"High Hat" is my Hagen-Renaker Designer's Workshop (DW) Quarter Horse "Topper" designed by sculptor Maureen Love. I will always consider this horse to be a lucky find. He was an eBay purchase, but I don't remember having to beat off a bunch of other bidders to win him. I suppose I paid a fair price for him, but it was less than the value quoted for him in the only value guide I own (Hagen-Renaker: A Charlton Standard Catalogue, 3rd Edition  by Gayle Roller) and less than I've paid for quite a few other clinky horses.
|A real "Topper," possible inspiration for Maureen Love's DW sculpture. Image from the Hagen-Renaker Collectors Club website, found in the 1951 Western Livestock Journal by Teresa Rogers|
In the case of "High Hat," because his factory name was already emblazoned on his side, I felt his new name should have at least some reference to name he quite literally bears.
|"High Hat," my Hagen-Renaker DW "Topper"|
So my "Topper" was clearly a "High Hat." He's a bright note in my collection, like a high hat in a jazz melody. He's named after a top hat. And as for being a snob, well, what else can you say about his dramatic eye-roll which seems to be saying, "Lord, why do you send these fools to torment me?" This is clearly a horse who thinks a lot of himself and very little of others.