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Black Forest Shires & Gypsy Horses

The Road to the Great English Horse Fair
June, 2004
 In early 2004 Jeff decided that he wanted to buy a good bowtop wagon and drive to the big summer horse fair in his own turnout this year. After a great hunt, we found a proper English Gypsy Bowtop Living Wagon, and, after a good bit of negotiation, purchased it. The discussion then began as to what horse would be the best choice for Jeff to use. He needed something that was big and sturdy enough to pull a big wagon on his/her own, and dead broke enough to accommodate an American who was new to driving a horse on the wrong side of a busy road. The best possible choice to fit this bill was the good gelding, "Bowtie". Jeff didn't get much time to actually work Bowtie before they set off on their 5 day, 60 mile journey across the North of England. Everyone assured Jeff that this Bowtie would do the job perfectly, even though he and Jeff had barely met. We would come to learn over the next 10-or-so days that Bowtie is quite a well-known gelding among gypsies in England, as everyone knows the best using horses.
Jeff and Bowtie had confident fans all over England cheering them on for their epic journey. Their journey made history, as Jeff was the first American to ever drive a proper gypsy wagon all the way to the largest gypsy horse fair in the world. The journey would be made with a few of our gypsy friends also traveling the route. Below are a few pictures from Jeff's great adventure with our bowtop wagon and "Bowtie the Wonderhorse". Jeff.

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