Full Circle received its first Gypsy Horse for training in March 2007: Blarney Stone’s Sailor. He is owned by Lise McNamara, Blarney Stone Acres, West Milford, NJ.
Blarney was then a four-year-old, untrained stallion. In just six weeks of work, our dressage trainer Mary Jo Wicker showed him at the first annual Gypsy Cob & Drum Show, Lexington, KY and two weeks later at the USDF A-rated KDA show. He scored in the mid-60s at both.
His performances have continued to improve over the past two show seasons with him qualifying for both the USDF Region 2 Championships and All-Breeds awards. His scores have risen as high as 70+% in both Training and First levels in USDF competition. He will show First and Second levels in 2009, has changes and is starting piaffe.
Full Circle has been home to more than a dozen Blarnry Stone Gypsy Horses since Blarney’s arrival, some for training, others visiting to be presented at the Full Circle/Blarney Stone Acres Gypsy Horse Open House in December 2008.
In training now, in addition to Blarney, are the five-year-old Blarney Stone’s Diana, Clononeen Rossa, a three-year-old gelding, and Blarney Stone’s Chaplin, a two-year-old gelding. All are owned by Lise McNamara. Retired at home waiting for her May foal by Blarney is Lady Wisteria, shown in 2008, her first dressage show season, to scores in the high 60s% by Chris Radtke.
The Gypsy Horses bring with them not only a rich, international heritage, but also trainability unlike most horses. We have found them to be beautiful, smart horses, plus wonderfully sound, balanced and pure gaited, sturdy, and exceptionally pleasant to be around. They make excellent entry-level mounts and have the proven capability to win in dressage against tough, bigger and more sophisticated competition.