Welcome to the second installment of the Bargain Barn. This recurring series highlights budget priced models who have risen above their humble beginnings to become big winners in the live show ring.
All three of today's horses hail from the Original Finish Halter ranks. The first two are owned by Randa Garrett who lives in my husband's hometown of Overland Park, Kansas. She writes: This is Gallabuxur fra Tviburi Vor, my Icelandic Pony SM. I bought her at Target for around $6 I think. She went Top Ten at NAN 2010.
My second one is TS Emperor Harry my Safari Shire Stallion. I bought him at Tractor Supply Co. for $7.99. At American Heartland Live 2011 he was first in the Mini (LB and smaller) Clydesdale/Shire class (including stone & breyer) and then went on to win Draft Breed Reserve Champion. He will be going to NAN 2012.
Emily Dunnan has a similar rags to riches story. She writes: I bought a Breyer Valentine for $20 in January; she has only been to two shows, and has NAN’d both times. At this past NAN in Tucson, Delilah won the gold cookie in OF European Warmblood, against a bunch of connoisseur and SR models. Here’s her picture from the NAN website:
|photo courtesy of NAMHSA|