The Gypsy Cob horse breed is on the rise in the world
The growing popularity of the Gypsy Cob horse has meant that the main breed association office is moving to larger premises.
The head office of the Gypsy Cob Traditional Association (TGCA), established in 2005 by Andrea Betteridge, moves to Willowsway Country Estate, Stainton, Cumbria. The estate is also home to Willowsway Stud and Rehabilitation, which offers fitness and rehabilitation, livery, tuition and stud services.
The TGCA is the DEFRA approved breed association to hold the “Mother Studbook” for the traditional Gypsy Cob breed and as a Passport Issuing Office (PIO) in the UK and EU. He also holds an international studbook with registered horses and members around the world.
Hilary and Jo Waterhouse, manager and owner of Willowsway Stud and Rehabilitation respectively, have also joined TGCA as directors and will lead the new office.
The association has become the world’s leading traditional gypsy ear organization. Betteridge would continue to be part of the association but would now focus on Cob Care, the social arm of the organization. She said she was thrilled that the breed and its popularity could continue to grow under the professional team of the new headquarters.
“We have proven the breed’s versatility and its international popularity continues to grow. There are many new and exciting opportunities planned for our supporters around the world and I am proud to continue to be a part of the association ”.
Hillary Waterhouse said the on-site facilities at Willowsway Stud and Rehabilitation would be an asset in developing and hosting breed events and clinics in the future.
“Our shared love and passion for this versatile British Isles breed, as well as the development of the mother studbook for the traditional gypsy spike will be at the heart of everything we do. We are excited about the future and our role in furthering Andrea Betteridge’s vision and ambition for the traditional gypsy spike, ”she said.
Through its herd book, the association aims to record old established lines and encourage responsible breeding practices, so that it can defend and develop the heritage of these horses while maintaining quality and type fidelity. ears as indicated in the breed standard.