January 31, 2013

Meet the Gypsies


When I was a little girl, I watched The Lone Ranger every night at 5:00 without fail.

It wasn't just because the coolness factor of The Ranger and Tonto was off the charts, it was because of Tonto's horse, Scout. I was completely captivated by that gorgeous paint coloring and the way his long white mane and tail would fly when he ran. Sigh. Little Girl Heaven for 30 minutes..

Now imagine that beautiful paint horse coloring on a bigger body. Add a chiseled and refined head, large eyes, calm and gentle personality, a big broad chest and 'apple butt' and strong muscled legs with long 'feathers' that completely cover the hooves and a mane and tail so long that they drag the ground...

Is it My Little Pony meets Pegasus with a little Walt Disney thrown in there? Nope. That's a Gypsy Vanner.

What's a Gypsy Vanner?


This unbelievable breed originated about 100 years ago in England and Ireland. They were bred to not only be hard working draft animals to pull their vans, but also colorful living advertising for the wares sold by the Gypsy families.

The details of their origins and bloodlines of the Gypsy Vanners are kind of fuzzy though. The horses' bloodlines were kept strictly secret and only handed down verbally from generation to generation. It wasn't until 1996 that the first registered Gypsy Vanner horses came to the United States. But boy howdy, have they made an BIG impression, especially in Texas.

'Dragon Fire' - GypsyMVP.com - Katy, Tx

Gypsy Invasion: Fort Worth Style

Want to see Pegasus fly for yourself? Want to see just how many colors a Gypsy Vanner comes in? Then get yer boots on and saddle up for this this weekend at the Stock Show.

The Gypsy Horse Registry of America classes will be competing Friday and Saturday at 4 pm and at 8 am on Sunday in the Justin Arena. See them compete under saddle in both English and Western, Pleasure Driving, Trail and Halter or just go wander through the new barns and see the sheer breathtaking beauty of this magical breed up close.

Just be warned, you're going to fall in looooove and never be able to look at another horse the same way again.

St. Clarins under saddle - Cielo Celeste Farm

St Clarins

CiCis Duke of Earl - Aunique Ranch

Red and White Stallion

Mare and Foal

White Stallion


SplendorVendor said...

I need to move to the country so I can have one, or two, or... So beautiful! Thank you for this great post!!!

Craftypants in Chief @Bespangled Jewelry said...

Oh my goodness, such beautiful horses!!! Just lovely. Thanks for sharing your horsey knowledge :)