Handcarved Rocking Horses in Dayton, TN

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His Idea Crafts, Dayton, Tennessee-based makers of heirloom-quality wooden rocking horses, had been in business two years before getting its first big break.

At the time, owners John and Anna Sprankell couldn’t afford a vacation, so they piled their girls and a few of the hand-crafted horses into the car and headed for Gatlinburg, promising the girls that if they sold one horse, they’d get a hotel room and stay overnight. Well, they sold all the horses they had and took orders for 20 more. From there, business took off at a gallop.

That was 20 years ago. To date, the Sprankells have built more than 24,000 rocking horses, and these beautiful, handcrafted horses have been featured on QVC and Tennessee Crossroads.

The unique rocking horses are sold in multiple retail outlets throughout the state and on the Internet, and have been shipped to all 50 states and 16 countries.

John Sprankell is quick to give God the credit. “It was ‘His’ idea,” he says. See “His” horses at www.allhishorses.com.


  1. Jim Hudgens

    October 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Is it possible for me to purchase a Rocking Horse for my Grandson?

    • Blair Thomas

      October 28, 2011 at 11:05 am

      Hi Jim,
      To find out information about ordering rocking horses, you’ll want to contact His Idea Crafts directly either by calling (423) 570-0783 or emailing John Sprankel at john@allhishorses.com. You can find more information about the products here: http://www.allhishorses.com/index.html

      Hope this helps!

      Blair Thomas
      Tennessee Home & Farm

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