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Breyer Creates Portrait Model of Olympic Champion, Salinero

(Pequannock, NJ – Jan. 30, 2007) -- With every fluid movement, to the stirring sound of his own theme song, the mighty Hanoverian Keltec Salinero has proved again and again why he and Dutch owner/rider Anky Van Grunsven inhabit the rarified air at the very pinnacle of the dressage world. And now, Salinero’s beauty and grace have been captured in an exquisitely detailed, realistic portrait model by Breyer® Animal Creations® that is set to launch at retail this month.

Under the guidance of Sjef Janssen, Anky’s trainer and husband, Anky Van Grunsven and Salinero have won the European Championships, three consecutive FEI World Cups, and an individual gold medal in the 2004 Olympics. And the best keeps getting better! In 2006, Salinero finished the year as the #1dressage horse in the world and Anky was also ranked #1 on the FEI/BCM Dressage Riders' World Ranking List according to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Not only did Anky and Salinero set a world-record for their top score of 87.925% in the Grand Prix Musical Freestyle, their specialty, but they followed it up by winning the Grand Prix of Rotterdam with an all-time world record score of 81.33%.

Anky Van Grunsven is no stranger to the top levels of international dressage. A national celebrity in the Netherlands with her own clothing line and a hectic worldwide teaching schedule, Anky has also enjoyed spectacular success with her previous mount Bonfire, winning an individual Olympic gold medal in 2000, an individual silver medal in 1996 and being on three Silver medal winning Olympic teams, as well as winning numerous World, European and World Cup championships.

The hotly-anticipated portrait model of Salinero was sculpted by equine artist Brigitte Eberl of Germany, making her debut for Breyer. In keeping with Breyer’s tradition of capturing the realistic physical characteristics of the horse, Eberl depicted Salinero at the passage, a highly collected, elevated form of the trot.

Breyer’s Salinero portrait model will be available in toy specialty stores, tack and saddlery stores and feed and agriculture stores in January, 2007. To find retail locations in Europe, visit http://www.breyerhorses.co.uk. To learn more about Salinero and Anky Van Grunsven, visit http://www.anky.nl.

About Breyer® Animal Creations®

Breyer® Animal Creations® is the world’s best-selling brand of equine-themed toys and collectibles. Breyer designs, manufactures and markets authentic model horses and animals of enduring quality for play and 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 http://www.BreyerHorses.com. To obtain digital images, please contact Kathleen Fallon at KFallon@reevesintl.com or Kimberly Abbott at KAbbott@reevesintl.com.


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