Miniature Gypsy Horse Association

Currently there is no such organization formed;  eventually such a group will organize at some point to form a group of individuals interested in working together toward the future of the miniature gypsy horse in the United States : The American Miniature Gypsy!  Please refer to the new registry for updates:

http://www.americanminigypsy.com/

I think that the easiest way for us to get together and communicate is with a group I have created at yahoo:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minigypsy/

Or, you are welcome to join us on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/minigypsy/

Bellbottom Farm has presented our gypsy cobs at the Illinois Horse Fair several times, beginning in 2009 I believe with Lex/Cold Fusion and our two fillies, QT and Dolly.  In 2011 we had two stallions to exhibit, Lex and Mr/The Executive.

In March 2012 at the  Illinois Horse Fair we presented our purebred gypsy stallion, The Executive who is just under 13 hands tall; our 3/4 bred gypsy cob colt “Doc” 11.2 hands; and our yearling “Lil Lex” maturing under 11 hands tall.

Here is a link to view our Horse Fair Stallion/Breed presentation:   http://youtu.be/eTcK3Pk4sLk

We did present Wyatt along with The Executive, two yearling fillies, Tiny and Doc at the 2013 IL Horse Fair but was not able to get a video done at that time.  In 2014 we plan to have Wyatt or Executive (both) being presented either driving with a cart or under saddle.  We will also have at least a couple youngstock along; planning to present our little 3/4 colt stud prospect to make ten hands!

Bellbottom Farm invites you to share the mini gypsy horse dream!

Bohemian Gypsy Cobs has evolved in a short time to refocus our original love of the 12-13 hand versatile pony suitable for athletic sports programs, into a new horizon where there are miniature gypsy cobs that truly reflect the wonderful wagon horses developed by the Romany Gypsies and Travellers/Tinkers in UK/Ireland.  In the last couple of years we have been astounded to find there are lots of small feathered ponies available for sale in UK and Ireland!

Our first excellent pony crosses with The Toymakker, a beautiful gypsy vanner horse in USA (Pennsylvania) with one of the best head pieces in the breed, blessed us with three daughters in 2007!  At present we have M&M who is a daughter of Bellbottom Quite the Pony still here on the farm; the Toymakker daughters have moved on and are loved in their new homes.

In 2007 we had decided to go all the way and three purebred gypsy cobs made their way to the farm.  In 2010 we had our first crop of exciting filly prospects born; it was a very good year for our foundation pony stallion, purebred 13 hand gypsy cob BoHo’s Cold Fusion, AKA lovingly known as “Lex” for Lexington KY where he was born when his mother was in quarantine when imported into the USA from Britain.  She is now living in California with R-Gypsies who bought her thru Black Forest importers, and is their lead mare on their six and eight horse hitch wagon teams. Only the most steady and reliable horses earn the title of “Lead” horse in a hitch.  Meanwhile, “Lex” (who has that same awesome steady temperament) in the fall 2011 moved on to live with his new owner in sunny Florida.

Lex left us with a handful of wonderful daughters to enjoy, with eventual breeding to our new stallion, The Executive, a son of the famous Producer gypsy stallion.  “Mr. X” was born in the Tom Price herd and imported to USA by Blarney Stone Acres farm.  We were blessed  to obtain this young stallion with superior athletic build, who has exceeded expectations!

Please surf thru our blog pages to learn about our herd of mares and youngstock.  The latest news is that in summer of 2012 we acquired our newest stud prospect, Wyatt, who is one of the smallest mature gypsy stallions in the USA, still under 12 hands tall as a two year old.  He is of premium quality and has outstanding traits including a huge mustache that develops in winter.   We look forward to our future with Wyatt.

You are welcome to call us at 309-594-2318 or (Cell 309-540-0181) and discuss where your place in the future of the mini gypsy will be.

We are also on Facebook (Melanie Block) and administer the group there, Mini Gypsy Horse.   It is quite interesting to see the pictures that are shared of 10-13 hand fully feathered horses.  The UK and Irish breeders support this Mini Gypsy Group on Facebook fairly well and in fact number the vast majority of the 1800 members at this time.  They find it valuable to see who has good small cob stock even among themselves; a lot of the horse sales are still done at various horse fairs around UK/Ireland but the group provides a good resource for networking and sometimes gives a heads-up about which horses might be available at a certain horse fair.  We are able to discuss bloodlines and learn more about many aspects of the mini gypsy horse in development; moreover we enjoy looking at various breeders’ horses which are not in general available online on websites.  You are welcome to join and learn as well!

21 Responses to Miniature Gypsy Horse Association

  1. ponymom says:

    I would like to learn more about the Miniature Gypsy Horse Association.
    Thank you.

    • minigypsy1 says:

      Hello! I am happy to talk more with you on the phone if you want to call 309-540-0181. So far there are just a handful of us who are pulling together a plan for moving forward into the future, utilizing the American Draft Pony registry if needed, as well as the current gypsy horse registries that deal with part-breds, and approaching the AMHR to ask for a new division for a miniature gypsy horse to be developed with them. We have drawn up a breed standard in the interim and I hope to get a group of us together for an informal meeting at my farm, so that people can see and touch the ponies who are maturing from crosses I have already made. They are much more impressive in person, I am not gifted enough in photography to make them as magical as they are in the flesh. Of my own mini crosses I have made so far, two fillies are maturing only 36″ and I am extremely happy with their feather quality. I also have a yearling colt that I have kept back because I think he is exceptional.

  2. ponymom says:

    Thank you for the prompt reply – I will call as soon as I get a minute , that is an uninterrupted minute… :o)

  3. Tami Mulder says:

    I am most interested as well, please keep me posted as to updates!

  4. Donna says:

    i would be interested in learning more about your gypsy cross silver dapple, 2011. I love dapples and have been looking for a smaller sized gypsy horse. Can you somehow send me a picture of him @my email address listed below?
    Also, the possibility of investing in the future of the mini gypsy by either co-owning a stallion or exploring a starter breeding package with fillies from your herd sounds like something i would very much like to explore w/you.
    Given that 2day is the 4th of July, 2012, i’m sure it isn’t a good day for discussion by phone…i would like to see that particular cross gypsy before going any farther. Once that is in place, then i would welcome the chance to talk w/u and explore all possibilities you have 2offer.
    Thanks. Donna

    • minigypsy1 says:

      Hi, Donna. Never feel hesitant to call me. It’s much easier to talk about this venture on the phone vs. type! I would love to talk with you today or whenever we can connect. 309-594-2318 my old message machine usually works and I’ll happily call back asap.

      • minigypsy1 says:

        cell 309-540-0181 don’t always carry

      • minigypsy1 says:

        I will try to get update photo of Lil Lex in the morning. You’ve got to remember tho that yearlings don’t look like much….here on the farm they are not on a show feed schedule; I do not believe in fat ponies, they are prone to founder. I’m much happier letting them mature more slowly and not risking overfeeding issues. But that said, you’ve got to realize I believe he is worth the extra effort to keep him as a breeding prospect; most first crosses such as he is I do not believe should be kept for breeding. In the meanwhile, please study the page on this blog, especially I think the black mares page should be able to convey a little bit of the promise of the program. Truffles the “big” purebred gypsy cob mare is only 13.2 which has been considered up to now rather on the smaller side for the perception of size in the U.S. The middle size mare is half gypsy and is only 11.2, yet she looks big compared to the small filly, and the small filly has what I consider good feather for a half gypsy. Most of these mini crosses I have made have been very rewarding in the feather department to me, and especially this year’s 3/4 colt which I hope to take new pictures of tomorrow as well, is quite remarkable.

  5. minigypsy1 says:

    I put some information/reply on the page here “Quite The Pony Filly” that you might find of interest. I hope you have cruised thru all the “available” posts that I have on the blog so far; I will have to start making a “re-homed” section I guess, that would be interesting to people.

  6. Kim Gillet says:

    Would LOVE to help! What can I do?

  7. Sharon and Allan Justin says:

    Would really be interested in seeing some pictures of your Angel filly. We just sold our Gypsy Vanner Stallion and love the vanner breed . If we could get into something small that would be so fun. Thank you Sharon

    • minigypsy1 says:

      Thank you so much for your note! I hope that I hear from you again and please try my email: chevreherd@yahoo.com since I am hit and miss with keeping up with emails from this blog….although honestly I spend so much time on facebook it really steals too much of my time anymore! But please call or write and keep in touch. I am trying very hard to get lots of help with taking photos and some video of our presentations at the Illinois Horse Fair. Angel I will get more photos as spring green grass comes and she should be one of the earlier ones to foal this year so decisions about her will be made after she foals. Her mother, the Angel mini mare is also definitely planned to sell this year and if no one plans to buy her as bred back in foal, she will be kept open and look for a pet home. Thank you for your interest and keep checking and reading thru this blog because for now this is the main website I am updating with current pictures except for on facebook….

    • minigypsy1 says:

      I am assuming you found the pictures of the Angel filly from last summer that is in the above linked page “mini gypsy fillies” ….she has continued to thicken up and is maturing well. if things go well this weekend I might get my kids to help me get some fuzzy photos of her on Saturday.

      • minigypsy1 says:

        I simply find it hard at this point to think about wether I should sell her heavy in foal vs. letting her go….and I am not able to find any contact information for you other than responding to you from your post here. You are welcome to call me or contact me otherwise and chat….

  8. minigypsy1 says:

    Angel filly (and her mother) is in foal to The Executive for 2013 so if she has a filly I will keep the filly and offer Angel (sired by Cold Fusion) for sale at weaning of her filly in September (most likely bred back to Wyatt)….if she has a colt I will have to reconsider what my options are at that time. I may be willing to sell her.

  9. Shelly says:

    Do you know anyone who may be interested in two half Gypsy stallions, both sired by The Gambler? One is a silver dapple who stands at 10.2hh, the other is a bay and white pinto who stands at 11.1hh. Both look very purebred, with feathering and lots of hair. Thanks!

  10. Nellie Spicher says:

    Shelly, I am in Merrill Oregon, can you contact me? I would like to look at your ponies. Tumbleweedponies@gmail.com, or 541-892-5111. Thanks, Nellie.

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