Born in Ireland, this beautiful bay gelding was bought as a six-year old by Carl and Cassie Segal, and it wasn’t long before he and rider Buck Davidson formed an incredible bond. Nicknamed “Reggie” at the barn, this name comes from a play on the initials RM in his name – Buck named him after basketball great Reggie Miller. Reggie has certainly lived up to the expectations of this nickname!
During his illustrious career, Reggie became the United States Eventing Association’s Highest-Scoring Horse of all time in 2014 – and his record still stands at over 1,600 points. In addition to this, Reggie’s career included six CCI4* competitions, a strong CIC3* record, winning the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh, being named the 2013 Rolex 4* National Champion, and representing the USA at the 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and France, respectively. Reggie also won USEA’s Horse of the Year award in 2011 and was the Best Conditioned Horse at Rolex in 2014.
This amazing athlete was retired from competition in 2017 and while he competed briefly with his long-time groom, Kathleen Murray, Ballynoe Castle RM now spends his days relaxing and retired on the Segal’s farm in New Jersey away from the pressure of competitive life.
To honor this amazing athlete, Breyer has selected Susan Carlton Sifton’s “Show Jumping Warmblood” sculpt, mold #579, which has never before been selected as the BreyerFest Celebration Model mold. The Segals felt this model of Reggie beautifully captured his stature and athleticism and were thrilled to see their horse immortalized – they cannot wait for BreyerFest guests to have a Reggie of their own to take home!
The exhilarating sport of combined driving showcases the athleticism and skill of driving horses and ponies in three phases: dressage, marathon, and cones. Small in size but not talent, Classic American Shetland Bugsy Maloney and Shetland/Welsh cross Tony Da Pony compete with owner Mary Phelps in the top level of combined driving: FEI Advanced. Nicknamed the “Gangsters” for their playful names, their size allows them to make moves inside obstacles that larger ponies cannot.
The Morgan breed is known for its versatility, and “Jazz” certainly demonstrates that with trainer and rider Lauren Chumley. Owned by Melissa Dowling, Jazz came to Lauren for dressage training as a green 4-year-old. A high-energy pony, Lauren took Jazz to hunter paces to help him blow off steam. She discovered that he loved to jump, and that he was fast, brave, and careful – hallmarks of a great eventing horse!
In addition to eventing at Training Level, Jazz has excelled in dressage. He’s been Champion or Reserve in FEI Test of Choice and Grand Prix Freestyle, and has earned many USDF All-Breeds awards. Jazz has also been named the High Score Morgan multiple times at the FEI National Dressage Pony Cup!
In the world of barrel racing, Sherry Cervi is a household name. The first cowgirl to bring home over $2 million in earnings (currently standing at over $3 million), her career has been a study in grit, class, and perseverance.
Sherry has been supported by some amazing equine talent, and one such special partnership was with a mare named MP Meter My Hay, better known as Stingray. The palomino mare (PC Frenchmans Hayday x Miss Meter Jet) was bred and raised by Sherry’s parents on their Arizona ranch. Together, Sherry and Stingray clinched the 2010 World Champion title, and came back to win it again in 2013, where they set a National Finals Rodeo average record of 138.15 seconds in 10 runs - an incredible feat that speaks to the mare’s amazing consistency. That same year Stingray was awarded the “Horse with the Most Heart” award, as voted by the world’s top 15 barrel racers. Now retired, her fans are eager to see what her offspring will achieve!
One of Europe’s oldest horse breeds, the Lipizzan originated in the 1500s during the time of the Austrian Empire. The breed gets its name from Lipizza (Lipica), Slovenia - the location of one of the first established stud farms. Today, the breed is highly sought after for their natural talent in performing classical dressage.
Tempel Lipizzans of Illinois, was founded in 1958 to promote this incredible breed and promote classical dressage, and is the largest privately-owned herd in the world! Through their breeding and training program, they combine some of the oldest Lipizzan bloodlines with the same classical traditions and principles as the Spanish Riding School. Each summer, they offer public exhibitions which showcase the Lipizzan and the progression of classical dressage training.
Lil’ Ricky Rocker
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.
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