Breyer Horse Decorators: Celebrating Spring

April 17, 2014

Spring brings thoughts are warm temperatures, baby animals and of course, bright spring flowers. Breyer collectors have lots of different ways to celebrate all throughout the year, but spring is a fun time to bring a bit of color into your world and you can do that with a few fun little horses that will bring a big pop of color into your collection!

Decorators are popular horses for collectors because of their fun and fanciful colors. Breyer has introduced a fun new line of horses that are perfect for spring and perfect for bringing a big pop of color into your world! The Horse Crazy series is a set of eye catching Stablemates that have been made in bright and bold colors that have taken collectors by storm!

These little horses in bright spring colors are the perfect way to tuck a little touch of spring into an Easter basket or to bring a little bit of Breyer into your spring decorating. The first set of Color Crazy Stablemates includes six horses, an Arabian, a draft horse, a warmblood, an American Saddlebred, a Tennessee Walking Horse and a Mustang in shades of pink, blue and purple! These lovely horses are a mix between clear and frosted in their bright colors with a glittered mane and tail. New for 2014, a new set of four Color Crazy Stablemates have come into Golden Oak Stables. This set includes a Quarter Horse, a rearing Arabian, a warmblood and a Paso Fino in pink, blue, green and yellow! And last, but certainly not least, there’s a Color Crazy Stable to house them all in!

Ready to bring a little bit of spring into your world? Why not do it with a fun and funky group of little Stablemates that are sure to make you feel like spring is on it’s way!

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Breyer Horse Collecting: How Has Your Collection Evolved?

April 14, 2014

Old and new collectors alike might notice that their tastes change even after a short time. Collectors that have collected for many years often find their collections taking turns and their preferences changing. Even if you’re a new collector, paying attention to what your collection is made up of and what you are adding to it, can help you see what direction your collection is moving in.

The excitement of a new horse from Golden Oak Stables is usually enough to keep a collector’s mind off of everything besides their new addition, but if we pay attention to what horses we are choosing, it can tell us a lot about our collections. Most collectors start off collecting Breyer horses of one scale, many starting with Traditional models, but with so much variety, it’s hard to stick to just one scale! Some collectors will find that they like a certain color of horse, or a certain breed and their collection will start to trend towards a specific type of horse. Other collectors narrow their collections down to one size of Breyers, like Stablemates only.

Some collectors find that their creative spirit is too much for their collections to bear and customizing their models becomes their collection. Artists often find inspiration sitting right on their shelf! Customized horses are a great creative way for artists to help their collections evolve.

There are even some collectors that just collect everything, and that’s ok! Collections can evolve in an infinite number of ways that’s unique to each and every collector. Finding out how your collection is evolving and what you like to collect can help make each new horse you choose fit into your collection seamlessly and to make your collection curated with thought and love. What does your collection say about you?


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Breyer Horses New Releases: The Event Horse Primmore’s Pride

April 10, 2014

New for 2014, a lovely new horse is galloping into the classics stable with a fun twist, a story of their own! You and Golden Oak Stables can have fun with a new horse and also bring a new story to you!

Collectors may recognize the name Pippa Funnell for her extensive career in the eventing world. Pippa has for many years ridden in the highest levels of three day eventing, even becoming the first woman to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing in 2003 by winning the Rolex championships in Lexington, Kentucky, Burghley and Badminton! Now she takes on a new career as an author, bringing her love for horses to a whole new audience with a jump into the world of writing! Breyer has teamed up with Pippa to create the star of her latest book, Primmore’s Pride so that you can live out the adventures on your own!

Pippa takes her eventing knowledge and has created a lovely world with star Tilly Redbrow! Pippa takes her own horse, Primmore’s Pride as inspiration for this novel and for the star horse, Pride & Joy! This lovely 7/8 Thoroughbred horse has been created on a striking Classic horse who’s ready to ride into the ring. His stunning bay coat is accented with a small star, two small socks and a braided mane. Tilly will be ready to ride into the ring with this lovely little horse, that is, if she can convince the owner of her barn that she’s ready!

Pippa’s novels are full of amazing tales based on her real life adventures, which brings a special touch to her work. Horse lovers young and old can learn from one of the best, while reading an amazing adventure and bringing a new Breyer horse into their stable. No matter what the reason, Primmore’s Pride is a fun and neat way to celebrate your love for horses!

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Breyer Horse Classics: Spring Is In The Air

April 7, 2014

Spring has finally sprung for most people and with that comes the promise of new life in the form of plants, birds and even horses! Spring is the time of the year that welcomes in so many new baby foals. Even if you aren’t welcoming a new real foal in your life, you can welcome a new Classic scale foal with Golden Oak Stables.

Standing approximately six inches tall, the Classics horses are a line of 1/12 scale horses that stand just below traditionals in size. These lovely horses are a collectors favorite and have been a part of the Breyer world for almost forty years! These astonishing little horses bring a life to collecting unlike any other scale and span the gamut of breeds.

There have been hundreds of foals that have passed through the Classics lineup in the past fourty years, and right now, there’s a ton to choose from. You can start off with a fun little Warmblood foal with A New Arrival at The Barn. This lovely little foal comes along with his mother and a bunch of fun accessories to make his addition to the barn a bit easier. Next there’s a lovely little grey Thoroughbred filly with her mom that will leave you wishing for spring in the bluegrass. Collectors will love learning about the versatile Morgan and her new bright red bay filly in the Classic stable. This pair are lovely as can be and adorable as well. Western riders will perk up to hear about a lovely new Chestnut Appaloosa that’s come into the Classic stable along with his mother. These two have both beauty and flash on their side with their striking coats. If you’re in the mood for just a few new foals, you can add a pair of foals all by themselves to your stable. The Colorful Foals set brings together two bold and beautiful foals that are sure to warm your heart with how sweet they are!

No matter what horses live in your stable, a new foal is always fun, especially as spring is starting to bloom. Who will you be adding to your stable this spring?

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Breyer Horse Collecting: The Breyer Gallery

April 3, 2014

Most collectors will admit to playing with their horses at least once in awhile. The chance to pretend that your Breyer is a real life horse and that it takes you on all of the different adventures that follow is something none of us can deny. There’s no question why collectors wouldn’t love that, but there’s another type of Breyer horse too, one that brings a touch of fine art to the world of collecting.

The Breyer Gallery was introduced over 20 years ago and in that time has hosted some of the most incredible Breyer horses that they have ever produced. In the early 1990′s Breyer released their first Gallery models, large traditional porcelain horses representing horses around the world. This set of three horses was popular amongst hobbyists and started the path for a new line of incredibly detailed, artistically focused Breyers.

Most models in the Breyer Gallery start off as new sculptures in any number of sizes. Horses from large Traditional scale all the way down to Stablemates have been featured as Gallery horses and have shown the level of extreme detail and artistry that Breyer can create! Models in the Breyer gallery are often made from different materials than the plastic that you’re used to from Breyer. Porcelain is most common, but there are many resin models that have also joined the ranks.

Golden Oak Stables brings you the latest incarnations in the Breyer Gallery which all bring a new light to the world of Breyer collecting. There are a myriad of different breeds that have been introduced into the Breyer Gallery in the past few years, in a fun and easy to collect size, each standing about 5 inches tall! This newest incarnation in the Breyer Gallery has brought a whole new world of collecting to collectors, putting a piece of fine art in the palm of your hand. Literally!

Any collector can appreciate the detail and amazing work behind a Breyer horse, take it up a notch by adding a horse from the Breyer Gallery to your collection!

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Breyer Horse Collecting: Connecting With The Hobby

March 31, 2014

One of the most fun parts of collecting Breyer horses is connecting and meeting other collectors that share the same love for horses as you do! Through the years, the model horse hobby has evolved to one that is technologically advanced and crosses across the world, with one thing in common, a love for Breyer horses!

If you’re reading Stable News, you’re already connecting with the hobby in one way! One of the easiest ways to connect with the hobby is reading blogs and websites just like Golden Oak Stables and Stable News! You can get all of the latest news from Stable News and all of the newest releases as they are released from Breyer and even more information about events and the hobby. Connecting with news gives you an insight into the hobby and information you can’t find anywhere else!

Another place to connect with Golden Oak Stables and other hobbyists is through social media. Social media sites like Facebook is a fun way to learn about all the latest news from Golden Oak Stables as well as from all over the hobby world! Social media sites provide ways to connect with other collectors and a way to get news in an up to the minute way, but remember to stay safe and get permission if you’re still a youth hobbyist.

Offline, the model horse world can be a fun place as well, and attending events and live shows can be a great way to meet other collectors and to learn new things. Events like Breyerfest bring collectors together with real life horses in a way unlike no other. Collectors get to experience all sorts of experiences at model horse events, from competitive events like live showing, to educational ones like painting a model horse of your own!

It doesn’t matter if you connect with the hobby online or off, there’s a myriad of ways to meet other collectors and to get involved!

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Breyer Horse Accessories: Meet The Breyer Riders

March 27, 2014

The Breyer stable has welcomed thousands of horses over their sixty years but one often forgotten member of the Breyer family is the riders of the Breyer stable. These lovely rider dolls have long helped the horses make their way into the winner’s circle, down the trail and through schooling lessons, but have you ever gotten a chance to meet them?

Golden Oak Stables brings you a rider for every discipline you could imagine and each unique as the last. Austin is the first up, and this cowboy is ready to help around the ranch or at the rodeo. He’s dressed in a casual western outfit with a yellow shirt, pants and chaps. He, of course, wears a black cowboy hat to finish off his look with the perfect look of a beloved ranch hand. Taylor is a cowgirl dressed to the nines in a beautiful and sharp sparkly shirt that is perfect for shining in the show ring. She wears a pair of fringed chaps over her pants and a bold and big silver buckle make her stand out in a perfect way.

In the English arena, Brenda shines her way into the show jumping ring. Dressed in an iconic red sport coat, white breeches and black boots, Brenda is ready to mount up and hit the show ring for a clean round. You can also hit the dressage ring with a Dressage Rider who’s black shadbelly and white breeches make her dressed perfectly for the event. With these two dolls, there’s no stopping you from the winner’s circle.

There’s also a few dolls that are essential to any barn. Every barn needs a good Farrier to keep the horses’ going on the right foot, Breyer brings you one that’s ready to get to work with all the tools a farrier needs. Every barn also needs a Veterinarian on call in case of emergencies and to keep horses in tip top condition, and you can bring home one of your own who’s ready to care for your horses.

There’s many characters that make up any real barn, and the same goes for your Breyer barn as well. Which riders live in your barn?

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Breyer Horse Collecting: Honoring Your Collection

March 24, 2014

Collectors of all kinds have pride in their collection and each time you bring a new horse from Golden Oak Stables, chances are, you feel that same sense of pride. Part of being a collector is the pride that comes with your collection, and that goes hand in hand with what you do with your collection. There are many ways to show your pride and honor for your collection, here’s just a few ways.

One of the biggest ways that collectors show pride in their collections is through how they display their Breyer horses. There’s no right or wrong way to display your models, they key is all in how you do it. Some collectors have shelves upon shelves showcasing each and every one of their horses proudly. Many collectors find happiness being able to see their collections neatly displayed and enjoy being able to sell all of their horses.

Other collectors find pride in displaying extensive setups with barns, paddocks, riders and more. Setting up realistic scenes is a fun way to not only appreciate your horses but to also enjoy it! For many collectors, “playing” with their models is most of the fun! Seeing Breyers lovingly set up with care and attention to detail is truly a site to behold and fun to say the least.

For many collectors, displaying their models isn’t an option, due to space or other reasons. Some collectors choose to honor their collections by being competitive and attending live shows. Live shows allow horses to be showcased and judged against other horses and can be a big source of not only fun, but pride for collectors!

No matter how you honor and appreciate your collection, all it needs to do is bring you a sense of pride. What special thing do you do to honor your collection?

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Breyer Horses New Releases: Color Crazy Barn

March 20, 2014

One of the most fun series that Breyer has brought to collectors is the Color Crazy Stablemates. These fun colored ponies are a blast to collect and beautiful as can be! Now, you can get a new stable from Golden Oak Stables to hold all of your Color Crazy Stablemates!

The Color Crazy Stablemates are a series of  three to four inch tall horses that bring a whole different world to Breyer collectors. The Color Crazy Stablemates are clear or frosted horses that are made in bright, bold colors! But that’s not all, they have glittered manes and tails giving them even more excitement! These little ponies bring a fun new aspect to collecting and a bright new twist into the Breyer lineup!

New for 2014, the Color Crazy Barn is the perfect place for all of your Color Crazy Stablemates to live! This fanciful barn is made in shades of bright pink, purple and blue. These bright colors make the perfect color scheme to keep these bright and bold horses corralled. The barn features an attached paddock for turning out your horses as well as working doors and a roof that opens from the top so that you can easily peek in and care for your horses. The first resident of your barn is a lovely bright blue clear warmblood that’s ready and waiting to mount up. It’s not just Color Crazy Stablemates, realistic Stablemates can make their home here too! What will your stable hold?

A bold, bright, fun twist on Stablemate collecting, the Color Crazy Barn is a super fun way to bring a fun twist into your collection!

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Real Life Breyer Horses: Irish Breeds

March 17, 2014

This St. Patrick’s day, people all over the world will be Irish for a day and celebrate the special place that is Ireland. Many horse lovers know that this beautiful country also heralds beautiful horses with some breeds that are special to Ireland only. Come along with Golden Oak Stables and explore the lovely land of Ireland and the amazing horses that live there!

Many youth riders start off with a pony of their own, in Ireland, this pony is the Connemara Pony. These compact little sport ponies come from Ireland and are all heart and soul. The Connemara Pony has become a favorite mount for both pleasure riding and competition for both children and adults. The Connemara Pony is a horse with a lot of soul and a lot of talent. Typically, Connemara Ponies are known for their grey or bay coats and their sleek sport pony looks.

Many eventing, dressage and show jumping fans are familiar with the Irish Warmblood, the Irish Draught, and the Irish Sport Horse. These breeds have evolved through careful Irish breeding to become some of the best sport horses in the world. The Irish Draught was bred to pull carriages originally and is the heaviest of the three sport horses. These horses today are often used in competition and show great talent in many disciplines. The Irish Warmblood is a relatively new breed, established in 2009, and brings the power of Irish horses into a Warmblood. These lovely horses are already competing and dominating in the younger horse circuit, who know’s what the future holds! Last, but certainly not least is the Irish Sport Horse, which was bred from both the Irish Draught bloodlines along with the Thoroughbred. This combination has created a horse with exceptional strength, power and precision!

Ireland surely brings some amazing horses to the equestrian world. What Breyers do you think represent Irish breeds well?

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