Truffles was the first purebred gypsy cob mare here on the farm and inspired the farm name. I so appreciate that we were able to acquire this amazing proper cob mare.
I spent hours researching the gypsy horse breed ever gaining popularity in 2005. I had actually first seen her older brother come up for sale on the Black Forest Shires and Gypsy Horses for sale site pages. It was fun to go visit their for sale site pages because they had a real knack for taking very nice pictures of the horses they imported for resale from Britain to the United States. They also would come up with several paragraph descriptions of each horse that made you feel like you knew it’s personality as an individual. They had a real gift as horse dealers of finding high quality horses and reselling them that lasted for several years, making them responsible for a large number of the good gypsy horses that are present in the United States today.
Black Forest found Truffles’ parents for Grace Ranch (since dispersed) I believe around 2004. Truffles daddy, Royal, is now the stallion most associated with Hope of Glory Gyspy Horse farm in Michigan. Royal is a stunning individual who defines the terminology of “proper cob” as described by the Rom breeders. I regret that I have never seen him hitched up to a colorful wagon travelling down the road, fulfilling what his family of horses was bred for. Royal is a direct son of the famous black feathered cob that was extremely popular in England, Eddie Alcock’s Old Black Horse, and I believe that Royal was one of his last and best sons. Grace Ranch was known for having some of the very best stock that was being imported from Britain, and Royal was the young shining star among several outstanding stallions
Truffles momma was and is also a beautifully stunning gypsy horse of wide acclaim. “Cassie” was imported from the Sid Harker herd along with the pivotal quality mare who came to be known as Babydoll at Black Forest. I am sharing below a picture of “Cassie” previously known as Penny along with her pasture mate, Polly who became “Babydoll.” This picture was on the home page of Black Forest for many years, representing the highest quality gypsy horses in the world. Recently, I was able to ask Sid Harker’s family to verify Cassie’s sire, which they did, as Sid’s/Syd’s Good Stallion, a horse of great repute and some believe equal standing to the Old Black Horse, and especially known for producing excellent mares. This was a thrilling moment for me, because I had always had the feeling that this must be true, and backs up my long-standing admiration for horses produced by Sid’s Good Stallion. What a thrill to know I had the wonderful Truffles, verified to be from such royal lineage on both sides! I already knew that she was special, of course, but it has been hard at times to get pedigree information for these amazing quality horses.
Truffles has produced some wonderful colts for me so far; her first colt was sired by Pompeii and lives in Florida; her second colt has been called Hollywood in the past and is registered as Bellbottom Cool Dude. He is now with C.J. Baker in the Peoria, IL area and is being shown and stood to the public. Her third colt was another boy sired by Cold Fusion and I believe is in Colorado. Here is the link to Dude’s owner page:
Her fourth baby was a filly sired by The Executive, which I call BonBon; a very very nice filly to make 12.2hands. Truffles then earned a year off and in 2013 spent the breeding season in with Doc. I expect our first 7/8 gypsy baby from this nice matchup.