Gypsy Vanner Horses

Welcome to Superior Stables


Welcome to the Superior Stables’ web site.  We hope you will find it informative.   We hope to share our enthusiasm and love for the Gypsy’s wonderful horses which here in the US we call Gypsy Vanners.  In the UK we proudly call them Gypsy Cobs.

The UK Gypsies have always kept and bred horses.  They needed reliable horses for their work; collecting scrap metal, delivering goods and working in the coal industry.  This breed was created, by the then mostly migrant people, to pull their beautiful wagon homes called Vardos.

There are differing opinions about how long the Gypsies and Travelers have been breeding for colored cobs.  Many say the breed was based on the Coal Horse and that all colored cobs, today, go back to him.   Another notable foundation sire was Sonny Mayes.  Both were bred in Ireland.  The Road Sweeper, The Old Black Horse and the Lob Eared Horse are known sons or grandsons.  Many other horses probably go back to them as well but with only oral records to rely on, many quality horses had no known genealogies, or back breeding.   Cob breeding in the UK today continues in the hands of passionate gypsy and non-gypsy people.  Each breeder has their own story and a slightly different direction for their herd.

What is a “proper cob”?  As with many things gypsy, there seem to be as many answers to that question as there are people you ask.  No matter, we love the horses and the people we met in the UK who breed them.  A wise friend there told me to “breed what you want and enjoy it”.   We have been fortunate enough to have studied the horses in their native country and are confident that we are breeding for “proper cobs”.  (Please see The Hustler’s page to learn more.)  We enjoy our horses and hope you do too.












 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Superior Stables’ web site. We hope you will find it informative. We hope to share our enthusiasm and love for the Gypsy’s wonderful horses which here in the US we call Gypsy Vanners. In the UK we proudly call them Gypsy Cobs.

The UK Gypsies have always kept and bred horses. They needed reliable horses for their work; collecting scrap metal, delivering goods and working in the coal industry. This breed was created, by the then mostly migrant people, to pull their beautiful wagon homes called Vardos.

There are differing opinions about how long the Gypsies and Travelers have been breeding for colored cobs. Many say the breed was based on the Coal Horse and that all colored cobs, today, go back to him. Another notable foundation sire was Sonny Mayes. Both were bred in Ireland. The Road Sweeper, The Old Black Horse and the Lob Eared Horse are known sons or grandsons. Many other horses probably go back to them as well but with only oral records to rely on, many quality horses had no known genealogies, or back breeding. Cob breeding in the UK today continues in the hands of passionate gypsy and non-gypsy people. Each breeder has their own story and a slightly different direction for their herd.

What is a “proper cob”? As with many things gypsy, there seem to be as many answers to that question as there are people you ask. No matter, we love the horses and the people we met in the UK who breed them. A wise friend there told me to “breed what you want and enjoy it”. We have been fortunate enough to have studied the horses in their native country and are confident that we are breeding for “proper cobs”. (Please see The Hustler’s page to learn more.) We enjoy our horses and hope you do too.

 

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Stallions and Geldings

 

Hustler

The Hustler
2001

South Yorkshire, England

13h 3”

Piebald

John Pratt’s Paddy

Butterfield bred bay mare

 

When we purchased The Irish Black Faced Mare, bred to The Hustler for her 2007 foal, every time we showed his photo as her service sire people they said “WOW, who is he?” Our daughter Kate was especially smitten so we contacted Deirdre at Clononeen Farms and decided to go to England to see The Hustler and several other stallions. We were amazed when we saw The Hustler to have found a stallion we believe would be a good cross for all of our mares. The Hustler is a breeders’ dream come true and an excellent example of the breed.  He possesses all of the qualities we want in our foals:

· a powerful, Draft Horse build
· substantial, Draft Horse hooves
· a refined, “sweet” head with little ears
· a well placed, arched “rainbow” neck
· a muscular, short backed body
· an “apple” shaped rump when viewed from behind
· an ample, double mane and full tail
· heavily boned, heavily feathered legs
· a cooperative, easy-going temperament

To top it all off, he is more black than white, our personal preference. Did you notice the white wishbone marking on his shoulder? We think he is lucky and so are we to have been able to acquire him. Now, with several foal crops on the ground, he has proven to be very pre-potent, adding his presence, wonderful breed type and a bit more black to his offspring. We are thrilled! Hustler is truly Katie’s heart horse. Since she is too young to show him I am learning to handle this always thinking stallion but she remains his best buddy and primary handler. 7/10

Teddy
The Heavy Horse of Wales

Wales

13 h 3”

Black Blagdon

Tom Price’s Samson

Sam’s Good Mare

On our trip to England and Europe in 2007 we visited several wonderful horse breeders, among them Tom Price in Wales. Tom and his family are passionate and dedicated breeders whose herd embodies the Gypsy Horse breed. After a day of being driven through his pastures, I asked Tom to pick a stallion for me. (Hustler was for Kate.) Tom did, with an eye for horses developed over a lifetime of breeding. They called him Teddy and to my eye he was the cutest, hairiest little horse I had ever seen: truly a “Teddy Bear”. I did not yet see the amazing horse which had been entrusted to me.  When his baby coat shed off, a beautifully conformed, well balanced horse emerged. We were happy that we had registered him as The Heavy Horse of Wales, in Tom’s honor. Teddy now has several very hairy foals on the ground. He is generous with his hair and all of his other wonderful qualities. He is also developing very nicely as a riding horse and is a natural driving horse. I love my Teddy. Thank you Tom, Teddy was a gift and is a special treasure. 7/10

Traveler
Traveler
6/23/07

UK

14h 2”

Chestnut Skewbald

Billy Brown’s Diesel Horse

The Blue Eyed Mare

We purchased Traveler in-utero. He was conceived in the UK, born in quarantine in Kentucky and now home in Colorado. We think he comes by his name honestly. When he was born we were surprised by his color because BE is black and white. Traveler has lots of roaning in his red and a marking like a juggling ghost on his right side. In 2008 we visited his popular sire Diesel, also red and white, known for his high stepping, ground covering gate as he “travels” down the road. He is very impressive. Traveler is now gelded and in training. He shows great promise as a Show gelding. He has very good conformation and is proving to be bright, athletic and willing. He and Katie put in an awesome, unrehearsed freestyle performance at the Oklahoma State Fair on ’09. We offer him for sale to the discriminating showman. We think his potential is unlimited. 7/10

Poser
Producer’s Strikes a Pose
4/8/08

Wales

14 h ½ “ and growing

Piebald

The Producer

Lottery Horse Daughter

On our first trip to Wales I fell in love with Tom Price’s stallion, The Producer. On my spring ’08 trip with Kate, one of my favorite of his mares, a mostly black Lottery Horse daughter, had just given birth to a very special Producer colt. He really caught our eye, not only because of his resemblance to his sire but because of his natural inclination to strike a pose every time he stood still. We just had to have him. Poser continues to pose and grows taller and more handsome every day. He has tested homozygous for the tobiano gene so all of his babies will be paint. We are confident that our Poser will add depth to our stallion line up and quality to our breeding program for as long as we have him. 7/10

Moony
Moony

5/5/97

UK

14h 1”

Piebald

Unknown

Unknown

 

 

When we were in Wales in 2008 we saw so many beautiful horses. Among them was Moony. Our focus is on breeding and with so many mares and fillies to choose from, I did not see any point in importing a gelding. Kate rode him and did perfectly. We drove him and he was easy to handle and clam in traffic. We learned, when Tom was offering him to some friends with children, that Moony had been driven in the summer by his prior owner and leased to a riding stable in the winter as a lesson horse. Tom’s friends did not purchase him and several days later I called Tom about him. It had finally hit me; Moony would be such a great horse to have. He is level headed and experienced for everything we want to do. He will never be pregnant when we want to show him. He will not be a goof ball during breeding season. He is a great example of his breed, the prefect PR horse and just what I needed to start riding again. Moony has proven to be everything we had hoped for and more. My “Moon Man” is teaching me to ride and drive. He is just what this breeding ranch needed. As an extra bonus our vet swears that he is teeth put him at only 7. 7/10

 

 

Mac

SSFR Macintosh

7/20/08

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

14h and growing

Piebald

The Hustler

Apple

 

Macintosh, out of Apple, was our youngest ’08 Hustler foal. Sometimes overshadowed by his older paternal brothers and sisters he is now coming into his own. He has, without a doubt, the prettiest head and ears on a Gypsy I have ever seen. He is also what we call a “pocket pony”, one who would be content being in your pocket all of the time, just like his mom Apple. Mac got very sick in early 2009 and we almost lost him. Once healthy, we had intended to geld him but despite being behind in growth, when Tom Price visited in July ’09 he suggested that we “run Mac on” for another year as a stallion prospect. Whether he will of will not make a stallion we still do not know but Tom’s eye is much more experienced than ours and Mac is definitely coming on. His ’09 full sister SSFR Anna, also named for a variety of apple, demonstrates what we now see as the quality of this cross. Watch for Macintosh in the show ring. 7/10

 

 


 

Kody

SSFR Kodiak

5/4/09

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

13 h and growing

Piebald

The Heavy Horse of Wales

V.V. Violetta

Violetta was a first time mom and after many sleepless nights she delivered Kody around noon. When she finally settled she was too close to a feeder for my comfort. I got involved and Kody was literally delivered into my lap. He was Teddy’s first son and even though we had no scale to put him on we were thrilled by his frame and bone. As he matures he reminds me more and more of his dam in the face. His hair is amazing for a young horse and I have never seen a full moustache on a weanling horse before. Now gelded, his ground training is going very well. He is so pleased when he learns a new skill it is hard to get him to quit doing it over and over to please you. We think that Kody will make an easy, mellow riding and driving horse when he is grown. We proudly offer him for sale. 7/10

 

 

 

MARES

The Anchor Mare
A Pale Face Daughter x Nobby

2002

UK

14h

Piebald

 

We are proud and lucky to have been able to acquire The Anchor Mare, another amazing find at Tom Price’s. When we first met her we went through bag after bag of bread as Kate tried and failed to snag a bit of mane hair from her in the field. (With Tom’s help we were successful and now she comes to us right away for some love and a cookie.) We also learned about her history from Tom. Had she not had such an obvious anchor on her side, she probably would have been referred to as the Bacon Sandwich Filly, but that is a story we will get around to retelling later. Suffice to say, The Anchor Mare is an exceptional mare who was bred by the Vines. We believe that Anchor is at the top of the quality pyramid. She literally has it all. She is easy to handle and sweet, has loads of hair, little ears and head, a chunky body and correct, big boned legs to set it on. This year she produced a lovely embryo transfer filly, SSFR Bella, with The Hustler. We are live covering her with Teddy for a 2011 foal. Along with V. V. Voiletta, The Anchor Mare truly “anchors” our breeding program in the finest quality available, as promised here at Superior Stables. 7/10

Anna

SSFR Anna

4/16/09

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

13 h

Piebald with roaning

The Hustler

Apple

 

Anna is a step forward for our breeding program. We selected our core mares for their quality and think very highly of Apple, who we purchased as a yearling. We made the difficult decision to sell her when Anna came along. The Apple-Hustler cross proved to be an amazing cross, as evidenced by Macintosh and Anna. Both are beautifully conformed foals with great movement and exceptionally silky, abundant feather. In our small breeding program, however tempting, we will rarely keep both dam and daughter. We can already tell that Anna is what we are looking for and that she will make a great core mare for us. 7/10

 

 

BE

The Blue Eyed Mare
2003

UK

14 h 2”

Piebald

Son of Joe

Daughter of Rambo

We are proud and lucky to have been able to acquire The Anchor Mare, another amazing find at Tom Price’s. When we first met her we went through bag after bag of bread as Kate tried and failed to snag a bit of mane hair from her in the field. (With Tom’s help we were successful and now she comes to us right away for some love and a cookie.) We also learned about her history from Tom. Had she not had such an obvious anchor on her side, she probably would have been referred to as the Bacon Sandwich Filly, but that is a story we will get around to retelling later. Suffice to say, The Anchor Mare is an exceptional mare who was bred by the Vines. We believe that Anchor is at the top of the quality pyramid. She literally has it all. She is easy to handle and sweet, has loads of hair, little ears and head, a chunky body and correct, big boned legs to set it on. This year she produced a lovely embryo transfer filly, SSFR Bella, with The Hustler. We are live covering her with Teddy for a 2011 foal. Along with V. V. Voiletta, The Anchor Mare truly “anchors” our breeding program in the finest quality available, as promised here at Superior Stables. 7/10


Bay

The Bay

2008

Wales

 

Bay Solid

The Producer

Adie’s Pony

 

In all of the years I have owned horses I never owned a bay. The right horse in black, buckskin or roan was always my choice. In this breed the color is less common and takes on a different look with the feather, ample manes and tails. Our first bay was the lovely bay and white Butterfly. Our 2009 acquisition is this solid bay Producer filly we call simply The Bay. Choosing yearlings can be tricky but she shows a lot of promise. Now that I have seen her dam Adie’s Pony, who is definitely not a pony, it is no surprise that Bay will be on the taller side for our herd. She is filling out very nicely and we are pleased with our selection. We hope to get her in foal this season. 7/10

Butterfly

The Butterfly

2007

Wales

 

Bay Skewbald

Billy Blue Boy

The Butterfly Mare

I have loved The Butterfly Mare, then owned by Thomas Price, Tom Price’s eldest son since I first saw her in 2007. For the Price family, horse breeding is truly a passion and a family affair. Teddy came from Sam Price’s, then age 4, breeding program. When we inquired about purchasing the Butterfly Mare, Thomas wanted to keep her so we were delighted to be able to purchase her bay and white, ’07, Billy Blue Boy filly. Tom referred to her as “the filly with no head and no ears”. Although that is a great compliment, meaning that her head and ears are tiny as they should be, here in the US that name is not readily understood. We just call her Butterfly. Butterfly was matched with Teddy for her first foal and produced a bay paint filly, Miss Chickapea, in June, and yes, she also has “no head and no ears”. We will breed Butterfly back the same way again this year. 7/10

 

Chloe

SSFR Missy Chloe

6/21/10

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

14 h 2 “ and growing

Black Balgdon

The Heavy Horse of Wales

The Blue Eyed Mare

 

Also named for a friend’s child, our Chloe is the result of the first of a cross between Teddy and BE. I know we will do many more times in the future. To my delight, and unlike her piebald brother Kodiak, she resembles her sire in color but with her mom’s bald face. She also has her lead mare mom’s attitude. Her ground work is going well and we are delighted to see the amazing filly which has emerged from that fuzzy winter coat. It is hard to find such quality in a yearling. 7/10

 

Darkness

The Darkness

2005

UK

14 h 2 “

Black Solid

The Rocking Horse

Down’s Pride aka Cocky Price’s Red and White Mare

 

Darkness was bred by the Downs family in the UK. Kate and I had visited them and admired Darkness’ sire The Rocking Horse. We knew that she would carry a red gene which she has tested positive for. Darkness was imported by Black Forest Gypsies as a bred, long yearling. She foaled a nice filly as a 2 year old and was given a year off to raise her baby and grow. We had seen her as a yearling and were tempted to buy her. We got a second chance at the last Black Forrest Sale and were the winning bidders. I had considered changing her name but many people already knew her as Darkness from Black Forest. The Darkness is also a well known rock band in Europe so we decided to keep it. Darkness was still growing when we got her but seems to be about done now. We got a glimpse into her true potential as a brood mare when she produced SSFR Bête Noire, a stunning black Teddy filly this June. We love the filly so much we have decided to keep her and now offer Darkness bred back the same way to the discriminating breeder. 7/10

 

 

Emma
SSFR Emma
7/7/08

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

13 h 3” and growing

Piebald

The Hustler

V.V. Violetta

Emma was the second foal from Hustler and Violetta in 2008. We decided to do embryo transfer with Violetta so she would not need to carry her own foal until she was 3. In one natural ovulation, two embryos were harvested. We think of Emma as our bonus baby. She was not early like her sister so has always been bigger and heavier. Her movement is exceptional and she possesses the conformation and show winning “Wow” factor of both of her parents. Emma has good ground manners and is ready to go to a new home. She sells with a breeding to Poser for 2011. 7/10

Kayla
SSFR Kayla
6/19/08

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

13 h 2” and growing

Piebald

The Hustler

V.V. Violetta

It took us awhile to select an appropriate name for this spunky little filly. She arrived earlier than expected and continues to take life on her own terms. Although not quite a contrarian, she has always had her own ideas. In honor of a friend’s equally minded daughter, we decided to name this filly Kayla. We hope she will continue to resemble her namesake with her joy of life and charmingly independent attitude. As she has grown Kayla has become far more cooperative and seems to enjoy training time. She has been tested homozygous for the paint gene. Since she was born we have been excited to breed a Hustler daughter to Teddy. We offer Kayla for sale but plan to breed her for a 2011 foal. 7/10

 

Kizzy
Kizzy
5/11/07

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

14h 1”

Grey

Desert Jewel Dalcassian

Bobbi

Around 8:30 p.m. on May 11,2007, just as it began to get dark, John went out to put Bobbi in the barn for the night . He came back with the news that she had given birth. The first Vanner born at Superior Stables was here! I joined him to help get them to the barn and discovered a filly. Kizzy, Romney for Spice Tree, is a beautiful solid grey filly with a blaze and socks, not the typical Vanner stockings. She loves people and it is a good thing that our stalls have open fronts because her head is always out, waiting for a rub and kiss. In 2008 Kizzy entered the show ring in the lead line obstacle class. Watching my baby Kate guide 4 month old baby Kizzy gently and carefully through the obstacles using natural horsemanship techniques brought tears to my eyes. Kizzy and Katie did such a great job they placed first in the large class of adult horses and handlers. Kizzy continues to be a joy and has now proven to a good therapy horse as well. She is quick and loves to learn and play. We plan to show her again soon and expect her to pass on her amazing temperament and shape to her 2011 Teddy baby. 7/10

 

Kralisi
Kralisi
4/5/07

Ocala, Florida

14 h 2”

Piebald

Birthday Boy King

Gypsy Gold’s Rose

The first Vanner we purchase was an embryo from Dennis Thompson at Gypsy Gold. Doug asked to have a Rose X B.B. King foal created for us. The result was a great filly born April 5, 2007. She has large areas of black and white, our favorite pattern. Kate selected the name Kralisi (kra’ lease ee), Romney for Queen, for her. She picked it because her sire was B.B. King. Kralisi was listening because her attitude makes it clear she thinks of herself as a queen. She has been queen in the show ring winning her classes and the Championships as well. She has begun training for riding and is bred to The Hustler for a spring 2011 baby. 7/10

Lacey

Welsh Lace

9/1/08

Wales

13 h

Piebald

Chocolate Blagdon Son of Peter Ash’s Blue Horse

Thomas’ Zaria Filly

 

Lacey is another horse from the Price Family breeding program. She was imported by West Hills Gypsy Horses as part of a large group and she was our first choice when they arrived. Lacey was a fall foal so she was on the small side compared to the others. Her quality, proportion and breed type made her stand out from the crowd and she is proving to be well worth taking a chance on. The other thing about this group of fillies we liked was their depth of pedigree. Knowing the back breeding of your horse can be very important. Even when an individual is not exactly what you want, if the breeding is there they have a good chance of producing what you want. This filly is on the back burner for now. We know she will be a valuable riding horse as we are also impressed by her quick mind and willing attitude. 7/10

Romana
Romana
1999

UK

14h 2”

Piebald

Unknown

Unknown

We found Romana on the Gypsy MVP web site. She was imported from England and we think that she is quite exceptional. She is massive but clearly a mare. She has a lovely arched neck, tons of mane and tail and a forelock which grows to her muzzle. We purchased her for our breeding program and as an ambassador for our ranch since she was already trained to ride and drive. She has done parades, expos and shows with us and has been very well received. She really seems to enjoy meeting new people who admire, pet and scratch her. Kate and Kelly have been working her using balanced riding techniques and she is really learning to use her body beautifully. Romana produced a filly we called Blue Chip in late 2008 and is in foal again to Teddy for 2011. 7/10

 

Sovereign

Sovereign

4/1/98

UK

15 h

Piebald

Bob The Blagdon

The Red and White Mare

 

When Kate and I we were in the UK two gypsies told us who they thought were the top mares in the US. Sovereigns name was among them. She was bred by the Down’s and their amazing stallion the Wooly Mammoth was her colt, by Tom Price’s Samson. We thought that she would make a great cross with our Samson son Teddy. When Sovereign came up for sale Kate bought her. Sovereign is now bred to Teddy for 2011. Sovereign is also trained to ride and Kate is looking forward to showing her in the future. 7/10

Violetta

V.V Violetta

5/14/05

Delano, Minnesota

14 h 1”

Piebald
Latcho Drom

Vintage Vanners Tessa

Vintage Vanners Violetta is the last on our alphabetical list but by no means the least. She was the first “already born” horse we purchased. We think that she is exactly what breed is all about and see her as the corner stone of our breeding program. Thank you again Anne Crowley for parting with her. I loved her from the moment I saw the photo of her with her dam Tessa taken by Mark J. Barrett.
When we picked Violetta up, Kate was on crutches but was still able to handle her safely. Violetta is not only beautiful but is very inquisitive and playful. We know that there is lots going on in her head and we are working hard to give her tasks which will keep her interest. Violetta has three lovely babies to her credit and we have matched her to Producer’s Strikes a Pose for her 2011 baby. 7/10

 

Bella

SSFR Isabella

5/9/10

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

10 h 2” and growing

Piebald

The Hustler

The Anchor Mare

 

SSFR Isabella was born at 9:30am on May 9th (Mothers Day!).  We call her Bella and think that she is truly beautiful.  She closely resembles her sire The Hustler and the only known foal out of her dam, The Anchor Mare. She is flourishing with her ET Mom, Lilly in our lush summer pastures.   She is also happy to run and play with her two younger pasture mates.  7/10

 

Bête Noire

SSFR Bête Noire

6/2/10

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Black Solid

The Heavy Horse of Wales

The Darkness

 

On June 2nd at 9:40pm, Darkness foaled a healthy black filly by Teddy!  She is exactly what we had hoped for when we bought Darkness.   In fact we like her so wall that we plan to keep her and offer her dam for sale bred the same way.  I wish we could have huge herds like they do in the UK, alas we can not.  It takes lots of time and effort to properly care for and train horses.  We love all of our horses and work hard to help each of them give us their best.   7/10

 

Chickapea

SSFR Miss Chickapea

6/16/10

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

9 H 1” and growing

Bay Skewbald

The Heavy Horse of Wales

The Butterfly

 

 

We had a difficult time deciding on a name for this little filly.  We got to watch the movie called 7/10 Nell and Jody Foster, “Nell”, called one of the other characters “Miss Chick-a-pea”.   To my surprise, everyone liked the name, including the filly.  I guess that since there is nothing long and lanky about her, she is happy being compared to a garbanzo bean. Since our first born of the season passed away, luck seems to have been with us.  As Kate left for the “Almost Summer Show”, she jokingly said “if the baby comes while I am away, please make it a bay paint filly.”  Wow!  She is and with amazing conformation to boot.  Teddy’s latest “chunklet” is just as ordered, a hard to do improvement on both parents.     7/10

 

 

 

SOLD

 

Bobbi’s Boy

Unknown

5/23/09

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Estimated 14h 1”

Piebald-Grey

The Hustler

Bobbi

 

Bobbi’s boy was sold at his dam’s side in August 2009. Congratulations West Hills Ranches. 7/10

 

 

Kong
SSFR King Kong

6/9/08

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

14h and growing

Piebald

The Hustler

Bobbi

 

When we first saw this colt, what first came to mind was “what a chunky monkey he is”. While scratching his rump I was delighted to discover that there is a pattern resembling a sock monkey face on his back. We decided to call him King Kong, after the original “chunky monkey”. His conformation and temperament are everything we look for but all colts should not be stallions and he did not meet our personal requirements as a breeding stallion. Now gelded, Kong has learned his ground manners and has proven to be willing and intelligent. We proudly offered this flashy Hustler son for sale. Congratulations to Char Cornet, we know Kong will be an amazing show gelding and a reliable friend. 7/10

Bobbi

Bobbi

Unknown

UK

14h 2”

Bay-Grey

Grey Bobby

Unknown

Bobbi was sold in August of 2009 to West Hills Ranches with her grey Hustler colt at side. Congratulations to West Hills Ranches.

 

The first horse we actually saw before purchasing was at Desert Jewels Gypsy Horses in Phoenix. Bobbi was immediately a must have mare and I told her that we would be back for her. She had loads of hair and was powerfully built, yet refined. I have never seen a horse which looked so much like a unicorn. I kept checking for the horn. When Bobbi was imported by Black Forrest to the US, her sire was given as Grey Bobby. After some checking we discovered that for that to be possible that she was considerably older than we had been told. We knew that 2 of her babies were grays, including Kizzy, the Dalcassian filly she gave us in May of 2007. Color testing revealed that she carries an agouti gene as well. Bobbi is a bay solid with a grey modifier. We bred Bobbi back to The Hustler for her ’08 baby and they produced SSFR King Kong. We sold her to West hills Ranches in August of 2009 with a grey Hustler colt at side.

We miss Bobbi but she lives on in our herd. Kizzy looks more and more like her all of the time. 7/10

 

 

Irish

The Irish Black Faced Mare

Unknown @8

UK

14h 1”

Piebald

Unknown

Unknown

 

Congratulations West Hills Ranches on your August 2009 purchase of Irish and her Hustler filly Morning Star.

 

One glimpse of the photo of the “Black Faced Mare” and I was on the phone to Jennifer to buy her. In her photo I really appreciated her presence, unusual markings and the breed type saw I her and her last year’s foal, Killain’s Irish. Since our friends in Georgia also have the Black Faced Mare we decided to call ours The Irish Black Faced Mare, Irish for short. Irish was bred to The Hustler for her ’07 foal which was our introduction to him. She gave us a colt, Paladin. He was black with a star, stripe, snip and three white feet with amazing “Look at me” presence. Her next foal was Morning Star, a lovely Hustler filly with a white boot of Italy on her left wither. They were sold to West Hills Ranches in August of 2009. 7/10

 

Morning Star

Unknown

4/8/09

Pagosa Springs, CO

Estimated 14h

Piebald

The Hustler

The Irish Black Faced Mare

 

Morning Star was sold at side with her dam Irish in August 2009. Congratulations West Hills Ranches. 7/10

 

 

Paladin

Paladin

7/26/07

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Estimated 14h 1”

Black Solid

The Hustler

The Irish Black Faced Mare

 

Paladin was sold to West Hills Ranches in August of 2009. We know that Andrew will enjoy him.

 

Many years ago there was a TV cowboy named Paladin. He was a good guy who wore a black hat. My cousin’s black lab dog was named after him and so is this special Hustler colt, a good guy in black. Paladin is an Ireland, to the UK, to Colorado in-utero guy. He has a friendly attitude and loves to be scratched. He is built much like his sire, The Hustler, from his feet to his tight little ears. His solid black (not blagdon) coloring, his markings, a star, stripe and snip (not a blaze) and 3 white sox (not stockings) combine with the amazing presence of his sire make Paladin a stand out in any crowd.

Paladin has already tried romancing the ladies, sending us and the lady in question into roll on the floor hysterics. He was not the least bit embarrassed however and has tried again several times since.

Paladin’s maternal big brother is Killian’s Irish, owned by KD Farms Gypsy Vanners. 7/10

 

Apple

Apple

2005

UK

14h 3”

Piebald

Tyson UK

Unknown

 

Apple was sold in August of 2009. Congratulations to West Hills Ranches.

 

We selected Apple from Black Forest Shires and Gypsy Horses in September of 2006. We liked her because she is at the athletic end of the breed type and we wanted diversity in our mare band. We have fallen in love with her friendly, willing attitude and she is growing more beautiful every day. At the time we purchased her we were told that she was a sister to Reba, out of the mare Sweep, a Road Sweeper UK daughter. Thank you to the owners and friends of Sweep (One Dot She’s Got) and Reba (Willow) for getting in touch with us. Her sire is right but unfortunately DNA comparisons revealed that she has a different dam. Perhaps we can learn more in the UK in the spring. Apple was bred to The Hustler in ’07 and produced the amazing SSFR Macintosh. Their 2008 baby was a roaned filly, SSFR Anna. With two offspring in the herd we made the difficult decision to sell Apple. Congratulations to West Hills Ranches on your August 2009 purchase of Apple. 7/10

 

 

 

Blue Chip – Blue

Unknown

9/16/08

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Estimated 15h

Piebald

Gypsy MVP’s Dazzle Dance

Romana

 

Blue Chip has been sold. Congratulations Gypsy MVP on your purchase of this one of a kind filly. 7/10

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