Hanoverian ~ Gifted
The aptly-named Gifted was purchased by Carol Lavell as an untrained four-year-old. She obviously had a good eye, as under her tutelage, he quickly rose through the levels in the dressage world. The huge, 17.1- (some say 17.3-) hand bay Hanoverian with the high socks and blaze was foaled in 1980, and by 1988 was named US Dressage Federation Horse of the Year for Fourth Level and Grand Prix St. Georges levels. With the United States in a twelve-year dry spell for international Dressage medals, it is said that Gifted put the US back on the radar, helping bring home Team Bronze twice. He remained Carol's companion his entire life.
This fellow is still attached in his original box. We slid off the outer cover to take photos without glare for you. He has to have an interesting story to tell, because while he's still attached with his factory ties and shows no signs of having been opened until we slid off his outer box cover for photos, he appears to have a gouge on his barrel that was touched up (had to have been at the factory). How odd! He also has a tiny hoof edge rub and a tiny rub on his shoulder, so perhaps he tipped over while being painted at the factory, and they touched him up before boxing him. He'll be marked down for these flaws, but they sure give him a unique history.
Breyer Model #887
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