Guest Horses

Meet the horses that inspired the models!

All horses and riders will be available for photos and autographs at BreyerFest! The autograph and ring schedule will be announced in the event program and on our BreyerFest App! The event program will be available online in June.

Brass Hat

CELEBRATION HORSE
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Not all horses are lucky enough to find a second career after retirement, but Brass Hat has done that and more. The 2001 bay Thoroughbred gelding became a regional favorite of racing fans, earning over $2.17 million in 40 starts. His seven-year racing career highlights include 9 stakes wins, and setting track records at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park.

Owned by the late Fred Bradley and trained by his son William "Buff" Bradley, Brass Hat retired from racing at age 10. After moving to the Bradley's Indian Ridge Farm, he became a pasture mate to other off-the-track-Thoroughbreds and a babysitter to the farm's weanlings. He's also done ambassador work for Kentucky's Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which helps organizations to retire, retrain and re-home Thoroughbreds. In 2016, Brass Hat made his show horse debut with the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association, where he was shown under saddle by Buff's 12-year-old daughter.

Brass Hat is proof that a Thoroughbred can do it all!

EZ to Spot

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In the world of pony jumpers, talent and heart are everything. Add color to the mix, and you get EZ To Spot, a 2001 Pony of the Americas gelding. His flashy leopard coat inspired his show name, as a previous owner's parent said he'd be "easy to spot in the field." Known as "Lash" in the barn, he is owned by Ponies Unlimited LLC. His career highlights include being named the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Zone Champion 2012-2015, and the USEF's National Pony Jumper Champion in 2013 and 2015.

Standing 14.1h, EZ To Spot regularly jumps fences from 1.10-1.15m, and up to 1.20m in the USEF Pony Finals. Still competing today, his long and successful show career can be attributed to his athleticism and love of his job. Ponies Unlimited describes him as having "a heart bigger than he is." Add that to his one-in-a-million personality and you have a winning combination!

Empres

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What do you call a horse who is a winner in five countries, excels in many disciplines, and has a stellar personality to boot? Empres++++//! The 1995 Arabian stallion was born in Poland, and has competed in Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, The United States, and Canada. Owned by Prue Critchley since 2011, she focused Empres' career on both halter and performance. He has titles in a wide variety of classes including Dressage, Western Dressage, Halter, Sport Horse, Sport Horse under Saddle, Side Saddle, and Mounted Native Costume!

Empres was named Canadian National and Reserve Champion Sport Horse Stallion three times, in addition to 19 other Canadian National titles, 17 Regional titles, and 26 Western Canadian Breeders titles! He earned the symbols after his name by attaining the highest-level achievement awards from the Arabian Horse Association: Legion of Masters (++++) and Legion of Excellence (//). Now retired from the show ring, Empres will be siring the next generation of intelligent and versatile winners.

Foiled Again

In horseracing, age is everything. Unless of course, you're harness racing champion Foiled Again.

A solid performer in his younger years, Foiled Again only got better with age. At age 8, he became the oldest pacer on record to have a million dollar year. By age 9 he had three consecutive million dollar-winning seasons under his belt. That same year he won his first Breeders Crown - the Open Pace at Pocono Downs - against a field of younger horses, and became the oldest horse to win a Breeders Crown. In addition to his race records, he also was named Pacer of the Year in 2011, Older Pacer of the Year three times, and Canada's Aged Pacer of the Year twice! He's won major stakes races at tracks around the US and Canada, including: the Quillen Memorial (three times), Canadian Pacing Derby, American National, Levy Memorial (twice), and the TVG Championship.

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The bay 2004 Standardbred gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables LLC, and has been driven by Yannick Gingras to many of his victories. His trainer, Ron Burke, is also a record-setter: he's the first harness racing trainer to earn $100 million in purses!

Icabad Crane

Not many horses can claim they finished third in a Triple Crown race. Even fewer can say that they went on to a new eventing career with an Olympic gold medalist in the saddle - but then again, there's only one Icabad Crane!

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Foaled in 2005, the bay Thoroughbred had a 6-year race career that included finishing third in the 2008 Preakness Stakes and eighth in the Belmont Stakes. Retired from racing in 2013, his new owners Anita and Graham Motion put the athletic gelding into training with eventing superstar Phillip Dutton. The pair finished their first year together by winning the 2014 America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest, and in 2015 won Icabad's first CIC* at Plantation Field Horse Trial. Icabad returned to Plantation Field in 2016 with Phillip's daughter Olivia in the saddle, and won the Novice Thoroughbred Series division!

Icabad has amassed his own fan club that is eagerly watching this ex-racehorse show the eventing world a thing or two about life after racing!

Lil' Ricky Rocker

Appaloosas are noted for their unique spotted coats and Lil' Ricky Rocker doesn't disappoint! The flashy 1992 leopard Appaloosa gelding made his show debut at age 3, but then colicked and was given little chance of survival. Not only did Ricky pull through, he came back the next year to become the Reserve World Champion in Junior Reining!

 

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On top of his showing accomplishments, Ricky also has an important job at BreyerFest: being the trusted mount of Breyer's own Stephanie Macejko during the opening ceremonies! Ricky adores people and attention, so he is right at home in the spotlight!

Owned by Ron and Donna Georgyi of Ohio, Ricky has had success in many different classes, including earning several National and World Championships in Appaloosa Heritage. In this exciting class, stages of the breed's rich history are portrayed with the horse and rider costumed to represent anything from Native Americans to Spanish conquistadors! The horse and rider are judged on the authenticity of their attire and equipment, markings of the horse, written description, and a 60-second oral presentation. Ron and Ricky show in the attire of a Plains Indian from the 1850-1870's, which is all realistically crafted in the same materials that would've been used at that time.

 

Please note: Autograph and Meet & Greet sessions are limited to the first 200 people for each Special Guest. Please check-in with Breyer Staff at the Autograph tent for a number. Autographs are not guaranteed and are limited to one model per person. Guests will only be signing Breyer merchandise. Be sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly!

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