Breyer Animal Creations®, maker of the world's finest model horses, announced today that in response to overwhelming consumer demand, more Barbaro portrait models will be produced to commemorate the late racehorse. "We have received so many calls, emails and letters from children and adults alike asking us to create more Barbaro models. By honoring those requests, we will also have the opportunity to donate $10 from the sale of each model to the new Laminitis Fund at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, started by his owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson. The fund will support research into this terrible disease which has ended the lives of so many horses, including the valiant Barbaro," said Anthony Fleischmann, President of Reeves International, Inc., Breyer's parent company.
Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, was euthanized on January 29 because of complications from laminitis which developed during his convalescence from surgery. He had a career-ending breakdown in the 2006 Preakness Stakes. Although Barbaro was a model patient, handling his recovery as bravely as he ran his races, he succumbed to laminitis despite the best efforts of a superb team of veterinary professionals headed by Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center. During that time, the tremendous outpouring of worldwide support and media attention made Barbaro's fight for his life as well as the eight month struggle to save him, one of the most heartfelt media stories of the year.
Breyer's Barbaro portrait model will be available for purchase through 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on April 2, 2007 at Breyer's website at www.breyerhorses.com or call 1-800-735-9205. The price is $45 plus $8 each shipping and handling, limit two (2) per household or address. The model will begin shipping in July 2007 when Barbaro models will also be available from retailers. Ten dollars from the sale of each model will be donated to the Laminitis Fund at The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. The Barbaro model will include a certificate of authenticity signed by trainer Michael Matz, jockey Edgar Prado, surgeon Dr. Dean Richardson and Anthony Fleischmann, President of Reeves International, Inc. Each model will have Barbaro's name stamped on the belly in gold ink. It will be packed in a customized, four-color Breyer® box featuring pictures and the story of his career.
About Breyer Animal Creations®
Breyer Animal Creations is the world's best selling brand of equine-themed toys and collectibles. Known for authenticity and enduring quality, Breyer® designs, manufactures and markets model horses and accessories for active play and life-long collecting. From Hollywood Heroes like The Lone Ranger's Silver to racing legends Secretariat and Seabiscuit, Breyer brings the world of horses to life. Each Breyer model is individually crafted and hand-painted by Breyer artisans, so that each Breyer model is an original! See the entire collection at www.BreyerHorses.com.
To make an additional donation to the Fund to Fight Laminitis, please visit: http://www.vet.upenn.edu/barbaro/index.html