CH Gypsy Supreme was a chestnut Saddlebred gelding, foaled in May 12, 1987. He was bred by William and Pamela Richardet, son of Sultan’s Flashdance out of Kalarama’s Gypsy Lady, and was owned by Southwood Partners LLC, Donald and Ronnie Hess, for their daughter Emily Hess.
CH Gypsy Supreme was voted the People’s Choice World’s Champion for the Decade of the 1990s. He was a five-gaited multi-titled world’s champion in the open, ladies, amateur and junior divisions. Winning first the Illinois State Fair Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited title in 1990, he won his first world’s titles of Junior Five-Gaited Stallion and Gelding, and Junior Five-Gaited Grand Champion in 1991. CH Gypsy Supreme also won numerous Ladies Five-Gaited Gelding and Championship titles through 1997, followed by Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited Championship titles in 1998 and 1999, for a total of nine world’s championship titles among numerous other awards.
In 2001, CH Gypsy Supreme was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park. He was one of the most photographed horses at the Kentucky Horse Park, because his stall was near the walkway to the Hall of Champions, and he spent a large part of each day with his head out of the window, welcoming visitors as they arrived.
Robin Bush, one of Gypsy’s caretakers for many years, said, “Gypsy was a really fun horse to be around because he had a sense of humor. People who didn’t know anything about Saddlebreds often fell in love with the breed when they met him. They were first attracted to him because he looked so noble, but his personality is what got to them. He liked to bite at the stall door to startle people because he got a kick out of watching them jump back away from the door, but it was always in fun. He also loved to have his neck scratched and would bow his neck to such an extent that he would nearly collapse on the floor from the pleasure of it.”
On December 22, 2010 he was humanely euthanized, surrounded by people who loved him, after a long battle with laminitis as a result of Cushing’s disease. CH Gypsy Supreme is buried at the of the Hall of Champions.