Last week, we introduced you to our amazing Equine Managers, Carolyn and Debbie, and shared one of their fond memories with you. Well, we were so inspired by their heartwarming story about the incredible bond between humans and horses that we asked for another one. We hope you enjoy this walk down memory lane as much as we did.
“Back in 2017, before BreyerFest got started for the weekend, I was running around taking care of pre-event business and saw a car in the parking lot of the Kentucky Horse Park with “BreyerFest of Bust” and other decorations on the windows and a family standing at the open trunk. I puttered my golf cart over to welcome them and say hello and engaged briefly in some small talk. With the two adults was a teenaged girl, and being where we were, I asked her who her favorite horse was.
She quickly retrieved a model from the car to show me and I knew instantly who the horse was – Paint Me a Pepto, one of that year’s portrait horse models. I smiled. “Did you know that horse is here?” I asked her. I could barely finish my sentence before she burst into tears of joy. In addition to that mare being on-site, I informed her, she had recently had a foal, named Linus, who was also with her. More tears of joy.
During BreyerFest weekend, I relayed this experience to the horse’s owners who were so excited to share their excitement with this young girl over their horse that we arranged a special meet and greet. Despite announcing throughout the weekend that the owners were expecting this girl and her family at the stalls, I learned that they thought the announcements were some sort of PR stunt! I finally caught up with them on the Sunday of BreyerFest (which was no easy feat!), explained the situation to them, and brought them up to the barn to meet Paint me a Pepto, Linus, and their owners.”
This story brought a tear to our eyes! We can absolutely relate to the feelings of awe and excitement over getting to meet the real horse that inspired one of our models. (You might think that working at HQ has jaded us to the experience, but we assure you, we are not!) Do you have a favorite memory of meeting your favorite horse at BreyerFest? Share in the comments below!
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