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A mounted police officer’s horse needs to be athletic, trusting, and steadfast in all situations. Captain Lisa Rakes of the Kentucky Horse Park Mounted Police has found that and more in her equine partner, Oliver. An 11-year-old Shire cross, Oliver’s flashy black and white pinto coat and large stature ensure that the duo stands out wherever they go. Oliver joined the KHP Mounted Police unit at age 5, and his friendly and curious nature has served him well. After going through training that included groundwork, schooling, and obstacle and sensory training, he joined Captain Rakes on duty.
These partners lead parades, work prestigious events like the Kentucky Three Day Event and BreyerFest, and go on daily park patrols – Oliver’s favorite! Captain Rakes says it best when she talks about her equine partner: “He loves people, loves being the center of attention, and is a great ambassador to the Kentucky Horse Park.”
All horses and riders will be available for photos and autographs at BreyerFest! The autograph and ring schedule will be announced in the event program and on the BreyerFest website and event App! The event program will be available online in June.
In western dressage, classical techniques meet western horsemanship to form a new discipline that introduces the world of dressage to new audiences! Stock horse breeds are most commonly seen competing, but the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) allows all breeds. While you won’t see high-level moves like the piaffe and passage, the elements of lightness, balance, and athleticism remain the same – only they’re performed under western tack.
Nancy Conley and her mare Truly Unsurpassed, a 2007 Paint Horse, have been making history in western dressage. Truly Unsurpassed became the first horse to earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medal Awards from the WDAA. She won several World Championship titles at the WDAA World Show in 2016 and 2017, and was named the 2017 USEF WDAA Horse of the Year for Level 2!
Now competing at Level 3 and 4, this duo is working towards Truly Unsurpassed becoming the WDAA’s first Supreme Champion!
Dominante XXIX was the first Qualified Pura Raza Española (PRE) stallion imported to the USA. Soon after arriving at Snowy Peaks Ranch, five-year-old “Dom” was named Campeon de la Raza (Champion Stallion) at the 2005 Foundation for the Pure Spanish Horse’s National Celebration Show. As his show career continued, so did his success - both in-hand and under saddle.
His achievements include being the only PRE stallion to have twice been named the Champion Stallion at National Celebration shows, and the only PRE stallion to have been named both the Champion Stallion and Overall Champion of Functionality at any National Celebration show! Dom’s versatility also shines in the dressage arena. In 2011 the USDF ranked Dom 10th in Intermediare I dressage, and in 2015 he competed in the USEF Young Adult ‘Brentina Cup’ Dressage National Championship.
A sire of champions, his offspring includes Breyer portrait horse Gozosa SCS!
Back again for the second year!
In the dazzling and exhilarating world of trick riding, there is nothing more important than a good horse. Trick riding mounts need to be strong, intelligent, and trustworthy. The Trixie Chicks Trick Riders have an impressive string of horses that have been their partners in thrilling crowds and teaching trick riding since their formation in 2010.
A favorite of the performers and students is King, a 2001 American Paint Horse. Trixie Chicks owner and performer Kelsey Lauberth describes him as “the horse of many trick riders,” because his steady nature makes him their go-to lesson mount. This attention-loving steed enjoys performing, but he never forgets to take care of his riders. Whether his job is to help thrill an audience, or boost a beginner trick rider’s confidence, King is always up for the task.
When your job involves doing incredible feats on (and around & under!) a galloping horse, there’s no better partner than King!
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!
On top of his showing accomplishments, Ricky also has 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!
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. Ricky will be returning for his 17th BreyerFest this year!
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