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.  In 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!


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Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest Live 2016

July 28, 2016

One of the most exciting parts of Breyerfest is the competition that comes with the model horse shows that come along with it. This year was especially special with the North American Nationals happening in Lexington, which meant, the competition at other shows were even more fierce!

The largest show in the world, Breyerfest Live took place on the first day of Breyerfest and it was not only an opportunity to compete but to also see models that you may have only heard about in rumors! The rarest of the rare, the most elusive customs and the most impressive original finish models all came to compete in Lexington for a chance in the winner’s circle.

This show is unlike so many others, and actually operates like six shows in one with all of the different divisions and classes. There were hundreds of classes that over six thousand horses competed in for a chance at the elusive blue ribbon. There is no doubt about it, this is some of the most competitive competition in the world!

So sit back with Golden Oak Stables and enjoy just a few of the many impressive scenes from Breyerfest Live 2016













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Breyer Horse Live Showing: Keeping Track Of Your Models

August 24, 2015

When you attend a live show the excitement of the day can get the best of anyone, even experienced showers. Keeping track of your models is important because as the day goes on, things can get chaotic without proper planning. With a few simple steps you can stay organized and keep track of your models on show day!

Most live showers will tell you, if you’re an OF Halter shower (Meaning showing original finish Breyers as they come direct from the factory), chances are, they’ll be more than one of any particular model on the table. Often times there are half a dozen or more! This can get confusing quickly, especially if they are close together or you have other classes going on at the same time. There’s hardly a show that goes by that a model doesn’t get picked up mistakenly.

When preparing for a show there’s a few things you can do to make sure you take home the right model at the end of the day. A list of show horses will help you keep inventory of your models so that you come home with everyone you brought. Making a list including what classes they are showing in will help you keep track of your horses as the day goes on. Before you leave for the day check your list against the models you are packing up to make sure everyone’s there.

What happens if you pick up someone else’s model? Or someone picks up yours? This can be remedied easily by letting the show holder know, these mistakes happen often. You can take an extra step and mark your tags in a unique way that will help you notice your models quickly or deter someone else from accidentally grabbing yours. Just make sure you follow the rules of the show when it comes to tagging!

As always, Golden Oak Stables helps you get ready in and out of the show ring, and with a little preparation your models will enjoy a fun show day along with you!


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Breyer Horse Events: Preparing For Live Show Season

May 7, 2015

Show season is in full swing for both real and model horses all over the world! Horse lovers from all over celebrate the warm spring and summer weather by competing with their faithful companions and collections in competitions that stretch far and wide. Veteran and novice live showers can both benefit from a little preparation going into show season and can reap the benefits of that preparation too!

Live showing has been a staple of the model horse hobby since the 1970’s and while a lot has changed over those years, much more hasn’t. These gatherings are places to meet with other collectors and compete with your horses. You can often buy, sell and trade at these events too and even just visit to look at the beautiful horses and competition.

Another thing hasn’t changed is the level of time and care so many put into their live show string. A little preparation can prepare you for an entire year of showing! A good first place to start is to look over your collection and decide who you would like to show for the upcoming year. Making a plan will help you pack effectively and to not overwhelm yourself with too many horses at the show. Picking your very best models, or even your newest models are often popular choices, but sometimes bringing old favorites out can be a fun experience as well.

Once you have your horses picked, giving them a good bath and checking them for any damage will help them to look their best, even if you don’t have a show for a few weeks. Be sure to dust your horses before packing and always before placing them on the table.

If you know what shows you’ll be attending, or if your area uses a tag system, you can prepare your tags or note cards for your upcoming shows. Many shows use the same formats, so you may only need to make one set of tags for your horses for the entire year! Be sure to read the instructions fully for each show you plan on attending to be sure!

That’s just the start, packing a live show emergency kit, starting a record keeping journal and making contact with other collectors in your area will all make your live show experience something to remember and also so much less stressful. What tips do you have to be prepared when the time comes for a live show?


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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 Live Showing: Pony Pouches

February 19, 2015

It might still be snowy and cold in many parts, but the spring show season is just around the corner! Your horses have been waiting all winter for their chance in the show ring, and with a little help from you, they’ll be all ready!

Live model horse shows are a fun and easy way to not only get to experience the model horse hobby, but also to experience a lot of what it’s like to have a real horse too! Model horse shows mimic real horses hows in many ways and bring the same types of events, breeds and competitions to the Breyer horse world. In model horse shows, Breyer horses can compete against one another just like in a real horse show, in both halter, or breed classes, or performance classes that mimic events. Just like a real horse show, ribbons and prizes are given away to the winners of each class and championship and at some shows, horses even qualify for national titles!

If you’re ready to get your feet wet and have a show on the way, one of the most important part of that preparation is packing. Packing your horses well will protect them from damage along the way. Breyer horses are fragile and so is their paint, so making sure that they are well protected for travel is essential. Golden Oak Stables brings you the perfect accessory to keep your horses looking great from stable to show table, Pony Pouches! You can choose between Blue and Pink for your new pony pouches to keep your horses safe. These soft cloth pouches feature a velcro flap to keep your horses in there securely and a name card on the front for you to mark the pouch as belonging to the special horse inside!

Ready to get into the show ring? Then pack on up and head on out!

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Breyer Horse Showing: Fall Foliage Is Just Around The Corner!

September 26, 2013

Cool air is blowing in and holidays are right around the corner but you have one more chance this year to get out to Golden Oak Stables  on October 12th to show off your models and compete with other collectors for a chance at those coveted blue ribbons and NAN cards!

Fall Foliage is the perfect chance to bring your Breyer horses out to show  the world how versatile and wonderful Breyer horses really are!

In the Original Finish classes you’ll see new and old alike showing Breyer’s wide range of horses from the past 60 years! These tend to be some of the largest classes and the competition is stiff, any ribbon is truly an honor! One neat thing about the Original Finish classes is that there will be two judges evaluating your horse. The Breed judge will be looking for the horse that is most realistic.  The Collectibility judge will also be judging on a different set of criteria that ranks models by how rare and desirable they are! So, while a horse might not be the most realistic, it might just be the rarest and end up with that coveted blue ribbon!

The custom classes are sure to be filled with astonishing creations from entrants and artists alike and the extensive classlist gives you specialized classes to enter your customs in, so bring one and all! Another great part is that there will be two judges for the Custom division! One judge will be judging on Breed standards and another will be judging on Workmanship. A Workmanship judge evaluates horses on a different set of standards as the breed judge and will place the horses based on how well done the customization, paint and prepping was done on the model, not how realistic or well the horse fits the breed. It makes classes very interesting and rewards horses on two completely separate levels!

All the classes are NAN Qualifying meaning that any horse that places 1st or 2nd is qualified for the North American Nationals! Don’t miss your chance to compete with the best of the best and spend a fun and exciting day with Golden Oak Stables!


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Breyer Horse Showing: All About Judging

September 2, 2013

Many people have given live model horse showing a try once, but even if you haven’t, you might wonder just how it’s done. It seems odd to be able to judge a table full of plastic horses against one another, but once you see things from the judges eyes, it’s very easy to see how and why it’s done.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to showing your Breyer horses is that each one is hand painted. This leaves lots of room for variations between horses. These variations can range anywhere from the shade of the horse to painting details in the eyes to large variations like glossy and matte. This makes the job of judging both fun and hard. You’ll notice judges spend a a great deal of time looking at the details of each individual horse, and if you have the chance to see a class with a bunch of the same models in it, things can get very interesting! These classes can be very difficult for a judge to evaluate but can produce some of the most interesting results!

Judges will mainly evaluate the horse on how close to it’s real life counterpart it is. Things like anatomy and bio-mechanics are important to model horse showing and can be the difference between taking a ribbon home and not. Model horse judges follow the same standards as the real horse breeds the models are portraying, so a judge is looking for the same things in the Quarter Horse class for both real and model horses!

The last thing that comes often into play is condition. You want to make sure your models are free of rubs, dust and other flaws when you choose which ones to bring, this is often the make or break factor when choosing between horses, so bring only your best! Some judges will allow some leeway for vintage models, but it’s always best to bring only your most well cared for models!

Now that you know what the judge is looking for, why not give it a shot yourself? There’s always an opportunity at Golden Oak Stables!

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Breyer Horse Events: Golden Oak Stables End Of School Model Horse Show

May 30, 2013

The end of school is near and summer break is on the minds of so many! If you’ve got some time in your summer break you’ll want to make time to head to Golden Oak Stables for their End Of School model horse show and fun day!

The perfect way to start off your summer is of course, with Golden Oak Stables. For years Golden Oak Stables has been host to some of the most exciting events in the model horse world. On June 29th you can experience the competition and fun of a Breyer horse show with Golden Oak Stables. The End Of School show is a show devoted to  youth and novices in the hobby making it a fun and easy time to give model horse showing a try! This fun event is friendly for those new to the hobby and those who haven’t ever given live showing a try. There are division for your Breyer horses, custom horses, performance classes and even some fun classes giving you the experience of a big model horse show in a easy format.

Also going on concurrently is a Breyer fun day with Stablemate painting, games and everyone’s favorite, shopping! It’s a day full of horses that is sure to please any horse lover!

If you’re nervous about trying live showing, take a moment to go through the Stable News archives for articles for articles on all kinds of Live Show subjects, from packing for a show to what to expect when you get there, Stable News can guide you through!

Don’t be afraid to jump in, live showing is a wonderful way to get involved with your horses and to meet new friends! Give it a shot and experience just what fun model horse showing really is!


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Breyer Horse Showing: At The Show

February 21, 2013

Breyer Horse shows are the pinnacle of collecting for many model horse collectors. The ability to exhibit your collection is something that many dream of and to bring home prizes for your horses is an incredible experience. If it’s your first time at a show though, you might be a little overwhelmed or nervous, here’s what you can expect.

When you think of a model horse show, you might be confused as to how something like that might work. The easiest way to think of it is to think of a real horse show, and scale it down. Instead of stabling areas, each exhibitor will have a table of their own to set up at and to “stable” their horses at for the day. Your table will be your home base where you can get all of your horses onto your table and get them ready to go into the show ring.

The show hall will also have a few empty tables that will be set up, most commonly in the middle of all the exhibitor’s tables. These are the show rings. Just like at a real horse show, you’ll bring your models to the show ring when their class is called for judging. Your horses will be asked to come to the ring when the class is called, so listen carefully. Normally it will be announced a few times and then the class will be closed. The judge will then judge the class and once they are done an announcement will be made and you can find out how your horse did! If there’s a ribbon next to or under your horse, he placed!

At the show you might find yourself needing help with a question or two, you’ll find that most model horse hobbyists are very friendly, so don’t be afraid to chat! There are people at the show though that you’ll want to make note of, first is the show holder and show sponsor. These are the people that have organized the entire event and put in dozens of hours to make the show possible. They will be the best people to ask about rules questions or questions about the local area. There will also be one or more judges, these are experts in the model horse hobby and are kind enough to share their knowledge with others. Feel free to ask questions but only after a class has been judged!

With so much going on, a show might sound overwhelming, but it’s very easy to fall into place when you arrive, so don’t be scared and give it a shot! Golden Oak Stables is the perfect place to give showing a shot and with a Novice/Youth Show coming up, what more could you ask for?

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