The rise of the traditional gypsy cob
THERE is a “long way to go” in work promoting and protecting the traditional gypsy cob but
“we will get there”, the founder of the Traditional Gypsy Cob Association (TGCA) believes.
Society founder Andrea Betteridge told the World
Horse Welfare conference of the progress the studbook has made in recording genetic information on as many equines as possible, in a breed now recognised by Defra and the EU, and educating both buyers and sellers.
“It’s the future and the feather that takes us all forwards,” she said. “The theme ‘changing times’ certainly fits the breed and our association.”
She said the TGCA wanted to understand the culture and traditions of breeders and promote responsible breeding from registered animals to preserve the integrity of the traditional gypsy cob.
She said the breed’s popularity and value had grown but the market had dwindled following the financial crisis, leading to a large number of horses with
But DNA profiling has helped reduce “indiscriminate” breeding, which has put strain on welfare charities, while work on raising the breed’s profile is ongoing.
“If a horse has a job, it’s got value,” she said, adding that by “giving a cob a job” and ensuring selective breeding, buyers, sellers and horses all benefit.
“We’re getting somewhere, we’re going forwards,” she said.