Breyer Horse Collecting: What Goes Into a Breyer Horse

April 18, 2017

When you look at a Breyer horse, it’s obvious that a lot of time goes into them. From the detailed sculptures to the intricate paint jobs, they are so realistic that its hard to believe they are models sometimes! Do you know what the process is like to make a Breyer model?

When a Breyer is created, real horses are the first place that artists look. Both sculptors and painters for Breyer look at real horses intently when choosing what the next Breyer model will be. If the model is going to be the portrait of a real horse, the real horse is studied in exacting detail so that no detail is spared.

From there, prototypes are made, so that the new Breyer horse can be seen in person, before it goes out to the factory to be recreated and mass produced. These prototypes are sometimes called Test Runs, and can be done on different models, with different colors or details, all to pick what looks best on the model, and what best depicts the horse they were hoping to create.

Once the prototype is chosen, the horse will go into production, where it is created out of injected molded plastic. The horse is then sanded, primed and painted by hand to exacting specifications. Each Breyer is a little different, because it is painted by hand, but all of the details are as exact as possible. This incredible level of skill comes only with the oldest model horse company, and can’t be recreated!

So the next time you get a model from Golden Oak Stables, take a moment to see just how many artisans went into creating your new horse. It’s awe inspiring to say the least.

 

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Classics: The Perfect Pony

April 10, 2017

Ponies have a reputation for being full of attitude with cuteness to spare. These perky, but tiny, members of the equine family are beloved by so many and unique as any other type of horse. Golden Oak Stables has a plethora of ponies, and a new sweet one that is irresistibly cute!

The Classic line is the second largest line in the Breyer stable and known for it’s horses that showcase many special breeds and types of horses and ponies. One of the newest sculptures, sculpted by the beloved artist Brigitte Eberl, is new for 2017 in a color that is unique and beautiful all in one.

Bay Pinto Pony may sound a little generic for a name, but she certainly is nothing but. This sweet girl walks calmly with a delicate expression to her that will make any heart flutter. Her long mane and tail are details that help give this marvelous mare a personality unique to only her. Her coat is a deep and delicately shaded bay with bright red highlights that shimmer as she moves. Large white patches, or pinto markings, make her one of a kind, and even more eye catching!

Every stable need a few ponies in it, and Golden Oak Stables has found the perfect one to fill any vacancy that might lay within your stable walls.

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Collecting: Caring For Your Collection

April 4, 2017

Something all collectors think about from time to time is how we are taking care of our collections that we have spent so much time and energy to collect. Caring for them is important and can help preserve your collection for many years to come. Taking care of them might be the last thing on your mind, but if you take the time to do it, your collection will surely shine!

If you have your models displayed, you’ve probably encountered the most common things most collections see, dust! Dust is inevitable, and there is really no way to prevent it if you want your models to see the light of day. Of course you want to enjoy your collection by displaying it, so cleaning is your next best option. Dusting once every few weeks is a great way to keep it under control, but most original finish models will need a cleaning once in awhile. A warm bath with a little dish soap is a wonderful way to get any dirt off of them. If you have customs its best to avoid direct contact with water, especially for models that haven’t been sealed. A very lightly damp rag can generally be used for sealed customs to take any dirt off of it that may have accumulated from being displayed.

If you choose to take your models out of the house, to a show, to a friends, or anywhere else, packing them safely is as important as it is for long term storage. Clean, light colored cloth is generally safe, as is clean bubblewrap. You’ll want to be sure to wrap them loosely, but cover them completely to make sure that they are protected and not damaged.

Your collection is important and special, and making sure its kept that way is something all collectors want! How do you care for you collection?

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse New Releases: Bandera

March 27, 2017

The Quarter Horse is one of America’s most iconic breeds and also one of the most popular. The are countless Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse lovers all over the world, and just as many Breyer collectors that love the breed. New for 2017, Golden Oak Stables brings you a new mold and a new release that is all Quarter Horse!

Bandera is a new type of decorator, and one that we’ve never seen anything like before! This beautiful rust colored metallic decorator is the first release of a new Quarter Horse mold from Breyer, and a stunning one at that! He stands calmly with a docile and placid personality, a trait the breed is well known for.

His bright metallic coat has been covered with symbols of the west, ranch brands that so many Quarter Horses proudly wear. These symbols are a history of the breed and the work that they do every day on ranches, farms and all over. The Quarter Horse is a true working breed, not just a show horse, and Bandera is a reminder of that long history!

Are you a Quarter Horse lover? Maybe you have a dozen Quarter Horses already in your collection, or maybe this will be your first one, either way, Bandera is a perfect symbol of all things Quarter Horse.

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Classics: Starry Night

March 13, 2017

When you hear Starry Night, the reminder of a famous painting probably comes to mind for many people. Vincent Van Gogh’s master work is recognized by so many, and captures the heart of so many more! Now, Golden Oak Stables brings you a special classic that has a special magic all its own and is unlike any other that has come before it!

Starry Night is the fourth in a series of decorator Classic scale models and is unique as ever. As many collectors know, decorators have become some of the most collectible and beloved models in any collection, and it’s easy to see why! The first decorators were made over fifty years ago, in shades of blue, gold and even painted like wood! Since then, they’ve evolved to be any number of non realistic horse colors and designs!

Using the beloved blue decorator color, Starry Night takes a darker tone to the midnight sky with deep blue shadings that lighten subtlety as it paints across it’s body. Bright stars give a shine throughout, and glitter and star dust make way for details that are beyond compare, and as magical as the milky way galaxy itself!

Do you have room in your collection for something a little fanciful? Starry Night is the perfect way to bring that special decorator into any collection!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse Events: What Is Live Showing?

March 6, 2017

You might have heard the term “Live Showing” around the model horse corral once or twice. It’s a big part of the model horse community, but sounds pretty confusing when you think about the word “Live” and model horses.

Live Showing is simply an in person event that Breyer collectors hold and attend, where their models are brought to be judged. Because the event takes place in person, these events have been dubbed “Live Shows”. The idea of competition for Breyer horses is just about as old as collecting itself. The first live shows began in the 1960’s and 1970’s and were much less formal from the ones we know today. Most of these shows were held in people’s homes or back yards and were advertised in hobby publications and through word of mouth.

In the decades to come, live showing grew as did the hobby itself. In the 1980’s shows became more formalized, and small clubs began to form and shows became established. ┬áIn the 1990’s Breyerfest began and brought a large show along with it. In the mid 1990’s a group of hobbyists came together to form The North American Model Horse Showers Association, or NAMHSA as its better known and began holding a yearly national show each year.

Now, live shows can be found all over the country, and all over the world! But things are always changing, with the arrival of the internet, online events like photo shows and videos are taking the model horse world by storm.

If there’s anything for certain at Golden Oak Stables, it’s that things are always changing, but the love of collecting never will!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


Breyer Horse New Releases: Espresso

February 16, 2017

In the past few years, there has been one rather large addition to the Breyer stable, a foal that is unlike any other that has come before it. This lovely large lady is the first, and only 1/6 scale Breyer, and stands tall among the others. New for 2017, Golden Oak Stables welcomes the second release of this special horse, sure to case as big of a stir as she did the first time around.

Espresso stands ten inches tall at her eartips, which makes her even bigger than some of the largest traditional adult models in the Breyer stable. Her sweet sculpture perfectly captures the wobbly first steps of a brand new foal. Her long legs are delicate and trying their best to find their ground under her. She has a sweet and gentle face that could capture any heart, which gives her adorable appearance even more heart.

This little appaloosa filly has a stenciled blanket over her hindquarters that is a stark contrast to her delicately shaded liver chestnut coat. Caramel shadings accent her espresso color coat, which is her namesake. A star and a snip make her face stand out in a beautiful way and three socks finish off her beautiful coloring.

Sure to take up a big part of your heart, and a little bigger spot in your collection than normal, Espresso is just waiting to wobble on home with you!

~Stacy

Email Stacy: Stacy@GoldenOakStables.com


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