A Cowgirl Classic: Breyer Horses

May 30, 2017

Bandera – Symbols of the West – American Quarter Horse Ranch Horse.

Breyer Horses will always hold a special place in my heart, as well as many other women as they reminisce about their favorite childhood memories. Whether you collected every single one of these toys or just had a few favorites, you can’t help but smile when you think of those carefully crafted horses that you cherished so much as a little girl.

Breyer is still creating memories and dreams for today’s little cowgirls. Here are some of my favorites!

First up is the brand-covered Bandera, pictured above.

“The American West was won on the backs of the stock horses who would become the American Quarter Horse, and today, ranchers still depend on them to run their ranches. Ranch animals can roam over thousands of acres, so livestock and horse branding become a necessity.

“Ranching outfits have their own unique brands – usually a combination of symbols, letters, and numbers – many now are as historic as the ranches they represent! Bandera’s glowing metallic coat is covered with a beautiful array of ranch brands and symbols, in homage to the heritage of the working Quarter Horse.” -Breyer Horses

Xavier – Mystical Unicorn Stallion.

“The legend of the mystical unicorn is one that has been with us since antiquity. Tales of the majestic horse with a magical horn have captivated the imaginations and hearts of people around the world. It is said that beholding a unicorn should be considered an omen of good luck. They have been portrayed as untamable creatures that symbolize goodness, truth and purity.

“However, legend also paints them as solitary, illusive creatures that only reveal themselves to those who are pure of heart and intention.

“Different cultures each have their own interpretations of the unicorn. It has been imagined with features such as a spiral horn of varying lengths, cloven hooves, different coat colors, and many sizes. From images captured in elaborate tapestries during the renaissance, to beloved works of literature and film, it’s clear that the unicorn has enchanted its way through history!

“Breyer’s stunning sculpture celebrates the unicorn legend, and brings another artistic portrayal of this benevolent mythical beast to life!”- Breyer Horses

Secretariat – 1973 Triple Crown Champion.

“Ask anyone to name the world’s most famous horse and the answer will most likely be Secretariat. His true story is still the stuff of legends. His astonishing 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes, accomplished after winning the first two racing jewels in the Triple Crown, has yet to be repeated. In the Kentucky Derby, Secretariat set a speed record of 1:59 2/5, and he captured the Preakness Stake with ease.

“Secretariat was the son of Bold Ruler out of Somethingroyal. Known as “Big Red”, the large, beautifully conformed chestnut ran in the blue and white checkered colors of Meadow Stables. He made it on two “Athletes of the Century” lists for his accomplishments and brought fame to those who surrounded him including trainer Lucien Lauren; jockey Ron Turcotte and the Chenery family who owned him. Even today, Big Red’s star power still shines bright!” – Breyer Horses

Black Beauty.

“Anna Sewell’s classic horse tale, Black Beauty, has inspired generations of horse lovers. Now, fans of this beloved story can bring home their very own Black Beauty! Realistically sculpted and hand-painted, this beautiful 1:12 scale model of Black Beauty will be cherished by the entire family!” -Breyer Horses

Babyflo – 2014 WPRA World Champion Barrel Horse of the Year.

“Babyflo is barrel racing star Fallon Taylor’s homebred American Quarter Horse mare whose real name is Flo’s Heiress. This agile mare earned the 2013 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year title and one year later helped Fallon win the 2014 WPRA World Championship in barrel racing, as well as the “Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed” award for her flashy ring style at the NFR!

“Raised on rodeo, Fallon rode in her first NFR at thirteen! She took a break to pursue modeling and acting and despite her success, but her cowgirl spirit called her back to horses. Fallon is known for her wild fashion sense and for being one of the few barrel racers who wears a safety helmet in the arena.” -Breyer Horses

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