BreyerFest Blog 2016!

September 25, 2016

A BreyerFest Military Tribute
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From raptors to the Military, Jeff Wilson and his trio of Morgan Stallions kept the entire arena audience on their toes. His captivating performances were one of our biggest hits this year and we are pleased to have had the opportunity to share his talents with the Breyer world.

Possibly the most eye catching part of his performance were the intricate clippings on each of his stallions done by Dana Boyd, a professional horsewoman and body clipping specialist. The Military logos clipped into the coat of Orion, were by far the most remarkable and added the final touch to Jeff Wilson's tribute to the United States Military.

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According to Dana Boyd, the picture first appeared on Orion back in 2012 and she swore she would never do it again simply because of the intricacy and accuracy the design required. But three and a half years later BreyerFest 2016 was looming and never came calling. Dana spent three days on Orion, perfecting the design for the tribute. The design is clipped into the horse's hair using a stencil. The first edition of all of Dana's designs are clipped on her mare and then recreated on other horses, but this design belongs exclusively to Orion.

"When Jeff called and explained how special BreyerFest is, I agreed to clip this one more time.  My husband I both have decided this picture belongs only to Orion.  It definitely will not be clipped on any other horse, and, I am at his point, not sure it will be re-clipped on him. The Morgan horse is America's horse and the picture is 100% American."

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Jeff Wilson was quoted on the clipping in an article by WKYT, "I've had a lot of veterans get really emotional when they see it. There's just something special about seeing these logos on the horse."

The tribute touched our hearts and above all honored our veterans in a way that was truly unique. We want to send a special thank you to Jeff Wilson and Dana Boyd for sharing their talents with our Breyer community.

August 25, 2016

Youth and Children's Show Winners!

Saturday morning was another big day in the model horse show world! Our Youth and Children's Show competitors filled the Alltech Arena with their flawless models. The competition was tight but our judges worked tirelessly to select the best of the best to choose a winner for each division.

Here are the overall champions of Saturday's competition:

In the Youth Show...
  • Halter Overall Grand Champion - Samantha Y./ Elrond
  • Performance Overall Grand Champion- Amy B./ Wayzatta
In the Children's Show...
  • Halter Overall Grand Champion- Nadia K./ Secretariat
  • Performance Overall Grand Champion- Brooke B./ Birdstone

We would also like to congratulate all of our winners from the event! See you next year!

August 23, 2016

Celebration Park: Carnival!

BreyerFest wasn't just the entertainment and shopping featured in the Covered Arena; there were plenty of activities for kids and adults featured all over the Kentucky Horse Park. Again in 2016, Celebration Park hosted a variety of family-friendly fun, including pony rides, a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, Splash Dogs, the kids Jump Off, and the Tonka Fun Zone. Here are some highlights from this year's Carnival Celebration in Celebration Park!

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Volunteers From JustWorld International assisted
with the Jump Off trials in Celebration Park.

Kids were reaching new heights all day at the Jump Off Trials.

 

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The Splash Dogs competitors wowed audiences
with gravity-defying distance jumping.

 

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Not everyone comes for the horses.
The sandbox in the Tonka Fun Zone was packed all weekend!

 

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For a horse lover, nothing is better than actually
getting to ride a horse at BreyerFest!

Enjoying some time in the shade with their new models!

 

August 22, 2016

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BreyerFest 5K Deemed a Success!

As many of you already know, we had our first annual BreyerFest 5K this year! Despite the Kentucky heat and humidity, there were around 450 runners ready to race bright and early on Sunday morning. We are thrilled with the turn out and want to thank everyone for helping us raise money to benefit the retired Thoroughbreds of Old Friends, a very deserving cause. Time to start training for next year!

Here are a few highlights from the race!

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August 18, 2016

Carnival Beneficiaries and Raffles

Whether you're a serious Breyer collector searching for the next Holy Grail or a family in search of a fun weekend, BreyerFest is all about celebrating our shared love for horses and creating memories to last a lifetime! Not only is the weekend full of fun but it's also rewarding. Every year, BreyerFest helps us donate to a handful of amazing beneficiaries and you all help make that possible.

This year we had the pleasure of supporting six remarkable organizations: the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the 4H Eastern and Western Round-Ups, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), The Cloud Foundation and JustWorld International. Not only were we able to raise money for these charities through our live and silent auctions, but also with the Saturday and Sunday Benefit Raffles! This year's models included Cinza and Areia.

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A special thank you to everyone who participated in this year's raffle and congratulations to our lucky winners!

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Good Luck next year!

August 17, 2016

YouTube Sensation HoneyHeartsC at BreyerFest!

Breyer kids got the chance to meet one of our favorite YouTube stars this year at BreyerFest! A Breyer fan and collector herself, HoneyheartsC spent the weekend enjoying BreyerFest and meeting some of her biggest fans. A line started forming long before the meet and greet, and despite the heat there was nothing but excitement for the YouTube sensation. Cheers and smiles filled the tent when she walked in! Here are some pictures of the YouTube star with some of her fellow Breyer Fans!

August 16, 2016

Carnival Silent Auction Results!

This year's Silent Auction was overwhelming! The auction and the Breyer Community helped us raise a total of $22,165 for our beneficiaries, making it the most successful BreyerFest Silent Auction to date! The auction selection consisted of 17 different lots, ranging from vendor packs, to model sets and even another test model!

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This year's highest bid was for $4,500! The lucky winner walked away with Arco-íris, a rainbow clearware test model.

The two runner ups included The Design Your Own Breyer Package, going for $4,025!

August 15, 2016

For the first time ever, BreyerFest offered its thrilling Celebration of Horses evening performance on both Friday and Saturday nights. Hosting packed houses both evenings at the Alltech Arena, this year's Celebration of Horses was produced by crowd favorites, KYB Dressage. In addition to performances by KYB Dressage, the evening also featured Sylvia Zerbini's Grand Liberty Act, Jeff Wilson's Cowboy Dressage and Birds of Prey, Gudmar Petursson's Knights of Iceland, Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship, and the Majestic Friesians (who definitely snuck in some unicorns).

Guests were greeted each evening by a real taste of Rio's Carnival celebration, brought to BreyerFest by drum and dance troupe Samba New York!

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Samba New York! at the Alltech Arena

 

Both nights featured carnival games and circus performers, hosted by Cincinnati Circus, who entertained guests with stilt walkers and games before the evening's performances and during intermission. Saturday night, participants strutted their stuff in the annual costume contest, which was kicked off by a performance from Samba New York! and featured a variety of its own Samba dancers and other Brazilian-themed costumes.

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This year, KYB Dressage's performances included their interpretations of The Wizard of Oz, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and The Lion King each complete with outstanding costumes, plus a special performance of the Man from Snowy River with Dan James. The Knights of Iceland wowed audiences with two daring precision performances, both of which featured fire! Jeff Wilson's "The Sport of Kings and Cowboys" dressage demonstrations with birds of prey transported audiences though the ages. And Sylvia Zerbini inspired the audience with her beautiful, dancing Arabian horses, displaying her intense connection with the animals.

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Thanks again to all our performers who made both our evening Celebration of Horses shows this year a smashing success!

August 11, 2016

Winners Announced for the BreyerFest Daily Raffle @ The Collector Club Tent!

Throughout the BreyerFest Carnival weekend there were multiple raffles and contests to enter for a chance to win these BreyerFest treasures, including the Collector Club Tent Daily Raffle! Throughout the weekend, one raffle was drawn each day, sending three lucky Breyer Fans home with a lovely Premier Collection Model. Here are our lucky winners!

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Friday, July 22- Alison from Michigan took home 2015 Premier Collection Model 90174, Bobby Jo!

 

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Saturday, July 23- Jillian from California took home 2015 Premier Collection Model 90175, Forever Saige!

 

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Sunday, July 24- Tammy from New Jersey took home 2016 Premier Collection Model 90179, Geronmio!

Congrats to all our winners!

August 10, 2016

Diorama Contest Results!

Every year choosing a winner of the Diorama contest gets harder and harder, and our Carnavalesco Challenge this year was no exception! Participants tackled our Brazilian theme with incredible creativity and the competition was tight, but out of 250 entries there can only be a few winners! The winners are as follows: Leah N. from Georgia, Jessica F. from Colorado, Vincent L. from Germany, and Debra O. from Nebraska!

Congratulations to our winners! We're already looking forward to next year!

In the meantime.... here are some pictures from this year's contest:

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August 9, 2016

BreyerFest Live Auction Results!

The BreyerFest 2016 live auction was a raging success! With your help we raised a total of $70,100, and this year's highest bid was for $5,700!

"How do 28 Breyer models amount to that sum?" you may ask. Well these weren't just any Breyers; each year the live auction collection is made up of rare, limited editions and even some test models! Congrats to our lucky winners!

The top models for 2016 were:

 

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Lot #19 the Loping Quarter Horse as a Glossy Silver Bay

 

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Lot #27 a Grullo Semi-Leopard Appaloosa on the Valegro mold

 

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Lot #23 a Glossy Bay Pinto on the Lonesome Glory mold!

 

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the auction! It was a great time and we hope you had as much fun as we did.

We're also proud to remind you that each of our BreyerFest Beneficiaries, as well as an additional handful of other local groups, will each receive a portion of the proceeds from the live auction, as well as the silent auction!

August 8, 2016

BreyerFest Carnival Guest Horses

This year, BreyerFest attendees got to meet hundreds of horses, including our Guest Horses: Arabian stallion Magic Elixir, the son of Rhapsody in Black; Friesian Stallions Nitrous and Dolci Vita, who are featured in the upcoming film Albion: The Enchanted Stallion; the adorable Miniature Donkey Hickory Hills Wall Street; Appaloosa Heritage Champion Lil' Ricky Rocker; International Working Equitation Champion, Diablo DC; Icelandic Stallion Svali Frá Tjörn; Jeff Wilson's Morgan Stallions with their beautiful, military-inspired clippings; and BreyerFest 2016's Celebration Horse, the Brazilian Mangalarga Marchador.

As many fans may be aware, the Mangalarga Marchador stallion Imperador das Aguas JM, the 2016 Celebration Horse, was unable to make it to BreyerFest due to illness, but owner Claudia Bellandi of C&C Bellandi Managlarga Marchador brought a few of his stable mates, including the mare Irana das Aguas JM and the stallion Lendario das Aguas JM, as representatives of this wonderful breed.

All weekend long, guests stopped by the stables to chat with owners and spend some time with these celebrity equines. As expected, Hickory Hills Wall Street, or "Wally" to his adoring fans, stole the show. At only 30.5" tall, this Grand Champion Donkey was more than happy to pose for photos and be showered with attention.

All our guest horse owners were happy to sign models and greet collectors, who lined up for hours each day to make sure they got their photo taken with their favorite horses.

 

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Magic Elixir and owner Mark Burke sporting traditional Arabian tack
Lil' Ricky Rocker loves posing for photos at the stables

 

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Jeff Wilson's beautifully-clipped Morgan
stallions were showered with attention

Mangalarga Marchador mare Irana was happy
to serve as stand-in for her brother, the Celebration Horse Imperador das Aguas JM

 

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Diablo DC posing with his Breyer model
and friends

Friesian stallions Nitrous and Dolci Vita
enjoying the shade.


 

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Miniature donkey Hickory Hills Wall Street poses with owner
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Svali Frá Tjörn with owner
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August 8, 2016

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You might have heard the rumblings at BreyerFest that our Special Run Namib had some glossy surprises hidden amongst the models. In fact, the Namib run was 50% glossy and 50% matte. Of the 1600 total models there were 800 glossy models and 800 matte models. We can't decide which lovely lady is our favorite as she's beautiful in both finishes!

August 3, 2016

Open Show Winners!

Bright and early Friday morning many eager, dedicated collectors filled the Alltech Arena for the BreyerFest Open Model Horse Show. With over 170 entries throughout the entire competition, this year's show drew in the best of the best in the model horse world. Our judges had the nearly impossible task of selecting a winner out of the array of pristine models in every division.
Here are just a few highlights from Friday's competition!

We wish we could feature every winner here on our blog, but there are simply too many talented competitors to name them all.

First place winner of the Commonality Collector's Class:

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Aurora C.

 

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Stacy Q.

 

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Lori H.

 

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Ethan L.

 

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August 1, 2016

Embassy Suites Window Display Contest Winners!

BreyerFest spirit could be seen throughout the Embassy Suites Hotel last weekend! Continuing with one of our favorite tradtions, BreyerFest guests filled their hotel room windows with a Carnival themed display of their models. This year’s displays were especailly creative and colorful! The showcases get better and better each year, making a winner increasingly dificult to pick. But the votes are in and here are your winners!

In first place...Room 457

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In second place... Room 245!

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Third place... Room 344!

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And this years fan favorite... Room 402!

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Congratulations to our winners and special thanks to all who participated! Can't wait to see what next year brings!

July 29, 2016

A Closer Look at the Samba Surpresa!

Here is a closer look at all 8 models featured in the Samba Surpresa! The package included a total of 3700 models on Espirit, mold number 717, in four different colors and two different finishes.

Here's the number breakdown for the matte models: 1223 of the Black Overo, 925 of the Dun Tobiano Pinto, 627 of the Palomino, and 329 of the Decorator. The glossies are extremely rare with only 149 models existing of each color. A special congratulations to the lucky owners of those models!

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July 28, 2016

Lost and Found

If you lost anything at BreyerFest Carnival over the weekend please call our Customer Service department at 973-633-5090. We have quite a few items we would love to reunite with their owners!

July 28, 2016

BreyerFest 2017 Revealed!

Next year's BreyerFest theme is... Gateway to India! All things India will be filling the Kentucky Horse Park from July 14-16, 2017 and we can't wait to see you there!

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July 20, 2016

Imperador das Aguas JM will not attend BreyerFest

 

(Lexington, KY - July 20, 2016) -- Breyer announced today that Imperador das Aguas JM, the 2016 BreyerFest Celebration Horse,will not attend BreyerFest Carnival this week.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce today that Imperador das Aguas JM will not be able to attend BreyerFest Carnival 2016." said Jaime Potkalesky, BreyerFest's manager. The grey Brazilian Mangalarga Marchador stallion was taken ill last week. In the intervening days, his veterinary team determined that Imperador was showing signs of laminitis and they have been taking aggressive action to keep the stallion comfortable. Though his condition appears to be stable at the moment, Imperador will not be able to attend BreyerFest.

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Imperador das Aguas JM

"We are very grateful that Imperador's owner C&C Bellandi - Mangalarga Marchador is in a position to send Imperador's stable mates to BreyerFest in his place. We also send our very best wishes to them in this difficult time," said Potkalesky.

"Of course we are incredibly disappointed that Imperador will miss BreyerFest," said Claudia Bellandi, owner of C&C Bellandi - Mangalarga Marchador at Oak Bell Farm. "But Imperador's health is our main concern at this point. I will be bringing some of Imperador's stablemates, the stallion Lendario das Aguas JM and mare Irana days Aguas JM, both imported from Imperador's home Fazenda das Aguas JM in Brazil, to BreyerFest to help spread the word about this wonderful breed. I am grateful that BreyerFest guests are horse people and understand the challenge that Imperador is facing. It feels good to know that thousands of people will be sending good thoughts his way."

BreyerFest Carnival will take place July 22-24 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. For additional information, please visit our website at www.breyerhorses.com. Single day tickets for BreyerFest and tickets for the BreyerFest Celebration of Horses evening spectacular (held Friday and Saturday evenings, July 22 & 23 at 6:00 pm at the Alltech Arena) are available for sale on site at the BreyerFest Ticket Booth and at the Alltech Arena ticket booth prior to the show each evening.

July 20, 2016

BreyerFest is almost here! Next up is Lot #27, a Grullo Semi-Leopard Appaloosa on Mold No. 737.

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July 19, 2016

Today we have Lot #26, a walking Thoroughbred Bay Pinto on Mold No. 724.

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July 18, 2016

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For our Early Bird ticket buyers don't forget about the Early Bird Raffle! Three lucky winners will receive our handsome and exclusive Polomar model. The drawing will take place right before the Saturday raffle at 4:30pm in the Covered Arena and you have already been entered if you purchased your tickets before the Early Bird deadline.

Please note, you must be present to win. We'll see everyone at BreyerFest Carnival Friday!!

July 18, 2016

BreyerFest week is finally here! Are you as excited as we are? Here's Lot #25, a Goffert Glossy Chestnut on Mold No. 702.

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July 18, 2016

Here are last week’s Live Auction reveals! Have you picked a favorite yet?

 

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Lot #24 is a Yellow Dun Pinto on Mold No. 585.

Lot # 23 is another mystery model! Good thing BreyerFest is less than a week away!

 

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Lot #22 is on Mold No. 578, Rain, as a Star Dapple

July 14, 2016

Did you find the Silent Auction lots hidden in the BreyerFest app? In case you missed them, here is the rundown to whet your appetite before next weekend. In the past, we have only offered 16 Silent Auction lots, but there were so many amazing donations this year, we bumped it up to 17! We hope you are as excited by the offerings as we are.

Breyer would like to thank all the donors who have so generously provided items for the silent auction, a portion of the proceeds of which is donated to a variety of charities. Over the last 26 years, Live and Silent Auction purchases have allowed Breyer to donate more than $1,100,000 to charities that support a wide variety of causes, especially equine and animal welfare. We are hoping to make this year the best year yet!

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Lot #1 is a stunning test model on the very popular Silver mold featuring a breathtaking Carnival Costume created by Grace Newhouse. Donated by Grace Newhouse and Breyer.

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Lot #2 celebrates the bright and cheerful colors of Carnival and Brazil! Arco-íris is a Rainbow test Clearware model on the Five Gaiter mold. This model was donated by Breyer

Lot #3 is a full set of Samba Surprise models donated by Breyer. These models will be revealed at the event!

 

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Lot #4, an Imperador Gift Basket with Mangalarga Marchador goodies, a Glossy Imperador Model, and a portrait of Imperador das Aguas, donated by Claudia Bellandi, Breyer, and Jane Tilton

Lot #5 is a Hickory Hills Wall Street Gift Basket with lots of Texas favorites and a portrait of Wally, donated by Hickory Hills Donkey Farm and Jane Tilton.

Enjoy lot #6, the perennial favorite: design your own Breyer model.

 

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Lot #7, a BreyerFest Marketplace Gift Basket with items donated by Creature Comforts by Erica, Lilla Rose, Freelance Designs, and Ride and Shine.

Lot #8, Gift Basket from Majestic Friesians & Forever Friesians with a portrait of Dag Dia, donated by Majestic Friesians and Jane Tilton

 

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Lot #9 is a set of commemorative gold, silver, and bronze Mangalarga Marchadors, donated by Breyer. Remember the Rio Games and BreyerFest Carnival with these striking Mangalarga Marchador models!

Lot #10, a 2016 BreyerFest Carnival vendor pack, featuring one each of the BreyerFest Carnival Special Runs as well as an Imperador das Aguas JM Celebration Horse and a full set of the Single Day Stablemates. It’s the perfect way to remember BreyerFest Carnival!

 

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Lot #11, a signed Flexible model and poster featuring Rich Fellers and ‘Flexi’. This set is donated by Breyer.

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Lot #12, a signed Early Release of the brand new Brunello with an exclusive Tryon blanket, donated by Breyer. Get this special version of this extra special horse!

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Lot #13, a one of a kind Icelandic Gift Basket featuring a cozy hand-knitted sweater, coffee table book, Elska Breyer model (who is a limited Brick and Mortar model), riding lesson gift certificate and much more, donated by Lettleiki Icelandics and Breyer.

 

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Lot #14, Custom painted Bobbi Jo model, painted and donated by Lisa Bickford.

 

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Lot #15, Kentucky-inspired Custom Etched Model, donated by Johannah Harris-Spencer

The ideal way to celebration your visit to the Bluegrass State! The model featured breath-taking images of the Kentucky etched on the American Pharoah model.

Lot #16, Signed Thee Desperado Breyer Model, Signed Rhapsody in Black model, and portrait of Rhapsody in Black, donated by Rhapsody in Black/Magic Elixir and Jane Tilton

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Lot #17, Guerreiro, Best Customs Prize Model, donated by Breyer

This handsome guy is one of five models created especially for the 2016 Best Customs Contest Prizes and the Silent Auction. Guerreiro, meaning warrior, is a striking Bay Pinto with markings that make him truly unique. He is one of our newest molds, No. 733, also known as Geronimo.

When placing your bids, please make sure to follow the minimum bidding requirements and minimum bid increases for each item. Have fun and good luck!

 

July 14, 2016

Will Call Ticket Pick Up!

Pick up your BreyerFest tickets on Thursday, July 21st!

For anyone who ordered their tickets after July 11th, you can pick them up from the Ticket Booth on Thursday from 2pm - 4pm. Ticket pick-up is at the BreyerFest entrance at the Kentucky Horse Park! It's near the Covered Arena, right between the American Saddlebred Museum and the KHP main gate.

We hope everyone is getting excited for BreyerFest Carnival!

July 14, 2016

Here’s Lot #21, a Morganglanz Bay Pinto on Mold No. 59

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July 13, 2016

In case BreyerFest Carnival wasn't already thrilling enough, we have another surprise for you! The Knights of Iceland will return to BreyerFest this year with a brand new performance that's sure to leave you on the edge of your seat. Take a journey back in time as their action-packed performance captures qualities of chivalry, valor, and horsemanship reminiscent of the medieval ages.

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Gudmar Peturrson and his team of 8 horse and rider pairs will exhibit the distinctive qualities Icelandic Horses, known for beauty, intelligence, stamina and loyalty, in a brilliantly choreographed routine set to the beat of regal music. While moving in unison at the fast-paced, high-stepping gait of the Icelandic Horse, the pairs will progress through a series of precise formations.

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Don't miss this captivating performance! Come experience The Knights of Iceland on Friday or Saturday Night at 6 pm in the Alltech Arena during our 3rd Annual Celebration of Horses. You can read more about the BreyerFest Schedule here.

Learn more about the farm (Léttleiki Icelandics), Gudmar Peturrson, and the Icelandic breed here.

July 13, 2016

Next up we have Lot #20, the National Show Horse on Mold No. 749 as a Dapple Buckskin Pinto.

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July 12, 2016

Only 10 more days until the biggest celebration of the year! Today we’re sharing Lot #19, a Glossy Silver Bay Loping Quarter Horse on Mold No. 728.

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July 12, 2016

Were you able to find the hidden horses in the BreyerFest Carnival app?

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Meet Auriverde!

This model is full of Brazilian flair and his name says it all! We've incorporated Brazil's national colors, yellow and green, into a clearware classic model on Mold No. 632 by Sommer Prosser originally released back in 2007. His vibrant colors are distinctive of Brazil and can be seen throughout the culture in anything from the national flag to sport team uniforms.

Auriverde will be available in the Breyer Mercado! Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog for more exciting reveals!

July 11, 2016

Lot #18 is on Mold No. 476, Cigar, as a Red Dun Blanket Appaloosa!

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July 11, 2016

Check out the what you may have missed on Breyer News over the weekend!

 

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Lot #17, a Bay Roan Missouri Fox Trotter on Mold No. 486!

We hope you'll love Lot #16 as much as we do, but unfortunately you'll have to wait and see this one at BreyerFest!

July 8, 2016

There are only two weeks until BreyerFest and we have another special reveal! Lot # 15 is a Mulberry Grey Andalusian on Mold No. 584. Isn't he a beauty?

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July 7, 2016

Lot # 14 is an agile Bay Pinto Working Cow Horse on Mold No. 731.

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July 6, 2016

The 2016 BreyerFest App is finally here!

This year's BreyerFest App is now available in the app store! Use it to help you plan your visit with the complete schedule of events, pictures of this year's special run models, maps, schedules, and more! We've even hidden a few surprises in the app; download it now to see if you can find them! Click the links below to download. Happy searching!

iPhone or iPad users click here

Andriod users click here

July 6, 2016

Some horses are worth the wait! You'll have to wait a few more weeks to see Lot 13 unveiled at BreyerFest Carnival.

 

July 5, 2016

As BreyerFest Carnival is right around the corner we wanted to remind everyone of our Single Day tickets and the fabulous Single Day Stablemates models!

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Amapa

 

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If you can't make it for the whole weekend you can still enjoy BreyerFest Carnival with our Single Day tickets. Buy a ticket for one day, two days, or even three. Or even four if you're trying to collect all of the models!

Tickets and Three Day parking passes are available here. And you can see the BreyerFest Carnival schedule here.

July 5, 2016

Greys are always a crowd favorite! Lot #12 is a gorgeous Dark Dapple Grey on Mold No. 594.

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July 5, 2016

Here’s a wrap-up of last week’s Live Auction reveals! Keep checking Breyer News for more!

 

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Lot # 11, a Lady Phase Chestnut Pinto on Mold No. 40.

 

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Lot #10 is a handsome dapple bay on
the Gaming Stock Horse mold, mold #730.

 

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Lot #9, is a beautiful Glossy Dapple Grey on Mold No. 577.

July 1, 2016

If you love glossies then you'll love Lot # 8! He's a Glossy Silver Bay on Mold No. 483, Big Ben.

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June 30, 2016

Lot #7 is Strapless, on Mold No. 583, a Buckskin Pinto.

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June 30, 2016

Don't Forget to Sign Up for Workshops!

BreyerFest is only a few weeks away and workshops are filling up fast! Deadline to sign up is July 4th. Don’t miss your chance to learn something new! You can find the schedule and more information about workshops here.

June 29, 2016

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Jake’s Visit to BreyerFest Postponed

It is said that all good things come to those who wait. It is very true in the case of BHR Bryants Jake. We have decided to postpone Jake’s BreyerFest debut due to the timing of his model release. The model will not be ready in time for BreyerFest fans to get their autographs, so Jake is taking 2016 easy to enjoy his new celebrity status! We will be keeping up with Jake throughout the year and look forward to him joining us at events in the future.

 

June 29, 2016

Today we're revealing Lot #6 a beautifully detailed Man O'War Bridle Pinto on Mold No. 47.

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June 28, 2016

Here are some Live Auction Models you may have missed on Breyer News over the weekend

 

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Lot #2 is a Trotting Arabian Mare. She's a Glossy Dun Pinto on Mold No. 720.

 

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Lot #3 is a Bronze Decorator Marwari on Mold No. 722.

 

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Lot #4 is on Mold No. 733, Geronimo, as a Sooty Dapple Palomino Pinto.

 

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Lot #5 is a Liver Chestnut Blanket Appaloosa Connemara Mare on Mold No.732

June 28, 2016

Diorama Contest Reminder!

We hope the creativity has been flowing and that your dioramas are almost complete! We wanted to remind you that the diorama contest will be hosted in the Visitor Information Center this year, NOT in the Covered Arena. It’s the same contest just in a new location! We’ll be accepting entries in the Visitor Information Center on Friday from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. We can’t wait to see your Brazilian inspired creations! You can read more about the Diorama Contest and the rules and regulations here.

June 24, 2016

Let the countdown begin! Lot #1 is a Valegro Palomino Pinto on Mold No. 737.

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June 24, 2016

Meet Tiki Kulp!

Tiki Kulp, 17, is one of our younger faces at BreyerFest Carnival, and she has talent that exceeds her years! We're excited to feature her in our Artisans' Gallery and BreyerFest Marketplace this year.

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Tiki's story begins four years ago when her Grandpa was searching for some help making harnesses, carts, buggies and the like for his online business. While none of his Grandsons were interested, Tiki was eager to step up to the job! As a young girl, she was never much into horses but she was intrigued by anything artistic. Her Grandpa's business was exactly that! So on January 2nd, 2012 Tiki went to work for her Grandpa. Since, she has exceeded her own expectations by creating anything her Grandpa had and then some. She will be taking the business over from him after she turns 18 in October. Not only will she carry on her Grandpa's legacy, but she'll also being following in her Dad's footsteps. Her Dad started his own business when he was around Tiki's age, and was able to mold it into something that is still successful today. Tiki hopes to do the same and looks forward to the opportunity of growing the business throughout her life, whether it simply be a hobby or something more!

For Tiki the most enjoyable part of her business is making the harnesses, "I like doing things that are repetitive and don't take much thought. Whereas the model vehicles I haven't made as many of them, so I'm always figuring it out as I go along." Out of all the different harnesses she makes the Budweiser harness (pictured) is her favorite. Although the process of putting it together is always a challenge, she says that's exactly what makes it so rewarding in the end.

A challenge is clearly no match for Tiki! Even when making the most difficult products, model vehicles, Tiki is able to bring them to life. She let us in on her secret to getting them just right, "When making a small model of something, there's no way you can get all the detail in the smaller item.  You have to pick and choose the most critical parts.  Once you decide on the critical parts that need to be in the model you need to figure out how to make them look good."

With so many products out there, you may wonder how she is able to continue to bring new things into her product line. She thanks her customers for that! They are always requesting something new and, while she has some brilliant ideas of her own swirling through her head, her customers always come first!

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Tiki aspires to get her name out into the model horse world and BreyerFest is the perfect opportunity! She and her Grandpa had talked about attending BreyerFest for years, but never dreamed that it would be in the cards so soon. Last summer Tiki set her mind to it and made it happen! "I didn't see anything holding me back. I immediately started researching what it would take to get in. I soon figured out what I needed to do, I talked with a few friends to see if they would like to join me to help out. The friends that I thought were most interested in joining me to help me out for the weekend all seemed to be busy, or didn't know their schedules so far in advance. I then decided that I should probably let my parents know that I was planning to do this. I asked them, the same day they decided to go with me to help me out!" With her families support Tiki continued to pursue her goal, and in a few short weeks she'll be able to check it off her list!

We asked Tiki what she is most excited for about BreyerFest, "I'm most excited/anxious for how BreyerFest will turn out. Always when you go to something new, you don't know how well your product will do there. I'm very curious to see the turnout, and learn what products I'll need more of for the following years." With talent like Tiki's we think she'll be a big hit this year, and we can't wait for you all to meet her! You can get a sneak peek at her products on her website!

You can find Tiki in the BreyerFest Marketplace all weekend long and in the Artisans' Gallery at the Clarion Hotel Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

June 23, 2016

BreyerFest is less than a month away, which means it’s about time we shared more of this year’s secrets with you! The Live Auction countdown kicks off tomorrow at 11:00 am right here on our Breyer News! Be sure to come back every day until July 21st so you don’t miss any of the models! Join the bidding on Friday, July 22 at the Live Auction in the Hall of Champions for a chance to go home with your favorite! And don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Information Center on Friday for a special sneak peak of the models.

June 23, 2016

Don't Rush!

Can’t wait to get your hands on the exclusive models from BreyerFest 2016? We’re excited for you to see them in person at the Kentucky Horse Park. As ever, models will available throughout the ENTIRE weekend with new items added to the store all the time! No need to stand in line for hours! Whether you get here Friday morning or Sunday afternoon, we’ll make sure you don’t miss out.

June 22, 2016

Meet Chiquita!

BreyerFest is getting closer and closer! Here’s a quick peek at another Breyer Mercado item; the fan favorite plush!!

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Chiquita is fun, soft and cuddly all in one and this “little girl” is ready to samba! Dressed in full samba attire, this plush horse is the perfect souvenir of BreyerFest Carnival.

Chiquita and all of our other Breyer Mercado items are available all weekend long. And don't forget we have even more Breyer Mercado products still to be revealed. Keep checking the blog!

June 20, 2016

This year we are excited to welcome an entirely new breed of guest to our BreyerFest stage: Raptors.
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Notoriously known as a Bird of Prey, their keen vision and powerful talons and beaks make them born hunters. With wing spans that can range to up to several feet, they have the ability to soar over great distances. Lorrie Schumacher, Master Falconer and founder of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience has teamed up with Jeff Wilson to bring you an original performance combining the strength and athleticism of the Morgan horse breed with the intelligence and power of the raptor.

Falconry has been around for 3,000 years. Back then, the birds were less of a form of entertainment and more of a means of survival. Man had no choice but to hunt for their next meal and the supreme hunting skills of the Falcon made that a little bit easier. And so the symbiotic relationship was born. It wasn't until the time of the kings and knights that Falconry became a sport.

As a creature with a mind of their own, you might wonder how the birds can be trained. The falconer is never truly in control... the birds are, but they can be "trained" through rewarding desired behaviors with a treat. Lorrie's tasty treat of choice for her birds is Quail. We asked Lorrie about the most enjoyable part about working with the birds. "The Birds are in control. I can 'train' them by giving them a reason/a tweak to be a part of my life, to give them a new experience every day. They have taught me humility, respect, consistency, empathy and that I am not in control," she said, "The birds teach me something new every day, they humble me. I'm a school gal in their presence."

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Lorrie and her raptors have performed at a variety of different venues over the years, Central Park and The Cloisters to name a couple, but they have never shared the stage with horses. BreyerFest will be the very first! In anticipation for upcoming performance Lorrie shared with us why it is so unique, "This is bringing the sports of Kings - Horsemanship and Falconry - together as they have been for the past 1,000 years. The Sport of Kings. Two Supreme Beings - Raptors and Horses. So Supreme to Humans. We can only admire them and worship how they can learn to work together." 

Jeff Wilson and the Raptors will perform in the Covered Arena during the Equine Showcase daily from July 22nd through July 24th. Don't miss your chance to see this one-of-a-kind performance!

June 15, 2016

Meet Guerreiro, the Best Customs Contest Prize Model
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The Best Customs Contest entries are due by this Friday so we wanted to share some last minute inspiration!

Meet Guerreiro, the Best Customs Contest Prize Model! Guerreiro, meaning warrior, is a striking Bay Pinto with markings that make him truly unique. We put him on one of our newest molds, No. 733, also known as Geronimo. As a prize for our Best Customs Contest Winners, we knew we needed something extra special! This prize will be awarded to the contestants that exhibit the best of the best in customizing, re-making and re-sculpting models! Only 5 of these models will be awarded (four in the Best Customs Contest and one in the Silent Auction) making him extremely rare. Head over to the contests page to learn more about our Customs Contest. And best of luck to all of our entrants!

June 14, 2016

Kathi and Kim are back with another brand new Stablemates workshop!

Workshop participants will learn about the Olympic sport of dressage by building their own dressage arena. Each participant will leave with a sand arena base, two sections of dressage rail, two flower planters, and a letter cube along with information on dressage tests. They will also learn about prix caprilli dressage tests, or dressage with jumps, and build jump standards and poles to use for this class.

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Stablemates Performance: Dressage is held on Saturday, July 23rd at 12:30 pm - 2:30pm. Classes do fill up so register NOW!

Ideal for Beginner to Intermediate students.

Levels are defined as follows:
Beginner - has never taken a workshop
Intermediate - has taken a similar BreyerFest workshop or has experience in the subject
Advanced - has extensive knowledge of the subject and has taken previous BreyerFest workshops

As a reminder, you need to plan ahead to participate. Workshops are available only by pre-registration! Sign up today!

Click here to learn more about the other BreyerFest workshops!

June 13, 2016

Let’s meet Robin Briscoe, the BreyerFest volunteer manager!
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Robin Briscoe has been working with the Breyer team for over ten years as our volunteer manager of various locations not related to the shows. Prior to that, she was a volunteer who assisted several activities at Breyerfest, including the Hobby Information Booth and photographing events and attendees. Robin has presented several seminars at BreyerFest in past years, including Herd Your Horses and Combined Driving 101. Robin started collecting Breyers back in the mid 1970’s and it helped to fuel her love of horses and other animals. Collecting has also taught her a lot about organization and record keeping and BreyerFest has allowed her to spend time with people who have become the best of friends. She also enjoys visiting all the horses, museums and BBQ places in and around the Kentucky Horse Park. When not working on BreyerFest preparations, she is a certified veterinary technician who currently works for an animal nutrition company after working for over 20 years at a small animal veterinary hospital in Massachusetts. She spends her time at home in New Hampshire with her fiancé Rick and their three cats. Robin says that she is looking forward to meeting old and new volunteers in Kentucky in July!

June 9, 2016

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Meet Copacabana

Copacabana is named after one of Brazil’s iconic and beautiful beaches that will host parts of the 2016 Olympic Games. He might be small but his fiery coloring makes him fierce and larger than life. This unique mustang was sculpted by Jane Lunger and originally released in 2006.

Pick up your very own Copacabana in the Breyer Mercado all weekend long! Check out some more of our exclusive BreyerFest models and where to find them here!

June 8, 2016

Have you seen the new Midyear horses?

We love the variety of horses and different breeds represented. But we have a soft spot for the two horses that will be joining us at BreyerFest Carnival: BHR Bryants Jake and Svali frá Tjörn!

We're thrilled to welcome them to the Breyer family and we hope you stop by and visit them (along with all of our other Guest Horses) throughout the weekend! And don't forget to keep an eye out for their autograph times announced in the next couple of weeks.

You can read more about BHR Bryants Jake here and Svali frá Tjörn here.

Keep checking the Blog as we unveil our latest Breyer Mercado item!

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BHR Bryants Jake Svali frá Tjörn

June 7, 2016

In addition to our latest Breyer Mercado sneak peak we have another exciting announcement to make this week! Watch this space!

June 6, 2016

Happy Monday Readers!

 

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We have another Breyer Mercado sneak peak for you to ponder. Keep checking the Blog to see the full picture unveiled later this week!

June 3, 2016

We’re thrilled to welcome back Jess Burkhart!

Jess Burkhart will be back at BreyerFest Carnival for a fun and informative seminar! Join her on Sunday, July 24th from 11am – 12pm as she shares all about the Canterwood Crest series. And don’t forget to bring your Black Jack, Aristocrat, and Charm models as Jess will be signing them after her seminar.

All of our seminars take place in the Visitor Information Center and are FREE to attend. Plus, they don’t require registration! You can see the full list of seminars here.

June 2, 2016

You've seen updates about Cloud and his herd on our Facebook page and we're thrilled to welcome Ginger Kathrens and The Cloud Foundation back to BreyerFest!

As you may already now, a very special foal was born in the Pryor Mountains of Montana on May 29th, 1995. Immediately filmmaker Ginger Kathrens knew this was a special horse. Ginger is now an Emmy® award winner and Cloud is an ambassador for all of America's mustangs living on public lands. So much has changed in the past 20 years.

Ginger has followed Cloud's herd since before his birth and has witnessed what life is like for wild horses in the Pryor Mountains for the past two decades. The pale palomino stallion has always been released when rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) because of his rare color. Many of his family members have not been as lucky and have been removed by the BLM through helicopter stampedes or bait trapping. Cloud has been documented in three films, "Cloud: Wild Stallions of the Rockies," "Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns," and "Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions," which aired on the PBS Nature series.

Cloud's incredible story and Ginger's hard work and vision have made Cloud so much more than what was ever though possible. The Cloud Foundation grew out of Ginger's passion for the preservation of wild horses and protection of Cloud's herd. The non-profit organization is dedicated to preventing the extinction of Cloud's herd through education, media events and programming, and public involvement. In 2011, Congress declared Cloud an ambassador for all wild horses living in the American West. He has been honored over the years with lots of Breyer models and sets. Our current set, Cloud's Encore, is available on our website.

Ginger will be giving a seminar about her experiences documenting Cloud and his herd. See photos and videos of Cloud's newest family members and learn more about the plight of the mustangs, and what we can do to help!

June 1, 2016

Our BreyerFest workshops are continuing to sell out, but we still have lots of options available for everyone!

Celebrate Christmas in July with our brand new Holiday Ornaments workshop! Join Tina Dils as she shows you how to incorporate your favorite Breyers into the perfect Christmas Ornaments.

Learn from the best with Candace Liddy! Join Candace for her Conformation workshop on Friday afternoon as you learn how and why horses are built the way they are. The group will head to the stables during the workshop to meet some horses face to face.

Join fan favorites Kim Haymond Baker and Kathi Haymond as they celebrate Arena Games with a fun new workshop. Attendees will build an arena for their Stablemates along with lots of Brazilian flair!

Celebrate American Pharoah's iconic win at the Breeder's Cup with a new workshop from Didi Hornberger. Create your own flower garland and enjoy the glory of winning the big race!

For more information about all of the workshops or to sign up click here.

May 31, 2016

To help our BreyerFest fans through their post-holiday weekend blues we have a little something sparkly to share!

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Meet ‘The Girl from Ipanema', the BreyerFest Carnival crystal!

 

This feisty lady will be available in the Breyer Mercado throughout the weekend! Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog to find out who else will be joining Mancha and Gato and The Girl from Ipanema.

May 26, 2016

We have less than two months until BreyerFest Carnival is here!

With that we have another couple of swag items to announce. How exciting! Or ‘que legal!' as they would say in Portuguese.

We created this lively artwork that perfectly captures the vibrant pizzazz of Carnival, Rio, and Brazil. And we loved it so much that we had to use it on both our notebook and Tervis mug.

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We hope you love it as much as we do! Both items, as well as lots of other swag, will be available at the BreyerFest store throughout the weekend.

Keep checking the blog as we continue to announce fun surprises over the next couple of weeks!

 

May 24, 2016

We're thrilled to welcome some familiar faces and lots of new talent to the BreyerFest Carnival Artisans' Gallery! The Artisans' Gallery is held at the Clarion Hotel on Thursday evening from 5:30pm - 11pm and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30pm - 11pm. The Swap Meet is on Friday evening and the Best Customs Contest is on Saturday evening so it's a busy BreyerFest weekend at the Clarion!

New artists include Christina Riley (of Art by C. Riley), Tiki Kulp (of Kulp Model Horse Store), Suzette Springer (of Lucky Horse Creations), and Chris Flint (of Beau Cheveaux Creations).

We're excited to welcome back some Artisans' Gallery favorites including Candace Liddy (of Candace Liddy Bronzes), Bill Duncan (of BD Wagons), Kara Matrejek (formally Kira Hamilton of Art by Kira), Kristina Lucas Francis (of Lucas Francis Studios), Morgen Kilbourn (of Kilbourn Studios), Amanda Dionne (of The Studio at Merrie Meade Farm), D'Arry Jone Frank (of Prestige Farms), Tabatha Pack (of Twin Oaks Arabians), Donna Chaney (of Animal Artistry), Leslie Rothaar (of Towns End Art), Kimberly A. Bleecker (of Total Image Equine), Jennifer Moore (of Immortal Horse Studio), and Charlene Schnarr (of Morning Glory Farm).

Stop by the Clarion for BreyerFest After Dark and check out all of our exceptionally skilled artisans as well as the lively Swap Meet and the outstanding Best Customs Contest finalists!

May 20, 2016

Some people think Friday the 13th is an unlucky date. Simba du Pont de Tournay, our BreyerFest 2015 Vive La France Celebration Horse, might have a different opinion of this superstitious date.

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Simba became a dad again last Friday, the 13th, when Gia (who was at BreyerFest with him) foaled a big, healthy colt. Tentatively called Sherman as he's build like a tank, this little guy is heavy boned and stocky like his parents. Owner, Joyce Conklin, said the colt appears to be a bay roan, like Simba with a few white hairs on his forehead.

Welcome to the Breyer Family Sherman!

May 19, 2016

TS Black Tie Affair to retire at BreyerFest

BreyerFest often has the privilege of hosting incredibly talented horses. One of those incredible horses is TS Black Tie Affair. Please join us on Saturday afternoon for a very special retirement ceremony of this 11-time World Champion and trick horse. After a 25 year career, Black Tie will be making his last appearance in the show ring. Come and be part of the celebration!

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The ceremony time will be posted in the Event program.

May 18, 2016

After hearing the amazing story of Aimé Tschiffely and the faithful Mancha and Gato we knew we had to make them into Breyer models! How could we not honor such an amazing feat?

So meet Mancha and Gato, the models!

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Mancha and Gato


Mancha means the Spotted One and was an 18 -year-old red and white piebald when Aimé first met them on the pampas of Argentina. Gato, also known as the Cat, was a 16-year-old buckskin dun. Both models depict the horses as they were Aimé first met them and before they set out on their odyssey across countless countries.

As Tschiffely described the horses, ‘they were the wildest of the wild' and would try and kick any one that came near them; in fact neither one of them had seen a stable before their journey!

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Following their marathon adventure, Mancha and Gato were retired to an estancia. Tschiffely returned to Argentina during World War II to visit his old friends, who had been running wild on the pampas since their return. Gato passed away first, at the age of 32, in 1944 and Mancha was 37 when he died in 1947.

For more information on Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato, please visit the Long Riders Guild website at www.thelongridersguild.com. All photographs courtesy of Basha O'Reilly, Executor of the Tschiffely Literary Estate - www.aimetschiffely.org.

Mancha and Gato will be available at the Breyer Mercado at BreyerFest Carnival!

May 17, 2016

While researching Rio, Brazil, and South America we came across the fascinating story of Aimé Tschiffely and his two horses, Mancha and Gato. We were so amazed by the courageous journey all three undertook we wanted to share it with you today.

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In 1925 Aimé Tschiffely, a Swiss teacher living in Argentina, set out on an epic ride with two Criollo horses, Mancha and Gato. The amateur explorer's goal was to travel ten thousand miles from Buenos Aires to Washington, DC, over some of the world's most inhospitable country. Their odyssey lasted two and a half years, forced horses and rider to survive through near-impossible conditions, and ended with a hero's welcome at the White House.

It also made Tschiffely the greatest Long Rider of the 20th century.

Mancha (the Spotted One) was an 18 -year-old red and white piebald and Gato (the Cat) was a 16-year-old buckskin dun. Both horses were owned by a Patagonian Indian and were unbroken and running free on the pampas of Argentina when they were brought down to a local estancia, what we call a ‘ranch' in the US. As Tschiffely described the horses, ‘they were the wildest of the wild' and would try and kick any one that came near them; in fact neither one of them had seen a stable before their journey! Over time the half-wild horses adapted and grew fond of Tschiffely.

During their three-year journey, the trio travelled approximately twenty miles a day through mud-holes, over quicksand bogs and across rivers through extreme hot and cold temperatures. They trekked high into the mountains of Bolivia at altitudes of 11,000 feet. They continued through the steep, rocky terrain of the Andes and the jungle valleys of Peru to Ecuador and Colombia. In Mexico, Gato went lame and Tschiffely shipped the horse to Mexico City to await his arrival. Mancha and Tschiffely continued along the way, finally reaching Mexico City where they were reunited with Gato. After this, they crossed into the US at Laredo, Texas where they were guests of the Texas Rangers. They rode through Oklahoma, the Ozarks, and on to St. Louis, crossed the Mississippi River and continued over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Before they reached Washington, DC an American motorist took deliberate aim at them, hit Mancha and sped away. Luckily the tough Criollo was unhurt and all three made it to the White House, where they received a hero's welcome from President Coolidge and the National Geographic Society.

Tschiffely decided to ship Mancha and Gato to New York, in order to keep the horses safe from traffic on the roads. The two horses and their rider were greeted in New York with a full ticker-tape parade, the only one granted to a Long Rider. Tschiffely also received a New York City medal from Mayor James Walker. After their long journey, horses and rider travelled back to Buenos Aires by ship, arriving in Argentina almost three years to the day from their departure.

Following their marathon adventure, Mancha and Gato were retired to an estancia. Tschiffely returned to Argentina during World War II to visit his old friends, who had been running wild on the pampas since their return. Gato passed away first, at the age of 32, in 1944 and Mancha was 37 when he died in 1947.

Tschiffely and his horses' legacy continues today: the Argentinean Congress passed a law in 1999 declaring September 20th of each year as ‘Día Nacional Del Caballo' (National Day of the Horse), as this was the date Aimé arrived in New York in 1928. The book Tschiffely's Ride has sold more copies than any other equestrian travel tale in history and has inspired five generations to get in the saddle and head for the horizon.

For more information on Tschiffely, Mancha and Gato, please visit the Long Riders Guild website at www.thelongridersguild.com. All photographs courtesy of Basha O'Reilly, Executor of the Tschiffely Literary Estate - www.aimetschiffely.org.

May 12, 2016

The Embassy Suites Window Decorating Contest is back!

If you didn't have enough options to showcase your creativity at BreyerFest Carnival, we have another option for you!

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A perennial favorite of BreyerFest attendees, the Window Decorating Contest is returning to the Embassy Suites for another year. Bring on the bright colors, the feathers, and the overall enthusiasm found in Brazil! And don't forget to get creative!

In case you don't remember or this is your first year, the rooms at the Embassy Suites have windows looking out into the hallways giving our collectors the ideal spot to showcase their favorite horses. Some people even go as far as creating elaborate dioramas for their windows. You can get as creative and inventive as you'd like!

The Embassy Suites is providing some wonderful prizes, including Visa gift cards and a free night stay at the hotel. Prizes and Official Rules are below.

The Embassy Suites is running the contest so please contact the hotel for more information! Or ask at the front desk when you check in.

Boa Sorte everyone!

Prizes
• 1st Place - $100 Visa gift card
• 2nd Place - $50 Visa gift card
• 3rd Place - $25 Visa gift card
• People's Choice - free night stay at hotel

Official Rules
• You may use any purchased materials, but the display must have at least three Breyer Models.
• The displays are restricted to the window only. Please do not flow into the hallways.
• We will only judge what can be seen through the window
• Nothing on the walls or windows is permitted. Tacks, tape and markers are prohibited.
• Please no glitter or candles.
• DO not hang ANYTHING from Sprinkler Head in Rooms.
• Judging will be done Saturday morning.

May 11, 2016

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BreyerFest Carnival is thrilled to welcome JustWorld International to BreyerFest and the Kentucky Horse Park this July! As you might have already seen or read, JustWorld will be running our horseless horse show in Celebration Park. They are also one of BreyerFest Beneficiaries this year!

JustWorld International is devoted to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding local partners around the world helping children thrive. While many nonprofit organizations focus primarily on providing short-term assistance to developing countries, JustWorld's goals are long term.

Since its inception in 2003, JustWorld has strived to work with grassroots, community-based organizations that have evolved to help children who often fall beyond the reach of government and large-scale humanitarian programs.
Through partnerships with organizations in Cambodia, Colombia, Guatemala and Honduras JustWorld supports over 6,000 children in need. With a focus on education, nutrition, health and hygiene and cultural development programs JustWorld empowers a generation to lift themselves out of poverty.

JustWorld International's Horseless Horse Show is one of the organizations creative fundraisers. A horseless horse show is run just like a real horse show except without horses. With set jumping courses participants race against the clock on his or her own two feet. The Horseless horseshow is open to all ages and features a "Grand Prix" a "Pairs Class" and is followed by the crowd favorite, "High Jump Competition". All sections will be judged and an awards presentation will follow each section of competition. The shows will be held daily at 10am and 2pm and participants must be a children's ticket holder.

We hope our BreyerFest kids start practicing their jumps and we hope to see everyone cheering each other on in Celebration Park!

You can read more about JustWorld's horseless horse show and the full rules here.

May 10, 2016

BreyerFest Carnival is very quickly sneaking up on us!
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As we get closer and closer to July 22nd we're going to start sharing some of our favorite swag items with all of our readers. To kick things off, we have one of our tote bags! With a colorful design reminiscent of the dazzling colors of Rio and Brazil and sunny yellow handles this tote is perfect for carrying your BreyerFest Carnival treasures. This bag will be available in the Breyer store at BreyerFest so be sure to stop by and shop!

And stay tuned for our other Swag reveals!

May 9, 2016

Have you seen the winners of our ‘Pal goes to Brazil’ Coloring Contest?

Check them out on the Breyer News page here. We’re so proud of our winners as well as everyone who submitted their artwork for the contest. We loved seeing all of the creativity and enthusiasm for BreyerFest Carnival! Hopefully our artists learned a little bit more about Brazil during the process. Congratulations to the winners and a big ‘obrigado’ to everyone who entered!

May 6, 2016

Here’s Brigadeiros!
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Named for a scrumptious Brazilian treat, Brigadeiros is the BreyerFest Live Show Reserve Prize. A delectable bay pinto, this guy is on mold #59, Chris Hess’s Morganglanz originally released in 1980.

You can read more about the BreyerFest Open Show as well as the other model horse shows throughout the weekend here. Best of luck to all of our showers!

May 5, 2016

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Here’s a sneak peak for our next horse!

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May 4, 2016

Meet Senna, the BreyerFest Open Show Grand Prize!
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This red dun blanket appaloosa is on the perennial favorite Cigar mold.

You can read more about the BreyerFest Open Show as well as the other model horse shows throughout the weekend here. Best of luck to all of our showers!

May 3, 2016

We have a few more horses to announce this week!

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Any guesses who this ‘garoto’ or ‘menina’ is? Or where this model might pop up at BreyerFest?

Keep checking back to find out!

May 2, 2016

In case you haven’t heard, BreyerFest Carnival Single Day tickets are on sale!

We announced the Single Day Stablemates last week; do you have a favorite?? Buy your Single Day tickets today so you don’t miss out on this good looking bunch! You can buy them as well as Three Day tickets and parking passes here.

April 28, 2016

Last, but certainly not least meet São Paulo!
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The last of our BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates is a fine bay roan pinto on a new sculpt in the Stablemates line.

Have you purchased your Single Day tickets yet? You can buy them here! And don't forget, you can upgrade your Single Day ticket to add on the Celebration of Horses evening performance which has been extended to Friday night as well as Saturday!

April 27, 2016

Another day, another BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates model!

Para is a dapper red Bay pinto on Kathleen Moody’s Andalusian mold originally released in 1998.

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Keep checking back this week as we unveil the last of the BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates!

April 26, 2016

Meet our second Single Day Stablemate, Bahia!
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Bahia is a classic black and white Appaloosa on the fan favorite Rivet mold, first sculpted by Jane Lunger in 2013.

Keep checking back this week as we unveil the rest of the BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates!

April 25, 2016

The BreyerFest Carnival Swap Meet has SOLD OUT!

This fan favorite event at BreyerFest is hugely popular every year and this year is no exception. Make sure you stop by the Clarion Hotel on Friday night to see all of the great models!

You can learn more about the Swap Meet here.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone there!

April 25, 2016

Here is the first of our ‘little’ surprises this week!

Meet the first of the BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates, Amapa!

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Amapa is a handsome dun on the new Valegro mold; which was sculpted by Jennifer Scott and introduced this year as the famous dressage horse Valegro.

Keep checking back this week as we unveil the rest of the BreyerFest Carnival Single Day Stablemates!

April 22, 2016


Things have been quiet on the BreyerFest Blog this week, but we've been hard at work on a little surprise for everyone on Monday!

In the mean time, we have a few more pictures of Estrela do Carnival to share with you.

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Check back soon!

April 20, 2016

BreyerFest Guide for Kids!

BreyerFest brings over 12,000 visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park each year! Since Breyer models are made for both play and collecting, guests range from avid lifelong collectors, to younger collectors, to families who just happen to be in the Lexington area the second weekend in July!

To cater to our youngest fans, a number of activities are planned specifically with them in mind! There are lots of other activities for the whole family as well.

Celebration Park Free Pony Rides

After being surrounded by model horses, watching special equine performances, and meeting Breyer's iconic portrait models up close, if there's one thing kids will want to do, it's ride a horse! Free pony rides will be happening all weekend!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Petting Zoo
The petting zoo is not to be missed! Adorable animals will charm little kids and kids at heart!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Mechanical Bull Rides
Can you stay on a whirling mechanical bull for a whole 8 seconds?? Give us your best yee-haw and hold on tight!

Tonka Fun Zone
New for this year is the Tonka Fun Zone, which celebrates a different kind of horse power! Just like Breyer, Tonka Toys are beloved American collectibles. Tonka's T-Rex Monster Truck will be on display, surrounded by a sandbox playground filled with Tonka Toys! Take a break and bring your little ones for some much needed playtime!

Craft and Activity Area

FREE Stablemates Painting
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Children unleash their creativity when they make their very own Breyer Model! This free activity is included in all
children's tickets-limit one per person per day!

FREE Face Painting, Magic Shows, Jugglers!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Circus performers roam the Craft and Activity Arena entertaining guests of all ages. Amazing magic, free face painting, and marvelous jugglers add to the excitement and thrill of attending BreyerFest!

April 15, 2016

Were you able to figure out who the last BreyerFest Carnival Special Run was?

We couldn’t have BreyerFest Carnival without a Carnival horse so meet Estrela do Carnaval.

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This Carnival Star is on the fan favorite Pegasus version of the Silver mold. The mold was sculpted by Kathleen Moody and first introduced in 2001. Estrela do Carnaval has a rich, chocolate brown base with fiery mane, tail, and wings reminiscent of Carnivals held across Brazil. The best part? An iconic Samba dancer in costume on the horse's belly which was painted by Kathleen Moody.

Buy your Three Day tickets and parking passes today so you don't miss out on Early Bird pricing! And you'll be entered to win Polomar, a spectacular one-of-three model on the Smarty Jones mold.

April 14, 2016

Because we’re feeling generous and because this is the last BreyerFest Carnival Special Run we’re going to share another sneak peak with you. Maybe it’ll help you figure out who this horse is! Remember, this guy or gal could be representing somewhere we’ve already visited or it could be somewhere entirely new!

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Check back later in the week to see the latest model unveiled!

April 14, 2016

As we’re getting closer to the Early Bird ticket deadline our Swap Meet tables are starting to sell out! If you’re a Three Day ticket holder you can purchase your Swap Meet tables on our website. There’s only a handful left so sign up today! Click here for more information.

We’re also starting to sell out of our most popular workshops! Sign up today so you don’t miss out on the fan favorites and the brand new workshops! Sign up here.

Finally, we’re down to the last few booths in the vendor marketplace. Sign up today so you don’t miss the chance to sell at BreyerFest. You can find out more here.

April 13, 2016

Artisans’ Gallery Early Bird Ends Friday!

Have you heard about the Early Bird special we have for the BreyerFest Carnival Artisans’ Gallery? If you send in your application by this Friday, April 15th you’ll receive a BreyerFest Guest Pin FREE! What a great deal!

You can read more about the Artisans’ Gallery or get the application here.

April 12, 2016

For our last BreyerFest Carnival Special Run we're visiting one of our favorite locations. Will it be our first trip there? Or are we going back for more?

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Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog to see the latest horse when it's unveiled later this week!

April 11, 2016

Early Bird Pricing ends Friday!

Our Early Bird Pricing on Three Day Tickets and Parking Passes ends Friday! Our Early Bird buyers are also entered to win Polomar, a spectacular one-of-three model on the Smarty Jones mold. Don't wait, buy your tickets and parking passes today!

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Buy your tickets here and your parking passes here. To see the BreyerFest Carnival Special Runs as well as the Store Specials visit the Exclusive Models page.

April 8, 2016

Meet Chesna Klimek, from Olympia, Washington!

We have another Working Equitation rider to introduce you to. Don't' forget to scroll down to revisit our blog posts about Working Equitation and to meet the other Working Eq riders.

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Chesna Klimek, a native to Washington state, has been training, competing, and performing with horses since childhood. A dedicated three-day eventer, Chesna studied and competed as a working student in England with top professionals and has shown her own young horses in horse trials in the United States.

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In 2010, Chesna and her self-trained Haflinger pony, Pippin, were the United States Eventing Association Training Level Champions in the Pacific Northwest. Together, they have also competed successfully in show jumping over 3'6" courses, earned a USDF silver medal Prix St. Georges, and won versatility events such as the Extreme Cowboy Race and All Breed Challenge.

In 2013, Chesna won Emerald Downs' 100-day Trainer Challenge for ex-racehorses with a 7 year old off-the-track Thoroughbred named Solar, in part thanks to their bridleless freestyle performance.

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In 2015, Chesna and Pippin began studying Working Equitation, ending their first Working Equitation show season by winning the Intermediate Level National Champion title at Haras Cup against competitors from across the US, and even two top riders from Portugal, the country that consistently dominates the sport world-wide. She and Pippin continue to advance their skills in Working Equitation with the goal of one day riding at the top level of the sport.

Chesna is also a contributing writer to Eventing Nation. You can learn more about Chesna on her website. You can also watch some of her performances on YouTube.

April 8, 2016

Meet our North American delegate, Bozeman!
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A handsome blue roan tobiano pinto, Bozeman has two blue eyes and a coon tail. He's on the Gaming Stock Horse mold originally sculpted by Morgen Kilbourn and released as ‘Wyatt' as part of the 2014 Premier Collection.

Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs. Where will we be exploring next?

April 7, 2016

And last but not least, our Breakables Show Manager, Maggie Schneider Barkovitz!
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Breakables Show Manager, Maggie Schneider Barkovitz is a Philadelphia native, even though she now lives in Missouri, and is about to move to Phoenix, Arizona. Maggie started collecting Breyers around 1977 after being introduced to them by her friend & neighbor. When she was a kid, all she wanted for Christmas and birthdays were Breyers. She would circle the ones she wanted in the catalog, and hand them to her mom, grandparents, or anyone else who she thought might like to know.

In 1991 she stopped collecting until 1998 when she bought her first computer, got online, and did a search for Breyer. Lo and behold she discovered a vast hobby she didn't even know about as a kid. Through the old Cascade Model Horse board, she connected with people, one of whom is one of her dearest friends to this day. That friend introduced her to the ceramic model horse hobby, and she's been collecting chinas ever since, with a Breyer or two here and there!

In 2002 BreyerFest featured the very first Breakables show with show hostess Karen Gerhardt. It was an opportunity for collectors to bring out their ceramic horses and be a part of the largest gathering of model horse enthusiasts in the country. In 2008 Maggie, with Karen's blessing, approached Breyer about reviving the show since many of the china collectors also collect Breyers and attend BreyerFest. Since then, Breakables Live at BreyerFest has been a Thursday night fixture at BreyerFest's host hotel - the Clarion.

April 6, 2016

Next up, our Youth and Children’s Show Managers, Eleanor Harvey and Kim Bjorgo-Thorne!
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Kim Bjorgo-Thorne started her collection of Breyers with a pair of woodgrain models given to her by her mother. Rumor has it that she wasn't all that impressed with her new baby sister, and that the models were an attempt to redirect her energy. Those woodgrain models went everywhere- to the beach, in the pool, the yard, etc. As Kim's carpet herd grew she learned about the model horse hobby and Just About Horses. She attended her first live show at a local hobbyist's house at age 12, and 6 years later, held her first "live" show. Fast forward through college and graduate school, and Kim is still active with the model horse hobby. She holds a show every year in Columbus, Ohio and participates in several online model horse-related communities. Kim has attended all but the first two BreyerFests. Her collection is an eclectic mix of Breyer clinky models, and a few draft breed artist resins.

Kim has ridden hunter jumpers and three-day horses since she was seven, but the draft breeds hold her heart. She is a lifetime member of the Clydesdale Breeders of the USA. In "real life", Kim is a professor at a small liberal arts college, where she teaches vertebrate zoology, ecology, and environmental-related courses. Her advanced work is in fisheries biology and spatial ecologist, and considers horses her avocation rather than vocation. Kim also works with the local 4-H equestrian group and teaches about horse form and function. Through life's ups and downs, successes and triumphs, the one constant in Kim's life has been the model horse hobby, and she finds great fulfillment through the deep and lasting friendships made as a result of the hobby.

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Eleanor Harvey began collecting model horses after years of pleas for a real pony fell on deaf ears. Her parents caved and gave her a glossy dapple grey Running Mare, only to watch in disbelief as she grew the herd to its present state, numbering over 2000 models. She did finally begin riding horses in Virginia when she was 9 years old, and eventually rode hunter paces and combined training in Connecticut on a Welsh pony named Buster, and progressed to second level dressage under Elizabeth Madlener at Maryland Horse Center. Her riding career went on hold as graduate school, marriage, a career, and two kids absorbed most of her time; but the model horse hobby became a more important part of her life, and through the hobby she has made some of her closest friends. She began showing and judging model horses in the 1980s. Her specialties are English performance, harness, and collectibility. She has attended most Breyerfests since 1993, and judged the Children and Youth shows for many years before becoming co-manager of the shows with her good friend, Kim Bjorgo-Thorne. When she's not playing with her model horses Eleanor is an art museum curator in Washington, DC, where she organizes exhibitions and writes books about American art.

April 5, 2015

Meet our BreyerFest Model Horse Show Managers!

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Michelle Masters, Open Show Manager

First up, Open Show Manager, Michelle Masters!

Michelle Masters has been managing the BreyerFest Open Show since 2006, but has been collecting Breyers for much longer. In fact, Michelle got her first Breyer model horse from her aunt when she was seven. In the last 45-odd years she's collected 300 O.F. Breyer models as well as special runs and event models. She got her model horse show start when she attended her first ‘live' show in 1975. She's been to countless shows since then! Michelle first attended BreyerFest in 1993 and impressively she's only missed two years since then! Michelle attended ten years of BreyerFest with all three of my daughters, who also collect model horses and have shown in many shows.

Michelle started out as a judge at BreyerFest, then moved on to teach the Showing and Performance clinics before being asked to take over as show manager for the Open Show in 2006. Michelle considers her duties as show manager a true labor of love as it combines her love of organizing and planning with her life-long love of the model horse hobby.

Michelle is very busy year round with her job as an 8th grade English teacher, so of course she can't get enough books! Michelle also adores her three dogs and the beach, and loves jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and attending Renaissance festivals.

April 4, 2016

Another week, another BreyerFest Carnival Special Run! We’re journeying closer to home this time.

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Keep checking back to see the model (and the name) unveiled later this week!

April 1, 2016

April Fools! Okay, we might have lied a bit, but we're pretty excited about the models this year. Who can blame us! That being said, we want to keep the Surprise Model our little secret for a while longer. But we'll be nice and share this sneak peak with you.

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Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we continue to unveil our BreyerFest Carnival Special Runs!

April 1, 2016

We decided to mix things up a bit this year and introduce our Surprise Model early! Meet our BreyerFest Carnival Surprise model…

March 31, 2016

Introducing Sheila
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Representing Australia, Sheila is a cheerful chestnut minimally marked pinto with a sunny mane and tail. This spirited and spunky gal is on Morgen Kilbourn's Working Cow Horse Mold (#731) which was first introduced in 2015 as a part of the Premier Club.

Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs. Where will we be exploring next?

March 30, 2016

With BreyerFest Carnival sneaking up quickly we wanted to share some of our favorite things to do in Lexington and the Bluegrass area in case you're thinking of extending your trip to Kentucky. There is something for everyone! You can read more on our website here or go to VisitLex for more information about Lexington and the surrounding area.

Without further adieu, here are some of our favorite places to visit!

Old Friends
A BreyerFest Fan Favorite!
Providing a place of dignity for retired Thoroughbred champions. Visit a few former racehorses, leave having been touched by the heart of a Thoroughbred hero.

The Lexington Connection's Tour & Breakfast at Keeneland Racetrack
A BreyerFest Fan Favorite
The Lexington Connection, Inc. offers this unique tour and breakfast to BreyerFest attendees. Call for more information.

The Woodford Reserve Distillery
The only facility in the state making bourbon using the original Scottish "pot still" method. Offers exhibits on the history and heritage of bourbon, tours, lunch on the porch, and a gift shop.

The Red Mile Harness Track
The Red Mile is Lexington's oldest existing racetrack, dating back to 1875, as well as one of the nation's most respected harness tracks.

The Lexington History Museum
Ever-changing exhibits feature a wide variety of topics, from African American life in historical Lexington to horse racing to typewriters.

Nostalgia Station Toy & Train Museum
This museum exhibits antique model trains, antique toys and railroad memorabilia. The gift shop sells gauge trains and accessories.

Mary Todd Lincoln House
The home was restored to reflect the Todd family's residency with period furniture, family portraits and furnishings from the Todds as well as the Lincolns.

Old Kentucky Chocolates
Best known for its delicious Bourbon Chocolates and Bourbon Cherries, Old Kentucky Chocolates has been making candy for over 35 years.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
America's largest restored Shaker community. Tours, shopping, fine crafts, Inn and fine dining.

 

March 29, 2016

G’day and Happy Tuesday!

We’re continuing our journey around the world with the BreyerFest Special Runs. We’re criss-crossing the globe, up and down, round and round. Where will we end up?

Keep checking back to find out where we’ll be next!

March 28, 2016

More Diorama Contest Inspiration!

As if you needed more inspiration to enter our Carnavalesco Challenge Diorama Contest! Meet the prize model, Pele!

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Diorama Contest Prize - Pele

A glossy dapple bay on the playful Buckshot mold, Pele provides cheerful encouragement while you’re working on your diorama. Boa Sorte!

March 24, 2016

Get ready for lots of ‘diversão' as we celebrate Brazil with the Carnavalesco Challenge Diorama Contest!

Dioramas can incorporate any aspect or region from Brazil. Maybe you're dreaming of exploring the rainforests of the Amazon; or relaxing on the beaches with a fresh coconut in hand; or cheering one of the ‘football' teams to victory. Brazil is a large and diverse country so there are tons of possibilities! And remember you can use any scale of Breyer models. Boa Sorte!

Some contestants spend weeks or even months working on their magical dioramas while others are struck with some last minute inspiration. Either way, it's the perfect chance to show off your inner artist. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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There are just a couple of important rules for you to remember. First of all, all entries must be family friendly! Next, all entries must be created using a least one Breyer Model (any scale) and all entries must stand upright on a table and fit entirely inside a 12" cube; including bases, stands, and attachments. Please note, entries will be measured. There will also be four different categories including: Under 10 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, and 20 Years & Older. Click here for more information and the rest of the rules and regulations.

Stop by the covered arena on Friday and Saturday to check out the cheerful and colorful dioramas! Winners will be announced after the Saturday Raffle in the Covered Arena. Learn more about how to enter the Carnavalesco Challenge Diorama Contest here!
Don't forget to check out some of our favorites dioramas from last year!

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March 23, 2016

Everyone’s favorite costume contest is back at BreyerFest!
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Join us on Saturday before the Celebration of Horses show as we celebrate Carnival in Kentucky at our very own Samba Parade! Bring on the feathers and start practicing your dancing as prizes will be awarded to the winners. We’ll have four different categories, including: Individual Adult, Adult Group, Individual Child, and Child Group. The age cut-off is the same as BreyerFest tickets, adults are ages 13 and over and children are ages 12 and under. You can see the full rules and regulations here. You can learn more about the Samba Parade Costume Contest as well as our other BreyerFest Contests here.

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And remember all costumes must be family friendly!

 

March 22, 2016

Meet Furano, our Asian delegate!
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This refined lady is named for the breathtaking ski resort on Japan’s most northern island, Hokkaido. Furano is on the Justadream version of Kathleen Moody’s Arabian Mare mold (#706).

Furano is a snowy, dapple grey with beautifully detailed hooves and shaded mane and tail. She has a high gloss finish glistening like the pristine ski slopes at Furano.

Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs. Where will we be exploring next?

March 22, 2016

International Museum of the Horse

While you’re at the Kentucky Horse Park don’t forget to stop by the International Museum of the Horse! BreyerFest Three Day ticket holders get free admission to the museum, as well as the Horse Park’s Hall of Champions and Parade of Breeds.

The museum is a favorite of BreyerFest attendees, volunteers, and Breyer staff! It's been a must see for all horse-lovers since it first opened in 1978. The Museum is one of the largest horse-focused museums in the world with over 60,000 square feet of space. Wow, that's a lot of horses!

In addition to several permanent exhibits, the museum has many visiting exhibits from around the world. You can see the full list of exhibits here. There are even some online exhibits for those unable to make it to the Museum in person. You can see those here.

We hope you get to check out the museum and everything the Kentucky Horse Park has to offer while you're at BreyerFest!

For more information about the International Museum of the Horse check out their website.

March 18, 2016

Last Chance for Volunteers
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Today is the last day for your volunteer application to be received by our volunteer manager, Robin Briscoe. All applications will be informed of their status on/after April 1st.

If you missed out on volunteering this year keep an eye on our website early next year to volunteer at BreyerFest 2017.

March 17, 2016

Sign up for your workshops today!
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Lots of our workshops are starting to fill up quickly! Sign up today so you don’t miss out on your favorites! We have tons of new classes this year including Carnival Horse with Darian Buckles and Bonnie Robb, No Sew Pony Pouches and Canvas Creations with Jane Tilton, Stablemates Performance: Arena Games and Stablemates Performance: Dressage with Kim Haymond Banker and Kathi Baker and lots more. We also kept some of our most popular workshops including Morgen Kilbourn’s Sculpting classes, Sommer Prosser’s Suncatcher Stablemates classes, and Candace Liddy’s Drawing Horses and Confirmation classes.

You can see the workshop schedule here, but remember you must be a Three Day ticket holder to sign up for a workshop.

You can also check out our Seminars to learn more about model horses and the model horse hobby as well as all things horse related. You can view the seminar schedule here. There is no cost for the seminars and you don't have to sign up in advance.

March 15, 2016

Get your tickets today!

Early Bird pricing on both the Three Day tickets and parking passes ends in less than a month!

Buy your tickets here. And remember, all Three Day ticket purchasers will be entered to win one of our three gorgeous Early Bird Raffle models, Polomar.

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Early Bird Raffle Model, Polomar - Limited to 3 pieces

March 14, 2016

Meet one of Store Specials, Dag Dia!

Dag Dia is a powerful black Friesian horse and the star of the upcoming film, Albion: The Enchanted Stallion. Dag Dia whisks Evie Flynn, a lonely young girl from Vermont, to the magical world of Albion. Here, she discovers that she is the key to saving an entire race of people – and, she uncovers the truth about Dag Dia. Is he a kelpie, the legendary shape-shifting water beast that some in Albion claim him to be, or is he simply her benevolent guide and protector?

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Dag Dia of the upcoming film Albion: The Enchanted Stallion

Dag Dia is brought to life by majestic trick stallions Nitrous and Hans of Majestic Friesians (www.majesticfriesians.com), who filmed in their home state of Michigan, then traveled to Bradenton, Florida before being flown to Bulgaria for 2 months of principal photography. Nitrous and Hans are expertly trained and handled by Ashley Klein and are owned by David, Hailey, Hanna and Lori Brock. The stallions took to acting like pros, with Hans handling the scenes where Dag Dia needed to be aggressive, rearing or striking, and Nitrous appearing in virtually every scene of the movie (when he wasn’t running around loose on set stealing cake from the crew).

Dag Dia is presented on the Kathleen Moody sculpted-Gypsy Vanner mold (#723) with braided mane. This limited edition Store Special will be available in the Breyer Store during BreyerFest and does not require a special ticket. Quantities are limited; however, models will be made available each day. Limit one per person.

Be sure to catch Nitrous and Hans as Dag Dia in Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, coming Fall 2016.

March 11, 2016

All volunteer applications are due next Friday, March 18th!
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Our volunteers are at the heart of the BreyerFest experience and are very important part of hosting such a successful event each year!

We rely on these knowledgeable and experienced volunteers to help us out in countless ways leading up to BreyerFest and throughout the weekend. We're very grateful to Robin Briscoe, our Volunteer Coordinator, and all of our wonderful volunteers!

But we're always looking for another set of helping hands!

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. You can download the Volunteer Application here. The application also addresses which positions are available, Breyer's volunteer policy, requirements, compensation and much more. Please read all of them carefully and be sure to adhere to all instructions and deadlines.

You can read more about volunteering at BreyerFest on the BreyerFest website.

No exceptions will be made for incomplete, late, or misdirected forms.

Please note that we receive more applications than positions available. All applications are carefully reviewed and every attempt is made to match skills with positions available. We rotate a percentage of volunteers annually and we retain a percentage of volunteers from the previous year whose work was exemplary.

March 10, 2016

BreyerFest Guide for Kids
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BreyerFest brings over 12,000 visitors to the Kentucky Horse Park each year! Since Breyer models are made for fans of all ages, our guests range from avid lifelong collectors, to young horse enthusiasts, to families who just happen to be in Lexington in July!

Throughout the weekend, we have tons of activities for our youngest fans and their families. You can see the full BreyerFest schedule here, but we're going to share some of our favorite activities for the young at heart.

Celebration Park

Free Pony Rides
After being surrounded by model horses, watching special equine performances, and meeting Breyer's iconic portrait models up close, if there's one thing kids will want to do, it's ride a horse! Free pony rides will be happening all weekend!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Petting Zoo
The petting zoo is not to be missed! Adorable animals will charm little kids and kids at heart!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Mechanical Bull Rides
Can you stay on a whirling mechanical bull for a whole 8 seconds?? Give us your best yee-haw and hold on tight!

JustWorld International Kids Jump Off!
The Kids Jump Off is a favorite! Kids with the fewest faults and the fastest times move on to the finals! A Children's ticket is required to participate.
Trials Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am and 2 pm
Finals 3 pm

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Tonka Fun Zone - Back by Popular Demand!
Tonka Fun Zone celebrates a different kind of horse power! Just like Breyer, Tonka Toys are beloved American collectibles. Take a break and bring your little ones for some much needed playtime in a sandbox playground filled with Tonka Toys!

Craft and Activity Area

FREE Stablemates® Painting
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Children unleash their creativity when they make their very own Breyer Model! This free activity is included in all children's tickets, but there is a limit of one model per person per day!

FREE Face Painting, Magic Shows, Jugglers!
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Circus performers roam the Craft and Activity Arena entertaining guests of all ages. Amazing magic, face painting, and marvelous jugglers add to the excitement and thrill of attending

March 9, 2016

Were you able to work out our latest clue?
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Representing Africa - Namid

 

Namid, meaning vast space in the local Khoekhoe language, honors the herd of feral horses that run free and wild in the Namib Desert along the Atlantic coasts of Namibia, South Africa, and Angola. This small group numbers between 100 and 150 and is the only feral herd of horses on the African continent.

Our Namid is on the new Mustang Mare mold first released as a part of the 2015 Premier Collection. This strong and proud lady was sculpted by Kristina Lucas Francis and is a rich, luxurious dark bay.

Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs! Where will we be exploring next?

March 8, 2016

Meet Wally! We know he's going to steal the show at BreyerFest Carnival!

This show-stopping Miniature Donkey jack was born in 2013, and he's been winning big since he was a yearling. While small in stature, his looks and presence demand attention! Standing 30 1/2" tall, he sports a beautiful red coat with garters (striping) on all four legs and a cross on his back.

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Known as "Wally" to his friends, he is owned by his breeders Harvey and JoAnn Jordan. Wally competes in halter classes, as the Jordan's breeding program focuses on the conformation and quality of their animals. Shown by Harvey, 2014 was Wally's first year in the ring and he made quite the entrance - accumulating five First Place finishes, three Grand Champion titles, and a Best of Breed title. Market analysts watch out! His stock is still on the rise, as he's already earned title of Grand Champion Donkey at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in 2015!

The guest horses' meet and greet schedule will be posted on the Breyer Blog in June! Check back then to plan your visits to the stables.

You can see the exclusive BreyerFest models here. And don't forget to check out the other guest horses here.

March 7, 2016

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Our next Special Run pays tribute to Africa where herds of majestic feral horses run free through the desert.

Check back later in the week to find out more about this beauty!

 

March 4, 2016

We have tons of new acts at BreyerFest Carnival! You can read about some of other Entertainers, including Sylvia Zerbini and KYB Dressage, here.

Now, let's meet Jeff Wilson, the Cowboy Dressage star!

Jeff Wilson and his Morgan stallions have entertained crowds in large equestrian venues and dinner shows all over the country, including the prestigious 2010 World Equestrian Games. Performing with two Morgan stallions, Black Willow Orion and Del-View Catskill Valiant, Jeff dramatically captures the attention of crowds and shows the breed's athleticism, versatility, strength, beauty, and exceptional intelligence.

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Teaming up with Master Falconer, Lorrie Shumaker, creator of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience, the two have put together a completely original entertainment piece. The show features the ability for horses and raptors to perform together in a unique, innovative and inspiring bird of prey and equestrian educational experience.

You can learn more about Jeff Wilson and his horses here and Lorrie and her raptors here.

March 3, 2016

Now let's meet Fernando!
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Fernando Carneiro is a renowned classical trainer and instructor in Portugal. Fernando has also had the opportunity to study with one of the world greatest dressage masters; from 1993-1996 he studied with Luis Valença in Vila Franca de Xira.

He is in great demand as an exhibition performer and has appeared professionally in many classical dressage displays including the national shows at Golega, CSI do Porto and Campo Pequeno in Lisbon. Internationally, Fernando has also appeared in the Campo Grande, the Vila Garcia de Arousa in Spain, and toured with Appassionata, one of the biggest performing companies in Europe.

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He currently competes in Portuguese Working Equitation, where he has regularly takes first place. He is extremely patient and hard working with a professional attitude. These attributes have made him highly skilled as trainer and instructor of classical dressage. Fernando is also a successful Dressage and Jumping competitor.

He currently works in Portugal, where he maintains a stable of 45 horses and a number of students to develop almost every discipline including Classical Dressage, Dressage competition, Working Equitation and Jumping.

March 3, 2016

Now let's meet two more riders who will be helping teach Breyer fans about Working Equitation at BreyerFest Carnival!

First let's meet Carlos!

Carlos Carneiro, who grew up immersed in the horse culture of his native Portugal, has been the head trainer at Sierra Nevada Lusitanos in Napa, California since 2011.

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He has had the amazing opportunity of studying with two of the world's greatest modern classical dressage masters: Luis Valenca and Joao Oliveira, the son of the revered Nuno Oliveira. Carlos is adept at progressing young horses through the training levels with classical exactitude. The ultimate goal, of course, is to have a happy, light in the hand, eager to please, healthy horse. Carlos achieves this multi-faceted goal by paying particular attention to every training detail from exercises promoting flexibility and strengthening to those oriented towards cadence and self-carriage.

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Carlos teaches clinics in Portugal, Germany, Austria and the United States. He is an exceptional instructor, skilled in getting the best results from the rider and horse. In Portugal, Carlos has participated in numerous exhibitions showcasing classical dressage in the traditional Portuguese tack and attire. Here in the United States, he was honored to perform an exhibition at the World Cup for Grand Prix Jumping in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Carlos has earned numerous awards within the Working Equitation discipline, including winning top honors in 2015 at the Andalusian World Cup competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he competed at the Intermediate Level, and earning the overall highest score at the Santa Barbara, California 'Skill of the Rancho' Working Equitation competition. In 2014, Carlos took home National Championships in the Advanced and Intermediate Levels at both the Haras Cup and IALHA competitions in Texas.

March 2, 2016

And now let's meet one of the young rising stars of Working Equitation, Madison Waller!

 

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Even though Madison Waller is only 12 years old, she is already a seasoned competitor! She trains and has competed in nearly every type of horse show in the US since age 5, including dressage, hunter-jumper, driving, in-hand jumping, showmanship, halter, western pleasure, English huntseat and equitation, and working equitation. Madison shows and competes with Welsh, AQHA, PtHA, and IALHA. She is truly a multi-disciplined rider and competitor, having won many national championships, and is the 2015 winner of the USDF/ADEQUAN ALL-BREEDS Champion award.

Check back later to learn more about the other rides who will be at BreyerFest!

March 2, 2016

We learned all about Working Equitation yesterday and today we're going to learn about the riders who will be bringing this exciting discipline to life at BreyerFest Carnival!

First, let's meet Antonio Garcia!
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Antonio Garcia was born and raised in the equestrian community of Spain, to a family with a long and rich history of riding and horse training traditions. Antonio began his career as a third generation rider for the esteemed Domecq Estate, one of the most respected equestrian families in Spain. It was during this time at Finca Los Alburejos that he was mentored by the legendary Alvaro Domecq, and where he performed in Equitación Mágica, one of the most famous equestrian shows in Europe. The show toured throughout the continent, including Portugal, France, and Germany.

The outstanding education he gained at Domecq Estate prepared Antonio to work at the prestigious Spanish stud Dehesa de Cabeza Rubia, where he was next mentored by legendary international competitors Ignacio Bravo and Bento Castellano (coach of the Portuguese Working Equitation Team). During this time, Antonio also trained the amazing and now-famous stallion Armas Tarugo and competed at SICAB (the Spanish National Show), bringing home many championships.

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Following his amazing successes at SICAB, Antonio served as expert lecturer and equitation trainer for the prestigious equestrian clubs Hipica de Culleredo, Dehesa de Monteandres and Hipica Masferrat.

Antonio moved to the United States in 2011 to train horses at Haras Dos Cavaleiros, a top US Lusitano breeder. Over the next 4 years he focused mainly on Dressage and Working Equitation, working with the farm's horses from breeding, to colt starting, and finishing a large number of top show horses.

He has had great success in the US at the IALHA National Shows, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Las Vegas Andalusian World Nationals and the Haras Cup. Antonio's awards in Working Equitation are two-time First Place at Pin Oak, 2nd Place at Las Vegas Nationals, and Champion of US in 2012.

The beginning of 2015 brought a new chapter for Antonio, as he began work with Waller Farms to provide training and riding expertise for their organization. This has been a challenge he was excited to begin, as it meant riding and training horses of different breeds and ages in almost every discipline. Results from 2015 include multiple national championships and reserves in a large number of different shows, including Welsh Nationals, Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, several nationally ranked dressage championships, and PtHA World Show, one of the largest multi-breed shows in the US. Antonio also won several Champion and National titles in USEF/USDF dressage. The year with Waller Farms has been was very successful and we look forward to many more years to come!

March 1, 2016

Working Equitation demonstrations at BreyerFest Carnival!

The renowned Waller Farms (of Beaumont, Texas) will be on hand with lots of horses and riders to teach Breyer fans more about Working Equitation. Check the BreyerFest program (posted in June) for specific times. And check back later to read more about the horses and riders that will be at BreyerFest!

And in the mean time, let’s learn more about Working Equitation!

The sport of Working Equitation is truly an international discipline and is open to any breed and any level of rider. The discipline was created to celebrate the partnership between horse and rider, with a focus on classical horsemanship and use of the horse for ranch work. The aim of the sport is to preserve and perpetuate each country’s traditions and the tack and attire. Working Equitation was pioneered by four countries: Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France. The first International competition was held in 1996. The World Association for Working Equitation (WAWE) was established to govern the sport internationally in 2004.

A Working Equitation competition consist of four distinct trials-- Dressage, Ease of Handling, and Speed tests are required for both individual and team competitions. The fourth trial, Cattle work, is included for team competitions. Horse/rider pairs are scored in each of the trials, and these placings are then tallied to determine the overall placing at the competition.

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Each level has its own dressage test. Each movement is given a numerical score, for the horse’s impulsion, submission, quality of gaits, as well as for the rider’s position and effective use of aids. The movements at each successive level build upon movements of the previous levels and coincide with the type and difficulty of movements expected in the Ease of Handling and Speed trials at the respective levels. In the case of a tie at the end of the competition, Dressage placings are used as a tiebreaker.

Ease of Handling

In this trial, horse and rider negotiate a series of obstacles, receiving a 0-10 score for the quality with which they perform each one. As with the Dressage trial, the judges also award collective marks for horse’s impulsion, submission, quality of the transitions, rider’s effectiveness, etc. In the Ease of Handling trial, judges are looking for smooth performance, with a particular emphasis on quality of the geometry within each of the obstacle patterns.

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This trial uses many of the same obstacles as are used for Ease of Handling, but rather than being judged on the quality and smoothness of the performance, the event is timed, with the faster times placing higher.

Cattle Work

This trial tests the ability of a horse and rider to work, individually and as a team, with cattle. The test is performed with a team of 3 or 4 riders. The objective is for each rider to individually sort, cut, and herd a pre-selected cow from the herd and then as a team put it in a designated pen. As a timed event, there are time penalties for course errors.

For more information, please visit Working Equitation United here. And thank you to Julie Alonzo for teaching us about Working Equitation!

February 29, 2016

We’re welcoming Splash Dogs to BreyerFest Carnival!

Back for the fourth year, Splash Dogs will be hosting their Eastern Regional Championships at BreyerFest on July 22nd through 24th! You can find them in Celebration Park all weekend long, with trials held Friday and Saturday with the finals on Sunday.

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Bring the whole family along and watch some of the best dock-diving dogs in the country! These fearless pups will be flying through the air and making some huge splashes three times a day on Friday and Saturday. The best of the best will showcase their aerial abilities during the finals on Sunday.

Dog of all sizes and ages are welcome to register on the Splash Dogs website.

Click here for more information about the BreyerFest schedule. We have tons of fun, family-friendly activities every day!

Splash Dogs Eastern Regional Championships

Friday - Saturday - Trials 3 times daily
Sunday - Finals

February 26, 2016

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Over the last 26 years of BreyerFest, we have raised over $1,100,000 for charity! And it’s all thanks to our Breyer Fans! The contributions came from the money raised in the Silent Auction, Live Auction, and the Breyer Benefit Raffles. Last year alone, we raised $70,000 which was donated to a wide variety of causes close to our heart.

This year we're hoping for the biggest year ever, but we need your help!

There are several great ways you can contribute to our amazing beneficiaries!

Breyer Benefit Raffle
You've already met the Saturday and Sunday Benefit Raffles horses, Cinza and Areia. Each of the beautiful models is limited to 26 pieces (25 models for the Raffle and 1 model in the Live Auction). These horses perfect for commemorating BreyerFest Carnival!

Silent Auction
The Silent Auction offers another great way to help our charities and go home with unique and fabulous models, tack, and memorabilia at the same time! This year's Silent Auction features gifts donated by trade show vendors, guest horses' families, Breyer artists, or by Breyer itself!

Live Auction
The BreyerFest Live Auction is an unforgettable yearly tradition! It's glamorous models, the excitement of a live auction, and the thrill of being the winning bidder! Models will be unveiled on the BreyerFest Blog closer to July!

You can read more about the Breyer Benefit activities here. And you can read more about the Silent Auction and Live Auction here.

February 25, 2016

Meet Areia, our Sunday Raffle Model!
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Sunday Raffle Model - Areia

Areia is on the Geronimo mold (#733) first introduced as the first horse of the 2016 Premier Club. He is a dappled, sooty palomino overo pinto and his coloring reminded us of the exquisite white sand beaches of Brazil hence his name.

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at the Breyer Booth throughout the weekend! Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. There is a discount for buying in volume! But remember, it only takes one ticket to win!

We have a little insiders' trick for you - make quick labels with your name and phone number. It will make filling out your raffle tickets much faster giving you more time to explore BreyerFest!

Ticket sales for both Saturday and Sunday's raffles start on Friday at 9:30 am. Each model is limited to 26 pieces (25 models for the Raffle and 1 model in the Live Auction) and you must be present to win. Drawings are held Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm at the stage in the Covered Arena. Ticket sales are available at the Breyer Booth located within the Trade Fair on the concourse of the Covered Arena.

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Raffles and our Live Auction benefit our BreyerFest Beneficiaries. You can read more about our BreyerFest Beneficiaries here.

February 23, 2016

Meet the famous Endo at BreyerFest 2016!

Endo, an appaloosa gelding, and his owner, Morgan, have been together for 15 years and the duo developed a deep connection almost instantly. They found their passion in working equitation, trick training and liberty work.

Over time, Endo developed glaucoma and recurrent uveitis, also known as moon blindness. As time passed Endo became more and more blind and suffered from painful symptoms in his eyes. By the time he was 12, Morgan decided his suffering had become too much and made the difficult decision to have his first eye removed; with his second eye removed six months later.

Having grown up with her own chronic illness, lupus, Morgan knew could help Endo through this extreme life change while keeping up Endo's outstanding quality of life. "I was back on Endo the day after his surgery," said Morgan. "The vet said it would be best if Endo kept up his normal routine, so that's what we did."

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One of Endo's biggest challenges was keeping his balance after the change. Although Endo was mostly blind before his eyes were removed, he could still see light and dark. "When his eyes were removed he would get dizzy and unbalanced. We spent a lot of time working on circles, which were especially hard for him. We spent months slowly shrinking the circle and increasing speed," explained Morgan.

He quickly adjusted to his new life, easily learning how to navigate his stall, find his feed and water and most of all, stay in sync with Morgan! Within a year, Morgan and Endo were competing again, navigating the working equitation courses with preciseness and confidence - Morgan even taught Endo how to jump on command. Impressive!

"Endo is very smart and at times opinionated but he really loves everyone and tries hard to please," said Morgan. Unlike many horses, Endo does not have a favorite treat. "Endo eats everything! Especially if I'm eating; even if I try to eat quietly, he smells it and finds my hand holding the food," said Morgan laughing.

Today, Morgan and Endo enjoy a very ordinary life of training and competing; and of course the occasional star performances at exciting events like BreyerFest! "We're so excited to perform at BreyerFest! We have never been to Kentucky before," said Morgan. But most of all, Endo and Morgan enjoy spending time and having fun together!

Meet Endo at BreyerFest Carnival! The horse meet and greet's schedule will be announced in June!

February 22, 2016

We have a little puzzle for you on this dreary Monday!

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Check back later in the week when we unveil the Sunday Raffle!

February 19, 2016

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Join Jane Tilton for two brand new workshops! Jane will be back at BreyerFest Carnival teaching the No Sew Pony Pouches and Canvas Creations workshops. Both are ideal for any level of attendees from Beginners to Advanced students.

In the No Sew Pony Pouches workshop students will be making their own pony pouches to safely transport their favorite model. Personalize your pouch to make it your own! And in Canvas Creations Jane will walk attendees through painting their own picture based on Jane’s starter canvas with line artwork. Its art made easy!

Sign up today! You can read more about these workshops and our many others here. Remember, you must be a Three Day Ticker holder to sign up for workshops!

February 18, 2016

Learn more about the horses in Hollywood!
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Petrine Day Mitchum with her American Quarter Horse gelding, Genuine Rascal Jac, aka Dillon

We’re thrilled to welcome Petrine Day Mitchum to BreyerFest Carnival! Petrine Day Mitchum is an author, avid horsewoman, and daughter of screen legend Robert Mitchum. Petrine's book, "Hollywood Hoofbeats" explores silver screen horses past and present as well as their owners, trainers, and costars. Petrine will discuss lots of famous horses and Breyer models including Roy Rogers' Trigger, The Lone Ranger's Silver, Seabiscuit, Hidalgo, and many more. Stop by and learn!

All of our seminars are FREE and do not require registration. You can see the full schedule here.

February 17, 2016

Open Show Registration has started!
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Sign up for the BreyerFest Open Show today! The show is held at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena on Friday, July 21st from 7am – 5pm and an adult Three Day Ticket is required for registration. For those of you who are new to Model Horse Showing, it’s very similar to a regular Horse Show except that models are shown! Models can be show in two divisions: halter and performance. Find out more about model horse showing in our Community section of our website!

You can find more information about the show including a First Timer’s Guide and a Breed list here.

And don’t forget about the Children and Youth show for our younger Breyer fans! You can read more about the show here.

February 17, 2016

Carnavalesco Challenge Model Horse Diorama Contest!

Get your creative skills ready for the Carnavalesco Challenge Model Horse Diorama Contest! Dioramas can incorporate any aspect or region of Brazil - anything from Brazil’s iconic ‘football teams’ and Carnivale celebrations to Brazil’s diverse landscapes including the lush, Amazonian rainforest and the beaches of Copacabana. Brazil is a large and diverse country so there are tons of possibilities! Boa Sorte!

For more information about the Diorama Contest and to see the full rules click here. And remember you can use any scale of Breyer models.

Special Limited Edition models will be presented to winners in four age categories: Under 10 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, and 20 Years & Older.

Here is some inspiration from last year's Vive la France Diorama Contest!

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February 12, 2016

Representing South America is our BreyerFest Carnival Special Run animal, Zebu!

Zebu is on the rarely seen Brahma bull mold, originally sculpted in 1958. Tom Bainbridge created the original concept for this handsome and unique fellow. Zebu has a pinto-inspired coat as well as striped horns, mottling in his ears, and warm tricolored eyes.

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Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs! Where will we be exploring next?

February 11, 2016

Celebrate Christmas in July at BreyerFest!
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Join Tina Dils for a brand new BreyerFest workshop on Saturday, July 23rd from 3pm – 5pm in the Thoroughbred Room. Get a head start on your holiday presents as Tina will be teaching you how to make fun and festive Breyer ornaments! These will make a perfect gift for horse lovers of all ages and will feature Stablemates models.

This class is suited for Beginners as well as more advanced students. There are lots of new workshops this year as well as old favorites. Sign up today as the workshops fill up quickly! You can see the full schedule and sign up here. As a reminder, you must be a Three Day ticket holder to sign up for workshops.

February 10, 2016

Seminar schedule posted!

The BreyerFest Carnival Seminar Schedule has been posted! The weekend is packed with free and fun seminars where you can learn more about the model horse hobby. Seminars include everything from Learning to Collect and How to Show Model Horses to real horses seminars like Anatomy and Horses Colors.

Don’t miss our new seminars, Hollywood Hoofbeats with Petrine Day Mitchum, and Albion: The Enchanted Stallion where you’ll get to see a sneak peak of the upcoming movie and meet and greet with the stars!

Seminars take place all weekend in the Visitor’s Information Center Theater. And the best part? They’re free to attend and don’t require advance registration!

Check our Seminar Schedule for a list of the seminars and more detailed information!

February 9, 2016

Eye spy with my little eye the next BreyerFest Carnival special run! Can you guess who it is?

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February 8, 2016

Every year there is A LOT going on at BreyerFest, and this year is no different!

BreyerFest Carnival is going to be our biggest and best event yet and we'll have some reminders on the BreyerFest blog over the next few months with tip and tricks to make the most of your time at The Kentucky Horse Park.

If you're new to BreyerFest you might have heard a lot of people talking about the "Special Runs". We have a quick cheat sheet for you and anyone that needs a refresher on how everything works.

Breyer creates models exclusively for BreyerFest Three-Day Ticket holders, these models are known as "Special Runs". The total number of models varies from year to year, but typically there are 8 different models to choose from. Within each option we may or may not have included some surprises - like ½ the run is glossy or the entire model is a surprise! With a "Surprise Set" you won't know anything about what you are buying until you open it! Models are announced here on the blog throughout the year leading up to BreyerFest. The models will also be on the Exclusive Models page after are released. Prices and quantities will be announced in the Event Program which is posted online before BreyerFest.

So how do you buy these models?! Each Three-Day Ticket holder receives a packet of information approximately 4-6 weeks after your ticket purchase is complete - it will include your admission button, a Celebration Model Redemption ticket, a ticket for any additional activities included with your ticket (like our Friday and Saturday evening shows) and a Special Run Ticket. The Special Run tickets are randomly chosen for each ticket packet. Tickets are for a specific day and time - this indicates the time in which you can shop in the Special Run section of the Breyer Store. Ticket times start at 10 am on Friday and run hourly through 12 noon on Sunday, and here's why! To keep things fair and organized, we have taken each model and broken the total quantity down into 18 different groups. This way each hour has an equal shopping opportunity. The Special Run ticket is also numbered. Fifteen minutes before the start of that shopping hour, a BreyerFest staff member will draw a random number to start the line. Small groups of people will be let into the store at a time to keep things from getting too crowded. If you are late and miss when your ticket number went into the store you will need to go to the end of the line, so please be prompt! Once you are in the Special Run section of the Breyer Store, you can purchase up to 2 different Special Run models. You cannot purchase 2 of the same model.

Here is an example of how to line up: You have received ticket #35 for the time slot of Friday afternoon from 2:00-3:00 p.m. At 1:45 p.m., a number will be drawn that will determine which ticket number will start the line. If the number drawn is #29, the line for that time slot will start with the holder of ticket #29, followed by #30, #31 and so on. When the last number has been reached, the next number will be #1, then #2 and so on. If you are late and your ticket number has already gone into the store you must go to the end of the line.

Important - Keep in mind that each person can only go through the Special Run line once per ticket and can only purchase 2 models at a time. If you are shopping for a child or a friend who is taking a workshop or showing and therefore have multiple Special Run tickets you cannot go through the Special Run Line with consecutively numbered tickets. You must line up again after your first ticket time or be sure each ticket is for a different hour. Another option is to give your extra ticket to someone else to go through the line for you.

What happens if I am showing all day Friday or Saturday? It is very important to tell us if you are planning to show in either the Open or Youth and Children's Show when you are buying your ticket. On the ticket order form there is a drop down that says "To aid special run ticket assignment, please choose one (NOTE: Must register for Model Horse Shows separately):" This drop down determines if you will get a Friday, Saturday or Sunday ticket time. If you indicate that you are planning to show on Friday in the Open Show, you will get a Saturday or Sunday ticket time. If you say you are planning to show on Saturday in the Youth and Children's Show, you will get a Friday or Sunday ticket time. Those that select either "Not Showing" or "Showing in Both Shows" will receive a randomly assigned ticket.

Important - This drop down is for planning purposes only and does not register you for the show. You must register for either show AFTER you complete this purchase. The account (email address) you used to purchase the 3-Day tickets will automatically be added to a group that has access to those registration pages.

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What about Workshop conflicts? After you have completed your 3-Day ticket purchase, your account (email address) will be placed into a group that has access to register for Workshops. If your Special Run ticket ends up conflicting with your Workshop time you have a few options - have a friend or parent go shopping for you, switch to a different workshop or call Customer Service at 800-413-3348 for assistance.

A few additional important reminders -

1. Check your ticket packets as soon as you receive them - if anything is missing or you have questions call Customer Service at 800-413-3348 as soon as possible so you don't have to wait on line to speak to someone at the front gate!
2. Due to popular demand of Three Day tickets - we have extended ticket times through Sunday at noon. Plus, we are starting at 10 am instead of 9:30 am so guests have more time to get through the front gate first thing in the morning.

February 5, 2016

Have you heard about our Celebration Horse? Meet Imperador das Aguas JM

 

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Imperador das Aguas JM, a 6-year-old Mangalarga Marchador stallion, is a respected ambassador of his rare breed and the perfect candidate for this year's BreyerFest Carnival Celebration Horse. Imported from Brazil by owner, Claudia Bellandi of C&C Bellandi Horse Racing at Oak Bell Farm, Imperador serves his role as breed ambassador by traveling the country performing demonstrations and meeting fans. Claudia explains that Imperador is a barn favorite who is very sweet with people. She also describes him as a

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confident yet docile horse, some common characteristics of the Marchador breed. "He has a lot of energy and loves to play in the paddock, but when you ask him to do something he is very serious and easy to work with," explained Claudia. You can read more about Imperador on our Guest Horses page.

The story of our Breyer Mangalarga Marchador began with the selection of Brazil and Carnival as the theme for 2016. "We were inspired by the Olympics, the ‘brio' of Rio's Carnival," said Jaime Potkalesky, Breyer's Event Manager, "and we wanted a new sculpt that was just as exciting."

Breyer then turned to sculptor Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig, whose recent work on the Connemara Pony was her first Breyer sculpt. Breyer was thrilled to be working with Sarah again so soon!

An experienced artist of all things equine, Sarah is a passionate sculptor who enjoys working on all kinds of breeds and poses. She knew from the start that the Marchador sculpture would become one of her most challenging yet favorite sculptures. "I love the Marchador breed! They have a special quality to them that I find especially pleasing. So many people are unfamiliar with the breed, so hopefully this new piece will raise awareness of both the Marchador and other South American breeds." said Sarah.

One of the qualities that makes the Mangalarga Marchador breed so unique is its famous gaits, the marcha picada and the marcha batida. Breyer wanted a clearly gaited sculpt with animation. When deciding on a pose for the Marchador sculpture, Sarah immediately thought of the marcha picada, which would demonstrate the Mangalarga Marchador's gaited movement. "I've never sculpted a gaited breed before, especially one so exotic! It was a real adventure bringing him to life," said Sarah.

As it happens, however, Imperador is marcha batida gaited. He was such a superior choice for our Celebration Horse however, that Breyer decided to move ahead with Sarah's sculpt as conceived. Noted Jaime Potkalesky, "We select our Celebration Horses very carefully. We're looking for a horse with tremendous presence that must like people and be trustworthy around them given the demands of BreyerFest. Imperador was just the obvious choice."

Throughout the sculpting process Sarah tackled a handful of challenges that came with such a unique breed. "Getting the gait right while making the horse look like he was engaging himself was no easy task. His posture needed to be gaiting nicely but not tense, while also appearing soundly built with the look that he could go on for miles and miles," said Sarah. Another great challenge was the model's head and expression. "I studied many of their heads, and I noticed that they tend to be long and rectangular, with big, kind eyes and neat ears. So I came up with a head that featured all their appealing aspects," said Sarah.

When the model was finally complete, Sarah was pleased with the result. "I appreciate the uniqueness of each particular breed, so it was a lot of fun to capture the body type of the Mangalarga Marchador, to really celebrate the breed in all its unique glory," said Sarah. Her favorite parts include the model's neck, shoulders, tail and especially his head. "Sculpting his head really pushed my skills, which I appreciate. His eyes are big and soft, with a sweet expression," Sarah explained.

Overall, Sarah feels that the sculpting process flowed very well. "There were some little hiccups along the way-there always are-but overall, he sort of ‘sculpted himself.' That was both unexpected and welcome," said Sarah. "It was a real pleasure to bring this Mangalarga to life for Breyer. I hope he does well for them, and introduces the Mangalarga Marchador to the model horse world in style!"

Breyer's first Mangalarga Marchador, Imperador das Aguas JM, will be available at BreyerFest with each three-day ticket. It will be the only release of this mold in the United States until 2019! Make plans to join us at BreyerFest and claim your own Imperador! Early Bird prices will be honored until April 15, 2016.

February 4, 2016

Meet Mamacita y Chico, our European Special Runs!
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Our European representatives, Mamacita y Chico are a pair of sooty buckskin Andalusians on Brigitte Eberl's Andalusian mare and foal molds. The molds were first introduced in 2015 as part of the Premier Collection and are mold numbers 734 and 735.

The Andalusian traces its roots back more than 25,000 years to the Iberian horses of Spain and Portugal. As one of the world's most ancient breeds, the Andalusian has served as the foundation for many other European breeds such as the Lipizzaner, many German warmbloods, Ireland's Connemara, and England's Cleveland Bay.

You can read more about Andalusian Horses, or Lusitanos as they're called in Portugal, on the Horsepedia section on our website. Here's the link!

Keep checking the BreyerFest Blog as we journey around the world with our Special Runs! Where will we be exploring next?

February 3, 2016

We're thrilled to welcome Chris Nandell-Flint to BreyerFest Carnival!

 

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The acclaimed Chris Nandell-Flint will be teaching an Introduction to Oil Painting workshop on Friday from 12:30pm - 3pm in the Thoroughbred Room. When we were looking at adding an Oil Painting workshop for BreyerFest 2016, Chris immediately jumped to mind because of her years of fantastic custom models. Plus she's renowned in the hobby! You can see more of her work at the Beau Cheveaux Creations website.

Chris will be teaching the basics of oil painting while students work on creating their own vibrant and dramatic custom models. This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn more about oil painting or who are looking to practice their oil painting techniques. It is recommended for Intermediate students.

There are lots of new workshops this year as well as old favorites. Sign up today as the workshops fill up quickly! You can see the full schedule and sign up here. As a reminder, you must be a Three Day ticket holder to sign up for workshops.

February 2, 2016

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Are you ready for another sneak peak at the BreyerFest Carnival models?

 

This year, our Special Runs will take you on a journey around the world in honor of the Rio Games. Can you guess who our first jetsetter is? Or where they're from?

 

February 1, 2016

Registration for the Youth and Children's Show is Open!

Sign up today! If you want to learn more about the model horse hobby, horses, or Breyer models the Youth and Children's Shows are a great place to start! You get to showcase your Breyer Collection at the largest model horse show for kids!

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Join us on Saturday, July 23rd from 7am-3pm at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Children's Show is for ages 12 and under and requires a Children's Three-Day ticket to enter. The Youth Show is ages 13-16 and requires an Adult Three-Day ticket to enter. Parents are also required to be Three-Day or Single Day ticket holders.

A model horse show is much like a live horse show except that models are shown instead of horses. Models can be show in two divisions: halter and performance. You can view the breed guide and class lists for the show here.

Click here to learn more about the Children's and Youth show. New to showing? Check out the Model Horse Shows pages in our Community section for more information.

If you are considering showing next year, check out the FREE Introduction to Model Horse Showing seminar at BreyerFest! The seminar is taught by Children's and Youth show manager Kim Bjorgo-Thorne. The Seminar schedule will be posted soon here.

January 29, 2016

Tons of new workshops! Sign up today!

Our workshops provide a hands-on experience to everyone, whether it's your first time at BreyerFest or you've been here countless times! The workshops are taught by some of the most talented artists in the model horse hobby field. Because of this, each attendee leaves a workshop armed with new skills, memories, and a fun handmade project!

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We have tons of new workshops this year including Didi Hornberger's brand new Flower Garlands workshops. Students will be creating a beautiful floral drape with yellow-gold asters and purple cremons, similar to the ones received by the winners at the Breeders Cup. The garland is perfect for our new American Pharorah model! Also new this year is the Carnival Horse workshop. Celebrate the sights, sounds, and colors of Rio and Carnival with Darian Buckles and Bonnie Robb!

Jane Tilton is back again with two brand new classes - No Sew Pony Pouches and Canvas Creations! In the pony pouches workshop students will be creating their own pouches to transport their favorite models safely. The Canvas Creations class will begin with a ‘starter' canvas that students will paint throughout the class. Make a beautiful piece of artwork to take home with you!

Fans of LeeAnn Master's English Bridle class will be thrilled to see we've divided the workshop from previous years into two new classes - English Bridle 101 and English Bridle 201. Choose your own level!

We're so excited for Kim Haymond Baker and Kathi Haymond's two new workshops! Every year they come up with great classes and they've really outdone themselves this year! Join them for Stablemates Performance: Arena Games and Stablemates Performance: Dressage.
Breyer is celebrating Christmas in July with Tina Dils' Christmas Ornaments workshop! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by creating one of a kind Breyer ornaments for yourself or your friends and family!

Last, but not least were thrilled to welcome Chris Nandell-Flint to BreyerFest! Chris will be teaching an Intro to Oil Painting workshop. Come and learn more about oil painting from the best!

Sign up today as workshops fill up quickly! You can see the full schedule and read about the different classes here. Please remember, you need to be a Three Day ticket holder to purchase workshops.

January 28, 2016

Meet Cinza, our handsome Saturday Raffle!
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Cinza - Saturday Raffle Model

Cinza , a grullo blanket Appaloosa is on the brand new Valegro mold. The Valegro model, mold #737, was sculpted by Brigitte Eberl and was first introduced as the prize winner dressage horse Valegro in late 2015. The mold highlights the canter pirouette, a beautiful and iconic dressage move made famous by Valegro.

Don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at the Breyer Booth throughout the weekend! Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. There is a discount for buying in volume! But remember, it only takes one ticket to win!

We have a little insiders' trick for you - make quick labels with your name and phone number. It will make filling out your raffle tickets much faster giving you more time to explore BreyerFest!

Ticket sales for both Saturday and Sunday's raffles start on Friday at 9:30 am. Each model is limited to 26 pieces (25 models for the Raffle and 1 model in the Live Auction) and you must be present to win. Drawings are held Saturday at 4:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm at the stage in the Covered Arena. Ticket sales are available at the Breyer Booth located within the Trade Fair on the concourse of the Covered Arena.

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Raffles and our Live Auction benefit our BreyerFest Beneficiaries. You can read more about our BreyerFest Beneficiaries here.

January 27, 2016

Send in your Artisans' Gallery application today!

The Artisans' Gallery showcases talented artists and craftsman from equine world, the model horse world, and far beyond! Browse the Artisans' Gallery and you'll find everything from watercolor and oil paintings to custom tack and personalized Breyer models.

The Artisans' Gallery will be held on Thursday from 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday from 7:30pm - 11:00pm, and Saturday from 7:30pm - 11:00pm at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

Learn more about the Artisans' Gallery or download your application here.

Early Bird Special: Secure your table by April 15 and receive a BreyerFest Guest Pin FREE!

Artists will be featured in the event program! You must be accepted by May 15 to be included in the program.

You must be a three-day ticket holder to display and sell in the Artisans' Gallery. Media may be original sculpture, bronze, wood, resin, clay, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, oil painting, pencil portraiture, custom tack and customized Breyer models. Subject should be equine related, but may also include other animal subjects as well. Submitting an application does not constitute acceptance into the Artisans' Gallery. Pictures and/or samples of the artist's work must be submitted to Breyer with completed application and full payment for approval.

January 26, 2016

The BreyerFest Swap Meet!

The legendary BreyerFest Swap Meet is held every year on Friday evening at the Clarion Hotel. Lots of Breyer Collectors and fans will be there selling and swapping models. You never know what you might find!

This year the application is online making it even easier to buy your table! Once you've purchased your Three Day ticket you can visit the Swap Meet page here to buy your spot. Tables are one for $50 and two for $80. And as a reminder, you won't be able to buy your table until you've bought your Three Day ticket so don't delay!

Join us at the Swap Meet on Friday, July 22nd from 7:30pm - 11pm at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

January 25, 2016

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What's grey and black with spots all over? ... Our Saturday Raffle! Stay tuned for a sneak peek!

 

 

 

January 22, 2016

The wait is over! Meet one of our Store Specials, Diablo DC!
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Diablo DC

 

A handsome dappled grey on the fan favorite Desatado mold this model is a wonderful tribute to Diablo and all of his amazing achievements. Kristina Lucas Francis sculpted Desatado (mold #721) who was first introduced as part of the Premier Collection in 2012.

Diablo DC is a stunning 2007 gelding owned by Madison Waller of Waller Farms, and bred by top American Lusitano breeder Haras dos Cavaleiros. Diablo has been trained entirely in the Portuguese tradition, and he competes in 4th and Prix St. George levels in dressage, and is one of the highest achieving Lusitano working equitation horses in the country today!

Stop by the stables throughout the weekend and say hi to Diablo! Owners, Ashley and Madison Waller of Waller Farms, will be on hand to sign models. The autograph schedule will be announced in our program which will be posted on our website in June.

You can see the rest of the exclusive BreyerFest models here. And don't forget we'll be announcing lots more models on the BreyerFest blog so keep checking back!

January, 21, 2016

By popular demand our Celebration of Horses show has been extended to two performances!


Now you can watch the incredible horses and riders on both Friday and Saturday night! This year's show features 2015 crowd favorite - KYB Dressage as well as Sylvia Zerbini and her breathtaking liberty acts and Jeff Wilson and his Cowboy Dressage routines. You can read more about our entertainers here.

Three-Day ticket holders select the day that works best for them when purchasing their tickets. So if you know you'll want to recover a bit after a hectic Saturday we suggest the Friday night show. But if you want to see the Live Auction on Friday night we suggest the Saturday night show instead.

Single Day ticket holders can still upgrade to either performance for $15. The ‘upgrade' tickets will be available in May when Single Day tickets go on sale. We're also selling tickets to the Celebration of Horses show only for $25, perfect for friends who aren't coming to BreyerFest during the day. Those tickets are available here.

Buy your tickets early! Seating is limited!

The Celebration of Horses shows are Friday and Saturday at 6 pm with doors open at 5 pm and carnival games on the concourse before the show.

January 20, 2016

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Have you heard about the brand new BreyerFest 5k?!

Join us at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, July 24th at 8:00 am for the inaugural Breyerfest 5K Run/Walk to benefit Old Friends. An untimed 1 mile fun run/walk for those not interested in the full 5K (3.1 mile) distance is also being offered. All ages and abilities are welcome!

The race includes commemorative dry fit T-shirts, chip timing, awards including Breyer models for winners, a DJ spinning samba sounds, post race snacks, and a raffle with cool Breyer swag and more!

Register today at RunSignUp.com!

We also have a BreyerFest 5k Forum, a place for our runners to talk about the race and their training. Feel free to share a few tips and tricks you've found useful! Click Here for the BreyerFest 5K Forum!

The BreyerFest 5k will benefit the local Lexington charity, Old Friends. Old Friends has been a frequent BreyerFest Beneficiary over the years and we're thrilled to support their efforts with the BreyerFest 5k! You can learn about the rest of our BreyerFest Beneficiaries here.

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Old Friends was founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends is a Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY that now cares for more than 155 horses whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A "living history museum of horse racing", the farm attracts nearly 20,000 tourists annually that get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as 1997 Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm, three-time Santa Anita Handicap victor Game on Dude, Breeders' Cup Sprint Champion Gulch and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, Old Friends aims to draw attention to the need for widespread Thoroughbred aftercare. The farm is open to the public for tours daily. Reservations are required. Please call (502) 863-1775.

January 19, 2016

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We're already getting ready to celebrate BreyerFest Carnival! With the frigid temperatures on the East Coast who can blame us for longing for the warm weather and sunshine of Brazil? As you might remember from years past, the BreyerFest Blog is the best place to follow BreyerFest so you see any announcements about new models, guests, schedule changes or surprises FIRST! There is a LOT going on at BreyerFest so stay tuned for any important updates.

To kick off the BreyerFest Carnival Blog with a bang we have a little sneak peak of one of our store specials, Diablo DC. You can read more about him here. Check back later this week to see the full model!

 

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