Meet the horses that inspired the models!
Mariah's Boon - CELEBRATION HORSE
Boon's model is included with each Three Day Ticket! A $50 value!
Inspired by the horses in the Queen of England's Household Cavalry that carry riders and ceremonial kettledrums, the American Drum Horse is a new breed of heavy horse that combines the best of the Shire, Clydesdale and Gypsy Horse breeds. They can be a mix of any of those three breeds, as long as no single breed exceeds 7/8 of the makeup and they are at least 1/8 Gypsy Horse. With color and hair of the Gypsy and the build of the Shire and Clydesdale, American Drum Horses stand out from the crowd! Bred to be heavy riding horses, they are versatile mounts which can be enjoyed in many disciplines.
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Moonlit Acres' American Drum Horse stallion, Mariah's Boon, is a shining example of the incredible versatility of his breed. At the 2011 Feathered Horse Classic with owner Laura Moon, Boon was named Grand Champion Drum, High Point Drum Champion, and Performance Drum Champion! Born in 2006, Boon stands 17.1 h. and weighs around 1,500 pounds. He is trained to ride and drive, and even does dressage. In a nod to his breed's roots, Boon and Laura also perform with two large drums, which require Laura to guide Boon with reins controlled by her feet!
Taskin - STORE SPECIAL
Taskin's model is available exclusively in the BreyerFest Store! Limited quantities are available so shop early!
With their flowing manes and tails, feathered legs, and beautiful coloring, the Gypsy Vanner is beautiful sight to behold! This striking breed began with the Gypsies of Great Britain after World War II. They wished to produce the perfect caravan horse, and through selective breeding, created a horse resembling a small refined draft with more color and feathering. For the Gypsies, their horses were a great source of pride. On top of their beauty, these horses needed to be strong and have a gentle disposition.
Owned by June Villa of Villa Vanners, Taskin is a stunning rare buckskin blagdon stallion. Blagdon refers to a solid coat color with white splashed up from underneath. He also sports "frosting" in his mane and tail, which is common on horses with his coloring. Described by Villa as "the class clown," Taskin has been passing on his friendly and outgoing personality and the cream gene to his offspring.
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Born in 2003, Taskin can drive as well as be ridden both English and western! At the 2011 Feathered Horse Classic he was named the Grand Champion Gypsy Stallion, and with his skills, we're sure he'll continue to dazzle the judges in the show ring!
Some of the best desserts are topped with sprinkles, and in the American Saddlebred world, judges and spectators alike enjoy a sweet treat when a skewbald pinto mare called CH Sprinkles, and her 13-year old rider, Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes, add their splash of pizzazz to a show ring. Foaled May 15, 1996, Sprinkles inherited her color from her pinto sire, Chubasco, and chestnut dam, Faraway Blue.
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Bred by Ellen Davis and her daughter Michele MacFarlane of San Diego, MacFarlane sold the mare 12 years later to Rainbow Princess Farms, in Oklahoma City, for a then 10-year old Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes to love and show. The two have become part of an elite handful to have won the "American Saddlebred Triple Crown," earning the Juvenile Five-Gaited Championship at the American Royal Horse show, plus wins at the Lexington Junior League Horse Show and Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show. In 130 ring appearances, CH Sprinkles has earned 109 blue ribbons.Todd Miles -- one of only four trainers in Kentucky State Fair history to simultaneously win the Three-Gaited World's and Five-Gaited World's Grand Championships - is her trainer. A breathtaking mover and colorful ambassador for her breed, CH Sprinkles has represented American Saddlebreds in the California Rose Bowl Parade, and at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremonies. She was also nominated for USEF Horse of the Year, and was named both ASHA Horse of the Year and UPHA Overall Saddlebred Five-Gaited Horse of the Year in 2010.
Due to an injury, Padré will not be joining us at BreyerFest. However, he’s home and doing well! Please join us in sending him our best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Mustangs have long been a part of America's heritage, and are icons of the American West. While wild mustangs still roam the rangelands, some have been adopted and gone on to become much-loved partners for many trail and recreational riders, who treasure these sure-footed horses for their hardiness and spirit.
© Bill Alphin
Born in 2000 in Nevada, Padré was gathered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and adopted out of their Palomino Valley facility in 2001. The beautiful dun stallion still has the unique BLM freeze brand on his neck, which the BLM uses to identify the wild horses that have been gathered from public rangelands. The symbols in this brand tell the reader the horse's registering organization, year of birth, and registration number.
When Patti Gruber came to own Padré in 2007, she saw he had amazing potential for dressage and began his training. With much success at their first shows, in early August 2010 Patti decided to show Padré for the first time in-hand. Earning an amazing score of 75, Padré then qualified to show at Dressage at Devon, which was less than two months away.
Dressage at Devon is one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions, attracting both top competitors and judges from the US and abroad. Not only was Padré the first mustang to ever compete at Devon, he took home first place in the Four Year Old and Older Stallions (in hand) class, as well as winning Reserve Grand Champion Stallion Overall. To top off their whirlwind year, Padré was also ranked #14 USDF Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Horse of the Year for 4 Year Old and Older Stallions.
Padré has broken barriers and breed stereotypes, showing what incredible, versatile horses domesticated Mustangs can be!
Lil' Ricky Rocker
|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!
Owned by Ron and Donna Georgyi of Ohio, Ricky has had success is 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.
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On top of his showing accomplishments, Ricky has also held 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!
Heartland High Tech
|Heartland High Tech
Hackney Ponies don't get much more impressive than Heartland High Tech! The 2001 bay stallion was the 2011 World Champion Hackney Pony Stallion/Gelding, and was the Grand Champion and the Open Champion Hackney Pony at the 2011 Lexington Junior League Horse Show. In 2010, this talented pony was voted the United Professional Horsemen's Association Open, Amateur and Overall Hackney Pony of the Year! Heartland High Tech was also the 2010 World Grand Champion Hackney Pony and the 2009 World Champion Amateur Ladies Hackney Pony.
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Bred by the Kolkmans of Heartland Hackney Farm, the premier name in Hackney Ponies, Heartland High Tech is sired by Dun-Haven Bandolier and is out of Heartland Sweetheart.
Heartland High Tech competes in Amateur Ladies Hackney Pony classes with his owner, Helen Rosburg, and in Open Hackney Pony classes with trainer Ruth Gimpel. When he's not out winning titles, he resides in Florida. Rosburg notes that Heartland High Tech is an absolute gentleman and he always gives his all in the show ring. With everything he's accomplished so far, we're sure to see more from this pony superstar in the future!