Home of Gypsy Vanners, Irish Cobs, Drums and Shires
Welcome to Big Shoe Ranch website
Our mission is to create magnificent gentle and just the right size Grand Vanners. The Shires have a wonderful gentle disposition and are beautiful but they are tall and hard to get on without a tailgate. The Gypsy Vanners also have a wonderful gentle disposition and are beautiful but they are small and many people do not feel comfortable riding them. Gypsy Vanners are typically between 13.2 and 15.2 HH but any size meeting the breed's conformation and disposition standards are acceptable.
To get to the ultimate goal of "Shorter Shires or Taller Gypsies" we will start with crossing our Shires with Gypsy Vanners to produce our Foundation Grand Vanners (FGV). Which meet the International Drum Horse Association's definition of a Drum Horse. We will take the best of our Drums and cross them back to the best of our/outside Irish Cobs / Gypsy Vanners or other Drum horses. These crosses will create larger horses with excellent conformation and dispositions that will be over 15.2 HH. We are very excited about their color too which is a big bonus.
We have 5 NEW ARRIVALS Chloe a Gypsy filly (believe she is a silver buckskin Tobanio) Born May 10th. She is built and beautiful, Aura Grace a Gypsian - Gypsy/Friesian cross silver dapple also fantastic and not named yet 3 Drum colts one (believe is a silver bay with blue eyes!).
We are Mike and Julie Hodziewich. We have owned horses for over 30 years. Julie grew up with horses and Mike rode Klondike, a Shire Gelding, for seventeen years. Klondike was a fantastic horse and his personality and calm nature is what brought us to breeding Shires with Gypsies. When we lost Klondike and started looking for another riding horse for Mike, is when we started this awesome endeavor. We hope you enjoy our horses.