Poco Lena & Don Dodge - Breyer Gallery Porcelain (Sale supports Harvest Hills Animal Shelter)
Poco Lena and Don Dodge are legends in the Quarter Horse and Cutting Horse worlds. Foaled in 1949, this beautiful bay mare was AQHA High Point Cutting Horse in 1959, 1960 and 1961. She earned a Superior Cutting Horse, Superior Halter Horse, Performance Register of Merit, and AQHA Championships. She went on to foal two outstanding champion cutting horses: Doc O' Lena and Dry Doc and was inducted into both the AQHA Hall of Fame and National Cutting Horse Association Hall of Fame. Willard Porter, once editor of the "Quarter Horse Journal," said of Poco Lena: "She may well have been the most 'watched' cutting horse of all time. Everybody loved her because she had a head like a princess and a rump like a washer woman. She was a queen and a commoner all at the same time."
The National Reined Cow Horse Association called Don Dodge "one of the most outstanding horsemen of the century." He started as a cattleman, and after seeing "reined cow horses" working cattle at an event, fell in love with the sport of cutting. He not only rode and trained, but was one of the first horsemen to develop different bridle and bit styles to suit different horses. Don was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, the National Cutting Horse Association Member Hall of Fame, the National Cutting Horse Association Rider Hall of Fame, and National Reined Cow Horse Hall of Fame.
Together this legendary pair made an unforgettable spectacle in the arena. Breyer captured that focus, energy, and pizzazz into this gorgeous display sculpture as part of their series of porcelains depicting champion Quarter Horses performing in their sports. This piece was made from 2000-2002.
This is probably the largest item Breyer has made to sell at retail! Breyer's porcelain Gallery sculpture shows the mare cutting a Hereford calf at approximately Classic scale, but because of their positioning, the piece itself is huge. A photo is included showing a Breyer Traditional Stretch Morgan on top of their box to show you the size of the packaging required to carry them safely.
This sculpture is in Near Mint condition in need of a dab of Superglue at the bit and rider's hand. The reins are metal, and their flexibility has caused them to separate from the porcelain at each end, but should be an easy fix. Other than that, no issues were seen. Everything is done with the highest quality, with beautiful shading and detailing. This is truly one of the nicest porcelains Breyer produced.
While some of these were shipped with wooden bases, others were not. This one did not come with a wooden base, but doesn't need it to impress everyone who sees it. It comes with its original COA, box with foam inserts, and even its shipping box. The piece is both large and heavy, so shipping costs from USPS will reflect that. It will be packed just as it came from Breyer, with foam chunks providing support between the animals' legs and surrounding the entire piece in its original box.
This model was donated to our charity account for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, and proceeds from its sale will help the shelter care for dogs and kitties in need. Thanks for your support!
Size: Models are approx Classic scale
Bryeer Model #8101