It's all in the family......
The interest in and pursuit of breeding the finest runs deep in the blood of the Vander Wekkens, 6 generations strong to be exact! At the helm of today's breeding operation is Marilyn. She has her Father's good eye and adheres only to a standard of excellence. Her honest straight forward approach has earned her a reputation of fairness and sincerity in the horse industry. The Vander Wekkens have a number of multiple purchase / repeat buyers for these very reasons.
For 26+ years Marana Farms bred the versatile Morgan Horse, shipping all across North America and overseas. Their Morgan program has had many firsts in the breed including the exotic, rare and often only coat colors of grey perlino, homozygous dun, dunskin and grey dunskin. The farm still owns one of their superior bred mares.
In 2007, Marana Farms purchased their first miniature horses. 13 years later, the farm has set their sights on producing A/R dun overos with a 32 inch height preference. Marana Farms' miniature horses are registered under the Wildberry prefix.
Wildberry Miniatures can be found across Canada and have been exported to the USA. Wildberry Miniatures strives to keep their program current by studying breed journals and importing quality breeding show stock. A few of their miniatures have become celebrity stars while others are owned by high profile people.
No miniature breeding program is complete without miniature donkeys! In 2013, the Vander Wekkens purchased two bred jennets followed by a quality red show jack imported from California, USA. Born was Kickass Miniature Donkeys. The Vander Wekkens have also exported their donkeys and recently imported a rare tyger spotted (with red gene) jack from Ohio, USA.
Wildberry and Kickass are registered prefixes with AMHA, AMHR and CDMA and memberships to all three associations are kept current.