Echo Mountain Ranch
A Premier Environment for the Development of a High Quality Gypsy Cob Bloodline.
When Bill and Gaye Farleigh, owners of Echo Mountain Ranch, created their Echo Mountain Ranch Gypsy breeding program, they wanted to establish a premier environment for the development of a high quality Gypsy Cob bloodline.
A series of fortuitous events in 2013 allowed Echo Mountain Ranch the opportunity to purchase the famous mares Black Forest Babydoll and Black Forest Babydoll’s daughter, Babydoll’s Delight. These events, coupled with the wonders of modern equine reproductive technologies, allow Echo Mountain Ranch to come out of the gates with a strong and desirable breeding program.
In March of 2008, the famous Gypsy stallion, The Lion King, died following sedation for a minor medical procedure. A second tragedy happened in July of 2011, when the Colorado State University’s Equine Reproduction Laboratory facility burned to the ground, destroying all of The Lion King’s frozen semen known to exist at the time. Members of our staff subsequently learned of a forgotten cache of The Lion King’s semen stored at another facility and were able to purchase a quantity of that last known supply from owner Jeff Bartko.
This forgotten cache of The Lion King’s semen is the only way that this legendary stallion’s lineage can be brought back into today’s foals. Through a series of tragic events, a miracle was born. Echo Mountain Ranch is now able to resurrect The Lion King’s bloodline through state-of-the-art equine reproductive techniques. Learn more about the process that allows us to carry on the bloodlines of The Lion King.