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It is January 2014 as I edit this page.
The Executive (see his page Mr. X) is a wonderful herd sire, proven to be valuable in a mini gypsy program here in the USA; throwing very small genetics. He is also awesome in the show ring, looking stunning in harness and just as sharp under saddle. He currently has three months professional training under saddle with some work in event course jumping, so a very good start for hunter/jumper showing, and has a good start driving as well. He is being matched up for team work with Athenry for state fair hitch class. A perfect type for sport pony career!
I have arranged for future home for many of my AMHR mini mares; there are still a few I will keep on the farm but there are a handful that are sourced out this fall for the year and will foal elsewhere; with contract for me to get back any fillies they have. As an individual mare, any of the ones I still have, once she has her baby here on the farm, I would likely keep a filly, or if the ones I keep have a colt, I will plan to breed them back again to obtain a filly out of the excellent quality mare I have hunted down (as a way to bring color variation into the gene pool as well as size and overall quality). The mini mare eventually might be available to reserve for breeding back or selling separately by the time a filly is weaned in fall. Stud fees I value at $1000 and for the most part I am not interested in bringing in outside mares to my farm; furthermore, it is simply complicated for me to offer AI services, I have not found a convenient way to do it. I am willing to talk to people about stud options which this year. With Wyatt it looks like IF someone or a group of people could plan/ help me time things where it can be arranged, if a minimum of three breedings for cooled semen AI service is planned for March-May 2014, that can be contracted for, but the effort has to somewhat pay for itself (against my expenses to provide AI service, with board and shipping) and I would need to have three AI breedings reserved in order to offer Wyatt for stud to outside mares. It is a complex issue for me to offer AI stud services and associated costs eat into the stud fee to be collected; and, I have no convenient service providers. Of course with AI breeding you have veterinary expenses for your own mare and collection costs in addition to the stud fee. In summary, I am trying to explain why buying mini mares that I have chosen, in foal to one of my stallions is cheap at $1000, and I am looking at ending my use of mini mares as I acquire the genetics from them for color and size factor, keeping fillies from them when born. Thus good proven mini mares I have invested in will be offered for new pet homes if nothing else since there is no long term plans for them here at Bellbottom Farm.
As time goes on year to year, and depending of course on what is born each season/crop year, I may offer different opportunities for buying the half gypsy mares so that you have your own opportunity for obtaining a nice 3/4 baby. For instance, I will entertain interest in the fine pony, “QT” Quite the pony. She has provided me with two outstanding babies to go on with in the minigypsy endeavor so I don’t necessarily need to keep her forever. But it would take $2500 to buy her in foal. Her baby will be for sale in 2014 and I will price a weanling colt at $1500 and a filly would be $5000….because if it is a filly it should be an amazing match for older sister, and I would look forward to a team of 3/4 nicely feathered 11.2 hand ponies for future shows. Someone saw this and quickly took me up on my offer in fall 2013; QT now lives in Alabama. They are thrilled with her!
I have Angelica, and Seraphim, black and white pinto (piebalds) sired by Lex (Cold Fusion) only 11 hands tall and grand-daughters of the PO stallion, one of the most respected stallions in the UK. Wyatt is from the Peter Ash/Bullseye herd so he is chock full of quality in a 12 hand size. They are planned to be in training thru the winter for a driving team and eventually, probably not next year, they might be available to buy as a pair, in foal to Wyatt for amazing 3/4 foals. I already have a couple people interested in them…..
Such is the quality I am working hard to develop in the mares in my herd. So I am not breeding for cheap horses at all, and I am proud yet humbled to be able to offer such excellent stock to buyers as time makes them available.
You are welcome to contact me by calling 309-540-0181 to discuss any other options according to how you might be interested in getting involved in this special endeavor.
I believe it is entirely reasonable to invest in a pair of weanlings as a breeding pair if such unrelated matches can be acquired (depending on what is born each year). An 11 hand range 3/4 gypsy paired with an under ten hand half gypsy is a great place to start in the American Minigypsy program.
Of course I also have premium purebred small gypsy options and opportunities. In 2014 I am considering some lease possibilities so if you are interested in small purebreds for lease feel free to ask about this.
Summary of pricing (weanlings):
Purebred fillies $10,000 (aiming for 12 hand range stock)
Purebred colts $5,000 (12-13 hand range)
3/4 fillies $5000 (aiming for 11 hand range stock)
3/4 colts $1500 or higher
half mini fillies $2500
half mini colts $1000
Photos below: My band of mini mares winter 2013; as you can see, mostly chosen to bring fun colors into my herd along with quality towards a small cob type pony. (Tiny is in the very middle next to his red/white momma in pic below, pic February 2013):