Breyer Horse Collecting: 2014 Limited Editions

September 16, 2014

Each year Breyer creates special models that are only available for a limited time. These models often become prized by collectors for their rarity and collectible value. With fall in the air and the retired list fast approaching, there’s only a short time for you to add this year’s models to your collection!

Golden Oak Stables brings you the two 2014 Limited Edition horses so that you can add these special horses to your stable!

2014 in the Chinese New Year Calendar marks the year of the horse! This special year is celebrated only once every 12 years, and this year, Breyer has chosen to honor it with a special model! Those born in the Year Of The Horse are said to be logical, inspirational, intelligent, and friendly, yet restless, and high-strung. They’re also said to be energetic and always racing towards new goals!

Breyer is also celebrating the year of the Wooden Horse with Mu Wen Ma! This year on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar lines the year of the horse up along with the element of wood. For those born this year wood will add strength and flexibility to a person. Breyer created the first traditional woodgrain horse in over 30 years to celebrate this model! Collectors have been going crazy for him since setting eyes on him!

Ready to celebrate 2015? Not too fast! Don’t miss out on these lovely models!

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Breyer Horse New Releases: Have You Met Harley D Zip?

September 11, 2014

A new mold is always an exciting event for model horse collectors. A few times a year Breyer and Golden Oak Stables brings us a new mold that always seems to show the artistry and realism of the artists that create the amazing model horses, new for mid-year 2014 comes Harley D Zip, a Quarter Horse that’s sure to have you excited!

Not only does the real Harley D Zip have a pedigree and show record that is unlike no other, but his new model already has collectors clamoring to get their hands on one. This beautifully sculpted stock horse canters his way into collector’s heart with a kind expression.

Sculpted by Sommer Prosser, who has created many favorite Breyer models over the year, this beautiful stock horse is ready to be put under the saddle and to work. His high action pose is perfect for just about any event and has collectors excited about the show possibilities too! His versatility can take him from the halter ring and into the performance ring in both English and Western, just like so many real quarter horses.

Harley D Zip has been created in perfect likeness to his portrait horse, in a lovely glowing bay color, with a black mane and tail and one lone sock. He’s been finished with a touch of sheen giving him that show ready look.

Ready to add a new champion to your stable? Even if he never hits the show ring, Harley D Zip is sure to shine in your stables!

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Breyer Horse Collecting: Where Do Your Models Live?

September 8, 2014

Model horse collectors can all tell you that one of the most satisfying parts of collecting is displaying your collection. For some this means rows of perfectly dusted and organized models but for others stables and paddocks are the only way for a model horse to live!

One of the most amazing parts of model horse collecting is the ability to create a world all your own. The sky is the limit with model horses, nothing is stopping you from creating an Olympic level dressage barn or a ranch that is all your own. Some collectors find that one of the most exciting parts of collecting is finding a way to not only display, but enjoy their models by creating realistic worlds of their very own.

Breyer and Golden Oak Stables makes it easy to start your own world with not only a myriad of horses and accessories, but also fun things like a realistic Red Barn that your horses can call home. No details were spared on this amazing barn, from stall doors that open just like the real thing to it’s wooden construction will have you feeling like you’re in a real barn!

So, where do your models live? Are you a collector that lines your models up and displays them in an organized way? Or do you let your models live in a barn and create a model horse world of your own? Or, do you have a unique way of displaying them?

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Breyer Horse Collecting: Vintage, Retired And Everything In Between

September 4, 2014

There’s a lot of different terms that collectors use for Breyer horses, from terms like LSQ ( meaning Live Show Quality) to SM (meaning Stablemate scale), there’s a term for nearly everything out there! Today, we’ll look at some collecting terms that help us define the models in our collection.

Breyer has been making models for over 60 years, and if you’re a collector, you’ve probably noticed some special horses throughout your time collecting. Sometimes a horse will be marked limited, or maybe you’ve wandered into the Vintage section of Golden Oak Stables and wondered what that means. Just like any other term, collectors have defined these terms for us.

Vintage is a term used most often to refer to older Breyers. There is really no standard in the hobby as to how old vintage horses are, some collectors agree that just a few years makes a model vintage and some only feel like the oldest Breyers are truly Vintage. Either way, this term refers to a model that has not been produced in many years.

Retired or Discontinued is a term that collectors use for models that have been taken out of production. Each year Breyer releases a “Retired” list for the year that states which horses will be ending production, once they are gone, they are gone, and often become difficult to find.

Limited Edition horses are a bit like Retired or Discontinued in the way that, once they are gone, they are gone. Models are produced in a limited number and only in that number. Some Limited Editions are produced in very low numbers and others in higher numbers, it all depends on the horse.

So, what kind of horses are in your collection? Do you have any Vintage, Retired or Limited Edition horses?

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Breyer Horses Classics: Canterwood Crest Chasing Blue

September 1, 2014

Breyer always brings exciting new adventures to collectors of all ages and now Golden Oak Stables brings you the second installment of the Canterwood Crest series which will take you on an adventure like no other and into the world of horses like you’ve never seen before.

Sasha Silver began her journey at boarding school in the book Take The Reins, where she learned how to become part of the equestrian team and proved just how talented she was! In the second book, Chasing Blue, Sasha continues her journey at Canterwood Crest and starts to get into the swing of things. With her new found respect from the riding team she embarks into the world of an elite boarding school.

Sasha faces frustrations when she finds out her new riding partner is none other than Heather Fox, the queen bee herself. Sasha has to figure out how to work together with Heather and find a way to work with her partner inside and outside of the riding arena!

Included with Chasing Blue is a model of Heather’s horse, Aristocrat, a red chestnut horse that’s lovely and elegant as can be!

Don’t miss the second installment of the Canterwood Crest series, Sasha’s adventures are just starting!

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Real Life Breyer Horses: What Is Your Favorite Breed?

August 28, 2014

Horses are incredible for so many reasons, and over thousands of years they have evolved into hundreds of different breeds of horses that roam the earth and have changed the world as we know it. Golden Oak Stables has a stable full of different Breyer horses that bring some of the most incredible breeds to life, do you know what your favorite is?

One of the oldest breeds in the world is the Arabian, this desert living horse has evolved after spending hundreds of years in the deserts with the Bedouins roaming. These horses have become some of the most hardy horses in the world, often living past 30. From the Arabian many horse breeds followed, including one many know very well, the Thoroughbred. This horse has been bred for speed and to excel on the race track as a quick mover.

Horses like the Clydesdale come from Great Britain and have evolved as work horses to farmers that needed strong horses to help around the farm. The Norwegian Fjord also comes from the chilly northern lands of Europe and is a work horse in their own right, though are often closer to pony size.

In America the Morgan horse was bred to be an all around work horse and is still a favorite mount of so many today. Their sweet demeanor and hard working attitude have made them favorites! The Quarter Horse is also a popular breed that has evolved through American breeding and has many fans all over the world.

That’s just a few of the hundreds of breeds in the world, which ones are your favorite?


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Real Life Breyer Horses: The Pinto Pattern

August 25, 2014

There are many different colors in the rainbow that is horses, from palomino to dapple grey and everything in between! There’s a myriad of different colors that are all different from one another and all unique as can be! There’s one pattern that stands out from so many others and has created so many fans all over the world, the pinto pattern.

The pinto pattern can easily be described as white body markings on top of any solid color. There are many different pinto patterns that can be exhibited on a horse, including the Sabino pattern, the Overo pattern and the Tobiano pattern. These patterns explain how the white markings are on the horse’s body, and only occur with certain genetics. For example, Arabians can only have the Sabino pattern present, any other pinto pattern means that the horse isn’t fully Arabian, and not eligible for registration as one.

Pinto patterns can be seen in many breeds though, and in many different variations. Some horses will have very little markings, sometimes only high socks and maybe a spot on their stomach, while others will have very elaborate markings throughout their entire body. The defining factor? It’s all random!

Breyer and Golden Oak Stables have so many pinto horses to choose from, from the Gypsy Vanner with bold patterning and a lot of drama, to the Grullo Pinto who has a stunning color and pattern, to the new Camila, who’s pattern varies from one variation to the next.

Each pinto is different, what kind of pinto horses do you have in your collection?


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