BLANCHARD, OKLAHOMA — She’s a horse that’s crazy for peppermints and parades.
As she fixes the rigging for Miss Daisy, Brenda Hearon says, “There’s lots of little parts and if you don’t get them just right you can’t steer.”
Miss Daisy was also bred for pulling a cart or wagon all day long.
It’s been more than a decade since Brenda saw her first Gypsy horse on television.
It took a few years but it 2006 she and her husband Randy brought Miss Daisy to their ranch in Blanchard.
Randy smiles and says, “We’ve heard all the ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ remarks.”
More of these rare horses followed.
Now their 4C’s operation holds the largest herd of Gypsies in Oklahoma.
A visitor to the ranch prompts Brenda, “So you said, ‘I want a Gypsy horse and I’m going to buy one.”
“Yep,” says Brenda.
“That’s what she said,” chuckles Randy.
First impressions usually take in these horses’ long, flowing manes and tails.
Some call them miniature Clydesdales.
The Hearon’s have yet to try them out at something they’re not good at.
“They’re doing very well in the dressage world,” says Brenda. “They’re great trail horses because they’ll go over just about anything that you ask them to go over.”
Brenda retired from teaching this spring.
If you want her now, she’s with her ‘babies’.
The Hearons managed to breed a rare color for Gypsy horses.
“It’s called Gruya,” says Brenda.
Her other babies are here too.
Brenda’s grand-kids take their own Gypsies to horse shows all over the state.
Randy says, “Once you get past all the beautiful hair they have a really sweet personality. They’re just an amazing horse.”
Bring a stallion out to a pasture surrounded by pretty mares and he’s get frisky.
But this kind of gypsy bloodline is still quite manageable.
They may still be rare, but on the Hearon place it’s the only horse you’ll find.
In 1996 there were no Gypsy horses bred in the United States.
One website source now puts their numbers in this country at around 14,000.