Equine Journal Article
January 2009

October 2008 saw a slew of events where GHA members showed and enjoyed their horses. There were horse expos, open shows, the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association Show (Brenham, TX), which has classes for Gypsy Horses, and one breed show, the 2008 Feathered Horse Classic hosted by the Georgia National Fair.

BellaDonna Gypsy Farm’s Cash Man in Red, the bright chestnut blagdon son of palomino Romeo, competed in open driving classes at the North Carolina State Fair. Shown by his trainer, the well-known Alphonzo (“Fonz”) Hargrove of Southern Pines, NC. Cash took 1st place in the Reinsmanship Class, 2nd in Timed Obstacles, and 3rd in the Cones and in the Pony Pleasure Driving Classes. Congratulations to BellaDonna Farm and to Mr. Hargrove!

On November 1-2, Cash and his sire, Villa Vanner’s Romeo, appeared together at the Pine Tree CDE (Southern Pines, NC). A CDE, or combined driving event, consists of three types of classes: driven dressage, cones, and endurance. Both stallions acquitted themselves well in the first such event for both.

Golden Signature Farm, who has logged many miles in showing, had a very busy October. On the 11th, GSF attended the Bluebonnet Horse Expo (Austin, TX) where the Gypsy Horses present provided the Grand Finale of the Parade of Breeds. GSF is to be applauded for its support of this expo, whose proceeds go toward horse rescue.

Then, on October 18th, GSF showed in the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association’s Annual Show where Gypsy Horses provided the biggest turnout of any breed with 30 present. GSF chalked up an impressive set of wins with the seven Gypsies it showed. Two-year-old GSF Golden Splash won 1st place in the Stallion under 2 Years Old Class and then went on to be Champion Gypsy Stallion of the show. The Champion Stallion is chosen from among the first and second place winners of the Stallion under 2 Years Old Class and of the Stallion 3 Years and Older Class. To win the title Champion Gypsy Stallion, Splash not only placed over stallions his own age but also over the adult winners of the over-three-years-old class.

Another highpoint for Golden Signature Farm was GSF Fallon’s 1st place in the Weanling Colt Class. Fallon was sired by GSF’s homozygous tobiano stallion Keebler and, of the GSF horses at the TDHMA show, Fallon was the only one actually bred by GSF. Such a win reflects well on the quality of a farm’s breeding program.

GSF also won several 2nd places--in the crowded Stallion 3 and Over Class (GSF Rosco), in the Yearling Filly Class (GSF Billy Jean), in the Mares 4 and Over Class (GSF Aurora), and in the Costume Class (GSF Aurora). Kudos to GSF for a fine turnout!

Two of GSF’s horses were recent purchases from Lucky Charm Ranch (New Pine Creek, OR). SR Just Bucking Around (“Buck”) placed 2nd in Geldings of All Ages and then went on to win Reserve Champion Gelding. SR Jackpot, so named because he was born on 7-7-07, placed 3rd in the Geldings of All Ages Class. Recreational horse owners are discovering the GH, and many will want geldings. As the Gypsy Horse breed matures in the U.S., the quality of the breed’s geldings will play an important role in its success here.

Beginning her show career at the Feathered Horse Classic was J-Lo Haven Farms’ BellaDonna Lilly. One of the youngest in her classes, she displayed impeccable manners throughout her first show. And what a first show! This year, one Saturday’s attendance at the Georgia National Fair numbered 450,000, and up to a third of attendees typically visit the horse barn.

Also present at the FHC was Silver Feather Gypsies. Although its five GHs between them won six ribbons, SFG’s brightest moment occurred when the two-year-old SFG Summer Rose, bred by SFG and now owned by Stillwater Farm (NC), made Grand Champion Mare. Summer is of the famed Rose line.

The Reserve Champion Stallion of the ’08 Feathered Horse Classic was The Pelton Vanners’ new stallion, D’Jango Jazz. A homozygous tobiano son of the late Lion King, Jazz represents an extremely valued bloodline. We suspect that Jazz will prove a formidable sire and show horse in the years to come.

Next month, please join us for a report of GHA’s first Equine Affaire as well as of several other events in which GHA members participated during October. Please visit GHA’s web site at www.gypsyhorseassociation.org.

 

 

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Golden Signature Farm's GSF Aurora placed 2nd in the Mares 4 & Over Class at the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

SR Just Bucking Around
Golden Signature Farm's SR Just Bucking Around ("Buck") won 2nd place in the Geldings of All Ages Class and then went on to be Reserve Champion Gelding at the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Buck was bred by Lucky Charm Ranch of New Pine Creek, Oregon. He was shown by Desi Meurer. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

Jackpot
Golden Signature Farm's SR Jackpot placed 3rd in Geldings of All Ages at the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Jackpot was bred by Lucky Charm Ranch of New Pine Creek, Oregon and earned his very fitting name when he was born on 7-07-07. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

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Owner Sandra Pelton of The Pelton Vanners shows D'Jango Jazz at the '08 Feathered Horse Classic.
Jazz, a son of the late, great Lion King, won Reserve Champion Stallion at Halter. Photo Courtesy of Miranda Pelton.

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Owner Karen Brown of J-Lo Haven Farms shows Belladonna Lilly, a daughter of White Stone Rory,
a stallion so typey that he was brought back to England after being imported here. Lilly displays a sabino coat pattern. Photo (c) Equine Dreamscapes.

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GSF Billy JeanAt the 2008 Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show, Golden Signature Farm's Billy Jean, shown by Desi Meurer, placed 2nd in the Yearling Fillies Class. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

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Golden Signature Farm's Golden Splash won 1st place in the Stallion under 2 Years Old Class and then went on to be Champion Gypsy Stallion of the 2008 Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Splash, who is by The Boss, displays a sabino coat pattern. He was shown by Desi Meurer. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

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Golden Signature Farm's GSF Fallon, shown by Mary Hart, won 1st place in the 2008 Colt Class at the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Fallon is by GSF's homozygous tobiano stallion Keebler. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

GSF Aurora2
Golden Signature Farm's GSF Aurora placed 2nd in the Costume Class at the Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

GSF Rosco
Golden Signature Farm's GSF Rosco, a son of the Coates family's well known stallion Oliver, placed 2nd in the Stallion under 3 Years Old Class, Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. He was shown by Mary Hart. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

GSF Fallon2Golden Signature Farm's GSF Fallon, shown by Mary Hart, enter the ring dressed as Tigger and Eeyore as they participate in the Costume Class of the 2008 Texas Draft Horse and Mule Association's Show. Fallon is by GSF's homozygous tobiano stallion Keebler. Photo Copyright Janet Choate, One Ton Photography, www.onetonphotography.synthasite.com.

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Silver Feather Gypsies' Silver Pearl negotiates a bridge in the trail class, 2008 Feathered Horse Class.
Pearl went on to place 1st in the class. Photo Courtesy of Toni Tidwell.