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