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About Us

Our family of four began the journey with gypsy cobs after a holiday in the UK where we went trekking and met a horse called Tom. Tom was ridden by Andrew- a complete beginner. He was safe, sensible, kind and loved attention. He was a gypsy cob. We had also been looking for childrens' ponies and had struggled to find safe, not too small ponies the children could have fun on and that we were confident they were safe with- both on the ground and ridden.

The gypsy cob breed meets all our criteria- safe, smart, fun, versatile as well as beautiful to look at. They are perfect for children's riding ponies and for adults of all shapes and sizes. As they are a heavy build an adult can comfortably ride a cob of a size that may seem too small in a lighter breed, making cobs truly versatile for the whole family. 

We believe that horses and ponies should be bred for a purpose and should be fit for that purpose. Our horses and ponies are taken out to pony club, to shows and to competitions. Freedom, our stallion, has been actively competed to demonstrate the ability of the breed. We expect them to do what we say gypsy cobs are able to do. We think that temperament is what truly defines a gypsy cob and we strongly believe a gypsy cob should be very functional. 

Our aim is to breed a small number of larger ponies and smaller sized horses that are fun, safe and sensible for children and adults to ride. We do not mass produce and strive to breed and sell responsibly so that our foals go on to have long and useful lives. All our foals are well handled , vet checked, drenched and vaccinated. By keeping our foal numbers low we believe we can give each foal a great start. We think the conformation and temperament of the mare is as important as that of the stallion and therefore we carefully choose the mares we are breeding from. 

Our pure and part bred gypsy cobs are registered with the New Zealand Gypsy Cob Association. Our foals are all DNA'd to their gypsy cob parent/s as are all NZGCA registered GC's.


Gallifray Harriet Jones and Olivia at the North Island Gypsy Cob show, Southstar Equine,  2023

Cherrywood Equestrian

Started in 2013 by Margot at the age of 13, Cherrywood Equestrian has evolved from breeding one pony foal to breeding future riding horses for herself and a few to sell along the way. Margot devotes considerable time to researching matings and bloodlines to make the best possible foals. The intention is to breed and produce talented, sane and versatile sport horses using a variety of stallions including GE Prides Freedom and Sporthorse sires. The aim is to produce a limited number of quality foals that are taken through until they are ready for their competition career in whatever discipline.

Cherrywood Equestrian places an emphasis on positive training techniques, so that the horses learning is fun and interesting.

Margot is very science focused and this plays a role in how she works with and rides her horses. The horses comfort and correct biomechanical training is very important to Margot as this is what makes for a happy sound horse. Her competition career has been limited due injury and study commitments but time, training and research has gone into Margot's riding career. Having groomed for Sam Mynott for many years she has developed not only a great eye for detail and horse management but also developed a great friendship with and learnt a lot from Sam.

Margot started a few ponies at a relatively young age, determined to demonstrate her ability to produce great all round horses and ponies. As someone with ADHD, Margot understands the hard work and focus it takes to achieve goals and succeed with challenges. This extends to an understanding of the need to communicate clearly, specifically and with lots of patience to help her horses be the best that they can be. 

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