In June, Justify became the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown:
Shortly afterward, Breyer announced that they would be creating a portrait model of Justify:
In-between this, Breyer approached me to create the prototype for his garland, which I happily agreed to!
They wanted a garland that had rows of flowers from all three races. In order to win the Triple Crown, a horse has to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The winner of each is draped with a garland of flowers: roses for the Derby, black eyed susans for the Preakness, and carnations for the Belmont. So Justify’s garland has all three to represent each race.
Here’s the final version of the prototype. (the roses should be in front, but in my airheadedness I flipped it backwards and didn’t notice til later 😅)
And Breyer’s final version:
I was so excited to see how it came together in the end!! Mostly though, I am so, so grateful to Breyer for allowing me to have a small part in the creation of this model. ❤️