Off To The Races and Into History: BreyerFest 2018 Presents a Collection of Champions!

Horse Festival for all ages, July 13-15, Lexington, KY 

Pequannock, NJ (July 10, 2018) An ‘Off to the Races!’ theme saluting Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses was already in the planning for the 29th annual BreyerFest when Justify made 2018 the second Triple Crown year in the last three for horse sport fans and, for fans of BreyerFest, it has coincided with one of the most electrifying lineups of equestrian celebrities, professionals and horse champions ever, starting Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

Thoroughbred racing fans won’t want to miss BreyerFest’s free seminars in the Visitor Center Theater, including a Panel of Women in Racing, hosted by legendary NBC Sports Triple Crown analyst and former Thoroughbred jockey, Donna Brothers, or the chance to meet Cozmic One, the first colt out of Zenyatta (winner of 19 consecutive races in a 20-race career) as part of the Thoroughbred Makeover Showcase presented by Retired Racehorse Project, featuring horses in the Thoroughbred Makeover training program or successfully performing in their second career.

In addition to more than a dozen Special Run, Special Edition, Store Special and Winner’s Circle Autograph horse models available during BreyerFest ‘Off to the Races!’ the official 2018 Celebration Horse is a Limited Edition Breyer® model of Brass Hat, a Thoroughbred champion who earned over $2.7 million in 40 starts over a seven-year racing career and set track records at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park before becoming an ambassador for Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and Thoroughbred Horse Show Association show horse under the 12 year-old daughter of his racing trainer, William ‘Buff’ Bradley. Meet & Greet Autograph sessions with Brass Hat will take place daily.

Also available for autographs while presenting their real-life Breyer® Portrait Models will be some of the greatest names in the horse world:  Former jockey and two-time Kentucky Oaks winner Rosie Napravnik and OTTB Old Ironsides; 11x World Barrel Racing Champion and Hall of Famer Charmayne James and Scamper; Prue Critchley and imported Polish Arabian stallion Empres++++// and Joyce Sousa and endurance racing superstar, LV Integrity; and Mickey Burke, Sr. and Foiled Again, the richest harness horse in Standardbred racing history.

Love speed? Don’t miss the Charmayne James Barrel Racing clinics and learn what it takes to best the fastest around a cloverleaf or, if you’ve ever wondered how trick riders stay on while galloping around an arena, check out the Trick Riding clinics presented by Trixie Chicks. Also back by popular demand is Ride-A-Reiner, where guests can try their hand at riding a reining horse with NRHA Professional Brett Walters.

BreyerFest begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday with an Opening Ceremony in the Covered Arena led by the Young Guns Adult Quad with an appearance by Empress++++// before launching into a program of all-day activities including equestrian showcases and demonstrations, educational sessions on the Artistry of Painting Models, an Intro to Model Horse Showing, Breed and Color Characteristics, Arabian Horses: The Foundation of Racing and more, and daily performances by the Super Dogs®.

BreyerFest is Off to the Races but you don’t have to get left in the gate: Follow news and program updates, the official Breyer® blog, and download a PDF with the complete BreyerFest program

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About Breyer Animal Creations®
Breyer Animal Creations is a division of Reeves International (, a family-owned, NJ-based toy manufacturer and distributor. Breyer, founded in 1950, celebrates the horse and other animals, dedicating itself to the creation of authentic and realistic model horses for play and collecting. Breyer’s annual model horse festival and horse fair is held at the Kentucky Horse Park in July each year.  Visit the Kentucky Horse Park July 13-15, 2018 to experience BreyerFest Off To The Races! Visit us at or call 800-413-3348 to learn more and buy tickets.

For images and more information contact or (973) 694-5006 ext. 331 or (973) 714-4923.

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$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018: Next Deadline: July 23

$80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity & NRHA Show 2018:
Big Rush of Entries at first Deadline – next Deadline: July 23

Wiener Neustadt, Austria, August 22 until 25, 2018

The $80,000-added AustrianRHA Futurity 2018 (August, 22 – 25, August 2018 at Wiener Neustadt) promises to be another big highlight in the World of Reining this year. The first deadline was on July 2, but it will take the show office quite some time to sort through the many emails with entries. So it will take a few more days until further details about the show can be published. Here are a few of the riders that have already entered their horses: Gennaro Lendi, Giovanni Masi, Max Ruggeri, Arnaud Girinon, Emanuel Ernst, Rudi Kronsteiner, Kim Obenhaus, Klaus Lechner Miroslav Baniari, Vern Sapergia, Sabine Ehrenreich, Ewald Rifeser, Markus Gebert and Markus Schopfer.

The next deadline of the AustrianRHA Futurity will be on July 23. Entries can be made online via

This year, the AustrianRHA Futurity offers a guaranteed money of $10,000 each for the Level 4 Open Futurity Champion of the 3-year-old horses and the 4-year-old horses. The AustrianRHA Futurity is open to all 3- and 4-year-old horses. There are four Levels in the 3-year-old Futurity Open and three in the Non Pro. All classes are NRHA approved. Besides the Futurity, there is an NRHA Ancillary Show, the Ancillary classes also are ARHA Circuit qualifiers

For further information please contact:

Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, phone +43-2238-8484 cell phone +43-664-4534726, fax +43-2238-8545,,,

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

Topsail Whiz Makes the Record Books Once Again

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Before the commencement of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, NRHA all-time leading sire Topsail Whiz was sitting only $11,000 shy of hitting the historic 12 million dollar mark, and with only a few offspring competing in the open and non pro Derbies, it was unclear whether the legendary stallion would cross the threshold during the summer’s premier reining event. It only took one ride, however, to push ‘Whiz’ over – making him the only NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

Topsail Whiz comes from a lineage of sires that greatly impacted the sport of reining. The 1987 chestnut stallion was sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Cody and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar. Bred by Tom and Susan McBeath and owned by Bob Loomis Reining Horses, Whiz passed away in 2009, leaving a hole in the reining world that only his progeny could fill.

With owner Bob Loomis on board, Whiz showed at six NRHA-approved events from November 1990 to April 1993. Boasting nearly $50,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), the stallion’s top finishes in the show pen include:

  • 1990 NRHA Open Futurity – Third Place
  • 1991 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Lazy E Classic Champion
  • 1991 NRHA L4 Open Derby – Fourth Place

The stallion’s most obvious success, however, came within the breeding shed. Producing many talented offspring, he has sired many champions, including seven NRHA Open Futurity champions and four NRHA Open Derby champions. His offspring also include three NRHA Million Dollar Sires and two NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires. At the 2018 NRHA Derby, Topsail Whiz had two offspring make the Open Derby finals. Dun It For Whizkey and Franco Bertolani finished third in the L4 Open and Whizkey N Cash and Tanya Jenkins finished fifth in the L2. The two horses earned nearly $36,000 making Whiz the first NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.

His most notable offspring include:

  • The Great Whiz (out of Pines BH): NRHA LTE over $256,470
  • Easy Otie Whiz (out of Miss Poco Easy): NRHA LTE over $233,610
  • Whizkey N Diamonds (out of Princess In Diamonds): NRHA LTE over $216,335
  • Dun It For Whizkey (out of Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE over $214,803
  • Smoking Whiz (out of Glendas A Smokingun): NRHA LTE over $208,838

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


Competition at the Adequan® Championship Arena Ends

For Immediate Release – July 6, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As the 2018 National Reining Horses Association (NRHA) Derby came to a sliding stop, ancillary classes for rookies and youth ended the week off strong.

Kicking off Friday’s classes, were the Jackpot Green Reiner Levels (L)1 and 2. Myron Gomulak of Gainesville, Texas took the title in the L1, while Dana Pastorino won the L2. Gomulak rode his own mare, Angelica, who is by NRHA Ten Millon Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner and out of Marcellas Smart Chic. The duo scored a 139 ½. For the L2, Pastorino of Half Moon Bay, California rode Jac Bee Whiz (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy). The 2008 gelding is owned by Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc.

Next came the rookie classes. Benton, Kentucky’s Tristan Bagby won both the Jackpot Rookie L1 and the $200-added Rookie L2, riding Im Gunna Shine. Owned by Teresa Wynn, the 2010 stallion is by Gunner and out of Shiner Light. The pair scored a 141 ½ in both classes for the win. In the Jackpot Prime Time Rookie class, Terry Saxton sild out of the arena scoring a 141, clenching the championship title. Saxton won piloting his own Jacs Electric Whiz (Jacs Electric Spark x Whizards Baby Doll).

The NRHA Para Reining class rounded out the day. Aboard Outlaw Whiz, Melinda Davis took home the championship in the class. Outlaw Whiz is owned by Davis and is by NRHA 11 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Whiz and Genuine Starbright.

Saturday, June 30th held the first day of the ancillary youth classes at the Derby. Madeline Bomba of Bloomington, Indiana took home three championship titles: $100-added Youth 14-18, Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and American Paint Horses Association (APHA) Solid Youth All Ages. Bomba was riding her own Spook Dot Gun by NRHA Four Million Dollar and Hall of Fame Inductee Smart Spook and out of Sugar Dot Gun. The duo scored a 143 ½ in all runs.

Gates, North Carolina’s Emma Lane shared the Unrestricted Youth and the Youth 14-18 title with Bomba on her own Gunner Gump. ‘Grumpy’ is a 2008 gelding by Gunner and out of Little Patrasha Gump. Together, the pair scored a 143 ½.

Winning the $100-added Youth 13 & Under was Addisyn Schmersal (Scottsdale, Arizona) riding CC Enterprise. The 2009 gelding is by Wrangle Whiz and out of Rems Little Sugs and is owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC. Schmersal scored a 142 ½ to slide out of the arena victorious. The pair also took the win in the same division during Sunday’s set of ancillary classes with a 140 ½.

Winning by ½ by a point, Becca Schaffhauser of Eads, Tennessee took home the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup title. Schaffhauser rode Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll) owned by Sam Schaffhauser.

For the last class of the day, Hernando, Mississippi’s Margaret Sue Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy to win the APHA Regular Youth 14-18. Owned by Margaret Valentine, the palomino gelding is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Wimpys Little Step and out of Please Dont Spook. Dunn and Spooks Smoken Wimpy scored a 138 ½ to win the class.

Madison Gustin of Weatherford, Texas and her own Guns R Spooky topped Sunday’s $100-added Youth 14-18 class. By Smart Spook and out of Berry Yer Guns, the 2010 gelding scored a 142 to also help Gustin claim the title in both the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Youth 14-18, the Jackpot Unrestricted Youth and the USA Reining Youth 14-18 classes.

Taking the AQHA 13 & Under on Sunday were Abby Budd (Pueblo, Colorado) and her own Cromed Up Whiz. By Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Rest Up, the 6-year-old mare and Budd scored a 137 to claim the title.

The final USA Reining Classes shown were the Youth 13 & Under and the Youth 16-21. In the 13 & Under division, Anais Goedertier of Battle Ground, Washington and her own Check Out My Guns (Gunner x Darlins Not Painted) won the class with a score of 140. A 136 ½ won Brittalynae Goodlin and ARC Trashin Yer Chic the 16-21 class. The 2012 gelding owned by Greg and Kathy Goodlin and is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic.

Rounding out classes in the Jim Norick Arena was the $100-added Youth 10 & Under Short Stirrup. Madison Pokluda and Rancho Sereno LLC’s JH Gunmetal Blue (Gunner x Blue Eyed Kid) scored a 144 ½ to win the class.

Sunday’s classes in the Adequan® Championship Arena began with the Rookie L1 and 2. Sweeping both with a score of 143 ½ were Paige Pastorino of Fresno, California and Pastorino Hay & Ranch Supply Inc’s Taylor Made Magnum. The 2007 gelding is by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Beaus Liberty Belle.

Dana Pastorino and Jac Bee Whiz (owned by Pastorino Hay and Ranch Supply Inc.) scored a 139 ½ to win the Prime Time Rookie class. Jac Bee Whiz is by of Conquistador Whiz and out of Cinch Up Cowboy. The pair also took the Jackpot Green Reiner L2 class with a 142.

Winning the Jackpot Green Reiner L1 was Robert Peterson and his own Gunnpowder (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Boggies Last Flash). The pair scored a 141 to win the class.

The final classes of the NRHA Derby were the AQHA Ranch Riding $500-Open, $250-Amateur and $250-Youth. Winning the open were Rusty Dare of Gainesville, Texas and Michell Anne Kimball’s Gotta Rowdy Baby (NRHA Million Dollar Rider Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rowdy Brinna). Whitney McIlvain and her own Knight Slider took the amateur division. The 2012 gelding is by Cuttin Cowboy and out of Smart N Skeets. All Nite Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite) and Kennedy Bryant took the youth division.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on show results and sponsors and more visit


Rifle, CO show cancelled

The show scheduled for Rifle, CO this weekend has been canceled as the fairgrounds in Rifle are the evacuation point for a fire in Basalt, CO. Thank you for your understanding.