget “Christmas with the Donkeys” THIS Saturday, December 4th! We have many great gifts too for the donkey lover...
12/01/2021

Don’t forget “Christmas with the Donkeys” THIS Saturday, December 4th!

We have many great gifts too for the donkey lover in your life! Check out our shop at donkeymeadows.org to see all we offer!

See you Saturday!

Here we go again!! Come start the season with the American Mammoth Jackstock at Donkey Meadows!!
11/15/2021

Here we go again!! Come start the season with the American Mammoth Jackstock at Donkey Meadows!!

Here we go again!! Come start the season with the American Mammoth Jackstock at Donkey Meadows!!

I love hay day! Everyone is so happy!!
11/06/2021

I love hay day! Everyone is so happy!!

A few more great pics of kids and donkeys!!
10/26/2021

A few more great pics of kids and donkeys!!

October 16 and 17 Donkey Meadows had our first “open” event since 2019! We were also introducing the new path we are tak...
10/26/2021

October 16 and 17 Donkey Meadows had our first “open” event since 2019! We were also introducing the new path we are taking as a Preservation Farm. My passion and love for the American Mammoth Jackstock has led me to do as much as I can for the endangered breed by introducing my new program “Preservation By Education “. My goal is to reach and teach as many people as I can and give them an incredible donkey experience while educating them all about the AMJ. I am also starting back up my Kid’s Donkey Club in November and already have many children ready to learn about and work with the donkeys! I am halfway through the nonprofit procedure and am looking forward to that completion. I love what I do and thank all of you who are already supporting my purpose and those who join me in the future!

Thank you @bossjr’sbbq for coming to Donkey Meadows Farm tour event today! Don’t miss out!
10/16/2021

Thank you @bossjr’sbbq for coming to Donkey Meadows Farm tour event today! Don’t miss out!

Thank you @bossjr’sbbq for coming to Donkey Meadows Farm tour event today! Don’t miss out!

DONKEY MEADOWS FALL FARM TOUR!! LOTS OF DONKEYS AND LOTS OF FUN!! DON’T MISS OUT!
10/08/2021

DONKEY MEADOWS FALL FARM TOUR!! LOTS OF DONKEYS AND LOTS OF FUN!! DON’T MISS OUT!

DONKEY MEADOWS FALL FARM TOUR!! LOTS OF DONKEYS AND LOTS OF FUN!! DON’T MISS OUT!

Meet my two new boys! Both are 3 and gelded and a lot of fun! Floki and Opie say, “Howdy y’all!”
10/05/2021

Meet my two new boys! Both are 3 and gelded and a lot of fun! Floki and Opie say, “Howdy y’all!”

Meet my two new boys! Both are 3 and gelded and a lot of fun! Floki and Opie say, “Howdy y’all!”

Timeline Photos
09/30/2021

Timeline Photos

Mary Ellen Nicholas was a Lifetime Member of The Livestock Conservancy and widely respected as a Master Breeder of American Mammoth Jack donkeys.

“She will always stand out to me as a staunch supporter of the important work of livestock conservation,” said D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, Ph.D, The Livestock Conservancy's Technical Advisor.

Mary Ellen worked with The Livestock Conservancy for more than 15 years, including serving on our board of directors. When she passed away in December, her brother Peter Vanderhoof, left, generously encouraged memorial gifts to be made to The Livestock Conservancy in her honor.

In May, Peter met Audrey and Mike Cadle at the Heritage Breeds Stamp event at Mt. Vernon. The Cadles raise American Mammoth Jacks at their Donkey Meadows Farm in Virginia, and they purchased animals from Mary Ellen when she had to close her farm a few years ago.

If you’d like information about making a memorial or estate gift, email Development Director Karena Elliott at [email protected].

We love honoring the Master Breeders like Mary Ellen and devoted livestock stewards like the Cadles who have protected these animals for generations.

Tune in at 2:00 EST today to talk donkey!😍
09/28/2021

Tune in at 2:00 EST today to talk donkey!😍

Ready to learn more about the critically-endangered American Mammoth Jackstock donkey with breeder Audrey Cadle? Join us at 2 pm EST for a Donkey Chat Facebook Live!

In December 2006, Audrey, husband Mike, and their three children moved to Purcellville, Virginia, motivated by her interest in owning American Mammoth Jackstock donkeys. They found a lovely home with some land and a nice barn ready to be occupied. They brought Gus and Hoss home in February 2007. A short year and a half later they were on their way back to Tennessee to pick up 3 pregnant jennies and a foal.

Audrey read and researched anything and everything she could about the breed. She wanted to spread the history and versatility of them as far as possible. She worked with the donkeys, made plenty of mistakes, learned from those mistakes, then researched and retrained those lessons correctly.
Audrey has done a little breeding, a little selling, and training with her donkeys and a few others. She also trained new human donkey-owners on the care, handling, discipline, feed, and exercise for their animals. She's helped prepare barns and pastures for new donkey-owners as well as searched for and found the right donkeys for clients.

Audrey also started a 4-H donkey club in Loudoun County. After two years, she decided the kids would be better served by with the donkey club at her farm. The children learned how to care for, groom, handle the donkeys as well as teach them to navigate obstacle courses and to learn to have patience with the donkeys.

Now, 15 years after getting her first Mammoths, Audrey is focusing on saving the American Mammoth Jackstock. She is working to achieve 501(c)(3) status at her farm, Donkey Meadows, so she can do more to preserve the breed. She is constantly educating people and providing a true experience of what it is like to love a mammoth donkey. She calls it “Preservation by Education.”

On Monday, we had the pleasure of taking two of our mammoths to Mt. Vernon for the celebration of the new Forever stamp ...
05/19/2021

On Monday, we had the pleasure of taking two of our mammoths to Mt. Vernon for the celebration of the new Forever stamp featuring Heritage Breeds! What an honor and joy it was to be a part of this great day. Thanks you, to The Livestock Conservancy and Jeanette Beranger for all your hard work!

Merry Christmas y’all!!
12/15/2020

Merry Christmas y’all!!

06/04/2020

Life at Donkey Meadows!

04/25/2020

Hoss snuggled up to Kayla, but then ....

02/26/2020

Hey donkey folks, I need some help. I’m looking for a Mammoth Jack to breed to 2 of my Mammoth Jennets. I’m in Northern Va., hoping to find one within 5 hours of Washington, DC. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!

Here’s to another great farm tour weekend! A big thank you to all who made it out to visit the donkeys!
05/29/2019

Here’s to another great farm tour weekend! A big thank you to all who made it out to visit the donkeys!

Photos from Donkey Meadows's post
04/14/2019

Photos from Donkey Meadows's post

Photos from Donkey Meadows's post
04/14/2019

Photos from Donkey Meadows's post

04/14/2019

Praise the Lord !! What a beautiful celebration of our Lord at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Centreville, Va. Thank you for having Donkey Meadows and “Hoss” along to help!

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03/21/2018

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10/05/2017

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September 9th was another beautiful day at Donkey Meadows as Traci and Carlos Infante and their family celebrated their daughter, Gracie's 1st birthday! What a great time everyone had! Including the donkeys, the mule and the pig, Ziggy. Traci put together a most beautiful spread of food and drinks for her guests and it was an honor to host this joyous day for them at Donkey Meadows. Am already excited for Gracie's 2nd birthday! Thank you again to the Infante family for choosing Donkey Meadows for your sweet one's special day!

September 9th was another beautiful day at Donkey Meadows as Traci and Carlos Infante and their family celebrated their ...
10/05/2017

September 9th was another beautiful day at Donkey Meadows as Traci and Carlos Infante and their family celebrated their daughter, Gracie's 1st birthday! What a great time everyone had! Including the donkeys, the mule and the pig, Ziggy. Traci put together a most beautiful spread of food and drinks for her guests and it was an honor to host this joyous day for them at Donkey Meadows. Am already excited for Gracie's 2nd birthday! Thank you again to the Infante family for choosing Donkey Meadows for your sweet one's special day!

09/29/2017
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It was another beautiful, fun-filled day at Donkey Meadows, Saturday the 26th. Alyssa turned 5 and wanted to celebrate w...
08/28/2017

It was another beautiful, fun-filled day at Donkey Meadows, Saturday the 26th. Alyssa turned 5 and wanted to celebrate with the donkeys again. This time was a Hawaiian theme. She really wanted the donkeys to wear grass skirts! I told her I would do my best, but no promises. Shame on me!! The donkeys wore not only the grass skirts, but leis and the girls put up with the scratchy floral headpieces. Poor Hoss had to wear a grass skirt too because I couldn't figure out how to safely design a loin strap! LOL!! Anyway, the donkeys were ridden, the pool was swam in, the piñata was plucked and fun was had by all! Happy 5th Birthday, sweet Alyssa!

Joe and I would like to invite all in the surrounding area of our farm to come visit us this weekend for the Loudoun Cou...
05/16/2017

Joe and I would like to invite all in the surrounding area of our farm to come visit us this weekend for the Loudoun County Farm Tour. The date is May 20 & 21, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am - 4:00pm. There will be donkey rides on the Mammoth donkeys, miniature donkeys showing off their jumping skills, and 2 new additions to my farm that are sure to delight all! There will also be a souvenir craft for the children for a small fee. I guarantee you will not regret making time to visit us during your day! Can't wait to see you all!

The address is :
Donkey Meadows
38077 Hughesville RD
Purcellville, VA 20132
www.donkeymeadows.com

Donkey Meadows
01/23/2017

Donkey Meadows

Blue Ridge Bible Church wanted a donkey to carry "Mary" into the church for their Christmas Eve service. We had just the donkey, so we thought! Haha, nothing ever goes as planned with animals. Hoss, the black donkey is usually Mr. Confident and Gus, the white donkey is usually more shy. However, in this case Gus was very interested in going in the church. Practice was Thursday and the boys did great. Then came the real deal... Live music, dark building, lots of people all over the place and the boys weren't so excited about walking to the front of the sanctuary. All in all they did an ok job. I just hope the congregation was blessed in some way by the presence of one of God's most amazing animals, the donkey! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas!

Blue Ridge Bible Church wanted a donkey to carry "Mary" into the church for their Christmas Eve service. We had just the...
01/20/2017

Blue Ridge Bible Church wanted a donkey to carry "Mary" into the church for their Christmas Eve service. We had just the donkey, so we thought! Haha, nothing ever goes as planned with animals. Hoss, the black donkey is usually Mr. Confident and Gus, the white donkey is usually more shy. However, in this case Gus was very interested in going in the church. Practice was Thursday and the boys did great. Then came the real deal... Live music, dark building, lots of people all over the place and the boys weren't so excited about walking to the front of the sanctuary. All in all they did an ok job. I just hope the congregation was blessed in some way by the presence of one of God's most amazing animals, the donkey! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas!

Still catching up with my posts. Donkey Meadows in the Purcellville, VA Christmas parade. With Natalie Mancini riding ou...
01/20/2017

Still catching up with my posts. Donkey Meadows in the Purcellville, VA Christmas parade. With Natalie Mancini riding our new mule, Joe!

So, a week before Thanksgiving I brought home 2 new family members. A friend of mine called me a couple weeks before and...
12/22/2016

So, a week before Thanksgiving I brought home 2 new family members. A friend of mine called me a couple weeks before and pleaded with me to please take in this little donkey and her mule friend for they needed a home since their owners were transferred back to California and couldn't take them. I told her I would think about it. Well, fast forward a few weeks and now I own not just a mule, but a DRAFT mule, a standard donkey and 4 mammoth donkeys. Not to mention the 2 miniature beef steers, 3 pot bellied pigs and few chickens. Anyway, no regrets here. Joe and Julie have wormed their way into our hearts and are loved and accepted as part of the herd. Thank God for my daughter, Kayla, who is a big help and who Julie has claimed for her own. We have once again been blessed by the gift of an animal or in this case animals. Welcome to Donkey Meadows Joe and Julie, your new forever home!

We had beautiful weather for the Fall Farm Tour last weekend! Thank goodness. Donkey Meadows had somewhere close to 600 ...
10/20/2016

We had beautiful weather for the Fall Farm Tour last weekend! Thank goodness. Donkey Meadows had somewhere close to 600 visitors over the two days combined. We all worked our tails off! Of course, the donkeys were wonderful! I so enjoy talking to all the visitors about the donkeys and answering the many questions. Most folks have never seen a Mammoth donkey before much less ridden one. We have been opening our farm for the Loudoun County Farm Tours now for almost 8 years and this year was the first year that the adult riders just about matched the children riders! I have been inviting the adults for years to ride without many takers, but this year was different!
I can't say enough about my wonderful donkeys, they worked all day both days without a complaint. I wasn't quite sure how my 2 jennies were going to do since this was their first real farm tour. (It rained all day at the spring farm tour) My jennies were very close to Ian, the donkey I lost to cancer in August. Usually, whatever Ian did, they did. I was a bit nervous and missing Ian. However, just like a donkey, the girls picked right up and did their part. They were even better on Sunday than Saturday. I was so proud of them. This year we also had some special needs riders. Those donkeys stood rock solid until that rider was safely on their back and told to walk. I know they knew they were carrying someone extra special. This is another quality I love so much about the donkey. Their intelligence and compassion and loyalty speak so loud. My heart was warmed by the reaction of those special riders, I will be blessed by that for a very long time!
Lastly, a great big THANK YOU to all of you who stopped by and visited the donkeys! We look forward to meeting with you again soon!

DONKEY MEADOWSAUDREY CADLEPURCELLVILLE, VA
10/20/2016

DONKEY MEADOWS
AUDREY CADLE
PURCELLVILLE, VA

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37352 Wineberry Ln
Purcellville, VA
20132

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 8pm
Sunday 9am - 7pm

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(703) 901-1715

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Thank you for all the help, Audrey!
My boys had an amazing time meeting all of your animals and riding your mammoth donkeys at the Loudoun County Farm Tour. We loved Samson, Junior and of course your grape eating pig. Thank you for the fun memories.
Audrey, thank you for a lovely visit today. We are looking forward to coming back and trail riding. Posted our visit on our FB page, and hope it'll spark more interest. We are new donkey fans! Jeff and Jan Watson