Breyer Horse Collecting: How Do You Enjoy Your Hobby?

March 20, 2017

Collecting Breyer horses is just the tip of the iceberg for many collectors, or at least, the start of a journey into a whole new hobby they never knew existed. These beautiful horses have inspired generations of collectors to form a community unlike no other that celebrates the beauty and love of the horse!

From the very outset of the creation of Breyers, collectors started to seek out other collectors, and many found they were doing similar things with their models. Many of them were customizing them to look like the the horses of their dreams and the horses that filled their lives. They were also making miniatures for their horses, anything from barns to bridles!

From there, collectors took their collecting to the next logical step, showing. Showing evolved out of a desire to replicate the real horse showing experience in miniature form, and from that thought, halter and performance divisions were born. Showing has evolved a bit in that time, things have changed a little, but the root of it is in replicating the real horse showing experience.

Live showing encompasses a large part of the hobby for many collectors, but not all. Many more find their time is spent customizing, tack making, pedigree researching and imagining with their collection. In recent years, hobbyists have taken to YouTube and Instagram to tell the stories of their collections and models, using a whole new type of creativity that has evolved right along side technology.

Collecting is ever changing, and the hobby is too. What does collecting mean to you? How do you enjoy your hobby? Golden Oak Stables is here to help you in every way to make your collection everything it can be and more!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Classics: Starry Night

March 13, 2017

When you hear Starry Night, the reminder of a famous painting probably comes to mind for many people. Vincent Van Gogh’s master work is recognized by so many, and captures the heart of so many more! Now, Golden Oak Stables brings you a special classic that has a special magic all its own and is unlike any other that has come before it!

Starry Night is the fourth in a series of decorator Classic scale models and is unique as ever. As many collectors know, decorators have become some of the most collectible and beloved models in any collection, and it’s easy to see why! The first decorators were made over fifty years ago, in shades of blue, gold and even painted like wood! Since then, they’ve evolved to be any number of non realistic horse colors and designs!

Using the beloved blue decorator color, Starry Night takes a darker tone to the midnight sky with deep blue shadings that lighten subtlety as it paints across it’s body. Bright stars give a shine throughout, and glitter and star dust make way for details that are beyond compare, and as magical as the milky way galaxy itself!

Do you have room in your collection for something a little fanciful? Starry Night is the perfect way to bring that special decorator into any collection!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Events: What Is Live Showing?

March 6, 2017

You might have heard the term “Live Showing” around the model horse corral once or twice. It’s a big part of the model horse community, but sounds pretty confusing when you think about the word “Live” and model horses.

Live Showing is simply an in person event that Breyer collectors hold and attend, where their models are brought to be judged. Because the event takes place in person, these events have been dubbed “Live Shows”. The idea of competition for Breyer horses is just about as old as collecting itself. The first live shows began in the 1960’s and 1970’s and were much less formal from the ones we know today. Most of these shows were held in people’s homes or back yards and were advertised in hobby publications and through word of mouth.

In the decades to come, live showing grew as did the hobby itself. In the 1980’s shows became more formalized, and small clubs began to form and shows became established. ┬áIn the 1990’s Breyerfest began and brought a large show along with it. In the mid 1990’s a group of hobbyists came together to form The North American Model Horse Showers Association, or NAMHSA as its better known and began holding a yearly national show each year.

Now, live shows can be found all over the country, and all over the world! But things are always changing, with the arrival of the internet, online events like photo shows and videos are taking the model horse world by storm.

If there’s anything for certain at Golden Oak Stables, it’s that things are always changing, but the love of collecting never will!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Real Life Breyer Horses: The Next Generation Of Horse Racing

February 23, 2017

Two years ago, the seemingly impossible happened, a horse won the Triple Crown for the first time in nearly forty years. American Pharoah wowed the world and amazed even the most devoted horse racing fans with his incredible win of the Triple Crown and then again to win the first Grand Slam of horse racing!

The next step for this champion was retirement, or at least a type of retirement saved for the most promising of horses, breeding. American Pharoah retired after the 2015 Breeders Cup Classic to Coolmore Stud in Kentucky. At Coolmore he has greeted thousands of visitors and, more importantly, has met with around 80 mares.

Now, eleven months later, the mares are starting to have the first American Pharoah foals! They’ve been arriving for weeks now, and the nation is sitting by as these foals grow in hopes that they will show the same potential their father proved to the world. It will be a little while before we know for sure, most horses don’t start training until they are two, and racing when they are three, so we will have to wait. But until then, we can watch these adorable little foals grow up, and await many more to follow.

Are you an American Pharoah fan? Golden Oak Stables surely is, and can’t wait to watch the next generation grow right along with you!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Activities: Fantasy Horse Painting Kit

February 20, 2017

An exciting part of the Breyer hobby is the ability to get creative and do activities with your models. Since the very beginnings of the collecting hobby, hobbyists have been customizing their models and letting their imaginations run wild!

Customizing is the terms for when a horse has been changed from the way it came from the factory. This can be done in many different ways, the most common is through painting a horse, but can be as elaborate as resculpting major parts of the horse. Customizing is very popular in the model horse hobby and nearly every collector has given repainting and resculpting a try at least once!

Golden Oak Stables has the perfect set for the new or experienced customizer, and it’s certain to spark the most fanciful of your creativity. The Fantasy Horse Painting Kit is a set of five horses that is ready and waiting for your creative touch. Four adults and one spunky foal await your fanciful plan along with six paints, a paint brush and accessories. It’s all you need to get started, or continue on your customizing journey.

With bright colors, firey horses and everything you need to complete all five horses in one kit, the Fantasy Horse Painting Kit is sure to be a hit for any collector. What do your horse fantasies look like?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse New Releases: Espresso

February 16, 2017

In the past few years, there has been one rather large addition to the Breyer stable, a foal that is unlike any other that has come before it. This lovely large lady is the first, and only 1/6 scale Breyer, and stands tall among the others. New for 2017, Golden Oak Stables welcomes the second release of this special horse, sure to case as big of a stir as she did the first time around.

Espresso stands ten inches tall at her eartips, which makes her even bigger than some of the largest traditional adult models in the Breyer stable. Her sweet sculpture perfectly captures the wobbly first steps of a brand new foal. Her long legs are delicate and trying their best to find their ground under her. She has a sweet and gentle face that could capture any heart, which gives her adorable appearance even more heart.

This little appaloosa filly has a stenciled blanket over her hindquarters that is a stark contrast to her delicately shaded liver chestnut coat. Caramel shadings accent her espresso color coat, which is her namesake. A star and a snip make her face stand out in a beautiful way and three socks finish off her beautiful coloring.

Sure to take up a big part of your heart, and a little bigger spot in your collection than normal, Espresso is just waiting to wobble on home with you!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: Where Do You Fall On The Scale

February 13, 2017

Collectors of all types will find patterns that their collections fall into without even trying. Favorite colors, breeds, molds, and models will all find a way to collect in any collection. It’s just the natural nature of things! But, not that there’s a new scale in town, taking a look at what you collect, and what you could collect, is a good idea!

The staple of any Breyer collection is the Traditional scale. These models are the first, and most popular of the Breyer stable, and probably most recognizable. Standing approximately nine inches tall, these models have been in creation for over sixty years and there are thousands of different models to collect!

Next in size, comes the Classics. These lovely little models stand approximately six inches tall, and came to the Breyer world in the mid seventies! In that time there have been many different sculptures added to the collection, and dozens of different breeds!

Corral Pals are the next, and the newest scale that has galloped into Golden Oak Stables! Standing approximately five inches tall, these incredible little horses are packed with detail and realism! There are already dozens of different breeds that are represented, so starting now will get you well on your way to collecting these stunning horses!

Stablemates are some of the smallest in the Breyer stable, standing approximately four inches tall at the tip of their ears. Also released in the mid seventies along with the Classics, these horses are some of the most collectible and beloved!

Last, but certainly not least are the tiny Mini Whinnies that stand approximately one inch tall! The smallest in the stable are still packed with details and are so much fun to collect and display!

What is your collection filled with? A lot of one scale or a little bit of everything? The best part of collecting is there is no “wrong” way to collect!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


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