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We Love Snowdays!

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 had the first really big snow storm of the season last week – about a foot deep on the flat surfaces, even deeper in the drifts that formed around the buildings.   We even had snow blown into stalls, which is very unusual for us.  Never the less, the Gypsy horses take it all in stride, choosing to spend more time out in the runs than in the shelter of their stalls.  This was the deepest snow that the weanlings have encountered so far, so I took advantage and got some candid shots of them playing in the arena.  Click here see a PhotoShow of their antics.  On the really cold nights, they get a “bed-time” flake of grass or a warm mash.  Talk about creating expectations – I can hear them nickering from the barn starting around 8:00pm!

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 2016? Our blue stallion, Parnell’s Leannan, will be standing to a limited number of approved Gypsy mares in 2016 – 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 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!


Parnell's Irish Cobs, LLC
Charlie and Jan Cox


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