The Gypsy King
The sire of 84 foals and the first stallion imported to America by Dennis and Cindy in 1998, this celebrated Gypsy Vanner is probably the most photographed and recognizable of his breed in the world.
He has graced magazine covers, calendars, been featured in articles both on the world wide web and in print, he was selected to be the inspiration for a Breyer model horse named after him… his impact on the world and therefore his breed was profound.
As Dennis tells the tale of his discovery in England —
As Cindy and I approached a secluded field to see the sire of a filly we wanted to buy, we saw one of the most beautiful horses either of us had ever seen.
He moved across the field with a presence and elegance that is hard to describe. He reminded us of a proud lion, confident of his position in life. His feathers started at his knees and swayed with every step. The decision to buy his daughter was very easy after seeing this magnificent animal. Cindy and I learned without surprise that he was not for sale and that his name was Bill.
From the first time Cindy and I saw Bill, we thought he was extraordinary and wanted to buy him. We accomplished what we thought would be impossible when we were allowed to buy the horse who had become The King.
In March of 1999, The Gypsy King became the sire of the first Gypsy Vanner Horse foaled in North America, a filly out of Bat. With The Gypsy King and Bat the legend began.
Invited as a special guest to Breyerfest at the Kentucky Horse Park, The Gypsy King appeared before thousands of guests. His Breyer model was even featured on the popular shopping channel QVC.
Not just another beautiful face, The Gypsy King spent time with renown dressage rider and trainer Pam Fowler Grace, who proclaimed him capable of achieving Grand Prix level if given the opportunity. Pam was just one of several astute
horsemen and women who enjoyed their time with Bill. Lynn Palm also presented Bill at the Equine Affair in both Ohio and Massachusetts in 2003 and was very well received. In November of 2004, The Gypsy King was presented at the Jacksonville Celebration of the Horse and in April of 2006, Pam Fowler Grace rejoined him at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, which has been one of the largest horse shows in Texas for many years.
“He had an illustrious career and I was privileged to have him in my life.” —Dennis Thompson
Just a few of The Gypsy King’s most recognizable get include:
- Darby Dolly (out of Mary UK), 1995 mare
- Crown Darby (out of Lettie UK), 1995 mare
- Gypsy Gold’s Rexie (out of UK’s Dolly), 1997 mare
- Kuchi (out of Bat), 1999 mare
- GG Birthday Girl (out of Shampoo Girl), 2001 mare
- Birthday Boy King (out of Shampoo Girl), 2002 stallion
- GB Disney Gold (out of Cushti Bok Lady), 2004 mare
- GB King’s Savannah (out of Cushti Bok Lady), 2004 mare
- GG Oz The Wizard (out of Shampoo Girl), 2006 stallion
- VV Prince William (out of Vintage Vanner’s Tessa), 2007 stallion