Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest 2016

June 30, 2016

Breyerfest is the annual festival celebrating both the horse and our love of model horses. This year celebrates both the 27th year for Breyerfest as well as the country of Brazil and the celebration of Carnival!

Brazil is a perfect choice for Breyerfest for two reasons, not only is the country rich in equestrian history, it also is playing host to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. This year, equestrians and other athletes will descend on Rio to compete for the gold metal. Collectors will descend on Lexington, KY in July for a celebration of model horses with a Brazilian twist!

Collectors can compete in their own version of the Olympics with the North American Nationals that lead up to Breyerfest in the days before the event. Then collectors can compete in either an open or children’s model horse show during Breyerfest. These shows are some of the toughest in the world, and just like the Olympic Games will declare champions on all levels!

In addition there are exceptional guest horses, workshops, seminars and the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park to thrill guests for three full days in the Kentucky Bluegrass. No matter what you enjoy as a hobbyist there’s events and activities that will fill your time in Kentucky with wonderful memories!

Golden Oak Stables will bring you the coverage from Breyerfest to you, so even if you can’t be there, you can experience it yourself!


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Breyer Horse Collecting: Bringing A New Collector Into The Fold

June 27, 2016

Sharing your collection is something that all collectors love to do.  Opening your collection to friends, family, other collectors, are all things that collectors love to do, and have pride in. But what about new collectors?

Collectors all start somewhere, where did you get your start? Many people have very fond memories of their first Breyer horse and where they got it from. Wandering the halls of a toy store? Handed down from a family member? A gift under the tree on Christmas morning? All of these, and so many more, are ways that collectors get their start with Breyers!

What about new collectors though? Do you have any friends or family that are horse lovers? Maybe a child that is just waiting for their first Breyer? Starting a collector can be one of the most fulfilling and happy things for a collector to do! Picking a model that will be beloved seems like a tedious process, but by taking the person’s likes and dislikes into consideration, you can pick one easily! Collectors favorites like Misty and Stormy are always good choices if you need somewhere to start. No matter which you pick, chances are that their first Breyer will be beloved no matter what for many years to come!

Are you ready to start a collection for someone? Golden Oak Stables has the right Breyer horse for everyone. It’s up to you to pick!


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Breyer Horses Activities: Scribbles Color and Wash Pony

June 23, 2016

Summer is a fun time for fun and activities, and there’s no better time to dive into some fun with your Breyers! There’s tons of ways that you can play with them, but with a little creativity you can open up even more doors into the world of Breyer, and all the fun that comes with it!

Breyers don’t always need to be serious or realistic, and that’s especially true with the Scribbles Color and Wash Pony. This lovely little mare is the perfect way to bring your creativity and love for horses together in one fun activity. This purple plush filly is a lovely canvas to begin your artistic journey. Her pink mane and tail are bright and created in a rag doll fashion. Her bright and bold eyes are friendly and kind and her big white blaze is just waiting for your creative touch!

She comes to Golden Oak Stables with two double sided markers that can be used all over her fanciful coat. You can bring anything your imagination can desire to her with a creative touch that is all your own. Then, once you are done, toss her in the wash and start all over again! The fun doesn’t stop!

Scribbles is waiting for you to give her a new creative design, what will you start with?


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Breyer Horse Collecting: What’s In A Name?

June 20, 2016

Just like in any real stable, every Breyer horse needs a name. Some come with names, and others are famous horses whose name is one we all recognize, but either way a horse needs a name.

Many horses from Golden Oak Stables come with a name, which makes it easy as a collector to keep track of who’s who, but what happens if they don’t come with a name of their very own? Or if you don’t think it suits them? The only thing stopping you is your own imagination! Creating your own stable names for your horses can help you not only connect with your collection, but also to organize it and personalize it. By naming your horses you’ll get to know your models better than anyone else! If you ever intend to attend a show with your models, you’ll need to name them, so you’ll be ready when your horses head to the show!

But how do you pick a name? The possibilities are honestly endless, you can start wherever your imagination will take you! Some collectors give their horses a stable prefix, just like real horses. Other’s let their imagination take hold and use names of fantasy horses, characters, or other beloved names. You can start anywhere your heart takes you, there’s no limit on how you can name your models, or what kind of names you can choose! The only limit is you!

What kind of names grace your stables? Maybe it’s time to shake things up in the stables with a new name or two? What’s stopping you?




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Breyer Horse Collecting: Storing Your Models

June 16, 2016

Breyer collections are often large, and many times grow over the years to great sizes. As your collection grows, you might find that you may need to store some, or all of it for one reason or another. Storing it properly will ensure that when the time does come to take them out, they’ll be as pristine as when you put them away.

The first thing you need to think about when storing your models, is will it be a short term or a long term storage? A short term storage could be for something like moving, or rearranging, or maybe just packing up for a couple months to remodel. A longer term storage could be for several years and will need to be treated a little bit differently.

No matter which you choose, your first step is always to gently clean your models with a dust rag or a wet cloth. This will get anything off of your models that could potentially damage them. Once your models are clean, wrapping them in clean, light colored tee shirts, fabric or towels will keep them protected. Bubble wrap can be used, but shouldn’t be used for long term storage or for storage that might be exposed to extreme temperatures. This can cause the bubble wrap to ruin the model.

Once your models are all packed up, you will need to put them in some kind of container. Cardboard boxes are safe, but make sure they are sturdy and away from any type of moisture. You can also use plastic storage totes, but you’ll want to make sure that there is some air flow to the models so that they can breathe, especially for long term storage.

Taking care of your collection is easy, and storing it can be easy too! Golden Oak Stables is always happy to help keep your collection growing and safe!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Brunello

June 13, 2016

Breyer is no stranger to champions, for decades they have been the epitome of horse portraits and the honor is not wasted on their newest portrait! Celebrating a hunter champion, Golden Oak Stables welcomes Brunello!

Brunello is a superstar of the Hunter Derby world and now makes his way to Breyer collectors for mid-year 2016! This 18 year old Hanovarian gelding ridden by Liz Towell Boyd has a talent that has earned many titles in his career. He has won the USHJA Hunter Derby an astonishing three times in a row. This feat was not left unnoticed when he was awarded USEF’s Horse Of The Year not once, but twice!

Fitting for such an amazing horse, his portrait model is produced on a mold with a unique twist for the first time ever. The popular Idocus mold was chosen for this champion and rightly so, but a twist in the form of a new mane and tail are all his! His braided mane and tail are all you’d expect from a hunter champion and make him ready to step into the show ring. His lovely chestnut color with delicate shadings has been produced perfectly and his star and brand are the finishing details on this astonishing horse!

Is your stable ready for a new champion? Clear out a stall and sweep up the aisle, because Brunello is in town!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: National Reining Horse 50th Anniversary

June 10, 2016

The different ways that man and horse have competed has changed and evolved over the years. These competitions have mimicked work that man and horse have done and continue to do even today. Reining is one of these sports that shows the connection between man and horse and along with Breyer they are celebrating 50 years of reining history!

Formed in 1966 The National Reining Horse Association has set the standard for the sport of reining in the last fifty years. Reining is a Western competition that gives horses and riders the difficult task of working through a precise pattern mimicking the intricate ways a horse moves during cattle work. The test is completed at both the lope and the gallop and show the versatility of these incredible horses!

Breyer’s National Reining Horse helps to celebrate 50 years of this incredible sport! This Classic scale model is sliding into Golden Oak Stables and is ready to head into your barn. His deep sorrel coat color is stunning and flashy without being overstated. As he sides in the ring you’ll notice his concentration and precision to the task at hand, like any good reining horse!

Bring a bit of Western history to your barn with this new Classic that is sure to liven things up in your arena!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Svali Fra Tjorn

June 6, 2016

Breyer and Golden Oak Stables have always opened the stable doors to horses all over the world, but the latest addition to the stable brings a whole new kind of horse to collectors!

Hailing from the Nordic Island nation of Iceland the Icelandic horse is a breed that is truly unique as can be. This small horse breed is unlike any other with it’s unique Tolt gait that only it possesses! Some even have a fifth gait, called a flying pace! The Icelandic horse is the national horse of Iceland and the only breed to exist on the island.

Svali Fra Tjorn is an exceptional example of his breed and one of the highest ranking stallions in the United States. This gorgeous stallion is a member of the famed Knights Of Iceland performance team and has received the highest rankings from the International Icelandic Breed Evaluations.

His sandy bay color is beautifully recreated on a brand new mold sculpted by the collector favorite Kathleen Moody! The first regular run of this beautiful new sculpture brings the epitome of the breed together with Breyer’s artistry for a match made in model horse heaven!

So clear out a stall and some room in the paddock, this new horse is on the move, and ready to head into your stables!


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Breyer Horse New Releases: Poltergeist Halloween Horse

June 2, 2016

Breyer has always had a knack for creating beautiful model horses, both real and fantasy as well as wonderful horses that celebrate holidays in an equine way. This year, a new Halloween horse is galloping in with a frighteningly scary twist! The Breyer Halloween horses have always been a favorite among collectors and have been clamoring for a new addition year after year. Collectors can rejoice with Golden Oak Stables as a new Halloween Horse enters the stables!

Poltergeist is the latest in a series of scary and spooky Halloween horses from Breyer. This galloping Thoroughbred most recently was seen as American Pharoah, but now takes on a chilling twist. This black and white pinto has a surprise hidden in his coat, a skeleton that is stretched down his back! Then when the sun goes down there’s another big surprise in store for collectors, his white markings turn a creepy shade of green and glow in the dark!

Is your collection spooky enough to add this terrifying horse to it? Will your stable be able to handle such a scary horse? You’ll have to bring him into your barn and find out. But don’t wait too long, there’s only a small quantity available, and when they are gone, they’re gone!


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