Meet the Ladies...
Our mares are one of the most important things to us here at River Lane Ranch. All our horses are special, but these ladies are on the highest pedestal we can give them.
They are handled daily and given the care and attention they deserve because they are the cornerstone of all that we do at River Lane Ranch. We feel that the trust and bond between human and horse is a vital part of the relationship. It happens daily. Our motto here is “Every horse, every day.”
We breed first and foremost for temperament, type, conformation and traditional breed standard. Our girls have beautiful manes and abundant feather that not only makes them fine producers of competitive show horses or family soulmates…but they are also exquisite examples of the breed used in our equine therapy program.
SD Diva’s Dolly
Sire: SD 007 (SD Josephine x SD Blue Horse)
Dam: SD Diva (SD Pink Dolly x SD Casino)
DOB: August 8, 2013
Her Story: This mare is a true gift in every sense of the word. Bred and raised by Gavin and Janey from SD Farms, she was offered for sale to our family as the perfect match for our Healing with Horses program and breeding program.
For many years in England, this mare has proven time and time again that she throws outstanding foals! It’s not just what the stallion can do, but also what the mare has proven she can do overtime that makes the perfect Gypsy Cob!
We now have the opportunity to see what she will do in Alberta Canada for River Lane Ranch!
We can’t wait to see her foals with SD Empire and SD Lionheart!
SD League of Her Own
Sire: SD The Don
Dam: SD Mandy Granddaughter
D.O.B: June 8, 2018
Her Story: There are some horses that you really have to take a moment to think about just how you’ll describe them, so your reader knows just how incredible they really are. We’d start with words for this mare like …outstanding, striking, stunning, beautiful, one of a kind, mind blowing…and those are just a few of what first comes to mind. She was named League of Her Own because she is just that….in a league of her own. This mare is the best of the best. We cannot wait for you to meet her in the show ring and see what she will bring to the table in Canada for the true proper Gypsy Cobs breed. We are keeping this mare under wraps but here’s a beautiful head shot from the fields of England
SD London's Lady
Sire: SD Dixie’s Dancer
Dam: SD First Love
DOB: May 4, 2014
Her Story: London is a beautiful big blagden mare who we are thrilled to have in our breeding program. Going back to SD First Love and SD Dixie’s Dancer these impeccable lines will complement our stallions and are sure to bring some beautiful foals to North America. She ticks off all the boxes and has the most beautiful temperament and personality to create the perfect pick for us here at RLR.
SD Don in Style
Sire: SD The Don
Dam: SD Glitz N Glamour
DOB: April 17, 2016
Her Story: The 2020 surprise of a lifetime! There is no way in a million years we thought we would ever own this mare and so when we found out she could come to Canada we were popping the bubbly and cheering with joy! A massive thank you goes out to Bonny Down in England for sharing this stunning mare with us. We can’t tell you how much it means to have a daughter from SD Glitz N Glamour and SD The Don. Those are some outstanding lines and we have high hopes for this mare and her 2020 foal who will be coming to Canada with her very soon.
SD Mikey’s Mercedes
Sire: SD Jack
Dam: SD Mercedes Mare (SD Laddie and back to SD Janey Mare)
D.O.B: June 1, 2010
Her Story: This mare is the perfect match for her owner Mikaela Baird (aka as Mikey). Mikey has wanted to start off her own breeding program right and starting right to us at RLR means importing some of the best horses in the world, and from a family we know and trust. Mikey’s Mercedes is one of those mares who wasn’t for sale until the right time and person came along. We are very excited for Mikey and all that this mare will bring to her own breeding program at RLR.
Sire: SD Streetfighter
Dam: SD Hair Bear
Her Story: This stunning mare is a true treasure and lives up to her name in every way. Treasure was hand raised because her dam passed away just a few months after she was born. She has a very special bond with people and is that type of horse that will leave her food to come and spend time with you. Her rich bay tobiano markings are in all the right places and she has the most perfect head, heavy bone and on point confirmation. Treasure ticked every box to be a part of our program, but then won our hearts and is now a forever mare here at River Lane Ranch. We are excited to share her foals with those who love this breed as much as we do.
SD Carmel Joy
Sire: SD Flash Harry
Dam: SD Diva’s Dolly
DOB: May 1, 2019
Her Story: Carmel Joy (known as CJ) is a gift that was given to us from our family in England. We love her all the world and she holds a very special place in our family and in our hearts. She is a true doll in every sense of the word and is one of those fillies who comes into your life and you know she’s just meant to be there. She is a gray filly who carries a red gene, a bay gene and she’s a sabino! Though her colour is secondary to her bone, feather and conformation. We also own her dam so making more CJ’s is no problem!
Watch for this filly on our FB page as she’s quite the character were sure you’ll be seeing a lot of her.
SD Dancing Queen
Sire: SD Dixie’s Dancer
Dam: SD Perfect Mare
Her Story: Where do we start? We love red, we love sabino and we love this mare! Loaded with feather, the sweetest little head and the complete total package this girl is! If you had a wish list, we guarantee she’d be on it. DQ (as we call her) is such a doll and loves it when the kids come to visit her pasture. We are looking forward to many years with this girl in our pasture and can’t wait to see what she’ll bring to our program when paired with SD Empire who also has a red gene.
Sire: Not verified
Dam: Not verified
DOB: January 1, 2001
Her Story: She is a legend, an icon and a mare that we promised to keep at RLR forever.
Besy was originally owned by Simey Doherty, she appears in many beautiful photos in John S. Hockensmith’s book, “Gypsy Horses and the Traveller’s Way – The Road to Appleby Fair”. Within those pages are many scenes of Besy doing what she did best while there, pulling Simey’s Vardo alongside of Sydney Harker and other legendary breeders of our time. She is also in Mark J. Barrett’s film, ”Gypsy Vanner Horse”.
Imported from England to Canada, Besy has made her way to RLR and is now often seen packing around grandbabies and friends, as she is the perfect safe mount for those who may be nervous or know little about horses. A beautiful mare with a soul that wants to give to others.
GHHH Day Breaks Wonder of Spirit AKA- Maisie
Sire: Wandering Spirit GHHH
Dam: Prairie Thunder Day Break
DOB: May 27, 2012
Her Story: Most breeders will tell you that they also have a heart mare. Maisie is that mare here for us at RLR. Always the first to greet you at the gate and the last to leave your side, this mare is a true family member. She has a pretty little head, big apple butt and not to mention the lucky white ear. Maisie is an excellent Mom to her foals and one who will never leave RLR.
So far she has given us some beautiful colts. A buckskin named RLR I’ll Be The Judge (Sold) and recently in 2020 a colt named RLR Keghans Wingman. (Available)
Queen of The Gypsies
Sire: The Roadsweeper UK
Dam: The John Stanley’s Mare
DOB: January 1, 1997
Her Story: When the Romany breeders in England gave this mare her name, we know exactly what they were thinking. Her singular beauty and regal presence exemplified royalty. She became: Queen of the Gypsies.
Within days of arriving at the ranch, Queen embraced her new role as a therapy horse with a group of visitors, demonstrating a tenderness towards people that left us speechless. It seems her years of wisdom and life experience make her the perfect horse to reach people in a way that is truly life-changing.
Queen is also a direct daughter of The Road Sweeper UK.
We are sad to report that in the summer of 2020 Queen decided it was time to go home to her forever pastures in heaven. If love alone could have kept Queen here she would have lived forever.
We miss you Queenie