was called by many the best Trakehner ever to compete in Show
Jumping. Born in 1970, the great grey stallion competed
internationally for 14 years, including winning the ATA Open Jumper
Championship eight times, bringing home a Silver Medal for the US at
the 1984 Olympics as well as contributing to the US Team Gold for
that event. He passed away from colic in 2000 at 29 years old.
Breyer's portrait model on the Trakehner mold recreates Abdullah's
coloring with light dappling on his fore- and hindquarters, shaded
legs and face. He also wears Abdullah’s two signature dark dapples
on his neck.
"Abdullah, Champion Trakehner." A 1989 Limited Edition.
Afleet Alex is an American-born bay
Thoroughbred who won eight of his twelve starts, and only finished
out of the money once (he was discovered later to have been
suffering from a lung infection during that race). He finished third
in the Kentucky Derby, with his jockey taking the blame for not
giving him a great ride, then became famous in the Preakness after
overcoming what could have been a devastating accident: He was
running close to the leader Scrappy T at the top of the stretch when
that horse veered to the right and they clipped hooves, causing
Afleet Alex to stumble and nearly fall. His jockey was thrown onto
his neck and Alex's muzzle came within inches of the ground, but he
managed to recover... and then pass Scrappy T to win the race by 4
and 3/4 lengths, in one of the fastest times recorded for the final
3/16s of the Preakness in history! And then he went on to win the
Belmont Stakes, turning in the fastest final quarter for that race
since 1969. Just as his racing career seemed destined for legend,
Afleet Alex was found to have complications from the injury he
sustained in the Preakness, and was retired to stud at four years of
age. As of 2016, he had already sired seven Grade 1 Stakes winners.
Lonesome Glory #1270, "Afleet
Alex." Released in 2006.
All Glory, a World Grand Champion
Standardbred Roadster horse owned by William and Elizabeth Shatner,
was chosen as the Celebration Model for Breyerfest 2010. This
handsome bay with the little star is a champion both under saddle
and "with bike" (hitched to a two-wheeled cart). The Rejoice mold is
a good fit to represent All Glory, as Saddlebreds were bred
partially from Standardbred stock, and All Glory displays similarly
high motion in the show ring.
National Show Horse #711110,
"All Glory." 4,800 matte and 10 glossy pieces made.
Ben was a Belgian Warmblood considered by many to be
"too big to jump" when he was young. However, Canadian eventer Ian
Millar saw something special when he came across the seven-year-old.
Ten months later, they were a team in the Olympics! From then on, it
seemed there was nothing that Ben and Ian couldn't conquer. They won
pretty much every event they entered, whether it was on sand, grass,
or mud, and in just about every weather condition, including hail!
Ben met other challenges with the heart of a trooper as well: He
survived two colic surgeries and even a severe tractor trailer
wreck! His good-natured sense of stardom - He loved to greet fans
and even occasionally offered a hoofprint autograph - won people
over around the globe, and he drew more spectators than any other
jumping horse in his lifetime. Big Ben became the first horse to win
two consecutive World Cup Final titles, among his many achievements.
When he passed away from colic at age 20, the Canadian government
honored him with induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, a
postage stamp, and a bronze statue in Perth, Ontario.
Big Ben #483, "Big Ben,
Belgian-Bred Warmblood Canadian Show Jumper." Made from 1996-2004.
Forty-eight pieces were later issued at the 2010 World Equestrian
Big Chex to Cash, a handsome
palomino Overo stallion, has earned over $200,000 and several
national reining championships. Foaled in 2002, Big Chex, who is
owned by the 23 Partnership of California, seemed destined to become
a reining legend. His sire, Nu Chex to Cash, earned more reining
points than any other horse in American Quarter Horse Association
history, and was the only horse to earn AQHA High Point honors in
both reining and working cowhorse in the same year. Today, Big Chex
to Cash stands at stud through Fappani Performance Horses in
California. Breyer released this portrait of Big Chex in 2008,
complete with his bold dapples and hip brand.
Smart Chic Olena #1357, made
from 2008 to the present, with 500 pieces having a glossy finish.
Caviar, Australia's racing sensation has been busy
since she officially retired in April 2013! Black Caviar, whose
nickname is "Nelly," gave birth to her first foal on September 13,
2014 - a cute bay filly with two white socks and a tiny star - by
Australian champion stallion Exceed and Excel! In her unrivaled
racing career, the brown mare shattered records and delivered
thrilling performances on two continents igniting international
excitement about Thoroughbred racing. Excited fans gathered in the
thousands to watch the powerful mare with her distinctive
salmon-colored silks with black dots fly down the track undefeated
in 25 of 25 races.
Black Caviar was officially rated #1 on the World Thoroughbred
Rankings in April 2013 by the International Federation of Horse
Authorities, and was the highest rated sprinter in the world for
four consecutive years (2010-2013). As of April 2013, she held the
modern day world record for the longest unbeaten career in
international racing, breaking the records of Australian champions
Gloaming and Desert Gold and the U.S.A.'s Zenyatta. She was trained
throughout her career by Peter Moody and was ridden to 22 of 25 wins
by jockey Luke Nolen. Her filly's sire, Exceed and Excel, is the
leading sire in Australia for the 2012-13 season, with 17 stakes
winners and more than $11.2 million in progeny earnings. Exceed and
Excel was the Australian champion sprinter 2003-2004. With a
pedigree like this, Black Caviar's filly has a lot to live up to!
Ruffian #715005, "Black
Caviar," made only in 2012.
Zip was one of those horses that captivates people.
Had he lived in the 1950s, he'd have no doubt been a star of the
silver screen. He was made famous as the partner of John Lyons, the
first of the modern touring trainers, who taught people a gentler
way to train their horses. In an interview with the "Appaloosa
Journal" in 1996, John said, "Zip is my only horse, and I've learned
one horse is a great number to have. My relationship with him is as
close to father-son as it can be."
At age 20, Zip suffered an allergic reaction to a medication and as
a result, became blind in both eyes. With their strong bond, Lyons
and Zip continued touring and teaching. In 1997, Zip was inducted
into the Appaloosa Hall of Fame for his work as a breed ambassador.
Zip passed away in 2003. Breyer made Zip their Celebration Model for
BreyerFest 1994. The sorrel Appy wears Zip's blaze, "Box Y" freeze
brand, and alert expression.
San Domingo #700794, "Bright
Zip." 2,224 were made.
Pink Magnum is a champion Section B Welsh Pony stallion.
Standing just 12.2 hands, he commands as much attention as "the big
guys" anywhere he goes. His standout red roan color and winning
personality have made him a star, and in 2012 Breyer honored him
with a portrait model.
Bouncer #1482, made from
2012 to the present, with ten models glossed and used as prize
is one of the most famous
horses in history, and even had a city named for him! He was the
beloved mount of Alexander The Great, helping the man conquer land
after land and impressing everyone who saw him.
Bucephalus was a huge black horse with a large star on his forehead.
His name, which means "ox-head," came from an ox head brand on his
hindquarter. He came from the best war horse breeding of the time,
and was offered to Alexander's father King Philip II for a large
sum, but since no one could handle him, the king refused. Young
Alexander, around age 12 at the time, loved the big horse and made a
wager with his father: If the king bought him and Alexander was
unable to tame him, Alexander himself would pay for him. Handed the
horse's lead, he spoke soothingly, turned him toward the sun so he
wouldn't spook at his shadow, and took off his billowing cape. The
horse settled down and eventually Alexander won the bet, and the
horse, who became his partner for life. So much did he care for
Bucephalus, that when the horse died (some say of old age at age 30;
others say from wounds in battle), Alexander founded the city of
Bucephala near his grave in his honor.
Semi-Rearing Mustang #1162,
"Bucephalus," made from 2002-2004.
one of the equine stars of the Western series "Bonanza," was the
mount of Ben Cartwright, the owner of the Ponderosa Ranch. "Bonanza"
was NBC's longest-running Western, running for fourteen years. Be
Cartwright was played by Lorne Greene, who, with Buck, taught his
sons morality and righted wrongs on the range.
Breyer chose the galloping Black Beauty mold to
represent Buck, who took part in many "high speed chases" of the
day. He wears Buck's pale color and dark muzzle and lower legs.
Black Beauty #1360,
"Ben Cartwright's Buck," made from 2009 to 2011.
Emma, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's favorite Fell
Pony, was honored with a Breyer portrait model in 2015. The solid
black pony, with her steady stride and gentle temperament takes good
care of the Queen, who, in her late 80's, still enjoys riding her
through the park. The Breyer mold was sculpted by Kathleen Moody,
who is known for her detailed "hair work," perfect for a breed with
such a long, flowing mane, tail and feathers.
Fell Pony #9177, made from
2015 to the present.
Imperator. This incredible sorrel
gelding was the Five-Gaited World Grand Champion five times,
including becoming the oldest horse to win that title, competing at
age 12. The gelding was then retired to Kentucky Horse Park, where
Perry, as he was known, enjoyed a long, happy retirement, with lots
of attention from fans. His portrait model wears a star, a snip, and
one hind sock, and was given a glossy finish to match that of his
Five Gaiter #904, "CH
Imperator," made from 1994-1995.
Creek Fonzie Merit:
This handsome Canadian Horse stallion is a gorgeous representative
of his breed. Solid black without any white at all, Merit excels in
Dressage and is an all-around wonderful horse, according to his
owner Yvonne, who has trained and ridden Merit to all of his wins.
His kind, willing personality match his beauty. He is now standing
at stud, so expect to see his progeny winning in arenas around North
America very soon!
Breyer Adios #1758, "Cherry
Creek Fonzie Merit," made from 2016 to the present.
Chip Kisses is a colorful pinto pony that has made
big dreams come true for his owner/rider 14-year-old Lauren Demchuk.
Both his grandsire, Zips Chocolate Chip, and great grandsire Zippo
Pine Bar, are Breyer portrait models! "Choco" and Lauren have become
an inspiration to people of all ages and backgrounds. Lauren was
diagnosed with a rare cancer called epithelioid sarcoma just a few
months before the Pinto World Championship Horse Show. After
receiving the news, Lauren focused on her goal of attending the
World Show and once there, she and Choco excelled in class after
Together, they have an impressive list of titles including: 28 Pinto
Horse Association of America (PtHA) World Championships, three PtHA
Reserve World Championships, two PtHA World High Point 18 & Under
Pony, PtHA World High Point 18 & Under English, PtHA World High
Point 18 & Under Western, 4th in the nation for Junior Youth High
Point and a multitude of regional and local wins. In 2014, Lauren
earned her Pinto Youth Legion of Merit Award with Choco and Karen
Clark was named Pinto Horsewoman of the Year and was inducted into
the Pinto Hall of Fame.
Now on the road to recovery, Lauren and Choco have proved that hard
work, dedication and a little bit of hope can make dreams come true!
A portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research
Breyer honored Choco with a portrait model in 2015 and invited him
and Lauren to be special guests at BreyerFest the same year. Here's
a photo of them at BreyerFest, meeting fans.
Stock Horse Stallion #1739, "Chocolate Chip Kisses," made from
2015 to the present.
contrary to popular belief, the record-breaking Thoroughbred was not
named for the tobacco product of that name. Instead, he was named
for an intersection on navigational maps used by aircraft. These
intersections are often given five-letter names to aid in
navigation, and his original owner was the former owner of
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation who frequently used these
navigational locations as names for his horses.
After a slow start to his career, Cigar hit his stride his
five-year-old year, winning all ten of his starts, all of which were
top-rated stakes races. In his six-year-old year, after winning a
stakes race at home in the US, he traveled to Dubai for their
first-ever Dubai World Cup, an invitational race for the world's
greatest racehorses, with a purse of four million dollars. He was
the victor by a narrow margin, making him the highest-dollar earning
Thoroughbred in history up to that time. He also managed 16 straight
victories against top-rated stakes horses, tying the record held by
Citation. He was awarded Horse of the Decade title for the 1990s and
inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 2002, the first year he was
eligible for that honor. He was tried at stud, but when he proved
infertile, he was retired to Kentucky Horse Park, where he enjoyed
wonderful care and the attention of adoring fans for his remaining
days. He passed away in 2014.
Breyer Cigar #476,
"Cigar," made from 1998-2005.
Cincinnati: Civil War General
Ulysses Grant's horse. The huge bay Thoroughbred, a gift from an
admirer, was General Grant's favorite among his beloved horses. A
horseman since childhood, he was an excellent rider and cared deeply
for his animals. The photo below shows three of the General's
horses: (left to right) Egypt, Cincinatti, and Jeff Davis (taken
from Jefferson Davis's farm during the Vicksburg Campaign).
Cincinnati stands taller than the rest at 17 hands, and was a son of
Lexington, the fastest four-mile Thoroughbred in the world and
influential sire, who is mounted and on display at Kentucky Horse
Park, where he is still revered. Photography was still fairly
expensive and took a long time to produce at that time, so for him
to commission a photograph of his horses is impressive. For them to
stand still while it was taken says a lot about them, as well!
John Henry #755, "General Grant's Cincinnati." Made from
was the first racehorse in history to win over a million dollars in
his career. Born in 1940, the solid bay was amazing right from the
start, winning his first race, breaking the Arlington track record
(5 furlongs) in his third race, and winning 8 of his nine starts.
After winning his first four starts in his three-year-old season,
his jockey died during a fishing accident and Eddie Arcaro took the
reins. While getting used to each other, they lost their first race
together... but it would be Citation's last loss in almost two
years! They went on to win the Kentucky Derby, and Arcaro gave part
of his winnings from the race to the widow of Citation's former
jockey. Citation followed the Derby with the Preakness and Belmont,
becoming the 8th Triple Crown winner in history. He raced until age
6, and was retired to stud after breaking the $1 million mark. He
was named 3rd in the list of Top 100 Thoroughbreds of the 20th
Century by "Blood Horse" magazine, following Man 'O War and
"Citation." Made 1975-1990.
Two Jack/Clue II. Chris Hess's
Fighting Stallion mold was chosen to bear the color of the Quarter
Horse stallion Conclusion Two Jack. Known by the nickname "Clu"
around the barn, no one is sure why Breyer chose to shorten his name
differently and call the model Clue II. Not famous like many of
Breyer's portrait models, it's believed that he came to Breyer's
attention through their 1995 essay contest. Clu was a dark palomino
who worked as a trail horse, lesson horse and barrel racer. He was
born in 1990 and passed away in 2011.
Together with his owner Peggy Taylor, Clu attended BreyerFest 1996
as a special guest.
Fighting Stallion #949, "Clue
II, American Quarter Horse," Made from 1996-1997.
Comanche was widely renowned as
the only surviving horse from Custer's command at the Battle of
Little Bighorn. He was found wounded on the riverbank and nursed
back to health by farrier Gustave Korn, who became his caretaker and
friend for life. Comanche was considered the beloved mascot of the
7th Cavalry, and official orders were written that he be cared for
well at the cavalry base for all his remaining years. He was given
free run of the base - literally: He joined the men at the mess
hall, visited the officers' quarters for sugar cubes, and trotted
over to take his place at the front of the line each time the bugle
sounded, calling the men to formation. When he passed away, he was
given the honor of a full military funeral, one of only two horses
to-date to receive that honor (the other being Blackjack, the famous
"riderless horse" at the JFK funeral and over a thousand others).
While the living Comanche was a
buckskin, many old photos (due to the photography process of the
time) make him appear darker. Breyer split the difference and made
him a dun! He wears the US mark on his shoulder and his I 7 brand on
his left hip, which stands for (letter) "I" Company, 7th Cavalry,
and came with a VHS copy of the movie "Comanche," about the horse.
Bolya #1134, "Comanche." Made 2001-2003.
'C' is a splendid black Belgian Warmblood with one hind
sock and a tiny star. The champion Jumper, shown by America's own
Beezie Madden, has a unique style over fences: He crosses his front
legs in midair! Following a year full of victories both in the US
and abroad, Cortes 'C' was named the United States' International
Horse of the Year in 2014.
Breyer Walking Thoroughbred
#1759, "Cortes "C"," made from 2016 to the present.
Patch: The Pacer was done in dark red bay as a
portrait of one of the most famous racehorses of early last century,
and one of the most renowned Standardbreds of all time. Dan Patch
remained unbeaten throughout his career, holding the Pacing record
of 1:55. So amazing was this horse that rarely do you see his name
without "The Great" in front of it. The country loved him, and Dan
Patch was a rock star: he had toys, household goods, even a washing
machine use his name and likeness!
This Breyer portrait model wears Dan Patch's deep
coloring and half-moon star.
Pacer #819, "Dan Patch, Famous
Standardbred Pacer" and was a 1990 limited edition.
Flash is a sweet bay Morgan gelding
owned by Kathy Aranosian of Double Clear Farm in Warner, NH. Kathy
runs the area's Pony Club, and her clubbers nominated Flash to
become the Breyer portrait model commemorating the US Pony Club's
50th anniversary in 2004. With everyone working together, Flash got
his model! In gratitude, Kathy now sponsors a perpetual trophy for
Teamwork with an annual Pony Club essay contest.
Flash #594, "Flash." Made from 2004 to 2007.
Foiled Again: A solid
performer in his younger years, Foiled Again only got better with
age. At age 8, he became the oldest pacer on record to have a
million dollar year. By age 9 he had three consecutive million
dollar-winning seasons under his belt. That same year he won his
first Breeders Crown - the Open Pace at Pocono Downs - against a
field of younger horses, and became the oldest horse to win a
Breeders Crown. In addition to his race records, he also was named
Pacer of the Year in 2011, Older Pacer of the Year three times, and
Canada's Aged Pacer of the Year twice! He's won major stakes races
at tracks around the US and Canada, including: the Quillen Memorial
(three times), Canadian Pacing Derby, American National, Levy
Memorial (twice), and the TVG Championship.
The bay 2004 Standardbred gelding is owned by Burke Racing Stable
LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables LLC, and has been driven by
Yannick Gingras to many of his victories. His trainer, Ron Burke, is
also a record-setter: he's the first harness racing trainer to earn
$100 million in purses!
At 11 years old, Foiled Again is showing no signs of slowing down.
In fact, he paced the fastest mile of his career at 10 years old!
With lifetime earnings of over $6.9 million and counting, his
"richest pacer" title is the only thing about him that's going
nowhere fast. Breyer honored him with a portrait model in 2015,
wearing his trademark yellow halter.
Pacer #1743, "Foiled Again," made from 2015 to 2016.