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A Brief Breyer History

4/6/2018 7:31 PM

Do you love our Breyer model horses? Breyer Animal Creations started out in the late 1940s as Breyer Modeling Company in Chicago, Illinois. Sam Stone and Charles Schiff made plastic parts for anything you can think of from airplanes to clocks in your home! When they received a special order in 1950 the Breyer Company changed forever….

clock hrose

Mastercrafters, another Chicago based company that made clocks a...

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A little bit about Upset, our miniature horse mascot!

What are American Miniature Horses?

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American Miniatures Horses, or Minis, are the smallest breed of horse. To be a Mini the horse must be less than 34 inches at the base of the withers (the last hairs of the mane before the back). Miniature horses must be “a sound, well balanced horse, possessing the proper conformation characteristics common in ...

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The History of Horse Racing

3/9/2018 11:43 AM

Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports.  It can be dated back to the nomadic tribesmen of Central Asia racing horses since early domestication. The origin of modern racing started in the 12th century, when English Knights returned from crusades with Arabian horses. The Thoroughbred horse was produced when Arabian stallions were bred with English mares. This produced a horse with combined s...

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Upset's Summer Wrap Up

9/11/2017 1:14 PM

Wow! What a summer! This year has just flown by! 

This was my third summer as the mascot for “The Dark Horse” and Impressions of Saratoga and it may have been my favorite. I got to see so many people each week when I was at the store but I also was able to go to some new events around town.

Upset and Poppy Running

Probably the most exciting thing for me was meeting my new friend! A Miniature Horse as well, Poppy, is just a...

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A Bit of Belmont Stakes

5/25/2016 10:55 AM

2016 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Who would think that the Belmont Stakes actually predates the Kentucky Derby by 8 years and the Preakness Stakes by 6 years?! It was first run in 1867 at what was then called Jerome Park.  Click here for a bit of it's history if you'd like to learn more. Unfortunately this year there is no chance of a Triple Crown winner with the defeat of Nyquist in last Saturday's Preakness Stakes by Exaggerator...

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Posted in History Horse Racing Horses By Marianne Barker

Upsets Summer Recap

9/6/2014 1:59 PM

Hello from Upset, The Dark Horse of Saratoga! I wanted to give you all a little recap of my first summer here and all of the fun I have had! Starting with my launch party in June and ending with my meet and greets each week at Impressions of Saratoga this summer has been filled with fun and friends! I am so happy to be a part of the excitement and festivities!June 14 was the launch for the new bra...Read More
Posted in General Horses Season Wrap Up The Dark Horse By Maddy Zanetti
We are very excited to be introducing The Dark Horse of Saratoga Springs! This new brand and image is one that we have been working on for some time now. Before we show you all of the new and exciting things we plan on doing with The Dark Horse I wanted to share with you the history behind it and where the name comes from.As many of you know Saratoga Springs is home to the oldest thoroughbred race...Read More
Posted in General History Horses The Dark Horse By Maddy Zanetti

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