I think what most people in the US/Canada and other countries don't understand, is that Gypsy Horses have changed hands in the UK, between Gypsies and breeders there themselves, for HUGE money, for generations. By huge money, I mean more than most Americans would be willing to pay. And the top horses, still often do. These top priced horses, seldom find their way to the US, until they have produced a ton of foals in the UK.
There was a good reason, why "The Twenty Five Grand Horse" was so named, many years before he was sold to the US. That was in English pounds, so you can double that at the time, for American dollars. Don't think for a moment, that many of the UK Gypsy breeders, don't have incredible money at their disposal.
Certainly, Americans had to pay a lot for the horses we purchased. Not necessarily for the actual horse, but about ten or twelve thousand dollars, just to get it here.
Many, not in the breed in the US, love to parrot that which they have read on the net, that Gypsy Horses/Cobs in the Uk are 'two a penny'. Not true. Most of the 'true' Gypsies and with DNA'd and known backgrounds, are NOT 'two a penny'. And those are NOT what knowledgeable US buyers mostly buy. Those who have done their homework, know the bloodlines, know the breeders and buy from a very few UK breeders.
Black Forest Shires and Gypsy Horses, owned by Jeff and Christine Bartko, were able to import lots of GHs years ago, and offer to the public here, many superb horses at a reasonable cost. This, because they actually filled one plane, instead of bringing them in, individually. More than anyone else, they put Gypsy Horses on the map in the US.
Later, we came to know the few breeders we trusted in the UK and would often purchase from them directly. These days, we have in the US, all the known bloodlines. No reason except in a few cases maybe, to be importing. Certainly not in bulk, as a couple of breeders in the eastern US, still apparently do. And these breeders in the US, came upon the scene much later than many of us and (obviously) didn't do their homework. Sure, they have huge advertising budgets and again, appeal to those who also have not done their homework and are swayed by smart websites which make it appear that the seller, knows what he is doing.
As in any breed, it pays to do one's homework, before jumping in. Gypsy Horses in the US are no longer 'rare'. Prices have dropped considerably and are well compared to other breeds. Less expensive in fact, that many other breeds. Most of us in the early days, purchased Gypsies because we like them and never because we thought we'd make a pile of money, selling their offspring.
Last edited by FeatheredFeet; 07-06-2013 at 06:27 PM.