THE GYPSY COB

Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.

 

Traditional Gypsy Cob is a breed native to the British Isles, originating mostly from horses brought by Romany Gypsies to Great Britain. Around the time of World War I unwanted by the army coloured horses and also coloured Shire horses rejected by the studbooks has been bought by the Travellers. Other breeds as native Dale and Fell pony and Clydesdales were also used in breed developement. Gypsy Cob was bred for its strength, stamina (ability to pull family’s living wagon – vardo or vordon) and temperament. Horse has to be friendly, safe and quiet. The majority of cobs were between 13.1-15 hands.

In the 1950s the value of horses rose significantly and horses itself became a status symbol for Travelling people.

Late Fred Walker was unquestionably the best breeder of the Gypsy Cobs worldwide. He died in 2007 but his legacy is alive and bloodlines are kept in the Walkers family.

The sought after and most valuable type of the Gypsy Cob is a “miniature draft horse”, stocky animal between 12.2 – 15 hands, built similarly to the old type Shire horse. The traditional coat colours are black, tobiano (piebald and skewbald), splashed, bay, less often chestnut.

Traditional Gypsy Cob is a breed recognized in the country of its origin, Great Britain. The only official mother studbook is held by Traditional Gypsy Cob Association based near Canterbury in Kent, UK.

Conformation in the Gypsy horse: http://www.gypsyhorses.com/conformation.htm
How to evaluate feather in Gypsy horse: http://www.gypsyhorses.com/feather.htm

 

Pailton Sorais b. 1903, champion Shire mare
WALKERS BESSY

 

 

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