Big Ben - Original Release
Big Ben was a Belgian Warmblood considered by many to be "too big to jump" when he was young. However, Canadian eventer Ian Millar saw something special when he came across the seven-year-old. Ten months later, they were a team in the Olympics! From then on, it seemed there was nothing that Ben and Ian couldn't conquer. They won pretty much every event they entered, whether it was on sand, grass, or mud, and in just about every weather condition, including hail! Ben met other challenges with the heart of a trooper as well: He survived two colic surgeries and even a severe tractor trailer wreck! His good-natured sense of stardom - He loved to greet fans and even occasionally offered a hoofprint autograph - won people over around the globe, and he drew more spectators than any other jumping horse in his lifetime. Big Ben became the first horse to win two consecutive World Cup Final titles, among his many achievements. When he passed away from colic at age 20, the Canadian government honored him with induction into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, a postage stamp, and a bronze statue in Perth, Ontario.
[Big Ben and Ian Millar make it look easy]
Breyer's portrait model was released on a new sculpt in 1996 and ran through 2004.
This fellow is Near Mint with just one light eartip rub and a pinpoint rub on his left hind hoof. He features bright whites and subtle shading, and even comes with his original box.
Breyer Model #483
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