Date(s) - 09/05/2018 Wednesday
Under the shade of age old trees you’ll find historic animals you can’t see anywhere else in Florida.
For Florida Native Dennis Thompson, a chance encounter on a vacation to Europe led to a lifelong love. He now breeds and raises these wide eyed beauties he discovered in a Northern wales Gypsy camp. “We helped name the breed Gypsy Vanner Horse, established the first breed registry in the world for a selectively bred horse raised by British Gypsy’s and then brought the first 16 right here to North America,” Dennis said. Yes, Dennis brought back a new breed of horses to the U.S., and now raises them in Ocala on hundreds of acres of Old Florida ranch property. Now years later, it’s an established ranch. The Gypsy Gold Horse Farm welcomes you to tour their property, giving you a glimpse into the history of the breed, how their farm works, and an up close and personal experience with these gentle giants. While you’re on the farm, you’ll see over 40 different Gypsy Vanner horses along with donkeys, mules and even parrots. Because they’re a breeding farm, you’ll even get to see their youngest horses galloping through the fields. “When people walk away, they’ve learned so much about a very colorful and misunderstood culture and discovered maybe the most beautiful horse in the world,” Dennis said. If you’re an animal lover with an eye for history, this day-trip adventure will be right up your alley, and don’t miss their Gift Shop. Lunch is included at the famous HORSE & HOUND RESTAURANT after the tour.
LUNCH CHOICES REQUIRED WITH PAYMENT: Turkey Wrap, Chef Salad, 1/2 Lb. Burger or Grilled Chicken Sandwich.
PRICE: $76 per person
TOUR PACE: ★★ Relaxed Pace, 45 minute Walking Tour of the Farm to view horses.
INCLUDES: Farm Tour, Lunch, Taxes & Meal Gratuities, Group Tour Director and Motorcoach with Restroom. Lunch Menu Choice given at time of booking. Cocktails Available for Purchase. Bus Seats assigned in order checks are received.
BUSES DEPART: New Smyrna Walmarts, Port Orange Target, Ormond Beach Walmarts.
ATTIRE: CASUAL & COMFORTABLE SHOES and bring a sweater or light wrap for on bus & in the restaurant.
CANCELLATIONS: No Refunds within 40 days, Names Changes Acceptable, Call Us we may have a Wait List