The World’s Tallest Donkey!

Meet Romulus and his “Little” brother Remus at the Fair!

When Phil Yellott and his wife, Cara, of Red Oak, Texas, decided to get a couple of donkeys to use as guard animals to protect their livestock, they had no idea that within a year, they would be recognized worldwide. They began their search, and soon came across a pair of rare American Mammoth Jackstock geldings for sale on Craigslist – two brothers, ages 7 and 9. Everyone knows they grow ‘em big in Texas, and though skinny and underfed, these were truly some Texas-sized donkeys.

Phil and Cara bought the pair, naming them Romulus and Remus after the twin brothers central to the foundation myth of Rome. They quickly found the brothers to be very close – Phil and Cara say it’s like having one giant 8-legged donkey. They began working to get Romulus and Remus socialized and back to full health.

After contacting the American Donkey and Mule Society (ADMS) to inquire about their registration, the Yellotts learned that their new guard donkeys weren’t just big, but Romulus, the older and taller of the two, could actually be a contender for the world’s tallest donkey! The current record holder was named Oklahoma Sam, who stood 15.3 hands at the withers, and the Yellotts were pretty sure Romulus and Remus were both taller than that. On February 8, 2013, Dr. Valerie Jaffe, D.V.M, visited their home stable, 4C Stables in Waxahatchie, Texas, to take official measurements for the Guinness Book of World Records.

Romulus measured 17 hands at the withers – 5 feet, 8 inches at the top of the shoulder – a full five inches taller than Oklahoma Sam, and Remus was just two inches shorter than his big brother! On May 13, 2013, Romulus was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest donkey.

You can meet Romulus and Remus in person at the 2015 Midwest Horse Fair - and don't forget your cameras!

To learn more about Romulus and Remus, you can visit their website!

Who's Coming?

John AdametzA to Z Percherons & Official Farrier of the 2015 Midwest Horse Fair

Ray AinsworthEquine Teacher

Steven Allday, DVMFounder of Halstrum, LLC, makers of LubriSyn

Jim AndersonExtreme Cowboy Competitor & Clinician

Jessica BlairTrick Riding

Mickie BowenDriving Instructor & Clinician

Hoyt Cheramie, DVM, MSLarge Animal Veterinary Professional Services Manager

Julie CyraSaddle Fitter

David DellinWestern Pleasure Clinician & Judge

Jerry DiazSuperior Horseman and Roper

Al DunningHorsemanship Expert

Jerry EricksonHunter Over Fences & Under Saddle Trainer

Jonathan FieldNatural Horsemanship

Larry GarnerSpalding Fly Predators

Julie GoodnightHorse Master

John HarrisonPRCA Barrelman

Irongate Equine ClinicEquine Veterinary Specialists

Dan JamesDouble Dan Horsemanship

Ginger KathrensEmmy Award Winning Filmmaker

Keith KesickMartial Arts Instructor

Jennifer KotyloCertified Equilates Instructor

Gayle LampeSaddleseat Equitation Clinician

Twain LockhartNutrena Poultry Specialist

Lodi Veterinary CareOfficial Veterinarian of the 2015 Midwest Horse Fair

Madison MacDonaldTrick Riding

Krishona Martinson, MS, PhDEquine Extension Specialist

Jim MastersonMasterson Method Creator

Matt McLaughlinDressage Expert & Professional Trainer

Mill Creek Hunt ClubFoxhunting Tradition Lives On

Joe MonroeEquine Nutrition Consultant

Bryan NeubertCowboss & Experienced Horseman

Pat ParelliParelli Natural Horsemanship

John PayneOne Arm Bandit

Kelly PayneProfessional Animal Scientist

Molly PowellMillion Dollar Cowgirl

Aaron RalstonReining Expert & Professional Trainer

Ryan RoseParelli Professional

Brooke SheridanThe Clipper Girl

Dan SteersDouble Dan Horsemanship

Bernie TraurigHunter/Jumper Equestrian Coach

Lance TreptowAQHA Champion & Showmanship Clinician

Larry WhitesellGaited Clinician

Wisconsin Equine ClinicEquine Health & Wellness