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Laminitis fund to benefit from more Barbaro Breyer models

March 7, 2007


Breyer's Barbaro model.


Barbaro racing shots © Barbara Livingston

Overwhelming demand has spurred model maker Breyer to produce more Barbaro portrait models 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," said Anthony Fleischmann, President of Reeves International, Inc., Breyer's parent company. "By honouring 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."

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 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 sell for $45. It will begin selling in July. 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.

 

 

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