2016 Foals Expected!

We used our mini gypsy development studs for herd sires starting in 2015.

Bellbottom July Sparkler 34″ tall sired by Wyatt an 11.3 hand tall purebred gypsy cob; and
Bellbottom Tuppenny Horse, ten hands tall 3/4 gypsy (mom is Hapenny) and sired by The Executive.

Look up their videos on my Chevreherd account on YouTube:


Mares at Chevreherd and expected foal dates:

Hapenny (1/2 sired by Cold Fusion), black bred to homozygous black pinto The Executive, due in March 2016
Dolly (1/2 sired by Toymakker), piebald x piebald Tuppenny due end of March
Sisters (1/2 by Cold Fusion) Angelica and Sera, piebald x piebald Tuppenny–April
BonBon, piebald x bay Sparky due April
Belladonna Cat Burglar (chestnut pinto x black pinto Tuppenny due May
Bandera Athenry, piebald x piebald Tuppenny due May
Stardust (1/2 by Wyatt) silver blanket appy x Tuppenny due June
Two AMHR mares one cremello and one silver dapple, due June by Tuppenny
Bellbottom M&M 3/4 (sire Executive mom QT by Toymakker) possibly in foal to bay pinto Wyatt son for late summer 2016
Bellbottom Cobbled Blossom 3/4 (Wyatt x Rosie by Cold Fusion) Bay x Blue pinto Tiny (1/2–sire Executive) – possibly in foal


Gentle Family Pony


Bellbottom Farm is invested in the process of creating a new breed of miniature horse; a truly miniature gypsy horse that reflects the wonderful qualities of the full size wagon horse; sweet and gentle temperament—these horses want to interact with humans!  Beauty that is taken for granted….Intelligence that is so forgiving.  It makes them the perfect family horse.  Strong sturdy build that is also athletic.  Totally balanced animal inside and out.  The dream is possible!

Pasture pics 10/24/2012

Our gypsy cob stallion, The Executive, with a few of our mares (don’t forget if you click on a photo you can see a larger version).

Choosing a purely Cob Pony

Decided to take some photos today, it has been raining fairly often this past week and the horses have nothing but mud in their feed area, thankfully the cement lot is there to feed them treats!  They were sorely disappointed I did not offer anything tasty but only took pictures.  Remember, you can click on a photo to bring up the big size for viewing.

The big riding horses come first for attention but in the series of photos I want you to end up focusing on the cob ponies.  Everything under 14 hands is nothing but cob breeding….two black mares, weanling filly you can’t see much of, and two 2 year olds under 12 hands.

Which one appeals to you the most?

Bellbottom yearling colt signed up for National Clydesdale Sale!

We offer a superior quality gypsy cob yearling colt to the public during the National Clydesdale Sale in Indianna on April 28, 2012. He will be sold that day and online bidding is available. The website for more information is:


We have several photos of this fine boy in our albums on facebook and I am happy to share them with anyone who asks.

We did make some attempt to get a video clip done this weekend:

Bellbottom Truffles

Truffles was my first gypsy cob filly investment.  I spent hours researching the gypsy horse breed ever gaining popularity in 2005.  I had actually first seen her older brother come up for sale on the Black Forest Shires and Gypsy Horses for sale site pages.  It was fun to go visit their for sale site pages because they had a real knack for taking very nice pictures of the horses they imported for resale from Britain to the United States.  They also would come up with several paragraph descriptions of each horse that made you feel like you knew it’s personality as an individual.  They had a real gift as horse dealers of finding high quality horses and reselling them that lasted for several years, making them responsible for a large number of the good gypsy horses that are present in the United States today.

Black Forest found Truffles’ parents for Grace Ranch (since dispersed) I believe around 2004.  Truffles daddy, Royal, is now the stallion most associated with Hope of Glory Gyspy Horse farm in Michigan.  Royal is a stunning individual who defines the terminology of “proper cob” as described by the Rom breeders.  I regret that I have never seen him hitched up to a colorful wagon travelling down the road, fulfilling what his family of horses was bred for.  Royal is a direct son of the famous black feathered cob that was extremely popular in England, Eddie Alcock’s Old Black Horse, and I believe that Royal was one of his last and best sons.  Grace Ranch was known for having some of the very best stock that was being imported from Britain, and Royal was the young shining star among several outstanding stallions.

Truffles momma was and is also a beautifully stunning gypsy horse of wide acclaim.  “Cassie” was imported from the Sid Harker herd along with the pivotal quality mare who came to be known as Babydoll at Black Forest.  I am sharing below a picture of “Cassie” previously known as Penny along with her pasture mate, Polly who became “Babydoll.”  This picture was on the home page of Black Forest for many years, representing the highest quality gypsy horses in the world.  Recently, I was able to ask Sid Harker’s family to verify Cassie’s sire, which they did, as Sid’s Good Stallion, a horse of great repute and some believe equal standing to the Old Black Horse, and especially known for producing excellent mares.  This was a thrilling moment for me, because I had always had the feeling that this must be true, and backs up my long-standing admiration for horses produced by Sid’s Good Stallion.  What a thrill to know I had the wonderful Truffles, verified to be from such royal lineage on both sides!   I already knew she was special, of course, but it has been hard at times to get pedigree information for these amazing quality horses.

Truffles has produced some wonderful colts for me so far; the 2011 colt is her best yet and is still available for sale.  He has been proven with a couple horse shows last fall to be a blue ribbon winner and champion colt.  Please call 309-594-2318 if you are interested in hearing more about this superb quality colt.

Meanwhile, Truffles was bred to The Executive for her 2012 baby and we hope, hope, hope for a filly this year!  If she has a colt, it will be available for sale as a weanling, and is sure to be a great investment for someone.  Both Truffles and The Executive (son of the also supremely famous Producer horse) have above-average conformation with structure for Cadillac movement, beautiful heads you just won’t find anywhere else, set correctly on NECKS that are refined and especially well set into the shoulder.  You are not going to find ANYWHERE I have seen with keeping track of what everybody has around the world in gyspy cobs; I repeat I find it easy to proclaim that this match-up has the best show horse necks that can be produced in a gypsy cob/vanner horse!

Enjoy the pictures:  (please note that if you hover your cursor over the individual photo, the horse’s name will appear)

Christmas Parade, Kewanee, IL 2011

Just wanted to share a few photos from this past weekend’s fun event, a short and sweet parade to celebrate the season!  (You will see some critters that the horses had to look at very closely to be sure they were safe to be around…)


The winter supply of hay for the ponies is all ready for the winter cold and snow to set in.

Lex at Work

We attended the 2011 Gypsy Cob and Drum Horse Association’s year-end North American Championship show and Royal Jubilee this past weekend in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the very nice Iowa Equestrian Center.

Daughter showed our stallion, “Lexington” AKA BoHo’s Cold Fusion, in walk/trot Western classes and made us proud out there competing with the professionally trained horses in the class.  Out of 4, they managed to pull a 3rd place ribbon.


Patience of a Saint

burdock gypsy cob horses vanners

All burrs all dayA few days ago I shared a picture of my bunch of naughty ponies who had broken thru my lot fence and into the old sheep paddock. Well, I had been trying to work the chore of cutting out the burdock for the past month, but the time never seemed to make itself available. Mid July would have been best to get in there and simply cut down those growing weeds and put them on the burn pile. But no, they had to keep maturing and set on a nice crop of seeds. And really, it was not a terrible patch to manage; it might have taken a couple hours to clean up the area but here the ponies had decided to make a fashion statement and it was going to take much more time to pick out those burrs from manes, tails and FEATHER! Deep breath. Today was the day we needed to get this taken care of . The farrier was coming at 9 a.m. and I knew he would not be impressed with trying to trim hooves while working around scratchy, sticky ponies. Of course the stallion in all his glory had to receive special treatment. He was left for last because we decided he didn't need a trim today, his feet were still in pretty good shape. Guess all that road work in August was good for lots of reasons! Let me interrupt my story with saying I am posting my picture again because I don't understand what the program did with it at the beginning of my post. I do want people to be able to see the enormity of the challenge of cleanup. Okay, so the farrier got to work with clean ponies because I decided I just did not have the fortitude to clean them up in the usual way. Even with going thru with butchering the manes and tails on the yearlings, it took more than an hour. So while the farrier was trimming the first half of the 9 horses he worked on, the yearlings were getting shorn. I did not have a camera with me in the morning, but in the afternoon later when we finally tackled Lexington and the last yearling, by the time I got busy with pictures it was getting dark. But, I did want to share some pictures to show why I appreciate my Lex stallion (BoHo's Cold Fusion) SO MUCH! He tolerated pulling on mane, forelock, tail, and all four legs which was a process of TWO HOURS, with only a minimal amount of fidgeting. Okay, by the end of that time he expressed his opinion of the whole thing by evacuating stool and urine, but on the whole, he was an angel. I really have a hard time thinking of any time he has been bad, oh, yeah, except for leaning on the fences last week when he learned he could reach some tall grass and weeds to chew on, and eventually pushing a cattle panel loose so he could lead all the ponies into the weed patch. Yeah, that was a bad pony!!!! But he certainly is the best natured horse I've ever been around, and smart, and listens, is making an amazing driving pony who I could see doing so well in CDE events and such. And his hair quality is exceptional all over his body, being non-fading black and ready to show all year long with no special treatment. Even after this episode of being covered with burrs and the aggravation of having to pull them all out; he had minimal hair breakage and loss, and really with a good wash up is ready to take to a show tomorrow! I just love this pony! About half way thru the cleanup

Gypsy vanner horse cob Irish tinker

Home stretch for clean up

Bohemian Gypsy Cob mini vanner

Tail End!

Bohemian Gypsy Cob Pony Mini Vanner

Rosie models the new bobtail draft pony look

gypsy pony cross mini gypsies

Cleaned up ponies