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Our beautiful ride/drive mare, Parnell’s Nuala, is in foal to our very own blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan, for a Spring 2015 foal!! Be sure to look at Nuala’s previous babies (Anois and Grainne ni Mhaille) to see the quality that she produces. Leannan has sired five fabulous foals: Si Gaoithe, Caoinlean, Meadbh, Cormac mac Airt and Ceilidh – each one has his short back and sweet head! We have such great expectations for this baby.


Newsflash: We decided it was time to get a companion for our Gypsy lurcher, Fintan. Meet Aengus, a boxer mix from Big Bones Dog Rescue. Aengus is a beautiful black and tan brindle with white socks, belly and blaze on his face. He is about a year old and weighs around 80 pounds. According to Irish mythology, Aengus was one of the Tuatha de Dannan, and was the god of love, poetry and youthful inspiration. According to some sources, the name is derived from the Irish words for "excellent" and "strength or vigor". Celtic translations are the words for "One choice". Aengus is featured in the epic poem "Song of the Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yeats, which describes Aengus's endless search for his lover. Aengus was also the name taken by many Irish kings of both legend and fact. Our Aengus loves to eat, sleep and play with Finn, although he still doesn’t get Finn’s fascination with the squirrels. Aengus is learning (slowly) about the Gypsy horses (they are not just big dogs) and the barn cats (his nose will eventually heal!). Click here to see his PhotoShow – “Meet Aengus”.

Newsflash: We have decided to sell our restored antique canvas bow-top Gypsy wagon from the 1930’s. This is your chance to own an authentic Romany Gypsy wagon painted by the late, great 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 St. Patrick’s Day parades in Colorado, where it is always a crowd-pleaser. The wagon is priced at $65,000, which includes the custom-made cover and the 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.  Summer came quickly on the heels of a short, but wet, spring – you can click here to see the PhotoShow of Finn and Aengus enjoying the Mother’s Day snowstorm at the Irish Rose!  We had enough rain and snow this spring that we got a nice cutting off of our own pasture for the first time in several years, and we still have plenty of pasture for the horses and cows to enjoy for the rest of the summer. We slowly weaned the broodmares onto the new grass, starting with grass in our front yard – you can click here to see their PhotoShow, “Yard-O-Gypsies”.  Speaking of the Irish Dexter cows, our new dog Aengus has developed quite a friendship with the girls.  It’s hard to say who started it, but they are now in the habit of washing each other’s faces every time they get together.  Click here to check out the PhotoShow of Aengus and the Irish Dexters.

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 2014? Our blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan, will be standing to a limited number of approved Gypsy mares in 2014 – 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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Charlie and Jan Cox


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