She is the administrator of the Mini Gypsy Horse Facebook Group . In fact, she believed ponies were used in the creation of the Gypsy Vanner themselves, since you can often find ones in the pony height range (under 14.2hh). Mr. David Bryan built our wagon from scratch while his wife Kristine and their granddaughter Emma painted the wagon with scenes of our own horses. Like me, she fell in love instantly: “In 2006 I went to visit Dennis Thompson [in Florida] and fell in love with the breed completely, upon meeting his mare Shampoo Girl, as well as the Gypsy King. cross-shire, with a touch of Clydesdale. However, the next generation you need to find a stallion definitely within the same size range as the mare that is half Gypsy Cob because the risk is there where she carries a large growth gene. It was at a fair and I was there for an entirely different reason, to check out the miniature horse show because I had just bought a mini mare and was interested in learning about driving. …, Extremely flashy black half gypsy filly! WillowWind Stable The process of creating 15 hand heavy cob with a small head and ear, feather, … This may be hard for mini breeders and owners, who have been dutifully breeding for the 30 inch, “Arabian” type for the show ring. It takes time and careful breeding. WillowWind Stable has dedicated this caravan to The Bryans and their history. Image source: CC BY 2.5. I also have six part-gypsy mares to work with that I’m very proud of.”, Bellbotoom July Sparkler (Sparky), son of Wyatt, purebred Gypsy Cob and AMHR (miniature horse) mare – he is 35 inces. Today, there are a handful of very beautiful small Gypsies that are the future of the Miniature Gypsy Horse breed. I thought I was the only crazy person to think about a miniature Gypsy. Temperament is everything in the end! Now 10hh. I dreamed of owning and riding a Clydesdale more than anything. Image source: Melanie Block. It was love at first sight. Gypsy Vanners,Gypsy Vanner/Cob Stallion Lake Ridge British Sterlings progeny from Gypsy mares and other approved crosses.Draft cross and Warmblood Cross, Friesian, and Sport horse. When she joined Facebook and created her group, she was able to connect with these other enthusiasts.. And, even more notable, is the famous Galway Boy, whom Joseph Delaney of Ireland just sold to Christine Cantrill of Australia. Wyatt, Oregon, 11.3hh. According the to the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association in the United Kingdom, the breed in the UK is divided into several size divisions: In this case, they have a category already in place for small ponies, though originally they were closer to 12.2h and above – people weren’t thinking of a miniature horse. For her, it started with kid’s ponies. I dreamed of owning and riding a Clydesdale more than anything. The biggest issue here is foal size. The Road Less Travelled: Discovering Britain and Ireland... 13 Normal Objects Spooky Horses Are Irrationally Afraid... 9 Ways To Incorporate Horses Into Your Wedding, 20 Adorable Pictures Of Foals You’ll Love, New Research Shows Horses Don’t Run Faster When They’re Whipped, Trees and Shrubs You Don’t Want In Your Horse Pasture. Here is the fascinating information that they uncovered. The caravan was their life’s work and they of course took great pride in their work. I grew up an admirer of the draft breeds. Up to 15hh big, powerful Cobs used for pulling the living wagons and heavier loads, Over 15hh Cobs with more Shire/Clydesdale blood used for heavy loads and agricultural work, The Trotter Cobs usually crossed with standard bred horses, used for road racing in Sulky traps or sulkies. My search continued, always looking for pony size stock. Family. Payments ok …, Gypsy/Arabian Stud colt--GypsyArabian Weanling Filly …, Big beautiful Half Gypsy mare. SOLD HERE: For Sale • May Trade . Her farm started that year as Bohemian Gypsy Cob Ponies. and he is the epitome of a Gypsy Vanner in looks. She wanted “good old-fashioned ponies” for her kids and just couldn’t find them. She was kind enough to answer some questions, as well as provide pictures of some of the stock that is being bred (because, let’s face it, you all want to see them, too!). So size is very much a consideration when it comes to breeding. Each caravan was unique to the family. Image source: Melanie Block. Image source: Melanie Block. Charlotte, MI If you don’t have the gentle quiet temperament you will not have a Gypsy Cob, in my opinion.”, Bellbotoom July Sparkler (Sparky) as a foal. This, of course, helps breeders now looking for smaller horses, as they sometimes occur naturally. Very few people on the internet were talking about developing small Gypsy ponies – except I did find Pamela Renfro Dickey in Pennsylvania who has the wonderful Toymakker stallion. Then I learned of the Gypsy Vanner – perhaps, in my opinion, the most stunning horse breed in the world – and one of the smaller “draft” horses. In the United States, The American Miniature Horse Registry has miniature horses in two height divisions: A) horse up to 34 inches, and B) horse between 34 – 38 inches. 5191 N Chester Rd The nice thing is that every year that passes we will have more small stallions available to use.”. The Travellers horse is exquisite all on its own. A Breed In The Making: The Miniature Gypsy Horse. 10hh. 2019 Gypsy Vanner cross double registered … Horse ID: 2154101 • Photo Added/Renewed: 27-Aug-2020 1PM. © Copyright 2017 WillowWind Stables, All rights reserved. The process of creating 15 hand heavy cob with a small head and ear, feather, and heavy bone took many decades of skillful breeding. The picture of the Tom Dooley Horse in UK turned up about that time as well, a black very heavy feathered pony that has been an inspiration to me.”, Toymakker Pamela Renfro Dickey, Pennsylvania. At this time, I am re-focusing my program and using my own good small stallions that I have produced, with six purebred Gypsies, unrelated mares in the 50” range. They used exceptional smaller stallions, such as the Dooley Horse on wagon mares 14 hand range and over. Image source: Christine Cantrill, Owner, Galway Boy Image source: Christine Cantrill, Owner, Look at the feather on Galway Boy! That’s when she stumbled upon the Gypsy. This is what makes this wagon a caravan. “The neat thing about the Mini Gypsy is that, for many years anyway, there will be a range of sizes available for whatever beautiful, kind and usable work pony people want to have, ranging from in general 13 hands and under.”, Bellbottom Tuppenny 3/4 Gypsy . Dream Horse Classifieds, LLC Then I learned of the Gypsy Vanner – perhaps, in my opinion, the most stunning horse breed in the world – and one of the smaller “draft” horses. Late 2015, we were blessed with the opportunity to have our very own caravan made by a true Traveller, of whom himself was born in a caravan in Wales. Lineage is often hard to trace. She wants the resulting offspring to be small, but still look like a Cob and have the heavy feathering that is the Gypsy’s signature trait. The history of the breed also includes the history of the people. This caravan has brought two families together. The caravan, much like the horse, was a priceless piece of art that was taken care of with love. The mare genetics should not allow large fetal growth in the cross and they seldom have any increased risks in birthing. Block began to learn, as I have, that she was not alone in the idea of a Miniature Gypsy. During the off season, winter usually, the husband would whittle and paint away to make the wagon more detailed, intricate, personal, and more colorful. Must see! You also want to use a mare that has Cob-like traits: “For breed type, focus on what makes a Cob “a Cob”:  heavy bone, stout and strong with large joints and steady disposition. She became aware that in the United Kingdom and Ireland, many farms were producing feathered, pony-sized stock. MUST SEE …, SOLD - Buckskin Pinto Gypsy/Quarter Horse cross Mare …, Need beefy and calm for therapeutic riding …, Gypsy Morgan Horse Cross Mare SIF to Registered Gypsy …, Christmas Special 10-20% off!! Imagine my surprise when I went home and googled “miniature Gypsy Horse” just for fun, and found that there is a fairly large group of people who have been working on developing this very breed for years now! The Traveller people would cross heavy pony breeds with the Shire and or Clydesdale. Block explains how she is breeding down, while maintaining the Gypsy blood: “I did start my own breeding program to create a mini gypsy at that time with Lex and three yard-tall AMHR miniature horse mares. The typical Miniature Horse for the show ring is too refined for breeding to a Gypsy, of any size, unless the mini is the stud.

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