History & Lore: First discovered in Poland during the 1500's they were first thought to be a mad man's visions and quickly became shoved into legend and cautionary stories to tell your children. Whenever anyone claimed to have seen one they were laughed at and dismissed as mad, however insistent they were of what they'd seen.
However much people saw no reason to believe in this creature, closer to the 1800's an expedition was launched to search the remove forests of Poland. They did find a small herd of Ogromny and quickly caught the smallest they could find, foals that they separated from their dams. Bringing them back home they quickly put the foals into circuses and freak shows where they attracted large crowds, eager to see this mythical being.
In 1920 the authorities shut down any operations involving Ogromny and declared them state property, protected no matter if they were tame or wild. As a result of the Nazi's invading Poland, 1940 saw an official registry being created to monitor and further the breeding of Ogromny as a potential weapon due to their size. This breeding program also saw the creatures being sent to Germany and it's allies, forests being stripped of any Ogromnies for shipment. After the war any Ogromny that'd been sent from Poland was kept by the countries that'd received them, any private persons or companies now allowed to buy and sell Ogromnies.
In present time the population has decreased drastically due to lack of maintenance and loss of natural habitats for any remaining wild beings.
Physical Description: The Ogromny's most obvious feature is their size. Exclusive to the stallions are a heavily crested neck with thick lower legs, the mares sport thinner necks and legs. During their early years in captivity they showed a remarkable ability to, despite their massive size and weight, be quick movers and could navigate forest floors easily.
Both stallions and mares have long heads with prominent roman noses, small nostrils and ears. Their eyes are far apart, set high and deep.
Their manes and tails are always curly, often several shades lighter than the body even in suspected bays. They're also always kept long as per tradition.
There is no genetics research done on Ogromnies to determine their genetic similarities or differences with standard horses though they seem to follow the same genotypes and so their coats are named accordingly. A difference worth noting is that instead of the names cremello/perlino/smoky cream, they're all simply referred to as double cream.
What little research has been done has shown that champagne, frame overo and rabicano aren't present as they're understood in standard horses. However dun and roan are very common as well as splash white, as it was popular in the Ogromnies used in circuses. No greys have been recorded. Pangare isn't unusual and is quite obvious when present.
The Austrian Warmblood Circle is slowly preparing itself to host it's first show! While the rules are in the works I am happy to leak that it will be a movement show so get your guys all cleaned up.
Date of show is not set in stone yet but should be next month
Every month, PS hosts a themed photo challenge series open to everyone. The aim is to inspire members to experiment, have fun, and grow their skills. There are automatic rewards for participating, as well as bonus awards and cash prizes for judges commendations.
For anyone unaware, the Gypsy Vanner Society has a channel on slack. This is a good place to be to offer input and suggestions as the GVS grows and develops. I plan to offer random imports and breedings here on occasion and encourage other members to do so as well!
GVS Promotional Auction & Raffle
Those of you who are in the Slack channel know that I'm planning a promotional auction and raffle. I will be auctioning off four Gypsy Vanner foals and a pair of foundations (who will be auctioned together as a pair), and raffling off another four foundations. These will be done two at a time to make it easier for me to keep track of. I hope to have the first auction up by the weekend.
A studbook for the group should arrive within the next few months. I am still in the process of working out the details, but here are a few things you can expect:
• All Equus registered Gypsy Vanner stallions are eligible to be put on the studbook. The studbook will also allow Shires, Clydesdales, and Drum Horses who are at least 25% (1/4th) Gypsy Vanner.
• Equus Registered mares will be able to be listed on the stubook under the same standards. However, to add a touch of realism I encourage you only to list mares who you are not actively breeding yourself and to take them off the studbook for the rest of the Equus year if they are bred. This is not a rule and will not be monitored.
• Part-bred Gypsy Vanners may be listed with the requirement that they must be no less than 50% Gypsy Vanner and are registered on Equus as a breed that allows Gypsy Vanners as an outcross (Show Cob, Georgian Grande) or a Draft-type Grade.
• Changes to the studbook may be made at any time. This includes adding and removing horses, changing fees, etc.
Kindly made for us by the lovely @Elsie-Spectre, we have a full-automated photo gallery for you to submit photos of your gorgeous Pintabians and Arabians! All you have to do is fill out a short form to add your horse's photos to our gallery. Use the dropdown to admire all of our members' beautiful horses!
You may add as many horses as you like! Each horse has a maximum of 12 photo slots. If you fill up your horse's slots, you can continue to submit new photos for it, but the oldest photos will be automatically removed from the gallery page.
If you're looking to expand your coloured stock -- In whatever discipline, breed, or specific pattern you desire -- Then our group studbook is ideal for you!
Members are able to submit any of their horses to this studbook. Ideally, however, they would put their horses of remarkable colour up for stud. Breedings will be conducted member-to-member and should be discussed either in the #rcbl channel on slack or in a private chat. Members can additionally indicate if they'd like their horses to be open for BIY or Traditional (Or both!), whether or not this affects the price, and if they'd like their horses to be open to the general public via this studbook, or just RCBL members.
Stay tuned for more information! If you're interested in submitting horses for the 'book, discussing it's potential with other members, or suggesting ideas in general, be sure to join us in Slack