Some of the best desserts are topped with sprinkles, and in the American Saddlebred world, judges and spectators alike always enjoyed a sweet treat whenever skewbald pinto mare called CH Sprinkles and her teenage rider, Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes, added their splash of pizzazz to a show ring.
Foaled May 15, 1996, Sprinkles inherited her color from her pinto sire, Chubasco* - who also had the honor of becoming a Breyer model! - and chestnut dam, Faraway Blue. 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 pair became 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. 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, was her trainer. Over the course of her 18-year career, CH Sprinkles won 128 classes and 16 reserves.
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A breathtaking mover and colorful ambassador for her breed, CH Sprinkles 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. She was honored with her own Breyer portrait model in 2012.
CH Sprinkles' Breyer portrait model was a part of the Traditional line in 2012 and 2013.