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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Model Horse Showing: Golden Oak Stables Spring Warm Up

March 25, 2013

For any model horse collector, a Breyer horse show is an event not to be missed. Whether it’s your first or fortieth there’s no question that the anticipation of a day spent with model horse collectors and beautiful horses is enough to get anyone excited. Golden Oak Stables hosts shows every year that cater to Novice, Youth and Experienced showers. This April 6th Golden Oak Stables opens it’s doors for Youth and Novice showers for Spring Warm Up!

If you’ve been looking for a chance to try model horse showing and you’re in the New England area, Spring Warm Up Live is your reason! This show is catered for Novices and Youth showers making it easy to jump right in. Those new to showing will be with others that are new for a day of learning the ropes of what model horse showing is all about!

Structured like a large nationals qualifying show, Spring Warm Up Live takes that and shrinks it down to an easy to understand and diverse format. There are classes for your Original Finish Breyers to be judged on both their breed assignments (Halter) and rarity (Collectibility). There are also classes in Performance where you can use your Breyer scale tack and props to create realistic scenes featuring your models. Artistic types can show their custom models in classes that are only for new customizers and those who are more experienced or have purchased a custom model can show them in the Professional Custom category. Last but not least are fun classes that will have you excited to bring out horses you might not expect to get a ribbon at a model horse show.

Model horse showing is a fun experience where you can meet others that share the love for Breyer horses like you do. You also get the experience of a real horse show and the competition that comes with it. There’s no question as to why it’s so addictive and fun! So, have you given it a shot?


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Breyer Horse Showing: Keeping Records

March 11, 2013

Spring is almost here and the Breyer horse show season is starting to heat up already! Golden Oak Stables is preparing for their April 6th show and many collectors all over the country are dusting off their horses in preparation for what is sure to be an exciting show year. Getting to the show and showing may seem like the only things you’ll have to worry about but once you’ve packed up your horses and headed home there’s still plenty to do to make sure that your show was a success!

The first thing you want to do is to make sure that your horses get home safely. You might be in a rush to finish up for the day and get home but be sure you pack your horses up well when leaving the show and travel safely with them. Then when you get home be sure to unpack them in a timely fashion. If it’s very cold or hot when you’re transporting your horses try to keep them in a stable temperature and don’t leave them out in the heat or cold. If you do have to, be sure to let them acclimate before you unpack them, this is especially true of the cold. Horses can become damaged when being moved from extreme temperatures, so be cautious and careful.

Once you’re home and your horses are all settled in you’ll want to take a look at your results for the day. Keeping track of these can is important for many collectors so that they can see how their horses did from one show to the next. If you get the time at the show to write down your placings it’s a good idea to. If not, show holder will typically send out copies of the show results within a few weeks of a show. Keep an eye out for these and you’ll be able to tell exactly how all your horses did.

If your horse placed you probably took home a ribbon of some sort at the show too. If it was a NAN qualifying show you may have even gotten some of those elusive NAN cards, organizing ribbons and NAN cards is very important to keeping track of how all your horses show. Some people keep their cards and ribbons with their horses on the shelf, some make envelopes or binders and some keep them in a filing box. There are endless possibilities for organizing, try some and see what works best for you!

Whatever you do, just be sure to get into the habit of getting organized before, during and after a show, it will help you enjoy showing and love your collection even more!

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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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Breyer Horse Showing: Getting Ready For Show Day

February 18, 2013

Just like real horse shows, Breyer horse showers need to make sure they have all the supplies they need on the day of the show! Packing for a show can help you prepare for the show and save time and stress on show day. With a few easy tips you can put together your perfect show kit and be well on your way to the winners circle.

The most important thing to bring to a show is yourself and your horses. Your horses will require a tag or a card at the show for identification so be sure to make these before you pack and bring extra blank ones because chances are, one will go missing along the way. When you are packing your horses it’s also a good idea to make a list of all the horses you are bringing so that you can make sure they all get there, get into their classes and then get home at the end of the day.

Packing a show first aid kit is also a good idea. Think of anything you might need through the course of the day and pack it into a small bag. Things you might want to think about bringing are, a brush for dusting, a few pens and pencils, a note pad, sticky wax and tweezers if you show performance and acrylic paints for touching up rubs. That’s not all you can bring though! Pack whatever you think you might be able to use at the show and over time you’ll create your perfect show kit!

Lastly you’ll want to bring things that you need for a whole day out. Eat well and drink enough water throughout the day so that you’ll have the energy to compete with your horses. It’s also a good idea to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you’ll probably end up spending a lot of time walking and enjoying all the beautiful horses!

No matter what, you’ll have a wonderful time at any Breyer Horse show. If you’re ready to get your feet wet, check out Golden Oak Stables’ Live Shows coming up for the year, there’s no better place to start!

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Model Horse Showing: Preparing For A Show

February 11, 2013

Model horse showing is an activity that can help you not only enjoy your collection but also get the experience of showing a real horse. Model horse shows provide the opportunity to bring your Breyer models out for a day of friendly competition to compete against one another for ribbons, rosettes and often more! Showing can be very rewarding but in order to show you need to get your model horses ready much like you’d get a real horse ready for a show!

One of the main things judges look for in a model horse is condition. Your models need to be in tip top shape to bring home that coveted blue ribbon. When you are choosing your models take a look for any rubs, paint imperfections and other marks no matter how small! Some of these can be fixed easily with a bit of acrylic paint if you are feeling ambitious! Acrylic paint will wash off with water but still be very careful if you choose to do this. Models with noticeable rubs and marks should probably be best left at home but use your best judgement! Sometimes an  exceptional model can still win if it has a small imperfection or two.

You’ll also need to make sure your horses are clean of dust and dirt. Some models can be dusted with a soft brush to remove the dust, but if it is dirty or the dust is hard to remove a light bath is best. You can use tepid water and a soft cloth to clean your models. Be careful not to rub too hard or to let your models soak too long, you could damage them. Then let them dry fully before packing them.

Last but certainly not least you’ll need to make sure your horses are properly marked for a show. Many shows us a tag system where a tag with a small string is attached to the leg of your horse and information including things like the horses name, breed and gender as well as your name are written. Some shows us a system with index cards  where the same information is written out. Take a look at the show packet of your specific show for full instructions.

If you’re ready to get your feet wet, Golden Oak Stables has two shows already planned for 2013. So dust off those horses and start getting ready, competition is right around the corner!


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Breyer Horse Showing: What Is Live Show Quality?

August 30, 2012

The term Live Show Quality, or LSQ is one that you’ll hear all the time if you happen to show, or want to start showing. It’s a term used in the model horse hobby on a regular basis. It’s also one of the hardest ones to understand. Not only does the definition mean a little something different for everyone, it also changes as time goes on! There is a little bit you can know for sure about the term Live Show Quality and about Breyer horse showing!

There are two types of Breyer horse showing, Photo Showing and Live Showing. Live Showing is the more popular of the two and involves coming in person to a venue and bringing your horses along. Because of this, horses that enter a Live Show can be looked at closer and details you might not see in a photo might be seen in person.

This is where the term Live Show Quality comes from. Typically, it is used to describe a model that is good enough to be shown at a Live Show, but what does this mean? With every judge being different, just about everyone’s idea of Live Show Quality is different, but with a few guidelines you can pick horses for your show string that stand a chance against the competition!

The first thing you want to look for when choosing a model for a show is condition. Are there rubs? Not just body rubs, but look on the eartips and hooves too! Little rubs in these areas can make or break a horse in the eyes of a judge. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for bent eartips or legs. Because of the material that Breyers are created out of, sometimes a leg or eartip can be bent if the horse happens to get too hot, keep an eye to make sure they are straight.

The next thing to look for is the paint job. How detailed is it, are the markings crisp? What about the dapples, are they in scale for the horse? There’s also making sure that the color of the paint job for the horse is appropriate for the body type of the horse. A little research into real horses will give you insight into what to look for in a paint job.

Lastly you’ll want to pick models that are good representations of their breed. Some Breyer horses simply look more like their real life counterparts than others. As the shower it is your job to use your best judgement and pick your best of the best!

With a few things to look for you can start picking out models that will be Live Show Quality, just remember that this means something different for everyone! The next time you head up to Golden Oak Stables for a show, remember these few steps and you’ll be on your way to the winners circle!


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Breyer Horse Showing: All About Judging

June 18, 2012

One of the most mystical things about showing model horses are the judges. How do they do it? Why are they judging? Who are they? Judges and judging may seem foreign to many, but there’s a reason behind it all.

Judges for the most part are just regular hobbyists like anyone else. Most of the time they have been in the hobby for a little while and have live shown for a while as well. Experience is key for judging. Many live show judges also have an extensive real horse knowledge. With both hands one experience as well as experience in the hobby, model horse judges have knowledge that can easily transfer to a model horse show.

Another common question about model horse shows is, how does the judge pick a winner? For every judge it is different, but for most the same basic criteria is used. In breed judging conformation and breed standards are of most importance. Judges strive to choose a horse that looks nearly exact to what it’s real life counterpart would look like. Things like sculpting styles and pattern markings can leave a little room for interpretation in the judges eyes though. Personal preference always plays a small part, but a good judge will only use that criteria when it’s absolutely necessary.

For performance a judge has to look at every detail to see how close the scene has been recreated! Things like safety, tack position and realism are all of high importance with performance. Performance judges are often experts in their field from real, hands on, knowledge of the sport. This makes the hobby all the more competitive!

For the most part, judges are just normal hobbyists looking to share their knowledge and help. Without them there wouldn’t be any live shows! Often sacrificing showing their own horses, Judges are the unsung heroes of the model horse world. The next time you’re at a Golden Oak Stables live show, don’t be afraid to ask the judges if you have a question.

Sharing knowledge is a one of the most wonderful things and learning more about real horses and model horses is a wonderful way to experience the hobby! Without the wealth of knowledge that our judges bring, we’d certainly not have the hobby we know today!


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Breyer Horse Showing: All About Breed Types

May 17, 2012

With hundreds of breeds of real life horses it’s no wonder why the world of model horses is as diverse and varied as it is. From tiny miniature horses to gentle giant draft horses, there is a Breyer horse for it! When model horse shows began to grow in popularity, they had to evolve to have a place for all kinds of breeds. Today, it is common to divide a model horse show up by Breed Types, but what are they exactly?

Most model horse shows are divided into eight different breed divisions, Light, Gaited, Sport, Spanish, Stock, Pony, Draft and Other. These distinctions come from all the way back to the formations of the breeds, dividing the hundreds of different breeds of the world into smaller groups by common characteristics.

Light Breeds are horses are easily recognizable as your Arabian type breeds. These horses have characteristics from a life in the desert. Horses such as the Arabian, Morgan and National Show Horse are considered “Light Breeds” because of their Arabian heritage.

Gaited breeds are the showmen of the show ring. These horses carry an additional gait or way of moving that causes them to stand out in a crowd. American Saddlebreds, Rocky Mountain Horses and Tennessee Walking horses are all Gaited because of their distinctive way of moving.

Sport breeds are the athletes of the show ring. These horses include horses that were bred to compete in disciplines such as show jumping and racing. All Warmbloods fall into this division as do Thoroughbreds. These superstars are bred to compete, and it shows!

Spanish breeds are those that have evolved from horses from Spain as well as Southern and Central America. Also called Iberian horses, these horses are known for their distinctive looks and beauty. Andalusians, Lusitanos and Crillos are a few examples of these horses.

Stock breeds are the stars of the Western world. Bred for the ranch, stock breeds can be recognized as Quarter Horses, Paints and Pintos. These standouts of the American South West are the ranch’s most important asset and are easily recognizable with their compact and strong bodies.

Pony breeds are those horses that were bred for their compact size. Pony breeds come from all over the world and are only defined by their smaller than average size. Welsh Ponies, Shetland Ponies, and the American Walking Pony are all examples of these tiny powerhouses.

Draft breeds are the gentile giants of the horse world. Standing sometimes 6 foot tall at the shoulder these horses were originally bred for hard farm labor. Today they are used for any number of disciplines, from harness work to dressage, you can see a draft doing just about anything! Clydesdales, Shires, and the Belgian are all common draft breeds.

Last but certainly not least are Other breeds. These horses don’t fit into any of the above categories. Donkeys, mules and zebras are considered “Other” breeds.

With a little understanding of the  different types of breeds you’re sure to have a leg up on the competition at your next Golden Oak Stables show! But whether you’re a shower or not, a little more knowledge of real life horses is always a good thing!

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Breyer Horse Events: Breyerfest and the North American Nationals

March 22, 2012

It’s that time of the year when thoughts of summer vacation are starting  to creep into everyone’s mind. For Breyer lovers, that means thoughts of Breyerfest! This year Breyer brings the spirit of Great Britain to Kentucky. That’s not the only exciting thing, this year Lexington plays host to the North American Model Horse Showers Association’s North American Nationals in the days leading up to Breyerfest!

The North American Nationals, or NAN for short, is a three day championship show held every year that crowns the best model horses in the nation. Models are required to qualify  at one of dozens of shows all over North America with a first or second placing. For three days hobbyists from all over North America to compete for the coveted title of National Champion. Even if you aren’t competing you can still catch a glimpse of the action. So if you are in Lexington early for Breyerfest be sure to stop by and see some of the best horses in North America!

Breyerfest 2012 is the year of the British Invasion and collectors from all over the world will come to Lexington to celebrate all the wonderful things British! From July 20th to the 22nd the Kentucky Horse Park will be taken over by thousands of collectors all there to share their love for Breyer. The guest of honor is Mariah’s Boon a striking bay drum horse that will enchant fans with his beauty! Entertainers also include The Knights of Valor, a famous jousting troop that has taken the world by storm on their television show Full Metal Jousting! Countless workshops, seminars, performances and model horse shows also fill the weekend, so there’s no doubt that there isn’t something to do at any time of the day!

Breyerfest is surely a dream for any Breyer horse lover and the North American Nationals is the same, but if you can’t get  to Kentucky Golden Oak Stables has events that will keep you and your horses busy this spring! March 24th brings Youths and Novices to Golden Oak Stables for a fun day of learning and competition. April 14th brings a day of open competition with a NAN qualifying show that will allow you to compete with open showers from all over New England.

There’s a little bit of Breyer fun wherever you look! So get out and have a blast with your horses in 2012!


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