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Gypsy Gift 2016 is Now Closed for Nominations!

click to vote for your favorite PATH Accredited EAAT Center
to Win 1 of 10 Gypsy Gift Horses!
 (Voting ends 6/11/16 AT 12 NOON est!)

Thanks for supporting Gypsy Gift and most importantly for supporting PATH accredited therapy centers across the country!





LexLin Gypsy Ranch is excited to introduce our 3rd year of an exciting program called Gypsy Gift™. We matched 20 LexLin Gypsy Horses with Path premiere accredited EAAT centers across the US in 2014 and 2015 and are looking forward to matching 10 more LexLin Gypsy Horses with centers in 2016 with a goal of continuing to match up Gypsy Gift Horses with centers in the coming years. We are also looking to match young LexLin Gypsy Horses with sponsors over the next two years to raise and train them for future career placement with PATH accredited centers Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs. There are 850+ Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Centers across the US and around the world. Gypsy Gift™ is looking to work specifically with PATH accredited centers. Horses impact and enrich the lives of the developmentally disabled, sick, injured, troubled and developing lives on a daily basis through these programs. We believe Gypsy Horses are ideally suited to this type of work.

Gypsy Gift™ is looking for PATH Intl. premiere accredited EAAT centers that would love to add a 2+ yr old Gypsy Horse to their program. Ten 2+ year old Gypsy Horses will be donated to centers this fall. We are also looking for sponsors that are willing to invest their time and resources to prepare weanling and yearling Gypsy Horses with daily care and ground training over 2-3 years for a special career that will impact those in need. LexLin Gypsy Ranch will donate the sponsored Gypsy Horse to a PATH International accredited center once the 2-3 year sponsorship period has been completed and the horse is considered an appropriate fit for the center. We want to enable nonprofit Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies participants to benefit from the wonderful traits the Gypsy breed has to offer. From 2014 – 2016 LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s mission is to donate 30 registered Gypsy Horses (total donation valued in excess of $500,000) to the Gypsy Gift™ program while simultaneously finding eligible sponsors who will train them for approved PATH accredited centers. If one center on average, reaches 25 people on a weekly basis, that gives 30 Gypsy Horses a chance to impact lives 39,000 times in one year alone! Imagine how many lives can be touched over 20+ years with 30 horses!

Read the full Gypsy Gift™ announcement (posted in 2014). | View Gypsy Gift Horses


Gypsy Gift 2016: Important Dates & Information

NOMINATIONS: We are accepting nominations for PATH premiere accredited EAAT centers interested in receiving a Gypsy Horse through Gypsy Gift™ from Thursday, March 10, 2016 through 12 pm EST April 10, 2016. Nominations close at 12 pm EST April 10, 2016.

VOTING: Daily voting (once every 24 hour period) will begin on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Facebook fan page at 12 pm EST on April 11, 2016. Daily voting will close at 12 pm (noon) EST on June 11, 2016.

WINNERS: The top ten PATH accredited centers with the most votes will be announced at 12 pm EST on June 12, 2016. We will be in touch with the winning centers on June 12, 2016 and will work with them to get transportation scheduled, donation contracts signed and health certificates/coggins ready for the horses so they can travel to their new homes with the centers. The top ten PATH accredited centers will be selected to enter the 3rd Gypsy Gift™ drawing in the order of most to least votes to select a horse for their program. These ten centers will be selected via the following guidelines:

  • The top 10 nominated centers with the most fan “likes” on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s facebook page will be able to select their Gypsy Gift Horse in the order of most to least votes received with the center receiving the most votes making the first Gysy Gift horse selection. Nominations will be posted for  daily voting beginning at 12 pm EST April 11, 2016.

If a center has previously won a Gypsy Horse from LexLin Gypsy Ranch through our Gypsy Gift program they are not eligible to be nominated for a horse the subsequent year. They may however be renominated for Gypsy Gift the year after that.

The 10 Gypsy Gift center recipients will be asked to provide transportation for their selected horses. The passing of the lead ceremony has been canceled this year due to the Independence Day weekend being an extremely busy time for families and friends. You’re welcome to schedule an appointment to visit the ranch on July 2 or some other day but there will be no formal presentation this year. To schedule a time to visit please call the ranch at (865) 245-8481 or e-mail Jessica via We will be having our annual Gypsy Horse Open House in the fall and will be announcing that date very soon!

The ten 2016 Gypsy Gift horses are all 2+ years of age and will be ready to immediately enter into a donation agreement with the winning nominated centers.

Apply to be a Sponsor! | Like our Facebook page for Gypsy Gift™ news! | Download Gypsy Gift Flyer

for PATH accredited Centers

Gypsy Gift™Benefits

  • Gypsy Horses are donated at 2+ years of age with no cost to the Center
  • Receive a purebred, GVHS Registered Gypsy Horse from 1st or 2nd Generation Gypsy Horses imported from Wales
  • Horse has had a lot of handling/groundwork and may be broke to ride. Ready to start training to be a EAAT horse.
  • Gain a beautiful Gypsy Horse with a wonderful disposition and size suited to EAAT work with children and adults
  • Support from LexLin related to the Gypsy Horse breed and your Gypsy in particular!

for Sponsors

Gypsy Gift™ Benefits

  • Chance to care for and train a quality Gypsy Horse (May be affiliated with the Center the Gypsy Horse will be donated to)
  • Opportunity to raise/train a Gypsy horse for donation to a PATH Intl. accredited center that you may be involved with
  • No lease cost – Responsible for all horse health care expenses
  • Discounted purchase price after leasing for 2-3 years if sponsor decides to purchase the horse instead of donating to a center.
  • Profit Sharing:If not donated to a center, partner will receive 50% share of the sale price after leasing for 2+ years.
  • Experienced teen equestrians encouraged to participate in 4-H/FFA young horse programs with the horse
Apply now!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If your question is not answered below feel free to contact us via or call 865.816.2761.

Q 1: What is Gypsy Gift™?

A. Gypsy Gift™ is a program to raise and train and donate LexLin Gypsy Horses for future careers in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for 501c3 non profit centers accredited through PATH International.

Q 2. What is PATH International?

A. PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) to promote safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding throughout the United States and Canada. Today, PATH Intl. has more than 850 member centers and nearly 7,600 individual members in countries all over the world, who help and support more than 54,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies programs. Though PATH Intl. began with a focus on horseback riding as a form of physical and mental therapy, the organization and its dedicated members have since developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (or EAAT). Besides horseback riding, EAAT also includes therapeutic carriage driving; interactive vaulting, which is similar to gymnastics on horseback; equine-facilitated learning and mental health, which use the horse as a partner in cognitive and behavioral therapy, usually with the participation of a licensed therapist; ground work and stable management; and PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes, which uses a variety of EAAT disciplines specifically to help war veterans and military personnel. In addition, many of PATH Intl.’s 25 volunteer-driven committees are working on identifying and refining even more disciplines and activities that might be put to use in the world of EAAT. – More information found on the PATH Intl. website.

Q 3. Who can get involved in Gypsy Gift™?

A. There are 3 ways to get involved in Gypsy Gift™.

  1. As a 501c3 non profit center premiere accredited through PATH International that would like to add a Gypsy Horse to their EAAT program. Centers that have been nominated (may nominate themself or be nominated by a supporter) and are among the top 10 centers to receive the most votes during the voting phase on facebook will be presented with a Gypsy Gift Horse for their center at our annual Gypsy Vanner Horse Open House in the fall. The 2016 Open House date will be announced soon.
  2. As an individual who has a desire to raise and train a horse for future donation to a center. You may become a sponsor and lease a horse for 2-3 years. These horses will then be matched up Gypsy Gift Centers once they reach 2+ years of age. Experienced Equestrians involved in 4-H and FFA are encouraged to select a horse to sponsor.
  3. Sponsor a horse through charitable donations to an approved PATH accredited center. Want to participate but do not have the facilities, time or experience to care for a Gypsy Gift Hrose? Sponsors may opt to arrange to pay the approved center for the care of the horse which would enable the horse to be cared for directly by the center. This may qualify as a charitable donation if made directly to the center.

Q 4. How does a center join Gypsy Gift™?

A. Fill out a nomination form. Centers may be self nominated or nominated by an individual.

Q 5. How does an individual become a Gypsy Gift™ sponsor?

A. Fill out an application to lease a Gypsy Gift™ horse for 2-3 years. If approved, you will then select a Gypsy Horse in the program and fill out a lease agreement. Sponsors may be Centers themselves, Center board members, staff or others that want to participate in Gypsy Gift™. Fill out an application today –  

Q 6. Why is LexLin Gypsy Ranch offering Gypsy Gift™?

A. Gypsy Horses are wonderfully suited as EAAT horses with their build, temperament, size and love for people. We want to enable people in need around the US to have access to these extremely tractable horses as it’s amazing what horses can do for improving health, skills and overall improved healing and quality of life for many people. PATH accredited centers are giving back to people on a daily basis and we strongly believe in their programs and want to give back to communities around the US in this special way.  

Q 7. How many horses are in Gypsy Gift™?

A. Right now we’re offering 10 horses for the program in 2016. The available Gypsy horses will be announced April 1, 2016! Each year LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s mission is to donate 10 registered Gypsy Horses (total donation valued in excess of $166,000/yr) to the Gypsy Gift™ program while simultaneously finding eligible sponsors who will train weanling and yearling future Gypsy Gift Horses for future donation to approved PATH premiere accredited EAAT centers.  

Q 8. What is the value of The Gypsy Horses who will be donated through Gypsy Gift™?

A. Each horse is valued between $10,000 – $20,000. At the time the horse is donated to a PATH accredited center our goal is for each horse to be at least 2 years old and have had ground training may also have 30-60 days under saddle.

Q 9. Will the Gypsy Horses be purebred?

A. Yes. Most of the horses in Gypsy Gift™ will be geldings, though all horses in the program will be DNA verified Gypsy Horses registered with the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society.

Q 10. What happens if a center cannot keep a Gypsy Horse donated to them from Gypsy Gift™?

A. All centers that receive a Gypsy Horse sign our placement contract and will return the Gypsy Horse to LexLin Gypsy Ranch if they are no longer able to care for the horse.

Q 11. How does a PATH accredited center get on the approved list for receiving a Gypsy Horse?

A. Have someone nominate your center for the program (may be self nominated) during our annual nomination period. If approved by LexLin we will add your center to the voting phase where you r center will then be able to ask supporters to vote daily for your center. If your center is one of the top 10 centers to receive the most votes during the voting phase your center will be eligible to receive a Gypsy Gift Horse.

Q 12. Why was Gypsy Gift™ started?

A. Eric and Mechelle Barton of LexLin Gypsy Ranch have enjoyed amazing success with their businesses over the past few years and are constantly looking for ways to pay it forward and give back to communities around the world. Their family and businesses have donated in excess of $6.8 million to charitable organizations, including land conservancy, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior, and others in 2013 and now feel that it is time to reach out and touch the lives of others by giving some of their much loved Gypsy Horses via Gypsy Gift™ to centers across the United States. LexLin Gypsy Ranch has donated several Gypsy Horses over the past few years to PATH accredited programs. We have received many thanks and glowing reports of the work our horses are doing and requests to expand our program.

Q 13. Are the Gypsy Horses broke to ride or drive through Gypsy Gift™?

A. The program is designed for sponsors to raise and train a young horses for 2-3 years. Their sponsorship agreement does not include breaking a horse to ride or drive as Gypsy Horses mature slowly and the sponsor may not have the skills or the desire to undergo saddle training. The lease is designed so that the horse has a solid foundation of groundwork that will prepare them for training for riding and possibly driving once they’re mature enough. Once a horse has completed the 2-3 year sponsorship, the sponsor may opt to train the horse under saddle if they have the skills and are approved by LexLin Gypsy Ranch. Most often the horse will be sent to a professional trainer for 30-60 days under saddle before being donated to a PATH accredited center.

Q 14. How can you support Gypsy Gift™ without raising a horse or running a PATH accredited center?

A. 1. Help spread the word by posting about the program on facebook, on your blog, website, talking with friends, etc. Feel free to share our flyers and link to our program. We hope to soon make promotional material available for distribution. 2. Become a sponsor and arrange to pay an approved center for the care of the horse which would enable the horse to be cared for directly by the center. This may qualify as a charitable donation if made directly to the center.

Q 15. Why are the Gypsy Horses offered so young?

A. By donating young horses they will have many years to impact lives in the programs and can be trained exactly as needed for their job as a EAAT horse. Imagine how many lives can be touched over an average 20+ year EAAT career.

Q 16. What happened to LexLin Gives Back: Honoring our Heroes?

A. Our sister company, Vanquish Worldwide headed up the 4th Annual Honoring our Heroes event in 2016 but did not receive any qualified applicants. Currently this program is on hold but you’re welcome to support your favorite PATH premiere accredited center with an EAAT program!