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Napaea (colloquially Bunnyhorses) are a species of equid believed to have evolved in Greece, and are named for a wood nymph of Greek mythos. Although far less magical than their namesake, they have until recently proven to be equally mysterious.
The 'Modern Napaea Project (1953)' has brought Napaea to the world. Combining a scientific approach to the process of domestication as well as excellence in horsemanship, the project has successfully created a Napaea 'for every rider', however a hefty price must be paid before any dreams of a long-eared leaper in your back pasture can be realised.
Wild Napaea thrive in an environment of open plain or scrub land, and are also commonly found in less-dense woodland. Being a creature with no natural defenses except a remarkable agility and speed, good visibility is paramount in herd survival.
Napaea are deer/antelope like horses with a light and slender frame. They have small hooves, a sloping croup and a low tail carriage. They do not have particularly good gaits but possess great surefootedness and speed, as well as a remarkable leap, making them valued 'novelty' mounts for adventurous riders.
The head is delicate and small-nosed, with large and mobile ears. The eyes are large and varied in colour, with brown most common but shades of tan, green and blue present in lighter animals. The upper canine is visible outside the mouth in both genders.
They have a lifespan of 15-20 years, reaching sexual maturity at 3-4. Baby Napaea - kits - are born after a 8 month gestation. Twins are as common as singletons, but triplets are rare. Kits do not stand or walk for some days after birth and display tan or copper coats, often with dappling, as camouflage during this dangerous part of their lives.
Napaea come in a range of colours from black to cream, usually with dark points which may vary in tone. Post-domestication a white pattern emerged in Napaea which was not seen in the wild and remains uncommon. Aside from their individual coat patterns, Napaea have a winter coat of white which covers most of their bodies.
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