Harley D Zip, owned by Papendick family of Rapid City, S.D., to serve as Breyer model | TSLN.com

Harley D Zip, owned by Papendick family of Rapid City, S.D., to serve as Breyer model

AQHA is giving away five of the legendary American Quarter Horse Harley D Zip Breyer models. photo courtesy Breyer Animal Creationss

Western riding superstar and American Quarter Horse Harley D Zip has added another accolade to the long list of awards that he has won – Breyer portrait model. Harley D Zip’s record-breaking number of wins makes him a legend in the American Quarter Horse show world. The bay American Quarter Horse gelding has earned more points, world championship titles and AQHA Incentive Fund money than any other horse in the history of western riding.

The Breyer portrait model is now available for purchase at http://www.breyerhorses.com.

Five lucky AQHA members can win a Harley D Zip Model by entering through the Harley D Zip Sweepstakes tab on AQHA’s Facebook page. Enter by July 11. Must be 18 or older and a resident of the United States.

What’s more, this show horse is a family horse! “Harley” has won the open, amateur, Select and youth western riding world championships all in the same year, all with members of one family: his longtime owners, the Papendick family of Rapid City, South Dakota. Not only that, but Harley has won in every western riding division: junior, senior, amateur, Select and youth.

“We love the fact that Harley is both the winningest western riding horse, as well as a family horse,” said Stephanie Macejko, Breyer’s vice president of marketing and product development. “It shows the world what a truly extraordinary horse the American Quarter Horse is!”

The talented champion’s record boasts nearly 6,000 AQHA points, including 2,300 open western riding points. The multiple All American Quarter Horse Congress champion and Congress amateur versatility champion is a three-time AQHA year-end all-around high-point horse; multiple year-end high-point junior and senior horse; and by class has earned 11 year-end high-point championships. As a 16-time world champion and nine-time reserve world champion, Harley is an example of how versatile and well-rounded the American Quarter Horse is.

“AQHA has had its fair share of superstars over the past 75 years – those horses that for a period in our history capture our attention,” said AQHA President Johnny Trotter. “Harley D Zip is certainly one of those horses. Every time he stepped into the arena, not only did he turn in near-flawless performances, but he captivated audiences with his ability, his personality and his style. It is a great tribute to have Harley D Zip represent the American Quarter Horse industry like many others have as a Breyer model horse. I am certain this model will quickly become a best-seller, one that is collected by Breyer enthusiasts around the world.”

In 2012, Harley retired at the AQHA World Championship Show after competing in the amateur division in all-around events; he took home a world championship in senior western riding the year before. Harley now enjoys a comfortable retirement with the Papendicks at the family’s Highview Ranch.