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Topsails Rien Maker, the new Breyer model horse.

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. – It always creates excitement when Breyer Animal Creations announces new horses in its collection, and fans of reined cow horses will cheer one of the featured additions for 2013: Topsail Rien Maker.

Also known as “Slider”, the 13-year old sorrel stallion this year became the only horse in history to win the National Reined Cow Horse Association World’s Greatest Horseman event three times. With trainer Russell Dilday, their “never-quit” attitude has won $340,000 in lifetime earnings – and the hearts of spectators who witnessed a string of remarkable, winning performances.

Slider became known as the “little engine who could” — small in stature but huge in heart.

“He never met a cow he thought he couldn’t catch, hold or drag, and neither has Russell,” said Tanna Dilday, Russell’s wife.

During his first three years, Slider was owned by Dana Roulet, who took him to Russell for training. Russell partnered with Ward Ranch, and then John Ward sold his share of the little stud to Kevin Cantrelle, a childhood friend of Tanna.

The 1999 stallion is sired by Topsail Cody, one of the greatest reining sires of all time. His dam is Jameen Gay a Gay Bar King, Doc’s Lynx mare. The little fella’s pedigree is not mainstream cow horse breeding, but it hasn’t held him back –he cuts like a cutter, reins like a reiner, and ropes like a top PRCA horse, and his cow has spoken for itself.

According to Breyer, he is one of four new Breyer Traditional Portrait Models that are realistic and good for play and display. Slider’s model is available in November, and he joins these other new releases:

Sergeant Reckless, a fascinating Mongolian mare that became a Marine Sergeant. Named “Reckless” by the Marines fighting in the Korean War, she began her military career as a simple pack horse. At the Battle of Outpost Vegas in March 1953, Reckless carried almost five tons of ammunition over the course of a few days through “no man’s land” to the frontlines, and also carried wounded soldiers to safety! Brought back to the U.S.A., she received her final promotion to Staff Sergeant in 1959 at Camp Pendleton, in addition to many other honors including two Purple Hearts. Available December.

Northern Dancer, who is considered to be one of the most influential Thoroughbred sires of the 20th century! He sired an incredible 147 stakes winners, and close to 75 percent of the world’s Thoroughbreds has his bloodlines in their lineage. In 1964, this Canadian-bred superstar won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and finished third in the Belmont Stakes. After the triple crown races, he traveled to Canada to run in Queen’s Plate, which he won by seven and a 7 ½ lengths, North America’s champion three-year-old colt, as well as the Canadian Horse of the Year.

Vintage Western Pony, one of Breyer’s earliest releases, rides again! First introduced in 1950’s, this vintage style western pony features a beautiful chestnut roan spotted coat, striped hooves, and a high gloss finish. This retro model comes in a vintage style box.

Stablemates Horse Crazy collection! New to Breyer’s Stablemates series, which recreates the horse world in 1:32 scale, is the Horse Crazy collection. Featuring fun colors and bright patterns, the Horse Crazy collection includes fantasy-colored Stablemates singles, a truck and trailer with true-to-life details, and an adorable pocket barn for on-the-go play.

Classics Horse of the Year, a beautiful Morab named Mariah. Breyer’s junior collector line, Classics are 1:12 scale and feature authentic sculpting and detailing. The Morab breed was developed by crossing the Arabian and Morgan breeds.

Breyer, founded in 1950, is a division of Reeves International. Breyer is renowned for its realistic and authentic model horses and accessories.

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