Joyce's Book and Presentation Schedule

Joyce M. Christian is a recognized Gypsy Vanner Horse historian and author.  Her articles on the Gypsy Vanner have appeared over the last sixteen years in such publications as: The Equine Journal, American Livestock Magazine, Just Horses, and she has been quoted in Horse Illustrated and Breyer Magazine.  In 2011 she published her first book, "Dreams..Promises..A Vanner Horse Journey".


Joyce's book, "Dreams..Promises..A Vanner Horse Journey" is her personal story with this amazing breed.  It also is a view of the many struggles faced by the Gypsy Vanner Horse Society on its mission to establish, protect, and promote the Gypsy Vanner Horse.  

Joyce's new book, "Stealing Gypsy Treasure: America's Love Affair with the Gypsy and His Horse" was released in July 2018. This work captures the history of the Gypsy culture, their love for their horses, and how a breed literally grew from that love.  Yet it would take the American culture to recognize these incredible horses as an actual breed weaving a fascinating and almost unbelievable story.  Both books are available via Amazon.

Since 2008 Joyce has been a presenter on behalf of her beloved breed:

 Keynote Speaker - NY State Horse Council Annual Meeting - 2008

 Breed Presentation - Southwest Louisiana Horse Expo - 2011

 Presenter - GVHS Annual Meeting 2013 - Las Vegas, Nevada

 Book Presentation - Ouachita Library System - Calhoun, LA April 2013

 Book Presentation - Keynote Speaker - Trenton Group - West Monroe, Louisiana - October 2013

Authors' Row - LA Reading Association Conference- Monroe, LA Dec. 6-7, 2013

Keynote Speaker - West Monroe Kiwanis Club - West Monroe, LA Dec. 17,2013

Presenter - GVHS Annual Meeting 2014 - Atlanta, Georgia - 22 February, 2014

For the following events Joyce joined trainer, Paulette Stoudt: combining the seminar with hands-on teaching with the horses.  Paulette and Joyce hope these events will be the beginning of their new educational foundation: Gypsy Vanner/Cob/Horse Foundation.

Presenter - GV Horse Seminar - Bogota, Colombia August 2018

Presenter - Gypsy Vanner Horse Seminar - The Villages, FL March 12, 2019

Presenter - GV Horse Seminar/Show - Bogota, Colombia March 23-24, 2019



Her presentation is educational and inspiring.  Ms. Christian is available to schools, clubs, and churches.  See our "What's New" section for contact information and to schedule a speaking engagement.

Joyce with her beloved Bandit at Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck, NY.

Where to Find Us:

Unicorn Spirit Vanners
Albert Turner Sr. Memorial HWY

Marion Junction, Alabama 36759

Phone: +1 318 801 9554

What's New

Unicorn Spirit Vanners is now happily located on our very own farm in Marion Junction, Alabama.  We are so extremely happy to finally be at home in Alabama!  We extend an invitation to family and friends old and new to come and visit us!