Gypsy cobs settle into new home
THE handsome, moustached Lord Callum of the Owlish Fortress and the captivating Elite Amelia have settled into their North Deep Creek home following their long flight from Holland and Oregon last week.
Watching the imported gypsy cobs trot up for a mouthful of hay – mane, tail and feathers flying – is a dream come true for Tabitha Jones and her family.
She read an article about the breed in a horse magazine and was “sold instantly”.
“We fell in love with them and went looking for a breeding pair,” she said.
At present there are only about five of the breed in Queensland, but Ms Jones has purchased three more mares from overseas – two from Germany and another from Holland.
“They are the epitome of the fairy tale My Little Pony,” she said. “And they have an incredible nature with amazing looks.”
The gypsy cob was bred originally by the Romani people of England and Europe and thought to be the result of crossing Clydesdale, shires and Friesians with the dale and fell ponies.
About 50 years ago some families began a selective breeding program and the result is a pony/galloway size cob between 13-15 hands, with a small refined head, petite ears, heavy bone, short coupled body for pulling, a long flowing mane and tail and most importantly, profuse feathering starting from the knees down.
Desirable traits are their gentle disposition and endurance.
And, according to Ms Jones, Callum’s very cute “moustache” is highly sought-after.
“A very desirable feature apparently,” she said.
“It’s the funniest thing and considered very lucky by the gypsies.”
They intend to sell their offspring as weanlings.
“We are hoping to dazzle Australia with the best of the best in gypsy cobs,” she said.