This year’s BreyerFest is all about color, art, community, and fun because sometimes you just have to break from tradition. In the hunter ring, Appaloosa-Friesian cross Danash’s Northern Tempest & owner Laura Reese have no problem doing just that, making this accomplished equine cause for celebration! First drawn to her striking leopard Appaloosa markings, Laura purchased “Dani” as an unfinished 4-year-old. It’s unusual for an amateur to purchase an unfinished horse, but Dani’s easygoing demeanor and beautiful movement made their pairing a natural one.
Dani and Laura were the Circuit Champions in Rusty Stirrup for ESP’s 2019-2020 Holiday Series, and trainer Ashley Glica has also shown her in the USHJA 3' division, Green Hunter 3', and Derby. Laura shares, “Every time we school or compete, we both learn something new. I think that's the beauty of competing as an Adult Amateur - I’m here for the fun of it.” That refreshing perspective is part of this pair’s appeal, and from Dani’s Instagram following to the pair gracing the cover of Wellington the Magazine, it’s obvious that others see it too!
With a coat of gleaming metallic gold and dark green eyes, PRE stallion Apollo del Solis is no stranger to attention.
As a two-year-old, he won his stallions class at the Andalusian World Cup, and was awarded the Best Movement honors. In 2020, he was approved as a PRE Breeding Stallion by ANCCE, the National Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders' Association.Owned by Sommer Ranch, Apollo is the result of their thoughtful breeding program that brings together beauty, talent, and temperament.
Until recently, Spain had called rare double pearl coats like Apollo’s “Isabella,” but now registrations would call his coat “Bay Double Pearl.” As a double pearl, Apollo will give the recessive pearl gene to each of his offspring, which expresses itself in metallic shades when combined with another pearl gene, and will emulate a cremello or perlino when combined with a cream gene. With his coloring, movement, and personality, Apollo’s future as a sire looks as shining as his coat!
To call Half-Arabian Rheverence+ well-rounded would be an understatement. This buckskin overo Pinto competes in both Arabian and Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) events.
In the Arabian world, “Rhev” has taken home the Half-Arabian Legion of Honor and two Top Ten placings at Nationals. On his Pinto side, he’s earned two PtHA world championships in halter and in overo color, and five reserve championships in color, hunter under saddle, English pleasure, and Western pleasure. He also earned the Western Dressage Association of America’s Register of Merit in 2020, in addition to being the 2020 Western Dressage reserve champion at the Region 9 Arabian Championships.
Owned by Daniel Davis and Hallie Anders, this stallion immediately grabs the attention of spectators everywhere he goes. While it’s Rhev’s color that first draws everyone’s eye, it’s his presence and gait that keep it. At only five years old, Rhev is already showing how extremely versatile Half-Arabians can be. He’s recently added Trail and Ranch riding to his resume, as well as welcomed his first offspring!
Meet Queen of Hearts, better known as Josie. While Josie looks every bit the typical bay warmblood on her right side, it’s her left side that has been known to turn quite a few heads, as it’s covered in unique white brindle markings that resemble stripes! These markings, which only appear on one side, may possibly be the result of her being a chimera, which occurs when two non-identical embryos fuse together in utero.
The 2002 KWPN mare has been owned by Gabriella Savettiere since 2009. They enjoyed a successful career in the Children’s Hunters together, including being the 2012 & 2013 1st Over Fences & Reserve Champion at Zone 2 Hunter Finals. In the Adults, they most recently were the 2020 M&S 2’6” Adult Medal Year-End Champions! While Josie’s time in the show ring is slowing down, Gabriella’s bond with her once-in-a-lifetime-horse is as strong as ever.
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