Pictured is a 2 year old Miniature Gypsy stud standing next to a 14hh sized Gypsy horse (Photo courtesy of www.gypsyhorses.co.uk)
Examples of "Mini-Gypsies" from overseas
Specializing in Purebred Gypsy ponies 10hh - 13hh!
In August 2012, I imported "The Risk Factor" from the UK. He is the first "Mini-Gypsy" to be imported into the US specifically to breed for small purebred Gypsy horses here in North America, and is currently still the smallest purebred Gypsy in North America! He is the foundation stallion for my program. Risk Factor is 11.2hh and he appears to be holding there, now he just keeps maturing more thick and wide!
Shortly after his import, I started a group on Facebook - "Purebred Gypsy Ponies Under 13hh in North America" and heavily promoted the creation and development of this smaller class of Gypsy horses, reaching out to the far corners of North America in search of others who may own smaller Gypsy horses and slowly they are creeping out of the woodwork. There are currently less than 100 Purebred "mini-Gypsies" in North America, but with recent discovery and interest I am starting to see a few more being imported and am thrilled to see a few breeders planning foals for the coming years that will stay under 13hh!
Located in central Wisconsin, MHB Gypsy Ponies started out in 2003 as "Mini Hoof Beats" specializing in show quality, family friendly miniature horses. Over the years I experimented with other breeds including gaited horses, Friesians, Shires and Clydesdales. I fell in love with the Gypsy horse because of it's smaller size, compact build, fairytale hair and feather and natural laid back, easygoing temperament.
I bought my first Gypsy horse, Tartok, in 2011. Soon after, I learned of the "miniature" Gypsy horse being bred in the UK. Years ago, breeders overseas took their 15hh Gypsy horses and started breeding down in size for smaller cart-sized cobs. Today you can find purebred Gypsy horses overseas typically 11-13hh, and some breeders have stock down to 8hh (for a very hefty price!).
Today, finding a Gypsy horse in North America under 13hh is extremely difficult. For some reason, the smaller pony-sized Gypsy horse has not grown popular this side of the water...yet...but I have a feeling these loveable little Gypsy horses will find a place in several of our hearts in the coming years as they become more available.