Breyer Horse Stablemates: Competing At The Games

February 29, 2016

The 2016 Olympic games are right around the corner and the equine superstars are gearing up to compete for their chance on the their country’s Olympic team. Events like the Rolex Three Day Event will help to predict which athletes will travel to Rio for the chance at gold! In the meantime, Golden Oak Stables has a set of Stablemates that are sure to start your Olympic excitement off in the right direction!

This summer, equestrians from all around the world will head to Brazil for the Olympic games. Horses and their riders will compete in dressage, show jumping and eventing for their chance at Olympic gold. These incredible horses are the epitome of the equestrian athlete!

You can start your journey to the Olympic Games with a Stablemate set that brings four new horses to you, Competing At The Games! The set starts off with a palomino Thoroughbred shown in full gallop. A black warmblood looks elegant and precise as he makes a small turn, maybe he’s headed toward his next jump? A chestnut cantering warmblood is ready for his next cross country fence with his fierce determination! Lastly, a light dapple grey warmblood shows off his dressage skills in an extended trot and delicately braided mane.

You can join the Olympic excitement yourself with Breyer and start Competing At The Games for yourself!


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Breyer Horse Collecting: All About The Finish

February 25, 2016

When you hear the word “finish” you probably think of the end of something, a race, a test, a movie, but what about how Breyer ends their paint work on a model? In the model horse world, the word “finish” has a definition all it’s own, and the differences mean a lot to collectors!

The first Breyer horses were released in the 1950’s and were meant to be decoration more than toys. It wasn’t long before those models became popular and were flying off shelves. These first models were finished in a glossy coat of sealer giving them a glossy finish that many collectors remember fondly. Glossy models were popular until the 1970’s and are still released occasionally today.

In the 1970’s, a matte finish took over and gave way to a more realistic look that collectors gravitated to. The matte finish helped the colors of the paint and model look like their real life counterparts, where many collectors found the glossy finish to be unrealistic.

Since then, glossy models have found fans again as have matte models, most collectors have at least a little bit of a mix in their collection. Glossy models are often released as special editions or limited editions from Breyer, making them a little harder to find in most cases. This has given glossy models a lot of collector fans and makes them quite desirable today.

So the next time you visit Golden Oak Stables take a look around at the finishes on each model, maybe it will help you pick your next horse!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Best Friends Foals

February 22, 2016

When a new foal is born, it’s exciting as can be, but when three new foals come into Golden Oak Stables, all looking for new best friends, it’s sure to be an event worth noticing!

The Best Friends Foals are new for 2016 and adorable as can be. These three foals are all waiting to find their new best friends-you! They each come with a blanket for themselves and a bracelet for you to show how much they appreciate your friendship.

Scooter is a beautiful palomino pinto foal who’s bright golden coat is accented with white pinto markings. He’s happily frolicking through the pasture as he explores his new long legs. He wears a blue and green star blanket that keeps his new baby coat warm in the sometimes chilly spring air.

Sweet Pea is a sweet little filly that has a beautiful shaded black coat. She calmly stands, looking around for a new friend, as she learns all about her new world. She wears a purple plaid sheet that matches her black coat beautifully.

Rocky, is a chestnut leopard Appaloosa filly with beautiful roan shadings and bright chestnut spots. His three spots and blaze peek out under his blue and green swirl striped blanket.

So, which will be your new best friend? But remember, there’s nothing saying you can only have one best friend!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Wind Dancers

February 18, 2016

The fanciful Wind Dancers have been lighting up imaginations of Breyer collectors for many years. These beautiful fantasy horses bring a whimsical quality to Golden Oak Stables that is unlike any horses before them. Now, two new Wind Dancers have fluttered in for 2016, and are waiting to meet you!

Kohilo and Aura are two beautiful new Wind Dancers that are fluttering into the 2016 lineup at Golden Oak Stables. These two lovely ladies are the latest addition to Breyer’s most fanciful line, and standing about five inches tall, without their wings, they are a wonderful scale unlike no other!

Kohilo is a stunning pink and lavender horse that is rearing up with great excitement. Her large gossamer wings flicker in the light in matching shades of pink and purple. She comes with a storybook of her own telling the story of how she loves music and soft breezes, like the Hawaiian wind she was named after.

Aura is a beauty in blue and loves winter. This icy beauty shimmers in a dusty shade of blue throughout her body and her wings glisten in shades of purple, blue and pink! She comes with a storybook that tells her story.

These two beauties have caught a wind into Golden Oak Stables, will you open your barn doors and let them flutter into your stable?



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Breyer Horse Accessories: Sarah Event Rider

February 15, 2016

Horses may seem like an obvious choice when it comes to new additions to your Breyer collection but horses need companions too! There are quite a few riders in the Breyer stable to accompany your horses on a multitude of adventures and to all kinds of events, but a new rider is in town for 2016 and ready to take your horses to new eventing heights!

Three day eventing is an intense sport where horse and rider undertake three days of intense competition starting off with classical dressage. The second day is a grueling cross country ride and the third day finishes up with a precise and difficult show jumping finale.

Sarah, the newest rider to visit Golden Oak Stables, comes dressed for the second day of competition. Her cross country outfit includes a pair of tan breeches, a knit shirt, a protective vest, and a matching helmet. Protection is important for all phases of competition, but this one in particular due to the rough terrain that cross country is completed over. She also brings along a tote bag that can carry all of her essentials from the stable to the course.

Do you have an eventing superstar in your stable? Maybe there’s one just waiting to be discovered. With the right rider, anything is possible!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Rock and Roll Forever

February 11, 2016

Breyer decorators are collected and loved by so many. Their bold colors and fanciful designs make them both exciting and beautiful. New for 2016, there’s a Classic galloping into Golden Oak Stables that takes it to another level!

Decorator is a term used by collectors to describe Breyer models that are not realistic in color. These horses, painted with decorative finishes, can be a myriad of colors, from bright and bold, to faux woodgrain, to antiqued finishes. These models have a huge following among collectors, and since many are limited in release, highly prized for their rarity.

Rock and Roll Forever is the third release in a line of decorator Classics, but the first to feature a stunning clear plastic body! Created on a galloping Quarter Horse, this spunky stallion is full of spirit just like his rock and roll theme. His light purple plastic gives him the ultimate illusion of art and makes him appear delicate and beautiful. Across his body, a scrolled design with a guitar in the center flanks his side and delicate shading throughout his body makes him shimmer and shine in the most special of ways!

Have room on your shelf for a little decorator? He’s the perfect way to start a decorator collection, or to add to!



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Breyer Horse Collecting: What Is Your Favorite Model?

February 8, 2016

A collection is almost always carefully curated by the owner to be filled with things that make them happy. In this process, items are added to a collection that appeal to the collector in one way or another, so of course, ¬†there’s bound to be a little bit of favoritism in the mix somewhere!

When you look over your collection, what feelings are you filled with? You’re probably filled with some happiness and pride, like most collectors. It’s a common feeling to feel happy by the sight of something you love, and for Breyer collectors, this means their horses.

As you look further into your collection, you probably start to remember adding certain horses to your collection more than other, or a special gift or experience, of course these horses are bound to stand out a little bit more. Perhaps you’ve attended a live show where your model has brought home a ribbon, or you’ve taken an outstanding photograph of another, or maybe a certain model just reminds you of a real horse you love. No matter what the reason, there’s bound to be a horse or two in your collection that are special to only you for a special reason.

Hold tight to those special horses as you make room for others. These favorite horses may change over time, but the memories they hold will last a lifetime. So, what is your favorite horse? What makes it so special?



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Breyer Horse Collecting: Different Types Of Models

February 4, 2016

When many of us first started collecting, it seemed like the biggest type of variation in Breyer horses was the size. From Micro Mini to Traditional, scale is the most common way to tell many Breyers apart, but did you know that Breyer horses come in a variety of materials too, and the differences may be even bigger than the tiny and large sizes Breyers come in.

Traditional and Classic Breyer horses are made of a plastic that we all know and can recognize very well. With little variation, this plastic has been used for the last sixty years to make the Breyer horses we all know so well. In the 1990’s Stablemates and Paddock Pals were switched over to a lighter weight plastic that is very similar but slightly different, and they are still made from that today!¬†When the Breyer Mini Whinnies were introduced, yet another plastic came to collectors, this one a bit more flexible, and better suited for the tiny scale.

Aside from plastic models, Breyer has also created models of a few other materials. Porcelain and china Breyer horses have been released as special editions and have quickly become collectors favorites. These delicate materials give Breyer horses a unique and timeless look. Resin has also been used in many different forms, even in recent years. Collectors will recognize the Breeds of The World resins and the new Breyer American Pharoah resin that is expected to join Golden Oak Stables shortly!

No matter what the material, Breyer horses are beautiful as can be. What different types of models do you have in your collection?


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Breyer Horse Activities: Horse Crazy Treasure Box

February 1, 2016

Every horse lover expresses their love for horses in one way or another. Breyer collectors have found ways to express their love through their intricate collections, to replicating the real horse experience through model horse showing. One of the most fulfilling ways is finding a way to get creative that involves horses. Golden Oak Stables and Breyer has a new set that is sure to get any horse crazy person excited and stroke their creative juices!

The Horse Crazy Treasure Box is a fun addition to the collection of Breyer activities that is just waiting for your creative touch. This lovely treasure box is only waiting for you to make it perfect. The set starts off with a white treasure box that is outlined with a scene of horses in the pasture along the sides and a cameo of a horse on the lid. The inside is lined with a soft blue lining and a large mirror.

Six markers and 97 jewels await you to bring the box to life. With your creative touch, you can bring the scenes and cameo of the beautiful horses that prance around the box to life. Jewel accents will give your box a stunning shine that you design!

What will you put in your treasure box? It’s all up to you! Bring your imagination and ideas, because it’s waiting just for you!


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