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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: 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. We have had an outstanding Fall here in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and are getting ready for Winter – we have had some hard freezes already, and we should be seeing snow any time now! Our broodmares will stay out on pasture for a bit longer, even though we have been feeding them for the past month as the pasture grass has all but disappeared. They are happier when they are not confined, and it’s better for their foals when the dams have plenty of room to roam. Between the remaining grass they are finding, and the hay we are feeding, some of our girls look like they should be foaling in January! 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!

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!


Parnell's Irish Cobs, LLC
Charlie and Jan Cox


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