Gypsy Vanner and Drums
Gypsy Vanner horses originated in the UK and are still fairly new to the US, having been imported 13 years ago. These horses are a combination of Clydesdale, Shire, and Dales Ponies. They are also know as the fairy tale horse with it's stunning beauty of feather (hair on the feet) and long thick manes. These horses are very strong, agile, and versatile. They are surprising the traditional horse world that expected these drafts to typically pull. While many have been used for driving, more are being used today in different disciplines such as dressage, reining, jumping, barreling, and cutting. The extremely mild temperament is part of the gypsy reputation. If you are new to horses, or always had horses, you will be quite impressed with the amazingly mild temperament and willingness to work. Historically, the Romany gypsies in the UK raised these beautiful horses. As they traveled the countryside, the horses had to eat whatever could be found, so they are easy keepers. When the gypsies came into a town, the parents would find work and the care of the horses were left to the children. Horses that didn't have a mild enough temperament for the children to handle were culled from the herd. Over generations, the Gypsy Vanner developed into the mildest tempered horse on the market. If you have a dream of owning one of these beautiful horses, I will be happy to help walk you through the process of getting started. We are grateful to the folks who stood by us in the beginning and have become cherished friends.
The Gypsy herd at Shepherds Grace Ranch (SGR) owes a huge special thanks to Rhonda at Old Mills Farm in Chalk Hill, PA. She has spent the last 13 years developing the Gypsy Vanner and Drum lines and done a phenomenal job. I appreciate the opportunity Rhonda has given SGR to partner and continue this journey to help others enjoy the love of these two breeds.
We have some great bloodlines, including the Old Coal Horse, Roadsweeper, Lottery, Tonka Toy, Slainte, Bob the Blagdon, the Royal line, the Rose line, just to name a few.
We strive to keep the "cob" in the horse, which is the big massive size, but we like to have them very tall as well, over 15 hands up to 16.2 hands.
Our horses are horses and rarely kept in stalls. Yes, they will rub out manes and burn off feather...but they are healthy and happy. We love seeing our horses running through the pastures and hills. We have set up our pastures with help from "Pastures of Paradise". This keeps the horse in a more natural setting, resulting in a healthier horse and minimal hoof minimal hoof maintenance.
We are very excited about the addition of the Drum horses to our farm. Thank you again, Rhonda. We have some beautiful, graceful and extremely mild tempered Drum horses. Drum horses are used to carry the large drums in the British royal processions. These horses had to be very large for this task. Our foundation drums are imported from the UK, directly related to Galloway Warrior and the Queen's own horses. Drums are expected to be over 16.2 h.
We now have Chew Mill Guinness, one of the superior Drum stallions in the nation.
We also have Blue Bell, a superior blue Drum mare imported from the UK.
See pictures below.