Breyer Horse Limited Editions: Glitterati

January 15, 2015

Breyer horses have a long history and interesting history that stretches over 65 years with thousands of horses in between. Celebrating the 65th anniversary of Breyer, Golden Oak Stables brings you a model that combines the amazing artistry of Breyer today with the beloved mold that started it all.

In 1950 Breyer Molding Company was based out of Chicago Illinois and was a lot more like any type of manufacturing plant than the company we know it as today. Creating everything from steering wheels to clocks, Breyer produced plastic injection molded pieces and products for companies all over the world. In 1950 they were commissioned to create a western themed clock for the F.W. Woolworth company along with a horse standing beside it, this would end up being the first ever Breyer model. When Breyer saw the popularity of the clock, they decided to produce just the horse due to popular request. This horse was affectionately known as Western Horse, because of his molded Western style tack. The original palomino Western Horse was produced for over 50 years, being eventually retired in 1991.

New for 2015, Breyer has created a twist on the beloved Western Horse that already has collectors excited. Glitterati is a perfect creation showing the intricate detail that Breyer is capable of along with the classic and beloved Western Horse. This old favorite has been painted in a detailed and delicate bay Appaloosa with intricate spotting and beautiful shading. His tack has been hand painted in both gold and black with ever iconic gold chain link reins. He has been finished in a stunning high gloss just like vintage Breyer horses were finished in, giving him the perfect finishing touch!

Ready to add a bit of history to your collection? Glitterati is a perfect way to bring both something old and something new into your collection!

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Accessories: Have You Met Brenda And Her Friends?

August 21, 2014

Behind every good horse is a good rider, and in the Breyer stable there’s a whole host of good horses that need a good rider! Golden Oak Stables has a barn full of riders that are all ready and waiting to get on the back of one of your horses and help it become a champion of whatever you might desire.

Most Breyer collectors have at least heard of Brenda Breyer, she’s been the star rider of the Breyer barn for thirty five years! Brenda has ridden many disciplines over the years, but now takes up seat as a Show Jumper most of the time with the occasional turn in the Dressage ring. She’s talented in many aspects, but Brenda truly shines in the English arena sports and makes a wonderful rider for any horse aspiring to make it big one day!

Western fans may have been introduced to the two stars in the western stable, but if not, Taylor and Austin are your guys! These two riders bring the fun of riding Western to your stable. These two are ready to mount up and head onto the trail or into the arena to show off their skills at reining, cow cutting, barrel racing and more!

Young riders can add a sweet little rider to their stable in the form of Junior Rider. This adorable little girl is excited to hop on her pony and compete and learn!

Finally, the two most important people in any stable are the Vet and the Farrier! These two will keep your stable healthy and happy when you need it most! No stable is complete without them.

Ready to mount up? Pick a rider and head on out today!

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: What Is A Decorator?

June 6, 2013

There are many different kinds of horses at Golden Oak Stables, everything from Arabians to Clydesdales and everything in between. Hundreds of breeds of horses have been made by Breyer over the years but there’s one illusive kind of Breyer horse that always gets collectors excited, decorators!

The word decorator may seem like a funny word to describe a Breyer horse but it’s really not that odd at all once you know the history. Over 50 years ago Breyer introduced the first in a long line of decorator horses, the woodgrain. Painted to look like it was carved from wood, the woodgrain horse was sold as a decoration piece for homes, hence the name decorator! The woodgrain horses were popular and were joined by a much brighter set of decorators in the 1960’s. Gold Charm, Florentine, Wedgewood blue and Copenhagen colored horses joined the decorator crew. By the early 1970’s the decorators had come and gone but collectors were still fans and due to their hard to find nature, can be some of the most desirable Breyer horses even today!

In the 1990’s Breyer once again began creating decorators, and now, anything goes! Breyer decorators now can be anything from a golden horse to one with a fairytale scene painted on it and anything in between! Fantasy and creativity run wild with Breyer decorators, which is why so many collectors adore adding them to their collection!

You can go Horse Crazy for a set of decorators all your own! New for 2013 there’s six new, transparent and bright Stablemates in the Horse Crazy set that are sure to have you rarin’ to add something bright and colorful to your collection! These six model are a great way to start a collection of decorators, or add to it!

Always bringing fun and creativity to collectors, Breyer brings a new set of fun decorators to you! What are you waiting for?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: All About Decorators

August 15, 2011

Many collectors have heard the term “Decorator”, but do you know what it means?

Decorators have long been a part of Breyer’s history, even as far back to the earliest Breyers but the name came to popularity in the 1960’s when Breyer produced a series of blue and gold horses meant to be used ad home decoration. These colors, Wedgewood; a solid matte powder blue, Copenhagen; a glossy dappled blue, Gold Charm; a glossy solid gold and Florentine; a glossy dappled gold, would go on to become the most recognizable of all the decorators. The word decorator has gone on to mean any horse that is painted in an unrealistic pattern. The first real Decorators by that definition would be the Woodgrains which were produced from the 1950’s until the late 1960’s. Some other colors from that time period also include a glossy dappled black and a charcoal coloration. Both of these are often considered to be decorators but sometimes not.

In recent years Breyer has brought back the love of decorators. In 1991 Breyer brought back the decorator with an Arabian painted in a bronze finish which was wildly popular with collectors. Since then Breyer has produced everything you can think of! Some of the more interesting ones are clear horses of all different colors, horses painted with logos, color changing paint, and more! They have brought back the decorator in a big way for collectors and they are popular as ever! The “original” four decorator colors even make an appearance from time to time and are always met with great popularity!

This year Breyer has two decorators which not only are exciting collectors but also help in a big way! The Traditional and Stablemate Breast Cancer Awareness horses are both created out of clear plastic with a gorgeous pink tone. They each feature the iconic pink ribbon design in a whimsical and beautiful pattern. While they are beautiful as can be, the best part is that Breyer is donating a portion of the profits from each sale to the fight Breast Cancer!

Decorators old and new are exciting and fun to collect, but with Golden Oak Stables you can collect a gorgeous decorator and help fight Breast Cancer too!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse History: The End of Just About Horses

August 1, 2011

An end of an era is what can be said of the final issue of Just About Horses. In Fall 2011  the last issue of this iconic hobby publication will be printed and as we say goodbye there are many fond memories to be remembered for this hobby changing publication as well as many doors opened with technology!

In 1975 Just About Horses was first published as a simple one page flyer with tidbits about Breyer, their horses and the hobby. It quickly evolved from a one page publication to a two page publication. In 1979 Just About Horses had grown into a small format magazine with even more hobby information and hobbyists were jumping to get a subscription!

Just About Horses, or JAH for short, was one of the first hobby publications and in the 1970’s hobbyists depended on publications and letters between other hobbyists to receive information.  Without technology the hobby was much different and depended on print publications to grow! The only way to find out about model horse shows, models for sale and to connect with other hobbyists was through hobby publications like JAH.

In the 1980’s JAH found itself with more color and more pages! 1n 1987 Just About Horses went to five issues a year. In 1990 Breyer created a sensation with the first Breyerfest and and the only way to find out about it was in Just About Horses. Ticket, travel and other info was only available through JAH and gave way to Breyerfest as we know it! Ever since hobbyists anxiously await the first JAH of the year with the all important Breyerfest information!

In 1995 JAH began being published six times a year and has been up until this year. With the advent of technology Breyer will be ceasing publication of JAH at the end of 2011 ending 36 years of the magazine. Breyer will be staying in touch with hobbyists through their own website, Facebook and Twitter giving hobbyists up to the minute information on all things Breyer.

Stable News and Golden Oak Stables will keep you in the loop with all of the latest Breyer news as always, so there’s no need to go far to keep in touch with everything you need to know about Breyer! The times are changing but with Stable News you don’t have to go far!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Events: The History of Breyerfest

July 14, 2011

Breyerfest is celebrating its 22nd year this year and in two decades this once small event has turned into an event that brings in collectors from all over the world!

The first Breyerfest took place in 1990, when Breyer came out the Kentucky horse park and it was unknown what to expect. The celebration horse that year was Doctor Peaches, a famous eventer, and a little over 1000 people made their way to Kentucky for that first event. Some things have stayed the same from that  fateful event, the raffle began that first year with a gold florentine ( Gold dapple) Misty model.

In the coming year Breyer experimented a bit trying something different in 1991, four Breyerfests held in different parts of the country! While successful, Breyer found its way back to Kentucky in 1993 which has been the only place for Breyerfest since.

In the mid 1990’s they began what would become one of the most prestigious shows in the nation, the Breyerfest live show. It all began as a little model horse show that took place in the dirt arena floor. Now encompassing two days and three shows total, Breyerfest Live has an adult “Open” division as well as a “Children’s” and “Youth” show. Each of these shows bring in huge amounts of people and many consider them the most competitive in the nation! All from very humble beginnings in the dirt of the indoor arena.

In the late 1990’s one of the most iconic parts of Breyerfest would come to fruition, the Breyerfest Special Runs. The first few years for special runs were simply a first come first served event where people would wait for hours upon hours in the heat for their chance at an exclusive model. Now a system of ticketing and numbering make it easy and fair for all and there are many more special runs to go around.

Back at the host hotel, once the Holiday Inn North, now the Clarion Hotel, the rooms have been taken over by hobbyists that sell from their rooms and hang out until all hours of the night! Also at the Clarion is an Artisan’s Gallery which showcases the creative artists of the hobby as well as a swap meet. Lastly the Clarion plays host to a more recent addition to Breyerfest, Breakables Live, an all china show!

Breyerfest may have had humble beginnings, but the wonderful and fun event that it has evolved into is one no collector should miss! It has been and always will be the best place for a model horse collector to visit!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


All About: Breyer Classic Models

September 21, 2009

The Breyer Classic Models are some of the easiest to collect and sometimes the easiest to forget about. Breyer classic models are approximately 1:12th scale and about 6 inches tall. They are made of the same plastic as the traditional models and are hand detailed just like all Breyer models are. In recent years there have been new sculptures each year making many new models for collecting.

In 1975 and 1976 Breyer commissioned the use of five Thoroughbred sculptures, three Arabian sculptures, three Quarter horse sculptures, and three Mustang sculptures from the Hagen Renaker company. The Hagen Renaker company was a porcelain figure producer that created mostly animals. They gained popularity in the 1950-60’s for their beauty, their horses were sculpted by Maureen Love Calvert who is often hailed as one of the most talented horse sculptors in Breyer’s line up making her models very collectible. The Arabian, Quarter Horse, and Mustang sculptures were all released as family sets. The Thoroughbreds were released induvidually as famous race horses along with one addition, Ruffian sculpted Chris Hess in 1977.

These models gained in popularity and new molds were introduced in the 80’s including an Andalusian family and famous book series horses including The Black Stallion and Black Beauty. These were sculpted by Chris Hess who sculpted many Breyer models. In 1992 Breyer introduced yet more Classic models. This time is was the Mesteno series. The Mesteno series was sculpted by Rowland Cheney and began a series of famous mustangs. Over the next five years Breyer released a new sculpture each year in the Mesteno series for all to collect. These models are fanciful and very artistic. The last installment for the classic series in the 1990’s was a series of famous western working horses sculpted by Carol Herden.These models are high energy and dynamic sculptures that are popular mounts for performance lover.

The new millennium brought a whole new life for the classic models. 2002 brought a favorite for many, a Shire Sculpture created by the ever popular Kathleen Moody. Breyer then introduced a second set of Kathleen Moody’s sculptures into the line in 2006, the American Quarter Horses. This same year Breyer’s rights to the Hagen Renaker molds expired and we lost some of the most favorite classics. This has created some desirability for the models and they are becoming very popular. Breyer has continuted to release new sculputres into the classics line including a Morgan family and a Warmblood family. In 2008 they created the first series of haired models available through the Breyer line.

Breyer’s classic models have become popular again and easy to collect. With variety and value they are an easy choice. Take a look at all the variety that the classics offer on GoldenOakStables.com. You might just find they not only allow more shelf space but they also are full of life and just a blast to collect!

~Stacy


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