Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest Live 2016

July 28, 2016

One of the most exciting parts of Breyerfest is the competition that comes with the model horse shows that come along with it. This year was especially special with the North American Nationals happening in Lexington, which meant, the competition at other shows were even more fierce!

The largest show in the world, Breyerfest Live took place on the first day of Breyerfest and it was not only an opportunity to compete but to also see models that you may have only heard about in rumors! The rarest of the rare, the most elusive customs and the most impressive original finish models all came to compete in Lexington for a chance in the winner’s circle.

This show is unlike so many others, and actually operates like six shows in one with all of the different divisions and classes. There were hundreds of classes that over six thousand horses competed in for a chance at the elusive blue ribbon. There is no doubt about it, this is some of the most competitive competition in the world!

So sit back with Golden Oak Stables and enjoy just a few of the many impressive scenes from Breyerfest Live 2016













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Breyer Horse Events: Scenes From Around Breyerfest 2016

July 25, 2016

The heat was hot in Lexington Kentucky both temperature wise and with the fun that Breyerfest Carnival brought! The crowds were thick and the horses were beautiful and impressive all around. So sit back with Golden Oak Stables and enjoy some scenes from around Breyerfest 2016!


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Breyer Horse Events: Scenes From NAN 2016

July 21, 2016

The North American Nationals is in its final day and as competition wraps up, take a minute to look through some photos of the first two days. Competition has been fierce and each class has been filled to the brim with amazing horses that will take anyone’s breath away. The top tens and national champions that have been awarded are well earned and will be remembered for years to come! Come along with Golden Oak Stables to the North American Nationals 2016!
















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Breyer Horse Events: The Biggest Week In Model Horses!

July 18, 2016

It’s that time of year, the most exciting for model horse fans around the world, Breyerfest is here! But what makes this week even more exciting is the North American Nationals is coming to Lexington too, making it an incredible week full of model horse fun!

Once a year the North American Model Horse Showers Association holds a show to name the national champions in model horse showing. This year, the show comes to Lexington Kentucky in the days leading up to Breyerfest. For three days, thousands of horses will compete for hundreds of top tens, champions and reserve champions under the most experienced judges in the world. There’s also a yearly meeting that will announce the winner of the Member Show Of The Year and the newly elected members of the Board Of Directors!

Friday begins Breyerfest proper, and this year a Carnivale theme is getting everyone excited for the Olympics and Brazil! With a brand new sculpture for the celebration model, three model horse shows, contests and more, it’s no surprise that tickets for the weekend have sold out! There’s seminars, workshops, pony rides and that doesn’t even begin to consider the amazing Kentucky Horse Park itself! It’s a horse lover’s paradise!

Lexington is the place to be this week, but Golden Oak Stables will be taking you there from the comfort of your home. So sit back, relax and come to Kentucky with us!



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Real Life Breyer Horses: American Pharoah’s Retirement

July 14, 2016


The retired life is a plush one for a champion like American Pharoah. Now residing in Versailles Kentucky at Ashford Stud, he is living the life while breeding the next champions on the track and entertaining visitors from all around the world! Golden Oak Stables visited and brings it to you! Even if you can’t visit American Pharoah yourself, you can bring home one of the amazing Breyer horses produced in his likeness and have a memory of this incredible champion all for your own!















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Breyer Horse Events: North American Nationals 2016

July 11, 2016

Each year competitors come from around the world to compete in the North American Nationals hosted by the North American Model Horse Showers Association. This three day event is the epitome of competition in the model horse world and awards champions that will be known the world over!

For 21 years, the North American Model Horse Showers Association, or NAMHSA has been awarding champions. Horses can qualify for the North American Nationals, NAN as it’s commonly referred to, by showing in NAN qualifying shows and placing either first or second place in a qualifying class. Horses that qualify are awarded a card that can be used to enter NAN!

The North American Nationals has three days of competition that encompass all aspects of the model horse world. The first day brings competition for original finish models and performance for custom models. The next day original finish models can show in performance classes and custom models can show in breed classes. The third day is full of collectibility classes and classes for fragile china horses! Just about any model horse can be shown at NAN if it’s earned a card!

In these three days, hundreds of horses will be awarded with a prestigious title of National Champion, National Reserve Champion or Top Ten. These models will forever be known as champions!

Golden Oak Stables is always ready to bring you your next champion, so who will you choose next?


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Breyer Horse Customizing: Where To Start

July 7, 2016

Customizing your Breyers is one of the treasured pastimes of collectors, and one that evolved decades ago along with the hobby. Creating your own dream models goes hand in hand with creating, and as collectors have found out all  too well, the only limits are your imagination!

It can seem overwhelming to start customizing, with so many options where do you start? Well, picking a horse to paint from is always a good idea. Finding a reference picture of what you would like to create is an important step that can help you on the way to success, and even better if you can have pictures of both sides of the horse! Photos will help you as you begin to paint and can help keep your work as realistic as possible!

Before you begin painting, you’ll need to make the choice of what model and materials you are going to use. Paints are an obvious first choice, but there are options like pastels or etching, in addition to the choice between acrylic paints and oil paints. Acrylic paints are great for first time customizers because they are easy to work with and to clean up.

What model you will paint is the final step, and can be a tough choice. Picking a model that resembles your reference horse is important, and picking a scale you are comfortable with helps as well. Golden Oak Stables has a myriad of Activity Kits that can get you started on your journey into customizing, and they include everything you’ll need to complete your first horse!

So what’s stopping you? Are you ready to let the artist in you out?


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Breyer Horse Collecting: Mid Year New Mold Roundup!

July 5, 2016

One of the most exciting parts of collecting is new models, but even more exciting is the release of a new mold! This year, a ton of new molds have come to Golden Oak Stables and are galloping all over the world to collectors who are anxious to add these amazing new horses to their collections. So, let’s take a look at what Breyer has released for 2016 and give your wish list a few new additions.

Svali Fra Tjorn is one of the newest molds to be released, this little Icelandic Pony is unlike any mold before it and is sculpted by the beloved Kathleen Moody. Banks Vanilla is a one of a kind mold that is sculpted by first time Breyer sculptor, Sarah Minkiewicz who has been well known in the model horse hobby for decades for her incredible customs and resins. Now Breyer collectors have a chance at one of her amazing works of art! Cortez C is a stunning example of a sport horse with his calm demeanor and alert expression.

From the shores of the British Isles, Carltonlima Emma is a portrait of the Queen’s own Fell Pony! Well known to many equestrians and horse lovers, ¬†Valegro is the stunning dressage champion that has taken the world by storm. Now, a new Breyer mold, he is taking the model horse world by storm! Last, but certainly not least, Brunello brings a new twist to a well known mold. Now featuring a perfectly braided mane and tail, this warmblood is unlike any seen before!

Which new molds have you added to your stable? Who is next on your wish list?



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