An integral part of the Blanton's bottle, the famous "horse stoppers" have a history of their own
Since the introduction of Blanton's in 1984, the horse and jockey stopper has been synonymous with the brand. There are 8 poses in total representing the horse and jockey through various stages of a race.
The design of the jockey changed around 1993. The casting was also refined with more detail. Early mini bottles (50ml) also had a different jockey poses not used in later bottlings.
Beginning in 1999, a letter from the word Blanton's was added to each stopper near the rear legs of the horse. All 8 stoppers together B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S and are often displayed in a collectable stand or barrel stave. In fact, if you collect all 8 you can send them into Buffalo Trace Distillery who will mount them on a barrel stave for free and return them to you. You can contact their gift shop for more information at 800-654-8471 or 502-696-5926 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note I am not affiliated with Buffalo Trace and cannot help you with these requests or guarantee success.
One frequently asked question is if the two N's are different. They are! The 2nd N is represented as N: with a colon immediately after the letter.
According to Buffalo Trace they produce an equal number of each stopper. They are randomly applied to the bottles. You can also purchase them in their gift shop or online website.
Gold stoppers are produced for the various gold editions as well as some of their special festival bottlings. Silver stoppers were produced in the past for the now discontinued Silver Edition. The full size stoppers are used on 750ml, 700ml, and 375ml bottles while the "Mini's" have a smaller stopper with no letter. There were several variations of jockeys used on mini bottles that differ slightly from those used today. Early stoppers for all bottles were somewhat crude casting as well.