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: 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 Live Showing: Keeping Track Of Your Models

August 24, 2015

When you attend a live show the excitement of the day can get the best of anyone, even experienced showers. Keeping track of your models is important because as the day goes on, things can get chaotic without proper planning. With a few simple steps you can stay organized and keep track of your models on show day!

Most live showers will tell you, if you’re an OF Halter shower (Meaning showing original finish Breyers as they come direct from the factory), chances are, they’ll be more than one of any particular model on the table. Often times there are half a dozen or more! This can get confusing quickly, especially if they are close together or you have other classes going on at the same time. There’s hardly a show that goes by that a model doesn’t get picked up mistakenly.

When preparing for a show there’s a few things you can do to make sure you take home the right model at the end of the day. A list of show horses will help you keep inventory of your models so that you come home with everyone you brought. Making a list including what classes they are showing in will help you keep track of your horses as the day goes on. Before you leave for the day check your list against the models you are packing up to make sure everyone’s there.

What happens if you pick up someone else’s model? Or someone picks up yours? This can be remedied easily by letting the show holder know, these mistakes happen often. You can take an extra step and mark your tags in a unique way that will help you notice your models quickly or deter someone else from accidentally grabbing yours. Just make sure you follow the rules of the show when it comes to tagging!

As always, Golden Oak Stables helps you get ready in and out of the show ring, and with a little preparation your models will enjoy a fun show day along with you!


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Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest 2015 Shows

July 16, 2015

Each year Breyer lovers come from all over the world to compete in shows over the Breyerfest weekend. For many, these shows are the epitome of model horse competition and for many more, the idea of competing among competition from all over the world is too much to pass up. Whatever the reason, the Breyerfest shows stand out among others!

Thursday starts off with a Breyerfest show unique as it is intriguing. Breakables at Breyerfest Live is a model horse show is a show that is only for, as the name states, breakable horses. Breakables are known to many as being porcelain and ceramic horses that of course, are easily broken. This unique show takes place at the Clarion Hotel, the host hotel for Breyerfest, and brings the most delicate of models together.

Friday plays host to the Breyerfest Open Show, arguably the most competitive show in the world. Thousands of horses will come from all over to compete for honors of champion and even fewer spots as grand champion. The Open Show takes place at the Kentucky Horse Park from sunup until the evening. This long day of competition is always one to go into the record books.

Saturday young collectors gather to compete and learn at the Breyerfest Children and Youth Show in the same space the open showers competed just a day earlier. This show is similar in size but a great place for young collectors to learn about showing and about their models. Young collectors can get a taste of model horse showing while learning so much as they compete with their models!

Do you have a show string that could compete at Breyerfest? It’s something to consider the next time you choose a new model from Golden Oak Stables. Will he be the next Breyerfest Champion?


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Breyer Horse Showing: North American Nationals 2015

June 29, 2015

The North American Nationals is the pinnacle of model horse showing for the North American countries. Each year, thousands of models and many, many collectors, travel far and wide to have their chance at a national championship. With this level of competition, it’s obvious that any placing is an honor, and for the winners this weekend, it clearly was!

NAMHSA and NAN celebrated their 20th anniversary this year. Formed in the mid 1990’s, NAMHSA is the organization that so many model horse hobbyists are familiar with. NAMHSA governs over NAN qualifying shows, and from those shows, horses are qualified to show at the national show once a year. On even years, the show is held in Kentucky in the days preceding Breyerfest. On odd years, the North American Nationals travels to a location somewhere else in the country. In recent years NAN has been held in Tuscon, Arizona, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and this year in Palm Springs, California! This is the first time in many years that NAN was held in California and the enthusiasm from the local crowd was clear early on!

With over 4000 models entered and nearly 125 entrants, NAN Palm Springs was sure to be three days filled with fierce competition. Large competitive halter classes made for stiff competition on day one and the same could be said on days two and three for custom and collectibility entries. The stiff competition and amazing models made a championship and a top ten placing something to be truly proud of!

Do you have any models qualified for the North American Nationals? The next time you pick a model from Golden Oak Stables you may be choosing the next NAN champion! Who will you pick?


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Breyer Horse Events: Preparing For Live Show Season

May 7, 2015

Show season is in full swing for both real and model horses all over the world! Horse lovers from all over celebrate the warm spring and summer weather by competing with their faithful companions and collections in competitions that stretch far and wide. Veteran and novice live showers can both benefit from a little preparation going into show season and can reap the benefits of that preparation too!

Live showing has been a staple of the model horse hobby since the 1970’s and while a lot has changed over those years, much more hasn’t. These gatherings are places to meet with other collectors and compete with your horses. You can often buy, sell and trade at these events too and even just visit to look at the beautiful horses and competition.

Another thing hasn’t changed is the level of time and care so many put into their live show string. A little preparation can prepare you for an entire year of showing! A good first place to start is to look over your collection and decide who you would like to show for the upcoming year. Making a plan will help you pack effectively and to not overwhelm yourself with too many horses at the show. Picking your very best models, or even your newest models are often popular choices, but sometimes bringing old favorites out can be a fun experience as well.

Once you have your horses picked, giving them a good bath and checking them for any damage will help them to look their best, even if you don’t have a show for a few weeks. Be sure to dust your horses before packing and always before placing them on the table.

If you know what shows you’ll be attending, or if your area uses a tag system, you can prepare your tags or note cards for your upcoming shows. Many shows use the same formats, so you may only need to make one set of tags for your horses for the entire year! Be sure to read the instructions fully for each show you plan on attending to be sure!

That’s just the start, packing a live show emergency kit, starting a record keeping journal and making contact with other collectors in your area will all make your live show experience something to remember and also so much less stressful. What tips do you have to be prepared when the time comes for a live show?


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Breyer Horse Live Showing: What To Bring To A Show

April 6, 2015

Entering your first model horse show can be intimidating, but with a little preparation you can be as ready as the pros to bring your horses out for a day of friendly competition. The right things at your disposal can help your day move smoothly and give you all the confidence you need to put your horses in the ring.

Planning for the big show day is of course, the most important step in any live show lovers plan. Picking horses might seem like the best way to plan, but also planning for what you might need throughout the day will help you not to stress and to put your horses in the best light possible.

Important Things To Bring:

1. A copy of the live show packet

2. Blank tags in case your model loses one or you want to add a new horse to your show string

3.  Any reference material you will be using for the show or may use including collectors guides and breed books

4. Extra packing material, in case a new horse comes home with you

5. Pens, a notebook, and business cards if you have them, to connect with new friends

6. Sticky Wax, pliers can come in handy for performance showers

7. A bit of acrylic paint and a brush for last minute touch ups

8. Food, snacks and a plan for lunch (Be sure to check out nearby restaurants)

9. A folder to keep any winnings in

10. A special notebook or chart to keep track of all of your placings for the day

Do you have anything in your live show kit that you couldn’t live without? What makes your live show day go smoothly?


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Breyer Horse Live Showing: Packing For A Show

April 2, 2015

Model horse showing is one the most exciting aspects of the model horse hobby and beloved by so many collectors from the first time they place a model in the ring. The excitement and fun of a show can make for a great time, but a little preparation can go a far way when it comes to model horse showing, and can make a day far less stressful and much more fun!

As soon as you decide to attend a model horse show, it’s a good idea to print out all of the forms and information and give it a good read over. From there you can take a look at the class list and start planning for which horses you’ll be bringing to the show. Choosing and packing your show string is the most important part of your show preparation and doing it with care can make your show day run seamlessly.

The first thing you will want to do is dust or give a warm water bath to all of your models that are dusty. Models, just like real horses, are expected to be clean and tidy in the ring. Next, take a look at the show rules and see what type of identification your horses will need. Most shows use tags or cards to identify horses on the table. It is very important to follow the instructions fully for tags or cards as this is how a judge will mark your horse’s placings down.

Once you have your horses chosen, cleaned and marked, you’ll want to start packing. Sturdy boxes or plastic totes are great options for transporting, just make sure that your container will travel easily for you. Wrap each model in a soft cloth or Pony Pouch to prevent them from rubbing against the horses next to them, and make sure not to overstuff your container or you’ll risk breakage! Once everyone is snug and well packed, all that’s left to do is wait!

Are you prepared for live showing? Golden Oak Stables has Pony Pouches and a myriad of models to get you started, and with a little prep, you can be in the winner’s circle!


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Breyer Horse Showing: Fall Foliage Is Just Around The Corner!

September 26, 2013

Cool air is blowing in and holidays are right around the corner but you have one more chance this year to get out to Golden Oak Stables  on October 12th to show off your models and compete with other collectors for a chance at those coveted blue ribbons and NAN cards!

Fall Foliage is the perfect chance to bring your Breyer horses out to show  the world how versatile and wonderful Breyer horses really are!

In the Original Finish classes you’ll see new and old alike showing Breyer’s wide range of horses from the past 60 years! These tend to be some of the largest classes and the competition is stiff, any ribbon is truly an honor! One neat thing about the Original Finish classes is that there will be two judges evaluating your horse. The Breed judge will be looking for the horse that is most realistic.  The Collectibility judge will also be judging on a different set of criteria that ranks models by how rare and desirable they are! So, while a horse might not be the most realistic, it might just be the rarest and end up with that coveted blue ribbon!

The custom classes are sure to be filled with astonishing creations from entrants and artists alike and the extensive classlist gives you specialized classes to enter your customs in, so bring one and all! Another great part is that there will be two judges for the Custom division! One judge will be judging on Breed standards and another will be judging on Workmanship. A Workmanship judge evaluates horses on a different set of standards as the breed judge and will place the horses based on how well done the customization, paint and prepping was done on the model, not how realistic or well the horse fits the breed. It makes classes very interesting and rewards horses on two completely separate levels!

All the classes are NAN Qualifying meaning that any horse that places 1st or 2nd is qualified for the North American Nationals! Don’t miss your chance to compete with the best of the best and spend a fun and exciting day with Golden Oak Stables!


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Breyer Horse Showing: All About Judging

September 2, 2013

Many people have given live model horse showing a try once, but even if you haven’t, you might wonder just how it’s done. It seems odd to be able to judge a table full of plastic horses against one another, but once you see things from the judges eyes, it’s very easy to see how and why it’s done.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to showing your Breyer horses is that each one is hand painted. This leaves lots of room for variations between horses. These variations can range anywhere from the shade of the horse to painting details in the eyes to large variations like glossy and matte. This makes the job of judging both fun and hard. You’ll notice judges spend a a great deal of time looking at the details of each individual horse, and if you have the chance to see a class with a bunch of the same models in it, things can get very interesting! These classes can be very difficult for a judge to evaluate but can produce some of the most interesting results!

Judges will mainly evaluate the horse on how close to it’s real life counterpart it is. Things like anatomy and bio-mechanics are important to model horse showing and can be the difference between taking a ribbon home and not. Model horse judges follow the same standards as the real horse breeds the models are portraying, so a judge is looking for the same things in the Quarter Horse class for both real and model horses!

The last thing that comes often into play is condition. You want to make sure your models are free of rubs, dust and other flaws when you choose which ones to bring, this is often the make or break factor when choosing between horses, so bring only your best! Some judges will allow some leeway for vintage models, but it’s always best to bring only your most well cared for models!

Now that you know what the judge is looking for, why not give it a shot yourself? There’s always an opportunity at Golden Oak Stables!

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