Breyer Horse Collecting: 65 Years Of Breyer History

October 12, 2015

In the past sixty five years Breyer has created thousands of horses and created tens of thousands of collectors, and maybe more! Starting from one horse that shot to popularity, the history of Breyer is as interesting as the horses are beautiful!

In 1950, the Breyer Molding Company out of Chicago Illinois, created a clock with a Western Horse atop it for Woolworths. Before they knew it, demand for the horse had grown and they were on their way to the company we know today! In the 1950’s several molds were introduced along with animals such as cows and dogs. These models along with the original palomino Western Horse would become the foundations of the company.

In the 1960’s Breyer continued to expand from a few horse and animal molds, into a full lineup with dozens of horses and animals. Collectors began to become more defined in the 1960’s and the foundations of the hobby began with shows and customizing starting up. By the 1970’s the hobby had grown immensely along with the Breyer lineup. By this point, hundreds of different models has been produced and new scales were becoming collectors favorites.

In the 1980’s the hobby really started to take root and Breyer began to take notice. Their publication, Just About Horses, regularly featured collector events and articles and new molds sculpted by beloved artists were introduced. In 1990┬áthe first Breyerfest was held and Breyer had relocated to New Jersey a few years earlier. Collectors were as well connected as ever and Breyerfest’s quick growth was proof of that!

Today the hobby is well connected through the internet and expansive series of live shows and the Breyer world is more than anyone could have imagined 65 years later!

Celebrating those 65 years, Breyer and Golden Oak Stables have a model that wraps all of that history into one model, Glitterati! He’s only available through the end of the year though, so don’t delay!


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Breyer Horse Collecting: Outfitting Your Model

October 8, 2015

Collecting Breyers encompasses a myriad of different activities, from creating a stable of your dreams to customizing the horse of your dreams, there’s so much to do! Whatever collecting means to you, outfitting your models is a fun way to interact with your models and to bring a little more realism to your collection.

Golden Oak Stables is stuffed to the brim with accessories to outfit your model in just about any way you can imagine! Using tack and accessories, you can outfit your collection in a way that will make you think your models are the real thing. Tack and accessories can also help you learn about different disciplines and how barns operate, in a fun and interactive way! Your Breyer models are just the start!

Tack like saddles and bridles are a great way to start, and range from your familiar English and Western to specialty tack like polo tack. Blankets and halters can help you round out your tack or just get things started. Every tack room needs to be stocked and you’ll find it easy to do with so many different options.

Around the barn you’ll find accessories like a grooming kit, jumps and a hot walker can all make your stable not only more realistic, but also make for a lot of fun for your models! These are just the start of different ways you can outfit your stable yard! You’ll find tons of accessories to fit whatever activities your barn prefers.

Outfitting your models in accessories can be so fun and can add a whole new world to your collection! Where will you start?


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Breyer Horse Collecting: Where To Start?

October 5, 2015

Starting a collection is an exciting occasion for anyone, but starting a new Breyer collection is one to be celebrated. Whether is is the first horse in your collection, or the first horse in a collection you are starting for someone else, choosing the right first horse is exciting and important!

Nearly every Breyer collector remembers their first horse, and many of them cherish them and hold onto them many years later. The memories of your first Breyer are special, so of course choosing the first one is important. With so many Breyers, there’s many places you can start!

Picking a favorite breed is one place to start, and can make for a lovely way to start a collection. With dozens of different breeds available at any one time, chances are, your favorite breed has a model. You can also choose from a host of famous horses to start a collection. From equestrian superstars to famous literary stars, the horse hall of fame lives in Breyer form! If your collector is younger, there’s Pony Gals and Plush to start filling their collection with that they can also play with for years to come.

Golden Oak Stables is proud to help you start or continue your collection with a myriad of models that are always exciting and make you feel like a new collector every single time you open that iconic yellow box!


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Breyer Horse Stablemates: American Pharoah

October 1, 2015

This version of a champion may be small but he is mighty! Golden Oak Stables brings Stablemates collectors a special addition to their collections that brings all of the excitement of a Triple Crown winner in a small package.

American Pharoah has taken the world by storm, and in just a few short weeks he tries to write his final entry in his racing career with a win and make history once again with an attempt at the Breeders Cup Classic. This win would place him in a class no other horse has ever been in, winning four of the most prestigious races in the United States. No other Triple Crown winners have ever accomplished this feat!

Breyer has immortalized the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades in three forms, including a Stablemate that will have any Stablemate collector rushing to the winners circle to add American Pharoah to their collection.

The Americah Pharoah Stablemate is done on the Thoroughbred mold and is shown in a fully stretched gallop racing towards the finish line. Pharoah’s beautiful bay coat color is created in stunning likeness with deep shadings and dark black points. He may be little but there’s no mistaking this little Pharoah.

Stablemate collectors, rejoice!  This little champion is ready to come to your stable and bring a bit of racing history along with him!



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Breyer Horse Collecting: Vintage Models

September 28, 2015

As many collectors know, there have been thousands of models created over the sixty five years that Breyer has been making model horses. Each year, Breyer releases dozens of new models and retires about the same number. These retired models become discontinued and vintage after a bit of time and become harder and harder to find as time goes on. These models become highly sought after by collectors, but have a lot of collecting potential!

Vintage means a lot of different things to different collectors, but models that have been discontinued for more than a few years are often thought of as vintage by many collectors. As time goes on, these models become more difficult to find and highly prized by collectors. If you take a look at your collection, chances are you have at least a few models that are vintage in there.

If you want to start collecting vintage models, you might not know where to start. You can find models in all kinds of places, from friends and family that had them when they were younger or antique stores and sales. If you’re looking for the most pristine vintage models though, Golden Oak Stables has an extensive line of Vintage models that are just waiting to be taken to their new stable! These true collectors pieces are like finding a needle in a haystack!

Whatever your collection is made of, a bit of vintage goodness is sure to bring a new life to your collection, even if the horse may be a bit older.


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Breyer Horse Collecting: Getting Involved

September 24, 2015

One of the best parts of collecting Breyer horses is that you have the chance to interact with them in so many different ways! There’s also the possibility to meet other collectors and all of the fun things that come along with connecting with others that have the same passion as you. Have you taken the time to try to get involved with the hobby?

One of the most common ways to get involved with your models and other collectors is through showing. Photo showing, or live showing are two ways that you can not only compete with your models, but also connect with other collectors. One step further is to find a way to help with live and photo shows. Volunteering to help is always deeply appreciated, and you’ll find that you’ll make plenty of new friends with just the offer of help. Holding your own shows is also a great way to meet other collectors and to help others have a fun time in the hobby.

You might be surprised to hear that getting creative with your models, through customizing, tack making and prop making is also a great way to get involved. Your own creative endeavors are a great way to open the door to talking with other collectors and meeting ones with similar interests to your own. You’ll also find many live and photo shows are anxious for help from talented artists, so don’t be afraid to reach out that way too!

You can always browse the Golden Oak Stables Stable News archives for ideas, but there really is no bad place to start getting involved. So start today, and find a whole new meaning to your collection!



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Breyer Horse Collecting: 2015 Retired List

September 21, 2015

It’s that time of year again! Collectors take notice, there’s only a few short months to add these models to your collection!

The retired list will come as no surprise to long time collectors, but each year there are retirements that surprise all of us. No matter what kind of collection you have, taking a look at the Retired list is a good idea. Once you’ve taken a good look over the list, act fast! Golden Oak Stables can help you add any models you have missed to your collection, but only while supplies last!

2015 Retired List

Horse Cruiser
Western Riding Accessories
English Jumping Accessories
“Peace, Love & Horses”
2015 Horse of the Year – Liam

Pippa Funnell’s Primmore’s Pride
Pippa Funnell’s Magic Spirit

Mini Whinnies Surprise 48 pc Display

Breyer Acres
Horse Crazy 4-Horse Gift Set
Cutting Horse
Show Jumping
Horse & Foal 8 pc Asst.

Hickstead – Olympic Show Jumper
Topsails Rein Maker
Grullo Pinto
Appaloosa Indian Pony
RCH Ventarrones – Peruvian Paso
GVF Sjokolade
Frankel – World’s Highest Rated Race Horse
RMP Muscial Ride Traditional Horse
Flexible – Show Jumper
AQHA 75th Anniversary Horse
Glitterati – 65th Anniversary Horse
Autism Benefit Model
Santiago – Ltd Ed Polo Pony
Jubilation – Mule Ltd Ed

Nico – Ltd Ed Polo Rider
Hereford Bull
Brick Wall Jump
Parade Saddle Set
Hunter Roll Top Jump
Hot Walker Ltd Ed
Livestock Feeder Ltd Ed
Metal Livestock Corral Ltd Ed
Western Riding Set
Polo Saddle Set Ltd Ed
Pack Saddle Ltd Ed
Traditional “Dually” Truck
Traditional Two-Horse Trailer
So don’t wait! Time is ticking on all of these models and if you’d like to add them to your collection, you need to act now!


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