Real Breyer Horses: DZ Weedo – Champion Appaloosa

October 7, 2009

A champion appaloosa is always a sight to behold. One that has accomplished as much as this one is truly another story.

DZ Weedo is the grand son of Zippo Pine Bar, one of the most famous and accomplished Quarter Horse stallions of our lifetime. In 1994 DZ was born to the world and started taking the appaloosa world by storm at age 3 when he won the Appaloosa champion trail horse. He then in 1998 was named the Appaloosa western champion. He holds world and national titles in trail riding, western riding, western pleasure and bareback equitation.

His flashy coat is one thing that truly makes him stand out in a crowd. His beautiful blanked appaloosa pattern with big bold spots are a stand out in the ring, but his most remarkable feature is his coat. Standing out in the ring is a blanketed appaloosa with a bright and metallic buckskin coat that just shimmers. Two socks and a deep black mane and tail finish off this winning package.

DZ Weedo is last but certainly not least a sire that is creating champions over and over again! His offspring have also won several world and national titles as well as titles in racing. Through his offspring, DZ is creating a legacy that will live on for years and years to come.

Breyer released the beautiful DZ Weedo model in the spring of 2008. DZ is featured on the updated Stock Horse Stallion mold. For the DZ Weedo release, Breyer sculpted a new tail for the mold to create a fresh new look especially for this model. That summer brought a few very rare variations of this model. Breyerfest 2008 brought glossy DZ Weedo’s that were given away as prizes for the Breyerfest youth show. There are only a handful of these and they are nearly impossible to be found. The other variation that Breyer released was a few hundred DZ Weedo’s without spots! Its unknown if this was intentional or not, but it certainly makes this model all the more memorable.

You can check out DZ Weedo on the Golden Oak Stables website as well as many other western champions. This flashy beautiful stallion is sure to bring some color and pizazz to any stable.

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Rarity and Collectiblity

October 5, 2009

Its no secret that there are some Breyer horses out there worth a significant amount of money. Some Breyer models can be worth $1,000 while some are only worth $1. Its hard to tell rare models when you see them, but looking out for a few simple things can help distinguish them from the others. Its good to remember that these are not always true and there are exceptions to the rule. Your best resource is going to be a Breyer guide. Collecitbility and rarity is very difficult to explain, as many of you have asked at Golden Oak Stables event, but hopefully this will give you a better idea of what makes a rare horse rare.

Vintage models can be difficult to both identify and place value to. Condition is always the most important thing to look for. Breaks, chips, yellowing, and major rubs will render nearly any model worthless. In vintage models, the finish is a good indicator or value. Models with a glossy finish tend to be rarer than matte ones. The glossy finish places the age of the horses as older than 1970 in most cases. Another positive to the glossy finish is that it helps to protect the models from rubs.

Vintage models can also have a finish called “Chalky”. Chalky models were produced during the oil crisis of the early 1970’s and are distinguished by their coat of white primer under their regular paint job. Normally Breyers are painted directly on raw plastic, but in the early 1970’s recycled plastic needed to be used, creating plastic of various colors. To combat that a coat of white primer was used. Models that are chalky are hard to distinguish, but they have a few features to look for including thick paint around the hooves and under them and a little “pooling” of paint on the belly. Chalky models have very delicate finishes and are very difficult to find. Many models also appear to be chalky when they are not. An experienced collector is really the only way to tell one from a normal horse.

Finally, one last thing to look for is models with “Decorator” paint jobs. Decorators are models of colors that aren’t regular horse colors. Woodgrain, charcoal, Dapple Blue (Copenhagen) , Dappled Gold (Florentine) , Solid Blue (Wedgewood) and Solid Gold (Gold Charm) are some of the more common Breyer decorator colors. Typically any model with one of these finishes can be very collectible, but there are some very common Woodgrains and Charcoal models, so be sure to research what you are buying. Nearly any vintage gold or blue model is very very rare.

Next week we’ll go over what makes current models hard to find and collectible!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


How To: Breyer Horse Restoration-Removing marks

October 2, 2009

Continuing from two weeks ago, today we’ll learn how to remove those pesky black, brown and sometimes white paint marks that Breyer horses seem to pick up. These marks can occur for many reasons, the most common reasons are falling or bumping into another horse. These marks are not rubs, they are small remnants of paint that have left on the horse. These marks can be difficult to remove, some people might even believe they are permanent, but with these tips, you can save your models!

Black and brown marks are pretty easy to tell, but white marks on your horse could easily be mistaken for rubs. Take a nice close look at your Breyer. As you can see on the horse below, there are many thing wrong with this horse, including black marks on him.

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The first step to any restoration is to give your horse a good bath. Using a mild soap like Dawn is best. Dilute a small amount of Dawn in warm water and bathe your horse in it. Take a soft cloth and do a light scrub. Some horses have texture that will hold dirt. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies as well.

You can first try a little bit of Dawn or other dish detergent on a wet rag to get the mark off. Gently scrub the mark with a rag with a bit of dish detergent on it. Scrub lightly, you can even use your finger nail over the rag, but do not scrub harshly or scratch at your model. If after a few moments your mark doesn’t budge you might want to try another method.

Another tool to use is a pencil eraser. This works best for black marks on a white model, but may work on other colors, be very careful not to damage your horse. Using the eraser move in small circles over the mark and apply a bit of pressure. Within a couple minutes you will know if it is working.

One of the harsher methods to use for stubborn marks is Lestoil. Lestoil is an industrial cleanser and should be used very carefully. It can be found in hardware stores as well as some grocers. Fill a large bucket with water and add a small amount of Lestiol, put your model in there for a few hours and check it. Lestoil does not remove original finish paint but will remove any other paint. Wipe over your horse and if the marks come off give him a good bath, if not let him sit for another couple hours.

There are many choices when it comes to repairing your models, but the most important thing to remember is to have patience and take your time. Rushing will only hinder your restoration project and in most cases make more work for yourself.

Stay tuned to Golden Oak Stables’ Stable News for more restoration projects and tips to come, along with the latest Breyer news!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


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