We are thrilled to be able to welcome our newest Breyer Family members, our 2022 Portrait Horses, AND horses from 2020 and 2021 who could not make the trip to Kentucky. We know with all these wonderful equines to help celebrate it's going to be the biggest Breyer party yet!
This year’s BreyerFest is about celebrating all things German – from music and food to art, literature, and culture. In the dressage ring, German Riding Pony Nikolas & rider Lauren Chumley have no problem showing how athletic and versatile this German breed can be, making this accomplished equine cause for celebration! He may be small, but he’s a super star making a big name for himself in the dressage arena. Niko, as he is affectionately known, loves to show off just how talented he is in the Grand Prix ring, competing against horses twice his size.
“I’m not going to lie, we bought him because he was pretty,” rider and trainer Lauren Chumley laughed when asked about how she and owner Melissa Dowling came to purchase Nikolas. Imported as a two-year-old from breeder Ingrid Schmidt, who is based out of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, this handsome, gentle buckskin gelding has spent his whole life since training and competing under Lauren Chumley.
This dynamic pair has gone up through the levels to the Grand Prix ring, but along the way Nikolas has competed up to Training level Eventing. In dressage, he’s brought home numerous championships from the National Dressage Pony Cup show, regional and all-breed titles, and a top 12 finish at the USEF Festival of Champions in 2021 in the Developing Grand Prix. This talented German Riding Pony has just started his career in the Grand Prix ring and is already giving his fans a reason to toast and say Prost!
Meet Montanara, one of only two Black Forest Draft stallions (Schwarzwaelder Kaltblut) found in North America. Born at Ursula Seidel’s stables in Washington State, Montanara is currently owned by Elizabeth Keck of Once Upon a Dream Acres in Idaho. Montanara was brought in utero from the Black Forest in Germany and was the first Black Forest Draft horse to be born on North American soil. He exhibits the breed’s naturally calm and willing demeanor and has done everything asked of him from riding to driving and even snow plowing. He passes on his incredible temperament, strength and beauty to his foals so future generations can enjoy this wonderful breed.
About the Breed
The Black Forest Draft horse originated in the densely forested and mountainous southwest region of Germany known as the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) many centuries ago. The lightweight draft breed is hardy and bred to live, work, and thrive in this rugged region. Fewer than 3,500 purebreds exist, mostly living within Germany with a handful around the globe. The oldest German state stud, Marbach, manages the breed’s preservation program and has the largest breeding program housing 20 Black Forest Draft stallions. Today the Black Forest Draft horse is mainly used for riding, driving, and therapeutic programs, while some are still used for farm work in the Black Forest region of Germany.
Chardonnay, owned by Marta Kauffman and trained and ridden by Jaye Cherry, is taking the dressage arena by storm on the West Coast. Like fine wine this talented German Riding Pony has only gotten better with age. Always entertaining both Jaye and spectators he never gets tired and has adopted the nickname of the “EverReady Bunny!” Competing up to the Grand Prix level he has become the top dressage stallion for the German Riding Pony registry, Weser-Ems, in North America. The talented chestnut was the 2003 German Federal Reserve Pony Stallion before being imported to America, the 2008 Cornerstone Prix St. Georges Champion, the 2010 L. A. / California Dressage Society Grand Prix Reserve Champion, and a 2010 Top Ten Finisher at the California Dressage Society Horse of the Year Show to name a few of his many accomplishments. He is also an active breeding stallion passing on his incredible movement and talent to his offspring.
About the Breed
The largest registry for ponies and small horses is the Weser-Ems Breeding Society located in Lingen, Germany. Founded in 1949 the society now oversees 22 pony and small horse breeds, including the German Riding Pony which was officially recognized in 1963. These “miniature warmbloods” were developed to mimic their larger counterparts and possess large strides and comparable gates. This makes them a popular choice for many children and adults around the world as they can compete at the highest levels in a variety of disciplines.
Meet Chablis, a Württemberger gelding, who knows he’s turning heads in the hunter ring for more than one reason. The stunning dark bay with an equally stunning jump is owned by Libertas Farm, LLC, and ridden by Kelly Tropin. As a young horse Chablis showed promising talent and a natural affinity towards the hunters. Together the pair has won numerous championships and high score awards in the 3’6 Amateur Owner division at the National Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, WCHR week at the Winter Equestrian Festival, and at the Hampton Classic. On top of his many championships, Chablis was named the 2020 WCHR Hunter of the Year. His long list of achievements prove Chablis is no stranger to the spotlight!
About the Breed
The Württemberger is one of the many warmblood breeds produced in Germany. First developed in the state of Baden- Württemberg these horses were originally bred to be a multipurpose mount used for both riding and farm work. Later the breed was refined into the lighter riding horse seen today. The Württemberger and other warmbloods have become a popular choice due to their easy going nature, athletic ability, and versatility. With careful breed guidelines and complete records of breed registries, Germany is one of the top producers of sport horses today, and they can be found competing in a variety of disciplines from show jumping to dressage.
Nistar Blazing Kansas
Don’t tell Nistar Blazing Kansas that he can’t do something. Standing at 11.2 hands, “Kansas” competes in halter, trail, pleasure driving, and carriage driving for owner Cynthia Bellis-Jones of Fox Run Farm – often against Sporthorses much larger than him.
He’s been named a National Champion in the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America (WPCSA), Pinto Horse Association, and the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). His dam, the beautiful and talented GFT Blazing Ethel owned by Wayne & Nina Sue Stark, was a champion driving pony herself and obviously passed on her winning ways!
Kansas is currently nationally ranked the WPCSA’s #1 Section A Stallion, and the road to that ranking was paved in victory. He earned his Legion of Merit with the WPCSA in 2018. The following year he was named the organization’s Welsh of the Year. Kansas was also the United States Equestrian Federation’s Horse of the Year in 2018 and 2019…all in addition to being a three-time winner of the USDF’s Welsh All-Breed Award and three-time Grand Champion of the National Dressage Pony Cup.
Many breeders aspire to create their dream horse, researching bloodlines and conformation in hopes of finding the perfect combination. Morganquest Native Sun, a striking dark chestnut Morgan stallion, is one of those dreams brought to life.
Bred by Shirley & Duane Burris and their daughter Tane Schwartzman, Morganquest Native Sun has Red Correll and old working western lineage in his blood, making it no surprise that he took to reining like a natural. He entered his first Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in 2004 and became the Snaffle Bit/Hackmore Reining World Champion. He returned in 2005 and 2006 to win the Open Reining World Championship, and the reserve in 2007 and 2014.
Now retired from showing, he’s already making a name for himself as a sire. His first offspring to enter the show ring, MorganQuest Red Warrior, won the 2014 Grand National’s Snaffle Bit/Hackmore Reining World Champion title – just like his sire did a decade earlier. Passing on his athletic conformation, working bloodlines, and winning ways, Morganquest Native Sun’s influence will continue to shine on the reining arena.
The Akhal-Teke was first imported to the United States by the late Phil and Margot Case of Shenandoah Farm. The Cases where champions of this rare breed, and one of the horses to come from their breeding program is the 2005 stallion Adamek (Gindarkh x Agniya). The great-grandson of Olympic Gold Medalist Abesent, Adamek’s incredible bloodlines trace back to Russia and Kazakhstan.
Now owned by the Akhal-Teke Foundation and trained and ridden by Sabine Desper, Adamek currently competes in 4th Level dressage and Training Level 3 eventing. In 2017, he competed at the USEA’s American Eventing Championship at Training Level, earning himself and Sabine their Blue Ribbon Award. With multiple #1 placings in both dressage and eventing at recognized shows, he and Sabine have their sights set on entering Prix St. George level in the near future. His versatility and athleticism, paired with bravery and a friendly personality, make Adamek a fine example of the Akhal-Teke breed.
Vivaldi de Besilu
Stallion Vivaldi de Besilu is a fine example of the Paso Fino breed. These elegant horses are known for their smooth natural gait, which is an evenly spaced four-beat lateral movement that makes them extremely comfortable to ride, and is performed with style. “Vivaldi” competes performing the Classic Fino gait, which is considered the most elite level. It is performed at full collection with slow forward speed and extremely rapid footfalls and short steps, both on the rail and on the sounding board - which highlights the Paso Fino’s rapid hoofbeats!
Owned by Besilu Collection/Benjamin Leon Jr., Vivaldi is the 2021 Confepaso Mundial (World Cup) Grand Champion Fino Stallion. He was also named the Paso Fino Horse Association’s Grand National Champion Fino Stallion from 2016-2020, and the National Champion Fino Stallion 2017-2020 with rider Eliecer “Perla” Guzman in the saddle. Still competing, he also is beginning his career as a sire, and is passing on his incredible natural gait, conformation, energy, and willingness to work to his foals.
Battlefield Angel HP
Pinto Friesian Sporthorse Battlefield Angel HP looks like a dream come true, and that’s precisely what he is for owners Rhiannon Barreda and Michael Trombley of Wing & A Prayer Farm. This magnificent stallion’s name is a nod to Rhiannon, a retired career Army MEDEVAC helicopter pilot, as “Battlefield Angel” is what the MEDEVAC is called in combat.
Known as “Ezra” at home, the 2012 stallion is making quite the name for himself. At the 2021 International Friesian Show Horse Association World’s and Grand Nationals Championships, Ezra was named a two-time Grand Champion in Dressage, Grand Champion Dressage Sporthorse Stallion in Hand, and the Reserve Champion Friesian Stallion in Hand!
At home, Ezra is schooling 4th level dressage and learning higher-level maneuvers like the Spanish walk and rearing on command. Rhiannon shares, “Ezra’s biggest draw is being a total package…he is a stallion that is safe to handle by the tiniest of tots, with a personality that is sweet as sugar, and a mind that is unlike any I’ve ever met.”
Sjoerd/Encore de Sjoerd
It is the goal of every stallion owner to create a legacy, and 2005 Friesian Sjoerd has done just that for owner Xena Vimercati of Three Day Ranch. The only Friesian stallion to be named the USEF Horse of the Year, Sjoerd has been smashing records ever since he entered the show ring. While his career began with showing in hand and saddle seat, he ultimately took home a world champion title in every discipline he was eligible to compete in. What makes this feat even more incredible is that he did so while being shown by youths and amateurs!
Representing Sjoerd at BreyerFest is Encore De Sjoerd TDR, a 5 yr old, FHH American bred Friesian stallion and a son of Breyer Horse Sjoerd. He was born at Sjoerd's home at Three Day Ranch. Early on Encore displayed some of Sjoerd's greatest qualities; a big heart, a love of learning and a gentle soul. He earned himself the honor of being named, Encore De Sjoerd TDR, "Sjoerds Encore". Although, not planning to part with Encore, when he was 1 years old, his perfect family came along in Reynaldo & Johana Reyes of Rancho R&J Reyes, and Encore was raised and trained on their ranch in Texas. Encore has temporarily come back "home" to TDR to prepare with Xena for BreyerFest:Prost!
2021 BreyerFest Celebration Horse – Danash’s Northern TempestTM
In the hunter ring, Appaloosa-Friesian cross Danash’s Northern Tempest & owner Laura Reece have no problem breaking tradition and standing out from the crown! 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!
Many boast of being the complete package, but few can back it up like Sporður frá Bergi can! Pronounced, “Spor-dthur frow Bear-gee,” this Icelandic Stallion’s friends call him Sporður. Imported from Iceland in 2013, he now calls Kentucky’s Lettleiki Icelandics at Swallowtail Farm home. This five-gaited stallion has show-stopping gaits, incredible bloodlines, and a friendly personality to back it all up! Sporður also sports a flashy red dun pinto coat that makes his high-quality movements stand out even more in the show ring.
An athlete and breeding stallion, Sporður is passing on his unique coloring and powerful build to his offspring in the U.S. and Iceland. Like their sire, many of them have been rated “first prize” – the highest breed evaluation ranking available to the breed, which is based on conformation and movement. With his winning ways and high-quality offspring, Sporður is leaving his colorful mark in the world of Icelandics!
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 six 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!
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!
The exciting sport of Mountain Trail combines the thrill of natural obstacles found on wilderness trails with top-notch horsemanship skills. Obstacles allow each pair’s partnership shine, while also helping horses to learn to confidently handle any trail obstacle in their path.
With over 4 million views on social media, Quarter Horse “Checkers” is the most-viewed Mountain Trail Horse of all time! A versatile horse experienced in many disciplines from jumping to team penning, Checkers began competing in Mountain Trail in 2006. Owned by Mountain Trail pioneer Mark Bolender, Checkers went on to win the overall high point and National Champion titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010 – all while being ridden bridle-less! His favorite obstacles include The Swinging Bridge, Cross Bucks and Texas Two Step. Now retired from competition, Checkers is still working with Mark to train future Mountain Trail champions, and being an ambassador for this exciting discipline!
A Clydesdale hitch in action is always a beautiful sight, and the Hawkes Ranch hitch – composed of all black and blue roan registered Clydesdales – is taking that to the next level! This Scottish draft breed is typically bay or brown, but less-common colors like black and roan can also be found.
What started as a fondness for roan Clydesdales for owners Cheryl and Tony Hawkes turned into a passion for showcasing true black and blue roans on their hitch. One of these horses is Benelli, a blue roan gelding. A versatile asset to the Hawkes Ranch hitch, Benelli can be driven in any position. However, he truly shines out front of a cart or as the leader of the hitch. A confident horse who loves attention, Benelli is the first horse to the gate to greet visitors, and thrives off of the crowd’s excitement when performing in the show ring.