Lineage & Bloodlines
Gypsy CaraVanners not only values a traditional gypsy horse, as the Gypsy's intended them to be, but believes diversity is key to ensuring a sound breed in the future.
Bloodlines Include: The Lottery Horse, Cushti Bok, Shampoo Girl, Little Checkers, Legend Boy, The Lion King, Thunder, Blue, Robert Watson's Old Horse, The Old Black Horse, The Coal Horse, The Old Horse of Wales, The Old Horse of Ireland, The Rocking Horse, Chief, & many other incredible gypsy vanner/cobs.
The Gypsy Vanner Breed
More Information on the Gypsy Vanner Breed will be posted soon!
All of Gypsy CaraVanners horses are registered with the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society (GVHS).
For now, please visit the GVHS website for Breed Standard Information: http://vanners.org/about-the-breed/breed-standard/
How did the Gypsy Vanner Horse come to America?
-The Horse Who Started it All-
Pedigree: The Old Horse of Wales x Callie
Year of birth: 1991
Weight: 1150 lbs.
Height: 14 hands
Color: homozygous tobiano
GVHS #: GV00001F
Foals born in US (as of 2010): 70
In 1998 I wrote: "He's a one off" said the proud man with words and accent unique to his heritage. "Look all you want, you won't find any better" was his challenge. Cindy and I knew we had stumbled upon a special horse on thatfateful day, but our senses told us to believe that he was the tip of the iceberg. We felt we would find many stallions just as good as this unusual horse. The stallion was not for sale but we were left with the impression that after the next breeding season he would consider selling him. For Cindy and me, this was good news. We had at least a year to accept the challenge of finding other stallions with the same qualities that were so unique to this horse.
(Cushti Bok was - as the Gypsy predicted - better than any horse we saw there!).
· We traced his genetic history through three countries.
· We found his DNA proven sire, The Old Horse of Wales. (The Old Horse was one of the breed's greatest sires). · We stood overlooking the Irish Sea with The Old Horse of Wales and the Gypsy who raised Cushti Bok as he pointed to a clearing under a tree and said, “He was born right over there; I will never forget the day he was born. I held him in my arms and knew he was special... he is the best colt I ever raised”.
· We uncovered the vision that created him and his breed. (The vision to create the perfect caravan horse or ‘Vanner’ was born soon after World War Two).
· We traced the breeds' genetic origins back to the two stallions that inspired it (Sonny Mays and The Coal Horse).
· We named the unknown and unnamed breed Gypsy Vanner Horse (with the approval and blessings of Gypsies)
· We established the first breed registry in the world for a selectivelybred horse raised by Gypsies: The Gypsy Vanner Horse Society. Cushti Bok is GV00001F (the 'F' is for foundation).
The Gypsy who owned Cushti Bok was holding her back as a gift to his son .
*Courtesy of Dennis Thompson, Gypsy Gold