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We are excited to announce that all three of our broodmares are in foal to our very own “blue” stallion,
Parnell’s Leannan, for Spring/Summer 2015 foals!! Our beautiful ride/drive mare, Parnell’s Nuala, is due in late March. Be sure to look at Nuala’s previous babies - Parnell’s Anois and Parnell’s Grainne ni Mhaille - to see the quality that she produces. Parnell’s Cahir is due in early June – she has also produced outstanding babies for us, including Parnell’s Keelin, Parnell’s Ardan, Parnell’s Glendalough, Parnell’s Si Gaoithe, and Parnell’s Meadbh. Parnell’s Lisdoonvarna, the first foal born at the Irish Rose, produced an outstanding filly by Parnell’s Leannan in 2012. Leannan has sired five fabulous foals for us: Si Gaoithe, Caoinlean, Meadbh, Cormac mac Airt and Ceilidh – each one has his short back and sweet head! We have such great expectations for these babies as well!

Newsflash: PRICE REDUCED !!  We have decided to sell our restored antique canvas bow-top Gypsy wagon from the 1930’s, as we are no longer taking it to shows or parades. This is your chance to own an authentic Romany Gypsy wagon painted by the late, great wagon painter Tom Stephenson of County Durham, England. Since importing this wagon from Ireland in 2005, we have taken it to Celtic festivals and horse shows throughout the U.S., and driven it in the Denver St. Patrick’s Day parade, where it is always a crowd-pleaser. The asking price of this lovely wagon has been reduced from $65,000 to $50,000.  This price includes the custom-made cover and the 16-foot auto carrier trailer (with electric winch) for transporting it. Please contact Charlie at (970) 556-3929 for additional information and pictures, or to arrange for an inspection of this beautiful and historical Gypsy wagon.

Welcome to The Irish Rose, home of Parnell's Irish Cobs.  We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday season and are off to good start for 2015.  Right after Christmas, we had a few days of brutally cold weather (down to -21 F one evening!), so we brought the girls in to the barn and paddock area where we can keep an eye on them and feed them with greater ease.  We have been blessed with some unseasonably warm days (up to 70 F) in early February.  The horses know this respite from Colorado’s normal winter weather won’t last, so they have been badgering me to let them go back out on the pastures for a bit on these sunny days.    

Speaking of the mares, our pregnant girls are all doing great.  Plenty of nice alfalfa/grass hay to eat, a little grain with carrots and pre-natal vitamins every evening, and lots and lots of attention!  Nuala, who’s due in late March, has developed that slight side-to-side swaying that we love to see in our pregnant mares, and she’s taking her time walking back in after turnout!  She’s been a great mom with her previous babies (Anois and Grainne ni Mhaille), and we’re really anxious to see what she and Leeanan will produce! 

Cahir, who is due in June, is also looking fine – she’s homozygous for the tobiano gene, so this baby, like her previous foals, will -be colored – the only question is whether Leannan will pass his grey gene and give us another blue and white pinto pattern (like Meadbh, Caoinlean and Ceilidh)!  Lizzie, as usual, is always looking for something more to eat, and using her pregnancy as an excuse to lobby for just one more flake!  This will be her second foal, and should arrive within a few days of Cahir’s foal.  Lizzie, like Nuala, is heterozygous for the tobiano gene, so their babies by Leannan will have four color possibilities: solid black or piebald if they don’t get Lee’s grey gene, or solid blue (like Lee!) or blue and white pinto if they do get the grey gene.  We can hardly wait to see them foaled – it never gets old!

In addition to the foals, we are also expecting three little Irish Dexter calves in 2015.  Seosaimhthin (“Josephine”),  Luiseach (“Lucy”) and Eabha (“Eva”) were all bred to an outstanding red Dexter bull (Laffey’s Norman) and are due in early Spring 2015.  It’s going to be pretty entertaining – but at least we won’t have to stay up all night watching and waiting for the new calves to show up!  As long as I keep the hay coming out there, everyone is happy.

At Parnell's, our goal is to breed, train and show the finest traditional Irish Cobs. We are meeting this goal by carefully matching our broodmares with hand-picked stallions in terms of conformation and color. We also believe that it is equally important to maintain their well-deserved reputation for being hard-working horses with gentle dispositions. We breed for performance, whether in harness or under saddle, and we focus on the qualities that promote the ability to perform in multiple disciplines. Be sure and check out the “Horses for Sale” page for the latest information on our available horses.
Thinking about breeding your Gypsy horse mare in 2015? Our blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan, will be standing to a limited number of approved Gypsy mares in 2015 – be sure and visit his page for more information (and look at Caoinlean, Si Gaoithe, Meadbh, Cormac mac Airt and Ceilidh to see how well he consistently reproduces his short back and sweet head!) If you are in the Fort Collins area and would like to visit with our herd, or see Leannan in person, please contact us to arrange for your visit!

We are pleased that we have been able to preserve another part of the Irish culture in the form of traditional driving vehicles. We are privileged to have owned two Irish Gypsy vardos or living wagons, an English Gypsy flat cart and an authentic Irish jaunting cart - please make sure you check the Driving Vehicles page for more information and photos of these lovely vehicles!  We are always happy to share more photos with people who are doing restorations or models.  As noted in the Newsflash, we have decided to sell the Bow-Top wagon Gypsy wagon – if you are interested in owning an authentic Romany vardo to use in parades and shows, please call Charlie to arrange for an inspection.

Thank you for visiting our website - we hope you will enjoy the pictures of our fine horses and our traditional Gypsy driving vehicles. Please contact us for more information regarding our available Horses for Sale. Our farm, The Irish Rose, is only an hour North of Denver, CO and we would love to show you our horses and wagons in person!


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