Continuing our series of uplifting stories from BreyerFests past, we received this heartwarming tale from long-time equine demonstration group The Ohio Standardbreds & Friends recounting an experience from our 2018 celebration of “Off to the Races.”
That year, to help us celebrate our tribute to all things horse racing, the Ohio Standardbreds included harness racing superstar Foiled Again, who remains the leading money winning Standardbred of all time.
“At a BreyerFest filled to the withers with legends from the horse racing industry, it was amazing to see just how many fans these incredible horses had. There were hundreds of Foiled Again's fans there that weekend just waiting for their chance to see this legend up close.
One young girl who was just 8 years old could not contain her excitement about seeing "her" Foiled Again. Tears actually ran down her face, as well as her mother’s face, when she got to have her photo taken with him! She asked me ‘Did you know he won his 100th race on Sunday?’ While that was information I did, in fact, already know, it was so amazing to hear her enthusiasm over that fact!
Meeting young people like her, with such enthusiasm and knowledge about these incredible animals, give me so much hope for the next generation of women in the horse industry! She had her Breyer Model of Foiled Again to be signed and Mr. Burke took time to talk to her and to sign her Breyer. The joy on the face of that young girl will forever be a great memory of mine.”
We loved being able to host Foiled Again, his rider and trainer Ron Burke, and all the Standardbred horses that year at BreyerFest. Do you have a favorite memory from our Off to the Races BreyerFest in 2018? Post in the comments below!
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