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Gypsy Vanner Horse


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Filmmakers Jackie and Mark Barrett take viewers on a journey through the British Isles and across America in discovery of a magical new breed of horse, the Gypsy Vanner. It s a story steeped in the legend, romance, and mystery of the Gypsies and Traveling People of the British Isles. Generations of Gypsies have dedicated their lives to developing this unique horse type, and now horse lovers the world over are enthusiastic to participate. Beautifully filmed in HD, this captivating Gypsy Vanner Horse documentary introduces a magical type of horse bred by a select group by Gypsies in the British Isles. A chance discovery during a business trip started ones mans obsession with introducing this horse to the U.S. and the world. In the film, you ll meet Gypsy historian, artisan, and folklorist Peter Ingram. Around his home campfire he charms us with tales of his life in a living wagon and the changing lifestyles of Travelers today. Further on we visit Gypsy campsites and a family driving their caravan of historic living wagons on an annual pilgrimage to the Appleby Horse Fair. Some travel weeks to reach this destination, using the same roads as speeding semis and autos. It can be an arduous journey and not one for the feint of heart. The Appleby Horse Fair was established in 1685 for the purpose of horse trading and Gypsies from throughout the British Isles are arriving for the 323rd consecutive year of this lively cultural gathering. As colorful wagons and caravans stream into Appleby town center, making their way to the historic fairgrounds, all eyes turn to the parade. Children prepare horses with a traditional bath in the River Eden, making a well attended spectator sport of it. On the overly crowded flash road pedestrians need to be wary. Drivers, in hopes of making an impression, and a sale, scream and shout ahead warnings as they boldly race their horses up and down the narrow roadway. Traveling throughout America we meet various other new owners, breeders, and lovers of the Gypsy Vanner Horse. Some are new to horses and some have much experience with other breeds. All tell stories of a compelling draw to this enchanting horse. Dennis Thompson is the original importer of these horses and established the type as a distinct breed, The Gypsy Vanner Horse. We hear his touching story of discovery and why this horse has become his life s passion as well as his business. Bob & Bev Smith own and run one the most famous Ferrari restoration shops in the world and have hopes of making the Vanners just as famous. Alan Yates is a Microsoft executive sharing his wife s newly sparked passion for horses. Various professional trainers, clinicians and horsemen share what they find so pleasurable and endearing about these horses. Awards: Finalist, Best Documentary 2009 CENFLO (Central Florida Film Festival)

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  • Actors: .
  • Directors: Mark J. Barrett
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DH9GBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

I very much enjoyed these beautiful creatures.
mmczat
If you love Gypsy Vanner Horses, this is the film to learn all about them.
ctomfin
I like the fact that these horses are so people friendly.
Genny Usher

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By White Raven on January 12, 2013
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This is a well made documentary about a rare horse breed. It is a lift to the spirit to see these animals in action. One of the better parts of this film shows an owner washing and cleaning up the massive feathering, mane, and tail hair on the horse. The horses are beautiful and have a great personality but they do require a good deal of maintenance to keep fit. We also get a little history on the animal and see it in its native Ireland. A really fun forty minute film for anyone who loves equines.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mom on April 12, 2013
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I had never heard of this breed of horses before. For anyone even mildly interested in horses this is a must see!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donna Dean on April 19, 2013
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Only 60 years ago Gypsies, or Romany, decided to begin selectively breeding their horses that pulled their wagons to create a new breed. They succeeded beyond all imagination, turning ordinary cart horses of no particular distinction into magnificent creatures that enchant and beguile upon first sight. Oh, how I'd love a couple to start my own horse farm! This film is "...an advertisement..."
as another reviewer carped. Well, of course it is! What would one expect? And yes, Vanners are not for peasants like myself, forever chained to the social class of the lower sorts. Owning a Vanner is expensive. Very. Strictly for the very, very wealthy. As a breed, they're just getting started in this country. But, oh, would I love to sit on the fence and watch as some ran by! Vanners are the one thing I can think of that the rich are doing that are enhancing life on this planet rather than destroying it. Their soft eyes and friendly manners shine as they prance by, glorious manes, tails, and fetlocks rippling and flowing in their self-made breeze. Vanners are an art form in their own right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Watson on March 25, 2013
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i had never heard of this breed before that traces it's background to pulling Gypsy Caravans around Europe, particularly Ireland. Great interviews with the people involved with this breed both in Ireland and U.S. Glad i took the time to find out about them and plan to visit a farm soon to check them out in "person." I say in "person" because from the film they appear to have extremely friendly personalities.

If you like animals of any kind .you will like this well done documentary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Aiken on April 11, 2013
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I love horses but had never heard of this breed, theGypsy Vanner. They are breathtakingly beautiful. I am so glad I watched this program.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By donna carroll on April 9, 2013
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These are such beautiful animals. I really enjoyed watching them, and finding out their history, and learning about their wonderful temperament. Would love to own some myself!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cathey1015 on March 20, 2013
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This documentary was truly a gift to all horse lovers. To see these beautiful horses in their element was truly wonderful to see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leigh-Anne Toulouse on March 14, 2013
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I had never seen or heard about a Gypsy Vanner Horse before. I found this video to be an informative and beautiful documentary of this grand horse. Highly recommended it to anyone interested in the breed or horses in general.
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