Scenes From Breyerfest: All About The Hobby

August 4, 2016

One of the the exciting parts of Breyerfest is getting to immerse yourself in the different parts of the model horse hobby and all you can do with it! At Breyerfest, the Hobby Information Booth is filled full with all kinds of different examples of some of the many activities in the hobby. There are even model horse hobbyists that are always on duty to demonstrate the different things that can be done with your models!

From customizing, to collecting and everything in between, Golden Oak Stables takes you on a visual journey through the Hobby Information Booth from Breyerfest 2016.

















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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 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 Activities: Reading With Breyer

April 7, 2016

Stories of horses have been around as long as man, and many of these stories have survived and have helped to form the close bond that man has with horses today. It’s no surprise that special stories have found their way into Golden Oak Stables, and have started to become beloved by a generation of Breyer collectors!

Many collectors will remember characters like Misty, Stormy, The Black Stallion and Black Beauty, and their stories that have become literary classics. These horses have also become classics themselves, as Breyers. Many storybook favorites have found their way to the Breyer lineup in the 65 years that Breyer has been around. Now, new favorites like Primmore’s Pride and Canterwood Crest have started a whole new generation of classics for horse lovers.

Breyer also has a few titles that are exclusively theirs. These books are becoming classics in their own right, and have a following all their own. The Wind Dancers are a unique and fanciful line of horses with fun stories and beautiful winged models to complement the stories in a beautiful way. With an entire Breyer line all of their own, these colorful and gorgeous horses are well onto their way of becoming a classic themselves one day!

What is your favorite horse story? Do you have a model that goes along with it? You can find a new favorite with the horses at Golden Oak Stables!


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Breyer Horse Activities: Horse Crazy Treasure Box

February 1, 2016

Every horse lover expresses their love for horses in one way or another. Breyer collectors have found ways to express their love through their intricate collections, to replicating the real horse experience through model horse showing. One of the most fulfilling ways is finding a way to get creative that involves horses. Golden Oak Stables and Breyer has a new set that is sure to get any horse crazy person excited and stroke their creative juices!

The Horse Crazy Treasure Box is a fun addition to the collection of Breyer activities that is just waiting for your creative touch. This lovely treasure box is only waiting for you to make it perfect. The set starts off with a white treasure box that is outlined with a scene of horses in the pasture along the sides and a cameo of a horse on the lid. The inside is lined with a soft blue lining and a large mirror.

Six markers and 97 jewels await you to bring the box to life. With your creative touch, you can bring the scenes and cameo of the beautiful horses that prance around the box to life. Jewel accents will give your box a stunning shine that you design!

What will you put in your treasure box? It’s all up to you! Bring your imagination and ideas, because it’s waiting just for you!


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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 Horses Activity: 3-D Paint by Number

March 2, 2015

One of the most exciting parts of the model horse hobby is the creativity that exists in the hobby. So many collectors find creative outlets through their model horses and find ways to express their artistic spirit along with their love of the horse. Golden Oak Stables brings you a wide range of activity kits to get that creativity started, including a new one for 2015 that will have you on your way to painting one of the most elusive colors in the model horse world.

Customizing model horses is a part of the hobby as old as the hobby itself. Taking the models we all love so dearly and turning them into the horses of our dreams has been something artists and hobbyists have been doing for decades. Creating customs is one of the more popular creative outlets in the hobby with so many collectors giving customizing a shot at one point another.

Have you ever tried customizing? Maybe painting your own model seems a little overwhelming, but with the right tools anyone can be on their way to the winners circle. New for 2015 comes a new 3-D Paint By Number Kit with a model horse created especially for this kit in dapple grey! This bold and stunning color is a favorite coat color for so many collectors and horse lovers alike. Inside, you’ll find everything you need to make your very own customized horse with a model, paint, paint brushes and instructions!

With just a little bit of time you can create a masterpiece of your very own! With a little practice, who knows, you might just be the next famous model horse artist!


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Breyer Horse Accessories: Going to the Horse Show

February 16, 2015

Accessorizing your Breyer horse is a fun way to not only dress your horse in fun and fabulous tack, but to also bring a sense of realism to your models. With realistic and fun accessories, you can bring a realistic touch to your own stable that only Breyer and Golden Oak Stables can help you create!

Accessories are one of the easiest and most fun ways to bring your own unique touch to your models and to make them all the more realistic. With tack, props and accessories you can create a world that is unique as your imagination. You can also create the stable of your dreams with a tack room fit for a king! The world is open when your horses are well dressed and equipped for whichever event today might bring.

Going To The Horse Show is a fun set that will have everyone excited for a day of competition. This fun set starts off with a sturdy tack trunk that will fit your horses accessories in style while on the way to the show. A light blue halter is relaxed but bold and bright enough to catch an eye while your horse is groomed for the show ring. A pink and blue plaid cooler is the perfect statement of style while your horse awaits his turn in the ring or cools down after a round in the ring. You can match your horse’s style with a pink and blue plaid tote bag to carry all of the things you need for show day too!

Bring some fun style to your tack room and to your horses with this lovely set that’s sure to catch the eye of anyone!

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Breyer Horse Activities: Putting Together The Puzzle

November 17, 2014

As the weather gets colder and the thought of snuggling up by a warm fire seems all the more appealing, we all look for things to do to while the snow fall outside. Thankfully, Golden Oak Stables has so many different ways to fill any Breyer lover’s free time with fun activities that will have you excited for a snowy day!

Breyer has long created the most realistic and amazing model horses in the world, but did you know how many other fun things they make? From painting kits and coloring books to puzzles and games, there’s something special for whatever you like to do in your spare time.

If you’re dreaming of a warm sunny day, the Fun In The Sun Puzzle is perfect for you! This 500 piece puzzle will have you thinking and working hard to complete it and reveal the image of a beautiful paint mare and foal that stand on a warm beach! You’ll be dreaming of sunny days right along with these two! The fun doesn’t stop there though, an adorable matching paint horse Stablemate is included to add to your collection!

Stablemates fans will have a blast with The Exciting World of Stablemates Puzzle. This 1000 piece puzzle will have you busy for hours as you work to complete the picture of the perfect Stablemate horse town full of barns, riding centers and a vet’s office. Then once you’re done, there’s a roan Stablemate Warmblood for you to take into your own Stablemate horse town!

Want to have a little more fun the next time snow rolls in? A puzzle from Breyer is an almost certain way to enjoy the next quiet day!

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Breyer Horse Activities: Have you Gotten Creative Lately?

October 20, 2014

One of the most exciting parts of collecting Breyer horses is all of the creative things you can do with your models. Creativity runs strong through model horse collectors and the possibilities are endless for projects and ideas!

The model horse hobby has been around for as long as Breyer’s have been being made, well over 60 years! It didn’t take long for collectors to start using their creativity to bring a new life to their horses and their collection. Creativity goes hand and hand with a hobby like Breyer horses and many collectors find themselves creating for their Breyers without even knowing it!

Model horse customizing is probably the most obvious way that collectors get creative with their models. Collectors have always found ways to make their models more like the horses of their dreams, and now the possibilities are endless. Repainting and resculpting Breyer horses is an art it’s own, with kits to get you started and artists happy to often to share their knowledge, there’s so much that can be done when you want to make your Breyer horses unique!

Collectors also find ways to be creative using other techniques and methods that you might not think of right away. Photographing Breyers is a fun way to express creativity if you have a good eye. Some collectors also make their own props and create elaborate miniature setups using ingenuity and creativity. Some even venture into the very creative and precise world of performance showing!

There’s also ways for the fine artist to feel creative with their models, painting and drawing Breyers is a wonderful way to create using your models and find joy in your collection! Fine artists also find it an easy transition to take their work onto their models.

Whatever your fancy, there’s a way for you to get creative with your models, and if you don’t know where to start, Golden Oak Stables has a ton of kits to get you started! What have you made for or with your models lately?

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