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Volume Thirteen - Issue Eleven
July 2009
The versatile gypsy horses - they really do it all!
Article by Marilyn E. Short, Photos by Linda Brown
For generations subsist on whatever grazing
ciplines in the U.S. They are fort in World War II. A loudly
the Gypsies, the Romani, might be available around the
fearless and have great endur- colored horse is less desirable
nomadic people of England evening’s campsite.
ance for trail riding. They in the war thereby diminished
and Ireland, have kept a great If you were to de-
will go through water, over the possibility of them being
secret. They maintained scribe the “perfect horse” it
bridges, and care for their confiscated.
their wandering way of life might start with striking looks.
rider without hesitation. They While most Gyp-
by traveling the roads in These horses with their LONG
love the challenges of ranch sy people could not read or
extremely ornate wagons flowing manes and tails and
work including cutting, roping, write, some lines of the breed
known as vardos. In order abundant feather from the knee
reining, and general cow work. and their ancestry were well
to make this lifestyle work, down are showstoppers. They
The Gypsy Horses are amazing known and verbally passed
they created an extraordinary are typically 14 to 15 hands
show horses excelling in West- down through generations.
breed of horse known to us tall making them a comfortable
ern Pleasure, English Pleasure, The registration of these great
as GYPSY HORSES. These easy height. And yet pound
Obstacle Classes, and are some horses begins in the U.S. with
horses have been referred to for pound you won’t find a
of the flashiest halter horses the Gypsy Horse Registry of
by other names such as Gypsy stronger breed. Their looks
ever seen. As an indication of America, Inc. in Springtown,
Cobs, Irish Cobs, Travelers stop people in their tracks, but
their versatility, the California Texas documenting this heri-
Horses, and Gypsy Vanners. it is their temperament that
State Champion Barrel Racer tage through DNA. The explo-
All are the same breed and cannot be duplicated in another
in 2008 was a Gypsy Horse. At sive growth of this breed keeps
GYPSY HORSE is the correct breed. They are naturally calm,
the other end of the spectrum, the registry hopping. And, in
name. This breed had to gentle, and cooperative. They
they are amazing Dressage and 2009 the GHRA Gypsy Horses
have great endurance and have great minds, learn each
jumping horses. were invited to participate in
strength to pull the wagons new discipline quickly and are
The most prominent the Fort Worth Stock Show
across the countryside and cooperative and happy to do
and easily recognized look of and parade. The aisles were
yet have a completely calm whatever is asked.
these horses is black and white packed with spectators asking
and cooperative temperament Although the Gypsy
pintos, but they come in a vari- questions and taking pictures.
as the master could ill afford people primarily drove their
ety of colors. The louder pinto
damage to his home/wagon. horses, this breed has shown
coloring became popular with
The horses are hearty and easy their great versatility by par-
the Gypsy people after they (Continued on Page 10.)
keepers as they were forced to ticipating in many other dis-
lost their horses to the war ef-
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