The Impact of Breyer Benefit Models
Real horses are at the heart of everything Breyer does. Since starting the Breyer's Benefit Model Program in 2005, Breyer has taken great pride in being able to assist many worthwhile causes in the real horse world. Recently, we received a heart-warming note from someone directly impacted by a Breyer benefit model, and would like to share it with you:
Hello Breyer Folks,
Love the page and wanted to let you know that my current position at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, as Senior Research Investigator in Laminitis, was in part made possible due to funds raised from the sale of the Barbaro model. I have one in my office, signed by Dean Richardson - he teases me for being a geek, but I owe my veterinary career in part to Breyer. I grew up in the non-horsy LI suburbs, not enough money for a real horse, so I took lessons and bought Breyer horses. They helped fuel my interest in veterinary medicine. I even had a small mail order business making and selling tack for Breyer models as a teenager. One of my original models, the Bay Arabian Stallion, is on the shelf next to Barbaro with a blanket and halter that I made.
Thanks for the page and for inspiring horse-crazy kids of all ages!
Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACT
Senior Investigator in Laminitis Research Department of Clinical Studies/New Bolton Center University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center does incredible work, and we're very proud to have been able to offer support to such a great cause. When we asked Dr. Galantino-Homer for permission to share her note, she agreed, saying that it "would remind everyone who contributed to the cause by buying the Barbaro models that we appreciate the support and that we are working hard to honor the legacy of all of the horses that have been felled by laminitis."
So thank you to everyone who purchased Barbaro's model or other Breyer benefit models, and to those who participated in BreyerFest benefit auctions and raffles. With your support, we all can help make a difference!
|Dr. Galantino-Homer with her Barbaro and Bay Arabian Stallion models. The picture on the screen is a microscopic view of the lamellae, the part of the hoof affected by laminitis. The green stain is for a protein identified in her lab. Photo courtesy of Dr. Galantino-Homer/University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center|
horsesgallop across wind Says:
08/05/2012 at 5:22 pm
thank you breyer. i would be miserable with out your models.
07/15/2012 at 11:05 pm
So cool keep up the good work Breyer!!!!
07/06/2012 at 5:57 pm
Thanks for keeping the Benfit Models around!
06/26/2012 at 5:01 pm
Breyer serves a purpose!!
Like the doctor, I too grew up in a neighborhood where owning a hore wasn't an option. But due to an loving family that understood my passion for horses, my horse book and Breyer model collection grew long before I was lucky enough to race TBs all over the US at the major tracks for over 20+ years.
Now they're a fun part of my life with a huge group of like minded friends....can't ask for more!!! C.L. Allen
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