MT. PLEASANT, TX- Radar, the 2006 – 2009 Guinness Book of World Record holder for Tallest Living Horse, passed away peacefully October 5, 2016 on the Priefert Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Born in 1998, Radar was a beautiful Belgian draft horse gelding who stood 19 hands 3.5 inches high and weighed over 2300lbs. He was superstar and legend in his own right.
The Priefert family purchased Radar in 2006. During his first few years as a World Record Title Holder, Radar traveled the country making countless stops at Priefert Dealers and Priefert-sponsored events. He also made appearances on the Today Show, Oprah, and on the hit TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
In 2010, Radar appeared as a special guest at Breyerfest and a limited edition Breyer model was created in his likeness. Radar will no doubt be remembered by countless admirers and equine enthusiasts who experienced the thrill of meeting him.
For those who knew Radar best and had the privilege of working with him, he will hold a special place in their hearts always. Courtney Dyer, Priefert’s Director of Marketing, oversaw Radars’s scheduling and promotion. She commented that, “Radar had a kind and playful spirit and he loved people. He always took full advantage of any opportunity he had to be adored by the public. It was a true pleasure to share him with the rest of the world.”
Owner Bill Priefert noted that “Radar was a gentle giant and he will be missed by our family and our company. He will remain on the Priefert Ranch and will be honored with a special memorial so that he will continue to be remembered for generations to come.”
Charles Woods, and wife Guilda, who traveled with Radar on his solo tour had this to say about him, “Radar was a unique, individual horse. He was as gentle as they come. He had a willing temperament that at times was full of mischief. It was our pleasure to haul him, especially to New York City where we appeared on the Today Show – a once in a lifetime experience. We will treasure the memories he gave us.”
It is clear that Radar was more than just a record holder, he was loved and admired by so many. The Priefert’s were honored to have him as part of the family and that is why he will forever remain on the Priefert Ranch where he was interred. There will be a special monument placed on the ranch to observe his final resting place.