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Posted on April 24, 2013 with No Comments
My recent radio interview with Julie Harker from Brownfield Ag News for America about the Gypsy Horse breed. The interview includes our introduction to the breed and beginnings in the breed as well as our programs to help spread awareness for the breed and put these wonderful horses in good homes with clients and partners now and in the future.
By July Harker – April 20, 2013
The Gypsy Vanner horse breed continues to grow. Eric Barton and his wife Mechelle own the LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Knoxville, Tennesee. They fell in love with the gentle breed and are helping others enjoy them. Many things make them special, says Eric Barton, including their looks and their temperament.
AUDIO: Eric Barton on the Gypsy Vanner (3:00 mp3)
AUDIO: Full interview with Eric Barton (19:00 mp3)
View on Brownfield AgNews for America’s website
Posted on April 24, 2013 with No Comments
Help A Hero Win a Gypsy Horse! Nominate a disabled/injured veteran or supporting organization via http://www.gogypsy.com/honoringourheroes anytime through midnight EST on May 15th. Open to entrants from the US, Canada and Mexico!
Essays will be posted on LexLin’s facebook page at 3pm EST on May 16th and voting will commence through midnight EST on July 3rd. The winner with the most votes (must be approved by LexLin and be able to adequately care for horse) will be announced on July 4th as the new owner of Stormy! Stormy is a black and white Gypsy Vanner gelding who posses the excellent temperament Gypsy Horses are widely known for.
Posted on April 18, 2013 with No Comments
Rockwood, Tenn. – LexLin Gypsy Ranch, the largest breeding farm for Gypsy Vanner horses in North America, announced today a new broodmare partnership program to introduce prospective owners to the Gypsy Vanner breed.
The LexLin Gypsy Breeder’s Partnership Program™ offers a care lease–foal partnership program for this distinctive horse breed, which is indigenous to the United Kingdom. LexLin is the only Gypsy Vanner horse breeding ranch offering this kind of program.
LexLin Gypsy Ranch matches approved applicants to the most appropriate Gypsy broodmare[s] to help partners meet their goals of owning and caring for a Gypsy horse. As part of this partnership package, LexLin Gypsy Ranch provides its active guidance and expertise to partners in the breeding and care of a Gypsy Vanner – prized for its ideal temperament along with great athleticism and presence.
The program allows partners an opportunity to become involved with this unique breed of horse, with a low-risk, minimal investment, which can lead to ownership of a Gypsy Vanner horse. No purchase of the broodmare is necessary, although many of the mares in the program are available for purchase.
A partner leasing mares through the program pays for all expenses related to the health and well-being of the Gypsy mares/foals in the partner’s care. In turn, the partner receives a 50 percent interest in the foal through six months of age, with the opportunity to purchase the foal for a predetermined price.
If the partner is not interested in purchasing LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s share in the foal born through the partnership, they may assist in the sale of the horse and share in the proceeds.
LexLin Gypsy Ranch staff will support the program’s partners through personal advice, educational programs and stallion services. Unlike other farms and ranches that just sell the horse, LexLin Gypsy Ranch seeks to build a true partnership to support the new owner / partner’s investment in the breed.
“Partnering with LexLin has been an incredible experience,” said Oregon partner Suzy Brown. “Eric and Mechelle Barton along with their breeding manager, Lisa Holdman, have been extremely helpful with the many questions I have asked when raising and training my first Gypsy Vanner foal through the program. They really put an effort into making the program a win-win for their horses and partners.”
Since a pilot program for this endeavor launched in March 2012, more than 40 LexLin Gypsy Vanner mares have been leased by program partners throughout the United States.
“This opportunity has helped me accomplish one of my biggest dreams when I turned 30 – to be able to ride, train and show what a Gypsy Horse is – and it’s been a special one at that,” said Jennifer Rose, a California partner
Interested partners can contact LexLin Gypsy Ranch for more information on how to participate. Visit www.gogypsy.com/gypsybreeders to view more program details and specific mares available for lease partnership.
Located in the foothills of East Tennessee, LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Gypsy Vanner horses – a majestic, athletic yet gentle breed – are bred from the most sought-after bloodlines from horses imported by LexLin from their native lands in the United Kingdom. Every LexLin Gypsy Vanner horse is registered immediately upon purchase or birth, with DNA and color testing conducted and documented.
Posted on February 9, 2013 with No Comments
Activity at LexLin Gypsy Ranch is often a bustling whirlwind of activity. Want to know what we’ve been up to with our Gypsy Horse farm? Click to view our Feburary 2013 E-news that includes:
- A limited time Gypsy In-Utero Foal Sale
- News about our Gypsy Geldings,
- Local show circuit that we’ll be showing our horses in
- New Gypsy Breeder’s Partnerships formed in January
- Last but not least – some great news from a client/friend who purchased one of our Gypsy Vanner fillies a few years ago.
If you want to keep up with ranch happenings on a daily basis please “Like” and follow us on the LexLin Gypsy Ranch Facebook fan page
Posted on September 13, 2012 with No Comments
Fall is a very exciting time at LexLin Gypsy Ranch with the weaning of our 2012 Gypsy foals, beginning of many new Gypsy Breeders Partnerships and the annual much anticipated Fall Gypsy Horse Open House on Saturday, October 13, 2012! If you are interested in meeting our horses, learning about the breed and or are interested in ways you can become involved as a partner with LexLin Gypsy Ranch in promoting and caring for this wonderful breed of horse don’t miss our Open House. Many people have already RSVP’d for this relaxed and fun filled day. If you would like to come to the Open House feel free to click here to RSVP.
Posted on July 5, 2012 with No Comments
We are incredibly honored to announce Jason Warrenfeltz as the winner of LexLin’s Swade (a Gypsy Vanner Horse) in our 2nd Annual LexLin Gives Back – Honoring Our Heroes Contest! Jason has dedicated his life to helping others via his countless volunteer hours and through risking life and limb as a firefighter in his service to others!
Jason served the Fayetteville Fire Department in many ways. He was a member of the fireman’s relief, fund raising committees and Engine Sergeant, and a forest fire liaison. After more than 10 years of faithful service as both a firefighter and husband Jason came to the end of his firefighting days when he became overheated battling a fire that sent him to the hospital. Jason spent 2 days in the hospital as a result of his extreme core temperature. That was the last fire that Jason was ever going to battle. Now he spends his days promoting horsemanship. He is a certified skills instructor for 4-H and has served as the president of the All State Miniature Horse Club. He has rescued several horses and recently saved a pregnant mare from slaughter. He now provides affordable boarding for local equestrian students attending college. Jason is a board member of the Chambersburg Saddle Club and also a committee member for the Silver Star Saddle Club. For the past 3 years he has taken 2-3 horses to the local learning centers farm fun days.
We spoke with Jason today and are excited to announce that he will be bringing his family to personally pick up Swade from LexLin! We’ll post photos of Swade’s introduction to his new family in the coming weeks.
Jason is truly a hero and we are honored to have his family be a part of our annual Honoring Our Heroes!
LexLin Gypsy Ranch is owned & operated by Eric & Mechelle Barton. Eric is a former Marine Corps Mustang Officer, who understands the sacrifice made by our brave men and women serving our country. Thanks so much for showing your support of firefighters who put their lives on the line on a daily basis!
Watch for an exciting announcement on the 3rd Annual LexLin Gives Back contest to come soon!
Posted on June 14, 2012 with No Comments
In our lives we come across HEROES everyday. Sometimes we unfortunately overlook them! Five incredibly dedicated firefighters need your help for a chance to win a Gypsy Horse named Swade! LexLin Gives Back – The 2nd Annual Honoring Our Heroes contest to Win a Gypsy Vanner is in full swing and these five honored Firefighters would love your help! Please watch the Honoring Our Heroes video, share it with your friends and vote (“Like” their image/essay) for the most deserving on LexLin’s facebook page .
Posted on September 22, 2011 with No Comments
Posted on August 10, 2011 with No Comments
It was a hot, sunny Saturday when we arrived at in Humboldt, TN on July 23, 2011 but that didn’t keep all of friends, family and community away! We were greeted with a fantastic reception as we drove with people clapping and waving anxiously awaiting Old No. 7’s arrival. There was a TV setup with a video on TLC and its mission, a great scrap book of some of their students and more information on AGHAF and LexLin Gypsy Ranch. TLC Riding Academy was founded in 2006, as a therapeutic horseback riding program for persons with disabilities. Horses are used at TLC to assist with activities that help individuals with physical and emotional challenges. They assist all ages of people from young children to adults in their 80’s. There is a small per hour charge fee for lessons/activities but no one is turned away for their inability to pay! There is no doubt that Cheryl and Tom who own and run the academy do it out of a great love for people and horses.
We look forward to updates from TLC on how Old No. 7 is fitting with all their other horses. Tom and Cheryl have a great facility and we can tell Old No. 7 will be showered with love and affection just by the short time we spent there.
You can read more about TLC on their website, www.tlcridingacademyinc.org.
Posted on July 31, 2011 with No Comments
LexLin needs your help! We have a gorgeous Gyspy Vanner filly, born on July 12, 2011 that needs a name so we thought we would ask all of our Facebook fans to give us their input.
Our new little girls dam is Fiddle and her sire is Sir Maverick (this is his first US born foal). You can visit Fiddle’s Filly page to see more pictures and meet Sir Maverick and Fiddle.
How the Contest Works
All you need to do to enter your name suggestions is comment on the contest promotion ad on our Facebook Fan page. You can enter as many times as you like from August 1st to August 15. We will select some of our favorite names and take your votes by “liking” the chosen names from August 16th to September 1st.