Breyer Releases American Paint Horse Model at 2011 Breyerfest
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Sato, a dual-registered APHA and Jockey Club (TB) palomino overo stallion will represent The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) in the 2011 Breyer Animal Creations model horse collection.
Owned by April Wayenberg of Blazing Colours Farm, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada, the stallion is sired by Puchilingui (TB) and out of Springtime Girl (TB). The 15-year-old stallion and his owner will receive an expenses-paid trip to BreyerFest, the company’s annual model horse trade show, exposition and swap meet, July 15-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The duo will sign autographs and Sato will be on display for event-goers.
The stallion’s unique color pattern caught the attention of Reeves International, parent company of Breyer, last summer. Known for producing foals of the sabino overo coat pattern, a trait uncommon among thoroughbreds, Sato has gained recognition in the thoroughbred industry. His foals have gone on to compete in eventing, dressage and hunter-jumper disciplines.
Kathleen Fallon, Vice President of Communications at Reeves International, said the company is always collecting ideas and recommendations for models. These models can represent horses from film or literature, real horse champions or exemplary breed standards.
“We were fascinated by Sato, as a stallion of such stunning color and conformation,” Fallon said. “We thought he would make a beautiful model—and he did.”
Sato is a favorite at Blazing Colours Farm, where he has lived for the past seven years. Wayenberg purchased the horse as a breeding prospect in 2004 and has been his proud owner ever since.
“He’s so easy going, just a good guy,” Wayenberg said of her horse. “He has a stall at the end of the barn so he can see everything that goes on. He’s like the king of the farm.”
Executive Director of APHA, Lex Smurthwaite, said, “Breyer has a longstanding reputation for creating models of the world’s top horses, and the American Paint Horse Association is pleased to have Sato recognized for his contributions to the breed and included in the Breyer collection. His distinctive color pattern makes him a strong representative of the breed, and we congratulate the Wayenburg family for having Sato chosen for this honor.”
The stallion is not the first American Paint Horse to be recognized as a Breyer model. He joins the ranks of other notable Paints including Colonels Smokingun, Like A Diamond, Rugged Painted Lark, Big Chex To Cash, Sacred Indian, Mister Mister, Silky Keno, Yellow Mount, Sam I Am, Leahs Fancy Chick, Wahoo King and Fleetstreet Max.
The Sato model will be available for purchase at the event, online and in authorized stores starting July 2011. More information about Breyer collectibles, BreyerFest and the Sato model can be found at www.breyerhorses.com.
More about APHA
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), founded in 1962 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.
APHA has registered almost a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves approximately 64,000 active members around the world.