Breyer Horse Collecting: Where To Start?

October 5, 2015

Starting a collection is an exciting occasion for anyone, but starting a new Breyer collection is one to be celebrated. Whether is is the first horse in your collection, or the first horse in a collection you are starting for someone else, choosing the right first horse is exciting and important!

Nearly every Breyer collector remembers their first horse, and many of them cherish them and hold onto them many years later. The memories of your first Breyer are special, so of course choosing the first one is important. With so many Breyers, there’s many places you can start!

Picking a favorite breed is one place to start, and can make for a lovely way to start a collection. With dozens of different breeds available at any one time, chances are, your favorite breed has a model. You can also choose from a host of famous horses to start a collection. From equestrian superstars to famous literary stars, the horse hall of fame lives in Breyer form! If your collector is younger, there’s Pony Gals and Plush to start filling their collection with that they can also play with for years to come.

Golden Oak Stables is proud to help you start or continue your collection with a myriad of models that are always exciting and make you feel like a new collector every single time you open that iconic yellow box!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: Getting Involved

September 24, 2015

One of the best parts of collecting Breyer horses is that you have the chance to interact with them in so many different ways! There’s also the possibility to meet other collectors and all of the fun things that come along with connecting with others that have the same passion as you. Have you taken the time to try to get involved with the hobby?

One of the most common ways to get involved with your models and other collectors is through showing. Photo showing, or live showing are two ways that you can not only compete with your models, but also connect with other collectors. One step further is to find a way to help with live and photo shows. Volunteering to help is always deeply appreciated, and you’ll find that you’ll make plenty of new friends with just the offer of help. Holding your own shows is also a great way to meet other collectors and to help others have a fun time in the hobby.

You might be surprised to hear that getting creative with your models, through customizing, tack making and prop making is also a great way to get involved. Your own creative endeavors are a great way to open the door to talking with other collectors and meeting ones with similar interests to your own. You’ll also find many live and photo shows are anxious for help from talented artists, so don’t be afraid to reach out that way too!

You can always browse the Golden Oak Stables Stable News archives for ideas, but there really is no bad place to start getting involved. So start today, and find a whole new meaning to your collection!

 

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Stablemates: Deluxe Stable Set

September 17, 2015

Creating your own stable and farm is one of many ways you can enjoy your Breyer collection, and for many years collectors have been using their creativity to create elaborate scenes. Golden Oak Stables brings you a set for your Stablemates that will have you well on your way to building your own Stablemate world!

The new Deluxe Stable Set brings your Stablemates a set unlike anything ever before. This red barn is the ultimate accessory for any stablemate lover and the perfect way to start, or continue your Stablemate world! This amazing barn is new for fall 2015 and brings the excitement of having your own stable to your collection.

It’s flip top design is unique and gives you access to all parts of the barn. Seven stalls, each with realistic sliding doors, are the perfect home for your prized Stablemates. Next to the stalls is the perfect spot to store equipment, which the stable is loaded with! Fencing, hay bales, a water trough and more are all included! There’s even a red roan pony and a grey Peruvian Paso to get your stable started with a few equine super stars!

Bringing a whole new level to the Stablemate collector world, the Deluxe Stable Set is the ultimate Stablemate accessory. Which of your Stablemates will have the honor of boarding there?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Real Life Breyer Horses: American Pharoah

September 3, 2015

Horse lovers around the world have fallen in love with a bay stallion with a lot of heart. In just a few short months a horse has taken the world by storm and made a household name for himself all while making his way in to the history books! Now, Golden Oak Stables brings collectors everything they have been wishing for!

Just a few short months ago, American Pharoah was a relative unknown, an early favorite for the Kentucky Derby, but still not much different than any of the three year old horses that showed up to race that day. With expert training behind him and a pedigree that caught more than a few fans attention, American Pharoah was an early favorite, but he would come to surprise even his biggest early fans.

With his first win in the Kentucky Derby, chatter of a Triple Crown started, and with a win in the Preakness is grew until he came around the stretch at the Belmont with little effort to win the first Triple Crown in nearly four decades!

Breyer collectors instantly hoped for a model of this amazing horse, a way to celebrate the first Triple Crown winner since the 1970’s, and now, Breyer has answered!

Created on the Ruffian mold, American Pharoah comes to collectors in a fully stretched gallop, headed towards the finish. His deep bay color is recognizable to all and his specially created base commemorates this very special occasion!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horses Activity: Horse Crazy Real Horse Activity Set

August 27, 2015

Horse lovers are always looking for a new way to express their love for horses. Many find that collecting and creating are two natural outlets for their love for horses. Collecting and creating go hand in hand and Breyer has a way of pairing both of these together in a way that collectors can enjoy no matter what their age!

The Horse Crazy Real Horse Activity Set is a fun way to combine your love for horses, your love for Breyers and a little creativity for a fun afternoon! The set starts off with eight crayons and six markers that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. From there you can use your creativity to color the four coloring sheets that show sketches of detailed and realistic horses.

Once your creative juices are flowing you can dive into the 30 page sketch pad and start creating your very own sketches! Breyer horses make excellent models to draw off of because of their realism and attention to detail! Using your favorite Breyer model as inspiration is sure to spark the creative bug in anyone.

The kit finishes up with a few fun accessories that are irresistible for anyone young or young at heart. A colorful horse pencil pouch will hold your creative supplies when you are done sketching and stickers and self inking stamps are the perfect ways to finish out your creative adventures.

Ready to get a little creative? Golden Oak Stables is ready to help you jump in!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Real Life Breyer Horses: Smokin’ Double Dutch At Breyerfest 2015

August 3, 2015

There’s so much to love about a little pony with a lot of power, and Smokin’ Double Dutch is a prime example of this! With fans all over the world, this little Quarter Pony has captured the excitement of Breyer collectors and was a welcome guest horse at Breyerfest 2015 where collectors and fans got to meet this incredible pony in person!

Smokin’ Double Dutch is the epitome of versatility performing in just about every discipline you can imagine. This talented pony shows all of his fans just what it means to excel across the board. She has earned the Quarter Pony overall high point, or reserve high point an astonishing 6 out of the last 8 years and has achieved the Quarter Pony Association first Supreme Champion honor for her titles in trail, halter, english, equitation and driving!

Fans got a chance to meet this incredible pony at Breyerfest 2015 and to get to see her strut her stuff and perform as a guest horse! Fans also could get their very own Smokin’ Double Dutch model signed at Breyerfest and see up close what makes an exceptional pony!

 

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This beautiful little mare may be on her way home, but you can still bring Smokin’ Double Dutch to your stable from Golden Oak Stables. Breyer, as always, brings the most incredible horses to collectors, both in person, and in model form!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest 2015 Around The Park

July 30, 2015

Breyerfest is the event of the year for any Breyer collector, and those lucky enough to attend have the chance to see so many different things. For those of you that couldn’t attend, Golden Oak Stables takes you on a little journey through some of the many events that take part during Breyerfest!

Always Popular Room Sales at the Clarion

Always Popular Room Sales at the Clarion

A Scene From The Breyerfest Children/Youth Show

A Scene From The Breyerfest Children/Youth Show

Stablemate Painting

Stablemate Painting

A Display of The Hobby Info Booth

A Display of The Hobby Info Booth

A Clydesdale Awaits Her Performance

A Clydesdale Awaits Her Performance

Fun Activities Were Waiting For One And All

Fun Activities Were Waiting For One And All

The Hall Of Champions. A Favorite Stop For Many.

The Hall Of Champions. A Favorite Stop For Many.

Performers Meeting Their Fans

Performers Meeting Their Fans

Celebration Model Simba Relaxes

Celebration Model Simba Relaxes

As you can see, there were so many different things to see. If you didn’t get to attend this year, there’s always 2016, and if not, Golden Oak Stables will bring you the action!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: It’s In The Box

July 20, 2015

Every time you receive a model from Golden Oak Stables you’re probably faced with the same conundrum that every other collector is, to open or to keep in the box. Collectors have been debating this question for decades!

Nearly every Breyer comes to collectors in that iconic bright yellow box that we all know and love so dearly. The bright yellow box we recognize came about in the 1980’s and has lived through many different incarnations to become the colorful and beautiful boxes we know today. Before they came about, Breyers were sold in cardboard boxes that made it impossible to see the actual model that you would be purchasing. Today not only do you get to see the model you’ll be buying, but each Breyer box is decorated with photos and information about the horse!

As you can imagine, this can make it hard for collectors to choose what is the best to do with their models.  Some collectors feel that it’s best to keep their models in the boxes and enjoy the art work and decoration that the boxes have. Models in their boxes can sometimes become more valuable to some collectors. Many other collectors prefer models out of the box not only because they want to enjoy all sides of their models but also because they can inspect both sides of the model as well as showing!

It’s all a personal preference, there’s no wrong answer to this debate, whatever you prefer is what is right for your collection! So, do you open your models, or leave them in their boxes?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse New Releses: Stablemates Gentle Giants

February 9, 2015

Stablemate Collectors always wait in anxious excitement for the release of new models at the beginning of the year. This year, a ton of new Stablemates have galloped into the paddock, including new molds, surprise foals and stunning horses that everyone can get excited about. There’s one new set of Gentle Giants that are making a quiet, but notable entrance that we’re all soon to notice.

Quietly cantering into Golden Oak Stables are a set of four Gentle Giants that are sure to liven up your stable with their big attitudes.

The set starts off with the ever popular Friesian mold painted in the classic black Friesian color. His high spirited step and his thick feathering makes him an ever popular mold and an easy collector favorite. Next into the stable is a dapple grey Percheron who’s wild dapple coat is something to behold. His dark grey shading is accented with his wild dappling and his alert attitude makes him a fun and stunning example of his breed. The Belgian is a popular draft breed for his long history of farm work and gentle attitude. Breyer brings a calm and strong Belgian to the Stablemates lineup painted in the classic sorrel color so many Belgians are known for. His light colored mane and tail and white blaze give him the sweetest expression that is sure to make him a favorite wherever he goes. Last, but certainly not least comes a cantering Clydesdale that is sure to brighten up your paddock. This stunning red roan drafter brings color and style to the breed that is so well known all over the world today!

Want to bring a few Gentle Giants into your home? These little guys are the perfect way to make a big impact in your collection!

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest Live Shows

July 29, 2013

Breyerfest is a weekend full of exciting events for model horse lovers from all over the world! There’s truly something for everyone, from guest horses and performances, to some of the most challenging shows in the world. These shows bring out some of the most incredible horses and competition to compete for the ever coveted blue ribbon and sometimes, even a bit more!

Thursday of Breyerfest is a bit of an informal day with events starting in the evening at the local Clarion hotel. One of those events is Breakables Live. This show brings out all things porcelain to compete! This is the one show that Breyer hosts that allows horses made by others. The competition is fierce to say the least in this show full of amazing art.

Friday brings arguably the most competitive show in the world to Lexington, the Breyerfest Open Show. This NAN qualifying show is intense and tough with stiff competition. Winning any ribbon is truly a testament to the horse. Collectors take over the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena with their show horses for a full day of competition! There are classes for performance, customs, original finish, collectors classes and collectibility!

Saturday, the Alltech Arena welcomes the Breyerfest Children & Youth Show. This incredible show is the largest of it’s kind. What is actually two shows in one, one for children and one for youth, the BFCYS is a tough competition as well giving the open show a run for it’s money! This show brings out children from all over the country and world for their own chance at a coveted blue ribbon.

If you can’t make it to Breyerfest to give one of their shows a chance, Golden Oak Stables has shows throughout the year to give you a chance to show your horses! Why not give it a shot?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com

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