Recommended for ages 3+
Streaming Light is a Gypsy Vanner, one of the more easily recognizable horse breeds due to the extensive feathering about its legs and its flowing mane and tail. Its rider is Audrey, a brave cowgirl representing the many who ride and show these beautiful horses.
The Gypsy Vanner’s history is a meandering path that leads remarkably close to present day. Gypsies have roamed Europe and other places for all of human history, with notable populations still extant at present. At some point in their colorful history, Gypsies began working to breed a beautiful yet sturdy horse perfect for their lifestyle. It had to be distinctive, strong, not too large, patient, good with children, and able to pull a gypsy caravan. From Clydesdales, Friesians, and a few other breeds, the Gypsy Vanner, capable of pulling a caravan, was born. However, because of their more reclusive lifestyle, the horse the Gypsies bred and raised wasn’t known widely to the rest of the world until 1996, when an American couple began to research gypsies and their horses and established the breed registry. Their extensive feathering and gentle nature made Gypsy Vanners instantly popular, and the horses are very well known today.
Scientific Name: Equus caballus
Characteristics: Streaming Light is a racing Gypsy Vanner, while the removable Audrey is a detailed accurate rider. They combine to show the powerful bond between horse and rider.
Size and Color: Streaming Light is a black-and-white Gypsy Vanner measuring 4¾ inches long, while the removable rider with red accents measures 3 inches tall.