Gypsy Cobs are go!

Gypsy Cobs are one of the fastest-growing breeds in the popularity stakes, being wonderfully family-friendly and oh-so trainable.

Swanhaven James, Purebred Gypsy Cob of the Year, ridden by Laura Sykes (Mel’s Moments)

So, the Gypsy Cob section at the Land Rover Horse of the Year is relatively new, but is rapidly increasing in numbers and spectator interest.

The star of the show was Rover’s Return, a bay tobiano gelding by the Gypsy cob stallion John Brodie out of a stationbred mare, Willow, bred by Emmy Maxwell.

Rover’s Return, who won numerous Gypsy Cob titles including both the part-bred In-Hand and Ridden Gypsy Cob Horse of the Year (Mel’s Moments)

He won the best paced ridden part-bred class, the ridden best presented, the in-hand best paced and also best mannered classes for part-breds, and then both the part-bred Gypsy In-hand Horse of the Year and the part-bred Gypsy Ridden Horse of the Year. 

Sally House’s GRS Prince’s Lion Heart was the adult Purebred Gypsy Cob of the Year.

Prince’s Lion Heart, adult Gypsy Cob of the Year (Mel’s Moments)

The handsome six-year-old stallion Swanhaven James won the Purebred Gypsy Cob of the Year, the Best Paced and also the Best Mannered purebred classes, ridden by Laura Sykes. He is owned by Shani Hughes and was bred by P & A Swanson.

Westfield Tara, who won the in-hand Best Presented, and was runner up in the youngstock purebred (Mel’s Moments)

Other results:

In-Hand Best Presented Gypsy Cob, Gina Stamp, Westfield Tara

In-hand Best Mannered Gypsy Cob: Chelsea Richards, Swanhaven Aurora

In-hand Best Paced Gypsy Cob: Chelsea Richards, Swanhaven Aurora

In-hand Youngstock Purebred Gypsy Cob: Gina Stamp, Westfield Tara

In-hand Youngstock Part-bred Gypsy Cob: Kaaron Meares, Wentworth Aria

Part-bred Gypsy of the Year Youngstock: Kaaron Meares, Wentworth Aria