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We are pleased to announce the birth of Parnell’s Skellig Michael, a fine piebald colt out of Parnell’s Cahir by our own blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan. As expected, Cahir did things her way, delivering Michael in her run in the early hours of Saturday May 30. By foaling a few days early, she deftly avoided having to go inside the barn to use the foaling stall! Michael may be smaller than some of our other boys, but he’s all muscle and we expect he will quickly add on weight. Please click the following link http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Ew3Ji4et to see a PhotoShow of his first day at the Irish Rose Farm. And come back and visit the site often for more pictures of this outstanding stallion prospect!

NewsFlash: We are also pleased to announce the birth of Parnell’s Saoirse, a gorgeous piebald filly out of Parnell’s Lisdoonvarna by our own blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan. Not to be outdone by Cahir, our girl Lizzie delivered her petite filly on Saturday June 5th. We took her into the foaling stall Friday night because it was storming – we stayed up all night watching, but she didn’t foal. She waited until we put her back into her run Saturday morning and then went into the house to get a cup of coffee – within minutes she went into her loafing shed and started into labor. In less than 10 minutes she delivered a predominantly white little filly. Please click the following link http://www.photoshow.com/watch/yd8JV8KH to see a PhotoShow of her first day at the Irish Rose Farm. And come back and visit the site often for more pictures of this gorgeous little filly.


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 $50,000, 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. We have had a pretty nice summer so far at the Irish Rose – the wonderful Spring rains allowed us to make a good amount of hay for winter feeding.  This year’s foals have enjoyed being out on the “big pasture” with the rest of the mares since they were about a week old – eat, play sleep. Repeat.  At first, we often had difficulty spotting them on the pasture because the grass was so high – just a gorgeous little head popping up every now and then.  Skellig Michael and his half-sister Saoirse are now two months old and starting their first halter training lessons.  Saoirse seems to be very amenable to the training regime and is learning to come away from pressure – Michael, not so much!  (Jan says it must be a boy thing!)  Nevertheless, it won’t be long before they graduate to getting on and off the trailer.

Our third Dexter cow (“Eva”) finally calved – a little heifer we named Fianna, to honor the followers of the legendary Irish warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool).  Her half-brothers, Duncan and MacGuire, seem so big in comparison – what a difference three months make at this age!  All the calves get along fine, although the boys have led their sister astray on more than one occasion, sneaking through the fence to get into adjacent pastures.  I think I have finally found all the weak spots and fixed them – we’ll see if they stay put with their moms for the rest of the summer.

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, Ceilidh, Skellig Michael and Saoirse 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. We have decided to sell the Bow-Top wagon Gypsy wagon – if you are interested in owning an authentic Romany vardo to use with your Gypsy horse 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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