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Gypsy Vanner Horse Farm Tour & Dinner

Gypsy Vanner Horse Farm Tour & Dinner

Tampa Bay
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 12:00am
Ocala
Florida

By Michael Gulick: Photos by Dave Hutchinson - Sunday was a beautiful day to visit the Gypsy Vanner Horses. 44 of our members participated in this event with the majority joining us for lunch at the Off-The-Hook Peruvian Restaurant. It’s not often one has the opportunity to visit and touch a unique horse in person, especially one that was recently introduced to the world and establish it as a recognized breed. We started with a talk about the history of the breed from its discovery in Great Britain to its evolution in the United States, as presented by our Tour Guide/Owner, Dennis  Thompson. A walking tour of the farm followed where we met the stallions, mares, foals, and various other animals loved at Gypsy Gold farm. The farm is located on 40 acres in Ocala, Florida. The facility features a 14-stall show barn, and a 12-stall bedding-free barn, surrounded by 19 lush paddocks dotted with ancient granddaddy oaks draped in Spanish moss. Private trails, hilltop views, and many gorgeous backdrops are here for four of the remaining foundation herd of the Gypsy Vanner horse. After the tour, we headed to the Off-The-Hook Peruvian Restaurant for a great tasting of Peruvian dishes. We were the only customers at that time since we filled up all available seats. We hope everyone enjoyed this event and, for those not attending, you missed a great MBCA outing.