Breyer Horse New Releases: Bandera

March 27, 2017

The Quarter Horse is one of America’s most iconic breeds and also one of the most popular. The are countless Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse lovers all over the world, and just as many Breyer collectors that love the breed. New for 2017, Golden Oak Stables brings you a new mold and a new release that is all Quarter Horse!

Bandera is a new type of decorator, and one that we’ve never seen anything like before! This beautiful rust colored metallic decorator is the first release of a new Quarter Horse mold from Breyer, and a stunning one at that! He stands calmly with a docile and placid personality, a trait the breed is well known for.

His bright metallic coat has been covered with symbols of the west, ranch brands that so many Quarter Horses proudly wear. These symbols are a history of the breed and the work that they do every day on ranches, farms and all over. The Quarter Horse is a true working breed, not just a show horse, and Bandera is a reminder of that long history!

Are you a Quarter Horse lover? Maybe you have a dozen Quarter Horses already in your collection, or maybe this will be your first one, either way, Bandera is a perfect symbol of all things Quarter Horse.

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


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


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