About Feathergait Farm
Yvonne and Brad Burkholder
Since first seeing a Gypsy horse in a magazine, we have been in love with this breath-taking breed. From our first purchase until today, our delight in these dazzling creatures has only grown. Truly kind and gentle spirits, they will meet you with an open heart wherever you are, from novice to expert rider.
Speckle the green field with yellow buds.
Leaf the wooded hill that meets the sky.
Darken the gray barn with last night's rain
and let its steep, washed roof trickle still.
Quiet the scene, and silver it with mist.
This is the best time, scented of night
and steaming coffee, a time still stiff with sleep,
our few moments alone on the stone porch
upon this world that we have dreamed in place.
And now they're rising into view —shire
and drum foal, gypsy mares and gypsy stud.
White and black, their heads, then necks and shoulders
loom from the hollow new the barn, bringing
muffled by wet grass yet coming closer,
that clop of England that we smile to hear —
their ancestry, yours, and my great love—
the sound in which we see old hands snap leads
to leather halters near stone stables old
upon more ancient folds of England's misty,
green, deep and slumberous morningtide
where boots and platter hooves splash toward work,
whence came these tossing manes, these lashing tails,
these calls that nicker us to grain and hay
across such damp and silver-misted space
as only dreams could raise out of our land.
— Brad Burkholder