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March 27, 2017

Now a full week into spring and time for the big reveal!

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Meet Sona!

 

Sona means gold in Hindi and we felt this model represented something gold (and very treasured) for all of our Diorama Contest winners! Sona is on the El Pastor mold, (mold #61) which was sculpted by Chris Hess. Sona is a glowing dapple palomino with a white pearl mane and tail, 3 stockings, a blaze, and tri color eyes.

We hope Sona continues providing inspiration while you're working on your Diorama Contest entries!

March 24, 2017

We are now a few days into spring and it's time for our next BreyerFest sneak peek!
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Can you guess which model this might be based off of this tiny taste?

Hopefully it will inspire a lot of Diorama Contest creativity over the weekend! Keep checking the Breyer Blog next week to see the full model unveiled!

 

 

 

March 24, 2017

The Gateway to India Model Horse Diorama Contest!

Hopefully you're feeling inspired by all of the Indian tidbits that have been shared on the Breyer Blog over the last few weeks because the Diorama Contest is back!

Dioramas can incorporate any cultural aspect or region from India. Maybe you're dreaming of exploring the serenity of an ashram; or discovering the wonder of the Taj Mahal; or cheering on your favorite polo players! India is a large and diverse country so there are endless possibilities! Remember, you can use any scale of Breyer models.

There are just a couple of important rules for you to remember. First off, 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.

As you may remember from last year the Diorama Contest is now held in the Visitors Center in the cool AC. Make sure you stop by and check out all of the wonderful entries. Winners will be announced after the Saturday Raffle in the Covered Arena.

March 23, 2017

Kick off BreyerFest Gateway to India with Breakables Live!

Join fellow china-lovers at the Clarion Hotel on Thursday July 13th at 3pm for an all-china and OF Resin/Cold Cast Porcelain show. The show features models made from clay, bone china, porcelain, or resin so be prepared to see some truly amazing models! But be careful not to break anything!
Last year there was also a Silent Auction to raise money for Old Friends. Almost $1000 was raised for the charity! Keep checking the Breyer Blog to find out more about the Silent Auction this year.

For more information, please visit the Breakables Live page here. You'll find a Class List as well as Entry Packet and Entrant Form.

You can find more information about the BreyerFest Open Model Horse Show and the BreyerFest Youth and Children's Show here.

March 23, 2017

Today we're going to meet Diana R. Dubbeld, the new show manager for our Breakables Live Show!
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Diana R. Dubbeld has been collecting model horses since she picked out her first Breyer, a bay grazing foal, at a garage sale when she was one year old. She started avidly collecting in 1995. Twenty two years later she still has Breyers in her collection but her primary focus is clankies (metal horses), chinas, porcelains, and anything else that clinks.

Her favorite method for adding models to her collection is by "liberating" them at auctions, antique malls, and estate sales and bringing them back into the model horse hobby. She first started live showing in the early 2000s in her home state of Michigan. Diana attended her first BreyerFest in 1997 and has since attended 16 more.

She first volunteered for BreyerFest in 2005 and she is excited to be hosting Breakables for the first time in 2017.

Diana moved to Kentucky 11 years ago and has been working in the thoroughbred racing industry for the past 8 years. While at work one day, a handsome gelding by the name of Little Sheik caught her eye. Two years later, she was able to help him retire off the track and they have been inseparable the past three years. She also enjoys spending time with her five cats, studying pedigree assignment, simulated horse racing, color genetics, following horse racing, art, and science fiction.

March 22, 2017

Now we're going to meet Eleanor Harvey's partner in crime for the BreyerFest Youth and Children's Show, 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 ecology, 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 fulfilment through the deep and lasting friendships made as a result of the hobby.

March 22, 2017

Yesterday we met our BreyerFest Live Show Manager Michelle Masters. Today we're going to meet one of our Youth and Children's Show Managers,
Eleanor Harvey!
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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 collectability. 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.

March 21, 2017

This week you'll meet a few more of our BreyerFest volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the event a success every year. Next up is our BreyerFest Model Horse Show Managers.

First up, the Open Show Manager Michelle Masters!
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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 her 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.

March 20, 2017

We've showcased some of our workshop volunteers over the past couple of weeks, but did you know that we have eight new workshops this year!

A few will showcase everything Equine in India with everything from Indian Wedding Horses to Marwari Ceremonial Facemasks to Stablemates Performance Polo.

We also have a new workshop from Sommer Prosser, Stall Decoration, and a new workshop from Lisa Bickford, Grassy Bases. Long term favorites like Sculpting 101, Pintos and Appys, How to Model Horse Show, and many many more are back again!

Workshops do sell out so sign up early to avoid disappointment! You can read more about the workshops and buy your tickets here. Please note that you must be a Three Day Ticket holder to register for workshops.

March 17, 2017

Let's start off the weekend by meeting Darjeeling!
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Darjeeling is on Chris Hess's semi-rearing mustang mold (number 87) from the 1960's. Darjeeling is a richly-shaded bay semi-leopard glossy appaloosa with a star, snip, a single sock, lighting marks, and mottled skin. This latest Special Run model was expertly designed by Sommer Prosser.

Darjeeling is a region in the West Bengal area of India and is most notable for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Settled by the British during the colonial period in the mid-19th Century, this city is a melting pot of Indian and British traditions. This Breyer Darjeeling is named so because of his tea-stained coloring and his patterning reminded us of a snow-dappled mountain top, much like stunning views of Kangchenjunga in Darjeeling.

Stay tuned to the BreyerFest blog as we continue to unveil the last few Special Run models!

March 16, 2017

Our next special run model is on one of Chris Hess's most iconic sculpts. And because we're feeling generous this fine Thursday morning we'll let you know that the model is named after a region in West Bengal with a rich history.

Any guesses?

Keep checking the Breyer Blog as we unveil more later this week!

March 15, 2017

It's hard to believe but it's already the middle of March!

While it means BreyerFest is getting closer and closer it also means that the Early Bird deadline is sneaking up.

There's one more month to take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing. And don't forget all Early Bird Ticket Buyers will be entered for the chance to win Sokkar, our Early Bird Ticket Model. He's one of only three and quite the handsome guy!

Click here to buy your tickets today!

March 15, 2017

Let's meet the first member of our Breyer Bazaar line-up - Holi!
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Holi is a warm grey elephant with a spattering of freckles across the face and ears. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of light over dark/good over evil and signifies the start of spring. The festival is celebrated throughout India and concludes with a day of fun that involves celebrants chasing each other with colored powder and water.

Holi is decorated with a colorful spring pattern of flowers, plants, and stars capturing the spirit of this beautiful Hindu celebration and as a nod to the painted elephant festival that is held each year at Holi in Jaipur, India.

There will be plenty more friends joining Holi at the Breyer Bazaar so keep an eye on the Breyer Blog!

March 14, 2017

Join Jane for her popular Canvas Creations and No Sew Pony Pouches!
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After their success last year Jane's Canvas Creations and No Sew Pony Pouches are back! Like most of our BreyerFest volunteers Jane has loved horses since she was a baby. She rode her first horse at age two and fell in love with horses; a love that continues to grow to this day. Her first Breyer model was a Proud Arabian Foal, which was gift from a fellow high schooler. Jane treasured the model for it's beautiful expression and realism. The next model in her collection was a glossy Leopard Fighting Stallion and her collection has grown ever since.

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Jane also well known in the equine art community both I the US and around the world. One of her painting, "Dream Horses" was even sent to China as part of a student art exchange! In 1967 Jane purchased her first horse, a hunter type mare she named Amber Lady. Jane worked on developing her realism with this real life model and her art continued to get better and better.

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In 1974 Jane married her husband, Ernest, and he has been a longtime supporter of her passion for horses. Every year they travel to BreyerFest where Jane does portrait sketches of pets from photos and best of all, shares her love of horses and art in her Workshops she conducts.

Jane's Canvas Creations workshop is suited to beginner and intermediate students and the No Sew Pony Pouch workshop is suitable for all ages. Both workshops will allow students to work on new skills and create a fun BreyerFest souvenir to take home.

Don't delay in signing up for Jane's workshops as most workshops do sell out quickly! You can read more about the workshops and sign up here.

March 13, 2017

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Today marks the conclusion of the Hindu festival of Holi, a spring festival known as "the festival of colors." It signifies the triumph of good over evil and the arrival of spring, and for our next sneak peek, we wanted to give all you Breyer fans a splash of color to remind you of brighter spring days ahead. Can you guess what mold Holi is? Keep checking the BreyerFest blog for the reveal later this week!

March 13, 2017

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 Lexington in July!

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

Celebration Park
FREE
Pony Rides
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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!

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

Mechanical Bull Rides
Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Can you stay on a whirling mechanical bull for a whole 8 seconds?? Give us your best yee-haw and hold on tight!

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 marvellous jugglers add to the excitement and thrill of attending BreyerFest!

March 10, 2017

Say hello to our next Special Run model, Kaalee!
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Kaalee means black in Hindi, and while the meaning is simple, the model (like the Hindi word) is much more beautiful and exotic!

Kaalee is on the Shagya Arabian (mold 740) in a black rabicano pattern that has been "boosted" by sabino. She has four white stockings and a large blaze, as well as roaning on her belly, chest, and neck. This beautiful model was designed by Lesli Kathman.

Stay tuned to the BreyerFest blog as we continue to unveil more surprises this month!

March 9, 2017

Let's meet another one of our BreyerFest Trade Show Vendors!
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Today we're going to meet Erica of Creature Comforts by Erica. Erica first started her business in 1995 as a way to begin exploring her love of sculpting while using copper as a medium. Erica is a Kentucky native who lives in a log cabin in Prospect after graduating from the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Louisville. Erica has exhibited her paintings, drawings, and sculpture at several galleries in Louisville.

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In 2003 Erica was inspired to start making animals from a single piece of flat copper and after this her sculpture evolved into copper works of art in miniature. Currently she creates copper dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, horses, sheep, and many more. All of Erica's creations are original and handcrafted by Erica and there's always new animals being added to the menagerie. Erica says ‘'the little sculptures seem to bring a smile to everyone who sees them'' and we agree with her. She also says that BreyerFest features ‘'wonderful horses, wonderful people, and (is) wonderfully fun'' and we couldn't agree more!

You can visit Creature Comforts by Erica and all of the other sellers at the Vendor Marketplace on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can find more information and the Vendor Marketplace application here.

March 8, 2017

And just like that we're onto the next, Kaalee! For our next Special Run model the next clue is in the name. Keep checking the Breyer Blog to see the horse unveiled soon!

March 8, 2017

After all of the excitement of Monday, let's meet our newest Special Run model, Vahana!

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Vahana was designed by Karen Y. Gerhardt and is a dark bay roan tobiano pinto with silver and purple braids and ribbons in his two-toned mane. He also has a lovely blaze and lip spot. The Shire Gelding mold (744) is a recent addition to the Breyer line-up.

Vahana's names honors the Sanskrit word which literally translates as ‘that which carries, that which pulls', pretty fitting for a draft horse we think.

The rest of the Special Run models will be announced as we get closer to BreyerFest so keep an eye on the Blog!

March 7, 2017

BreyerFest favorite Candace Liddy is back!
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Candace Liddy is back for another year of teaching workshops. Breyer fans will have two chances to catch Candace with her Drawing Horses and Conformation workshops on Friday afternoon. Drawing Horses is from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm and the Conformation workshop is from 3 pm - 5 pm. Both are held in Gallery 3 and are appropriate for all levels, beginners to advanced.

Candace Liddy is really a lifelong equestrian with sixty plus years as a horsewoman and equine artist, fifty-five years as a professional horse breeder, trainer, judge, horse training and conformation clinician, and fifty plus years in the model horse hobby. She spent her childhood with her grandparents and great-grandparents who both had horses. She learned a lot about her favorite animal and her art is an extension of this love and passion. Candace has two grown children and lives on a hobby farm with her husband and their menagerie of cats, dogs, and horses, most of them going on the fourth generation of Liddy breeding.

Over the years Candace has sculpted for numerous large companies including Toyota, Judges Law College in Reno, US Navy, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Air Force, US Senate and Congress, Investor Diversified Services, American Express, Norfolk and Southern Railroad, Creata Toy Company, The Horse Collector toys, Manhattan Toy, and Blip Toys. She was an equine artist and sculptor for AQHA, PHBA, FQHA, SMR, PFHBA, FHOBA, MQHA, FTOBA, MTOBA, WSCA, Churchill Downs, Canterbury Downs, Remington Park, Oklahoma Horse Council, Kentucky Derby Museum, The National Racing Museum, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Ramsey Farms, Wind N Wood Farm, plus many personal and private collections around the world.

To date, she has sculpted and produced 135 different bronze editions and one-of-a-kind pieces, along with 124 limited edition resin castings.

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We mean it when we say Candace Liddy has a lifetime of knowledge of horses. Sign up for one of her workshops and learn from one of the best! Don't delay in signing up for Candace's workshops as most workshops do sell out quickly! You can read more about the workshops and sign up here.

March 6, 2017

We're going to try something a bit different with our next Special Run. Visit the Breyer Facebook page to find out more!

March 3, 2017

We're thrilled to welcome Splash Dogs back to BreyerFest for another year!
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For the fourth year we're excited to have Splash Dogs and their Eastern Regional Championships at Celebration Park! Never heard of dog dock diving? It's an exciting new sport for dogs and their owners! Dogs jump from a raised dock into a 40 ft. pool while competing for the furthest distance.

Trails will be held on Friday July 14th and Saturday July 15th and the best of the best will be competing in the finals on Sunday July 16th. It's easy to spot Splash Dogs when you get to Celebration Park; just following the cheering crowd and happy hounds! These fearless pups will be flying and splashing up to three times a day so keep an eye out for the schedule to be announced in the BreyerFest Program. You won't want to miss this!

A separate registration is required with Splash Dogs, but all competitors and guests must be BreyerFest Ticket holders (either Single Day tickets or Three-Day tickets). Registration is open to dogs of all breeds and sizes and should open 60 days before the event, so around mid-May. Visit the Splash Dogs website to register! You can also read the Newcomer's Guide for more information. Maybe your dog will want to give it a try!

March 2, 2017

OldFriends

You learned more about the Second Annual BreyerFest 5k run the other day. Today we wanted to share more about our race beneficiary, Old Friends!

Old Friends is a well-known equestrian charity in Lexington that supports Thoroughbreds after their racing and breeding careers have ended. The charity was founded in 2003 by Michael Blowen, former Boston Globe film critic, and the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY cares for more than 155 horses. The Facility is known as a ‘'living history museum of horse racing'' and attracts nearly 20,000 tourists each year.

Well-known residents of Old Friends include 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. Through their work Old Friends aims to raise awareness and draw attention to the need for widespread aftercare for all Thoroughbreds. The farm is open daily for tours and reservations are required. Please call (502) 863-1775 for more information or visit www.oldfriendsequine.org.

Old Friends is a long time BreyerFest Beneficiary and we're thrilled to support them and their efforts caring for retired Thoroughbreds. You can learn more about the 5k race here and you can sign up for the race here. Again, best of luck to all of our runners!

March 1, 2017

Last Chance for Volunteers!

Today is the last day for your BreyerFest Gateway to India volunteer applications to be received by our volunteer manager, Robin Briscoe. All applicants will be informed of their status on/after March 28 so you'll have plenty of time to take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing and the possibility of winning the Early Bird Raffle Model, the handsome Sokkar.

If you missed out on volunteering this year please keep an eye on our website early next year to help out at BreyerFest 2018. If you're looking for a way to get involved with Breyer throughout the year we're always looking for help with our Breyer Ambassadors. Click here to find out more and sign up for this great program!

February 28, 2017

You're invited to another year of the BreyerFest Live Show!

Join us for the BreyerFest Live Show on Friday, July 14th from 7am - 4pm at the Alltech Arena North Expo Hall. As always, there will be tons of models, tons of laughs, and tons of memories! You can sign up here, but please note you need to be an adult Three Day ticket holder to register.
For more information about the show or to see the Breed Classification List click here and for our First Timers there's a wonderful First Timers' Guide to give you a better understanding of how the show works. Be sure to check it out here! There's also tons of information in the Community section of our website.

Best of luck to all of our showers!

For our younger Model Horse showers we have the Youth and Children's Show which is held on Saturday at the Alltech Arena. You can read more about it here.

February 27, 2017

The BreyerFest 5k is back again!
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After a very successful inaugural run the BreyerFest 5k is back at BreyerFest Gateway to India. The 5k (3.1 mile) race will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8:00am at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park. Once again, the race will benefit the outstanding work of 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! You can learn about the rest of our BreyerFest Beneficiaries here.

The race will include commemorative dry fit T-shirts, chip timing, awards, a DJ spinning Indian-inspired dance music, post-race snacks, a raffle with cool Breyer swag, and more! There will also be an untimed 1 mile fun run/walk for those not interested in the full 5K (3.1 mile) run. All ages and abilities are welcome! Best of luck to all of our runners and walkers!

Click here to register today!

February 27, 2017

Join Laurie Jo Jensen for our new Cartooning workshop!
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Laurie Jo has been collecting model horses since the age of 5. Her first Breyer was a glossy alabaster Arabian stallion fondly known as Star. Laurie was involved in the beginning stages of organized model shows and has been further involved in the hobby though painting and customizing Breyer models that are known beloved members of collections around the world. Laurie Jo enjoys teaching fellow model horse lovers how to paint, customize, and draw model horses.

The Cartooning workshop is on Friday afternoon from 3pm - 5pm in Gallery 2. The workshop is suitable for anyone ages 6 and up and will teach attendees the basics of cartooning which they can then build up on at home to create their own comics. You can create a cartoon of your favorite Breyer model or bring along a picture of your own horse or pony as your inspiration.

Don't delay in signing up for Laurie Jo's Cartooning workshop as most workshops do sell out quickly! You can read more about the workshops and sign up here.

February 24, 2017

Was anyone able to guess which model we previewed earlier in the week?
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Rangoli - Sunday Raffle Model

Rangoli - Sunday Raffle Model

Well, the wait is over - meet Rangoli! Named for his complicated belly spot and his very handsome overall appearance, the Sunday Raffle model is on Morgen Kilbourn's new Cantering Warmblood model (mold 739). This majestic horse is a sooty dappled buckskin with sabino markings. His single stocking, double socks, and white heel add to his complex design which also includes a partial blue eye and the aforementioned belly spot.

Rangoli is an intricate art form that originated in Nepal that uses colored sand, rice, flour, or even flower petals to create huge designs on floors and in courtyards. Designs can range from animals and flowers to complex geometric shapes. The art is prevalent during the festival of Diwali and the designs are thought to bring good luck.

Keep an eye on the Breyer Blog as we will be unveiling the Saturday raffle model soon!

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 insider's 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 enjoy BreyerFest!

Ticket sales for both the Saturday and Sunday 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. Tickets are available at the Breyer Booth located within the Vendor Marketplace 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 24, 2017

BreyerFest is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Letts to our seminar schedule!
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Author Elizabeth Letts is a New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion which also won the 2012 Daniel P Leneham Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation. In addition to The Eighty-Dollar Champion Elizabeth had written two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning and for her younger fans she has written The Butter Man, an award-winning children's book.

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Elizabeth majored in history at Yale where she also studied creative writing with John Hersey, a Pulitzer Prize-winner. Throughout the years her writing has been recognized with numerous awards including a John H. Daniels fellowship, The Charlotte Zolotow Award (honor book) and the Middle East Book Award.

In addition to her career as an author, Ms. Letts is a lifelong equestrian and a graduate H-A from Rolling Hills Pony Club in California. As a teen she represented Area VI (California and Hawaii) in the North American Junior Three-Day Eventing Championships.

Elizabeth will be joining our other distinguished seminar speakers. Keep an eye on the seminars page here to see the full schedule unveiled soon.

February 23, 2017

Let's meet another one of the BreyerFest Vendor Marketplace retailers!
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Holly & her team at BreyerFest

Wild Horse Custom Apparel is owned by Breyer enthusiast Holly Griggs. Holly has collected and loved Breyer models her entire life. She started her first tack store when she was a senior in high school and carried numerous Breyer models. Over the years Holly has owned several different stores in a few different locations, but Breyer's have always been involved in some way.

Holly's goal is always to carry the full line after a childhood spent trying to track down all of the models from the Breyer catalog and never finding the last few stragglers. Holly especially loves the BreyerFest Vendor Fair and seeing people who love Breyer models are much as she does. Like many of our vendors Holly loves seeing kids coming back to her stall year after year and continuing to collect models.

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Wild Horse Custom Apparel

Holly says ‘'It's a great opportunity to spend time with my family and friends.'' Make sure you stop by and say hi!

You can visit Wild Horse Custom Apparel and all of the other sellers at the Vendor Marketplace on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can find more information and the Vendor Marketplace application here.

 

February 22, 2017

One more week for BreyerFest volunteers!

There's one week left to get your BreyerFest Volunteer Application submitted to Robin Briscoe, our outstanding volunteer coordinator. As a friendly reminder, all applicants will be informed of their status on/after March 28 so you'll have plenty of time to take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing and the Early Bird Raffle Model, the handsome Sokkar.

If you miss out on volunteering this year please keep an eye on our website early in 2018 to help out at BreyerFest. If you're looking for a way to get involved with Breyer throughout the year we're always looking for help with our Breyer Ambassadors. Click here to find out more and sign up for this great program!

February 21, 2017

sneak peek

We hope you enjoyed learning more about Dally and Spanky and their models yesterday. We have another Sneak Peek for you today! Let's start the guessing games!

 

 

 

February 20, 2017

Dally and Spanky
Meet Dally and Spanky!

These two are quite the dynamic duo! Spanky is a miniature horse and Dally is a Jack Russel. Spanky is a luxurious Dark Bay with his signature ‘S' on his hindquarters. Spanky is on the Shetland Pony mold (#25) and Dally is a classic Jack Russel terrier.

Miniature horse Spanky was rescued at age two by Francesca and Steve of Rother Horsemanship. When he first arrived at his new Washington State home he was aggressive to people and other horses, but after a year with his new family he was a changed horse. Although he was still a bit naughty!

To give Spanky a purpose Francesca started teaching him a couple of tricks and he was joined by another rescued miniature horse, Jet. Quite soon after that Francesca and Steve welcomed another member of their family, a Jack Russell Terrier called Dally who was the runt of her litter. Despite being only six months old she was very interested in Francesca and Spanky and their tricks. One day she jumped onto Spanky's back to get a better look and ending up enjoying it so much she stayed up there while Spanky was walking around the arena.

From then on Francesca was teaching both Spanky and Dally tricks. They become best friends while learning to jump, lie down, and sit up together. They enjoy travelling to exciting new places with Francesca, Steve, and their big horses! You can learn more about these two on their website www.horseteacher.com or you can follow them on social media at DallyandSpanky.

These adorable gift set will be available at BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India as a Store Specials.

February 17, 2017

Breyer is thrilled to welcome back Guy McLean!
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Guy and his trusty group of horses were at BreyerFest 2011 and we can't wait to see them again at BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India! Guy McLean grew up on the 1600-acre ‘Susan River Homestead' Holiday Ranch resort in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia. The resort was owned by his family and he doesn't remember a day that horses weren't a part of his life. Growing up with horses Guy quickly learned a lot about them and his horsemanship methods are all self-taught. Guy credits his parent's encouragement and support which made him the horseman and entertainer he is today.

After his successful career Guy has found that the best tools in horsemanship are knowledge, compassion, patience, and imagination. Since 1999 Guy, Nugget, and his equine team have performed all over Australia and around the world including at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Guy's trusty companion Nugget was commemorated as a Breyer model in 2012 and although his model is now retired you can learn more about him here.

Guy and his horses will be performing at BreyerFest as a part of the Equestrian Extravaganza at the Covered Arena each day. You'll also be able to catch Guy and his gang in the Celebration of Horses show on Friday and Saturday evenings.

February 16, 2017

S is for Sneak Peek!
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We have another Sneak Peek for our Breyer Blog readers! Keep checking this page to find out more!

 

 

February 15, 2017

Karen Zorn

Join Karen Zorn for her very popular Pintos & Appys workshop on Friday morning from 10am - 12pm. Attendees will learn how to create the perfect dots and spots on their models; everything from the perfect mottling on an Appaloosa to Overo's and Tobiano's.

Karen Zorn is a life-long lover of both equestrians and art and is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her first Breyer model, a Palomino Family Arabian Stallion, at the age of six and her love of Breyer and model horses has continued to grow year after year. Karen has extensive training in dressage with her horses Kiev, Sir Percival, and then Kentauros aka "Raleigh".

Karen's focus on her dressage left her with very little time for any artistic pursuits, but Karen started painting horse miniatures for her own collection which was quickly followed by repainting models, customizing, and then showing models. About ten years ago Karen was able to make her customizing work into a full-time job. While she has little art experience she has been self-taught through a bit of trial and error, a process she called ‘a fun journey'. Karen strives to continually improve her mastery of details and realism. She's also thrilled that her models have won both national and international workmanship awards.

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The Pintos and Appy's workshop is suitable for beginners to intermediate and sells out early every year. Sign up here today!

February 14, 2017

Let's meet another one of the BreyerFest Vendor Marketplace retailers!
Walkabout Farms

Val & Gary Starcher
Walkabout Farms

Owners Gary and Valentine Starcher started Walkabout Farm in 1996 and have had many happy years selling Breyer models. Gary and Val say the best part of their business is the customers and they're ‘the best anywhere'. They both love the model horse hobby and Val specifically has been collecting for 44 years and were able to turn their knowledge of the hobby into a successful business.

They have attended every BreyerFest and have had a booth at the Vendor Marketplace for the past 15 years; they both look forward to the show each year! They've even seen children growing up year after year and they're now bringing their own children to the event. Stop by and say hello to Gary and Val! They love meeting new Breyer fans!

You can visit Walkabout Farms and all of the other sellers at the Vendor Marketplace on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can find more information and the Vendor Marketplace application here.

February 13, 2017

Happy Monday Everyone!
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This year we wanted to introduce readers of the Breyer Blog to some of the people at our Vendor Marketplace; some of whom have been coming to BreyerFest for years and for some it's their first time at the KHP.

Today we're going to meet Jackie Adams of Lilla Rose. Gateway to India will be her 4th time at BreyerFest and Jackie is often helped out at shows by her daughter. For those who don't know, Lilla Rose is a unique hair accessory called the ‘Flexi Clip', which comes in seven different sizes to accommodate any type of hair. Lilla Rose and the Flexi Clip are popular in the equestrian world and they have two designs targeted to horse lovers.

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Jackie Adams of Lilla Rose

You can visit Jackie and all of the other sellers at the Vendor Marketplace on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can find more information and the Vendor Marketplace application here.

February 10, 2017

We're thrilled to welcome Didi Hornberger back to BreyerFest!
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For those of you who don't know, Didi has been teaching workshops at BreyerFest for since 2014 but she's been volunteering at BreyerFest since 2005. This year she's teaching the Marwari Ceremonial Horse Mask workshop on Saturday from 10am to 12pm. We don't know about you, but we can't help but feel inspired when we see majestic Marwaris in their breath-taking masks. We know your Nazruddin Celebration Horse model would love a mask of his own!

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BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India is Didi's 21st BreyerFest so she's a wealth of information for those with any questions. She's also been showing since 1996 so she's a great resource for Model Horse Shows as well! In fact, Didi is a fan of all things equestrian as she has been riding for seventy years. Over the years she's owned/bred, raised, and shown more than 18 real horses including Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. She's had the privilege of riding in 4 Presidential Inaugural Parades with the International Sidesaddle Organization. These included Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. H Bush.

Her favorite Breyer molds include Totilas, the Braided Jumping Pony, and Old Timer, but her first model was a Proud Arabian Mare (fondly known as a PAM).

Don't delay in signing up for Didi's workshop as most workshops do sell out quickly! You can read more about the workshops and sign up here.

February 10, 2017

Every year we see lots of new faces at BreyerFest and we see familiar faces that we haven't seen in a couple of years. Because of this we like to post a little refresher on the Breyer Blog about the Special Runs and the Special Run line.

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 the model you are buying until you open it! Models are announced here on the Blog in the months leading up to BreyerFest 2017. The models will also be on the Exclusive Models page after they are released. Prices and quantities will be announced in the Event Program, which is posted online before BreyerFest. We'll announce it on the Blog when the program is posted too so keep an eye on this page!

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. Special Run tickets are for a specific day and time - this indicates the day and time that you can shop in the Special Run section of the Breyer Store. Ticket times start at 10 am on Friday and run hourly through Sunday at 1pm. To keep things fair and organized, we have taken each model and broken the total quantity down into 18 different groups. This way each hourly group has an equal chance to buy models. 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 Friday 2pm - 3pm time. At 1:45pm you need to line up at the ramp at the bottom of the Breyer Store and 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.

Please 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 (Please note: you must register for Model Horse Shows separately):" This drop down menu 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.

Please note that this drop down menu 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 Breyer account that 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 Three Day ticket purchase, your Breyer account will be placed into a group that has access to the Workshops Registration pages. If your Special Run ticket ends up conflicting with your Workshop time you have a few options: you can have a friend or parent go shopping for you, you can switch tickets with someone else, 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. This way we can get your problem resolved quickly and you won't have to wait in 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 1pm. And we are starting at 10am instead of 9:30am so guests have more time to get through the front gate first thing in the morning.

February 9, 2017

Meet Repeat the Beat, our latest sneak peek!
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Repeat the Beat - Store Special

Now try saying that three times in a row! Pete, as he is affectionately known, is a full-blooded Tennessee Walking Horse although you wouldn't guess based on his love of jumping! After a career in the high-stepping Tennessee Walking Horse show circuit Pete now competes in Jumpers, Three-Day Eventing, and Handy Hunter Field tests.

Pete has been recognized in various horse publications and local Tennessee newspapers and he's considered the mascot of the University of Kentucky Eventing Team. Pete has built a huge following as the little horse ‘who can'. He's only 15.1, but is proof that you shouldn't judge a book (or a horse) by its cover.

Pete will be making his Breyer debut as a Store Special at BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India. Pete is a black sabino roan on the Bluegrass Bandit mold (# 585) which was sculpted by Kathleen Moody and Sommer Prosser and introduced in 2008. Pete has 3 high white legs and unusual knee marking as well as a belly spot and a blaze.

Make sure you buy your model early as this handsome guy is sure to go jumping off the shelves!

You can see the rest of the BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India Exclusive Models here.

February 8, 2017

 

Sneak Peak

We have another model sneak peek for you! Keep checking the Breyer Blog for the model to be unveiled soon!

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2017

Sign up for the BreyerFest Swap Meet!
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The BreyerFest Swap Meet is back at the Clarion Hotel again! The Clarion Hotel is the official home of BreyerFest After Dark and hosts our Swap Meet and Artisans' Gallery, where you can check out the finalists for the Best Customs Contest we mentioned last week.

The Swap Meet is held on Friday evening after the Live Auction, from 7:30pm - 11pm in the Clarion Hotel Ballroom.
You must be a Three Day ticket holder to sell at the Swap Meet, but anyone is welcome to stop, browse, and shop. You never know what you might find!

You can learn more about the Swap Meet and buy your tables here. Please note: you must be a Three Day ticket holder to buy a table at the Swap Meet. And tables do sell out so buy early to avoid disappointment.

February 6, 2017

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Tom Bainbridge and Donna Chaney at the BreyerFest 2016 Carnival Artisans' Gallery

Join us at the Clarion Hotel for the BreyerFest Gateway to India Artisans' Gallery!

The Artisans' Gallery is on Thursday evening from 5:30pm - 11pm and Friday and Saturday evening from 7:30pm - 11pm. It's the perfect way to keep celebrating BreyerFest after spending the day at the Kentucky Horse Park! You'll find the best of the best in the hobby showcasing all things equine; everything from custom models and tack to paintings and sculptures. It's the perfect place to shop for that special souvenir!

Just like the Swap Meet you don't need to be a Three Day Ticket Holder to browse and shop in the Artisans' Gallery. Everyone is welcome!

And while you're at the Artisans' Gallery don't forget to check out the Best Customs Contest Finalists! Final judging will be at 9pm on Saturday.

If you're interested in the Artisans' Gallery you can visit here for more information.

You can find the Artisans' Gallery application here. There's an Early Bird Special too! If you secure your table by April 15th you'll receive a BreyerFest Gateway to India Guest Pin for FREE!

Please note: you must be a BreyerFest Three Day Ticket holder to display and sell in the Artisans' Gallery.

February 6, 2017

Join us for the BreyerFest Gateway to India Youth and Children's Model Horse Show!
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Show off your favorite models and make new friends all while learning more about model horses and the model horse hobby! For those who don't know a model horse show is very similar to a live horse show except models are shown instead of horses.

On Saturday July 15th BreyerFest hosts the largest model horse show for kids at the Alltech Arena North Expo Hall. The show is held from 7am - 3pm. There's a Children's Show for ages 12 and under which requires a Children's Three Day ticket to enter. And there's a Youth Show which is for ages 13 - 16 and requires an Adult Three Day ticket to enter. Please note that parents are also required to be a BreyerFest Single Day or Three Day ticket holder.

Models can be show in two divisions: halter and performance. You can view the breed guide and class lists for the show here.

New to showing? Or need more information? Take a peek at the Model Horse Shows pages in our Community section for lots of information!

If you are considering showing but have a few questions, be sure to 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 here soon.

We hope to see you there!

February 3, 2017

Meet Saffron!
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Saffron is a minimal splash Paint in yellow dun on the Geronimo mold (#733), which was first released last year as a part of the 2016 Premier Collection. Saffron has leg bars and a majestic dorsal stripe and his coat has a bit of a pearly-sheen. Our first BreyerFest Gateway to India Special Run model has a touch of the iconic golden-yellow color and lives up to his namesake.

The rest of the Special Run models will be announced as we get closer to BreyerFest so keep an eye on the Blog!

February 1, 2017

Have you started working on your Diorama Contest entry yet?

The prize model will be unveiled at a later date so keep an eye on the Breyer Blog!

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Each year the Diorama Contest gives BreyerFest attendees a chance to explore our theme while unleashing their creativity. This year participants can explore India a bit more and discover something new about this enchanting country. Maybe you'll find inspiration in the serenity of an ashram, or discovering the Taj Mahal, or cheering on a favorite polo player. Or maybe something else entirely. The possibilities are endless!

There are four age categories: Under 10 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, and 20 Years & Older and the winners will receive our soon-to-be-unveiled prize model!

The rules are listed below, but you can find more information about the Diorama Contest here. Best of luck everyone! Or as they say in India, Saubhaagy!

Diorama Contest Rules

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    One entry per person
  • All entries must be created using a least one Breyer Model (any scale).
  • All entries must stand upright on a table and fit entirely inside a 12" cube; including bases, stands, and attachments (entries will be measured).
  • Any media, attachments, and bases can be used as long as it fits the size requirement above.
  • Entry must be accompanied with a 3" x 5" index card with a description on one side and name, age, city and state on the other side.
  • All entrants must be BreyerFest Three-Day ticket holders.
  • Submissions will only be accepted Friday, July 14th from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Visitor Information Center. Entries will be judged Friday evening after the park is closed, allowing judges time to read the entry cards. Entries received after Friday will not be judged.
  • All entries must be submitted by the original artist.
  • Winners will be announced after the Saturday Raffle in the Covered Arena. 

January 31, 2017

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I spy with my little eye the first of the Special Run models! Does anyone want to guess who will be kicking off the BreyerFest Gateway to India Special Run line up?

Keep your eyes on the Breyer Blog as we unveil the model soon!

 

 

January 30, 2017

The Breyer Best Customs Contest is back at the Artisans' Gallery!
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The Contest honors the best of the best in customizing and has been very popular the last two years. With a fifth division this year there's something for everyone! These divisions include: Excellence in Finish Work, Fantasy, Most Extreme Custom, Best Custom for Performance Excellence (shown with Tack and Rider), and Theme. This year's theme is ‘Good Things Come in Small Packages' so you can expect to see lots of Paddock Pals, Stablemates, and Mini Whinnies.

Prizes include a Special Edition BreyerFest Best Customs Traditional Model for the first place winner of each division and Special Edition Stablemates Best Customs Models for the second and third place winners of each division. You might remember last year's prize, the handsome Guerreiro. The winners and our finalists will receive a special Rosette as well.

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To enter you will need to submit a photo of your custom to [email protected] for initial judging no later than Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 11:59 pm EST. No late entries allowed! The three finalists for each division will be notified on/about July 1, 2017 and will be responsible for getting their model to BreyerFest to be displayed at the Artisans' Gallery.

These models will be on display until 9:30pm on Saturday, July 15th so make sure you stop by and check them out! They're guaranteed to be outstanding!

Best of luck to all of our competitors!

More information about the different divisions and how to enter can be found here.

January 27, 2017

We're now accepting applications for BreyerFest Gateway to India volunteers!

For the past 27 years we've relied on countless volunteers to make BreyerFest a success and this year is no different. We're looking for Breyer fans to work behind the scenes whether it's in the Hands-on Hobby booth, the Craft and Activities tent, or somewhere else at BreyerFest.

In addition to lots of fun memories BreyerFest volunteers receive a limited edition Volunteer model and a huge thank you for all of their hard work. Models will be distributed on Sunday afternoon after the closing ceremonies.

For more information about Volunteering at BreyerFest click here. You can download the Volunteer Application here. If you have any questions about volunteering at BreyerFest you can reach out to Robin Briscoe, our Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected].

Please note that applications will only be accepted from January 18 to March 1. Any applications received outside of these dates will be discarded. Volunteers will be notified of their status on/after March 28th keeping people plenty of time to buy Early Bird Tickets if you were not accepted as a volunteer. As a reminder, the Early Bird ticket sales end on April 15th.

January 23, 2017

Gateway to India


After the bright sights and sounds of BreyerFest Carnival we knew we had big shoes (or horseshoes) to fill for BreyerFest 2017. We wanted somewhere exciting and vibrant, but with a rich equestrian tradition. Somewhere we hadn't visited before. There was only one country that could fulfil all of these requirements: India!

Horses have been in India and South Asia for hundreds if not thousands of years so there was a lot of equine history to inspire BreyerFest Gateway to India. We were further motivated by Manipur, India (the birthplace of modern Polo) and the handsome Polo ponies we kept seeing during our research.

Most importantly we were exhilarated by the majestic Marwaris and the quiet grace they all seemed to possess. It was love at first sight with our 2017 Celebration Horse, Nazruddin! You can read all about him here. If you want to meet more Marwaris, there's a couple more at the Kentucky Horse Park. Don't forget to say hi to them during BreyerFest weekend!

If you want to learn more about Marwaris, we highly recommend watching the video above from Bonnie Singh, the Secretary General of the Indigenous Horse Society of India. The video teaches viewers about the rich history of the Marwari horse in India and the Dundlod Fort, which is home to the largest Marwari horse breeding stud farm. You might even learn a fun fact of two to impress your BreyerFest friends with!

BreyerFest 2017 will have a true taste of India and Indian culture with henna tattoos, dancers in enchanting (and colourful!) costumes, and tent pegging, an ancient cavalry sport dating from India in the 4th Century BC. Tent pegging was designated as an official sport by the Olympic Council of Asia in 1982 and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports recognised it as an official discipline in 2004. India has one of the leading tent pegging teams and we're excited to showcase this little-known equestrian discipline.

Finally, our Special Run Models will have a touch of India while staying true to the breathtaking and beautiful traditions of the models of years past. Maybe we'll even see an animal or two! Stay tuned to the Breyer Blog as we unveil the BreyerFest 2017 models as we get closer to July!

 

January 23, 2017

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Nazruddin's Grandsire, Gajraj, Best of Breed Stallion Champion of India

Happy Monday Readers! To celebrate being one week closer to BreyerFest Gateway to India we're going to learn more about our BreyerFest 2017 Celebration Horse, the dashing Nazruddin. His name is a Sufi name meaning ‘defender of faith' and Nazruddin is one of fewer than 15 Marwari horses currently in the US.

Nazruddin is owned by Francesca Kelly, co-founder of the Indigenous Horse Society of India, a breeder of these exotic desert horses for two decades in Dundlod, Rajasthan, India and sole breeder in the US. Francesca also donated three horses to the Kentucky Horse Park so make sure you visit them while at BreyerFest!

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Nazruddin with his sire, Nazrana

A 2006 stallion, Nazruddin was born on Chappaquiddick, MA and is an elegant sorrel horse standing at 15.1 hands. His model is an exquisite golden color reminding us of a peaceful setting sun. Nazruddin was sired by Nazrana and his dam is Shyamla; both dam and stallion were black so Nazruddin's elegant sorrel coloring is a throwback to a mysterious desert ancestor from generations before. His grandsire is Gajraj, was the Best of Breed Stallion Champion of India for many years. Nazruddin is truly an all-Indian horse!

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Francesca Kelly, Nazruddin's owner & co-founder
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Did you know that the carriage of the Marwari's neck and head are often referred to as ‘mayur greev,' or proud as a peacock! 

 

To learn more about Marwaris,
visit www.horsemarwari.com.

You can buy your BreyerFest Tickets and Parking Pass here with Early Bird Pricing. All BreyerFest ticket buyers will receive a model of Nazruddin, our Gateway to India Celebration Horse!

Don't forget our Early Bird buyers will automatically be entered to win one of three models of Sokkar, the delightful model we talked about yesterday.

Januray 19, 2017

To kick off BreyerFest 2017 Gateway to India we're going to talk about the Early Bird Raffle Model Sokkar! Have you seen him yet? Sokkar is a shaded black, minimal Splash Pinto on Kathleen Moody's Icelandic mold, number 729. His super high gloss finish is set off with four stockings, a big blaze, and two mesmerizing blue eyes.

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Early Bird Raffle Model - Sokkar

The Icelandic mold was introduced as Falhófnir, one of the Premier Collection models in 2014. Since then the Icelandic mold has been seen as one of the BreyerFest 2016 Carnival guest horse Svali Frá Tjörn as well as the Brick and Mortar Special, Elksa, and the Web Special Honeysuckle to name a few.

 

All of our Early Bird Ticket buyers will automatically entered into the raffle and there will be three lucky winners! You can purchase your tickets here and the Early Bird price is valid until April 15th. There's also an Early Bird Parking Pass here that gives you easy re-entry all weekend long. The Early Bird Parking Pass price is also valid until April 15th.

The drawing for Sokkar will take place right before the Saturday raffle at 4:30pm in the Covered Arena. Please note you must be present to win. Stay tuned for the Saturday and Sunday Raffle Models as well as our Special Run models! Lots more to be unveiled!

Welcome to the 2017 BreyerFest Blog!

It may be a cold, gray winter, but here at Breyer, we are swathed in the bright colors and warmth of India! As you know from years past, the BreyerFest Blog is your go-to place for all the latest information and any updates, including announcements about new models, guest speakers, and the schedule.

Here on the blog we will be chatting with guest horse owners, meeting the Breyer Special Run models, and getting pumped about finally being back at BreyerFest in July! This year's event is shaping up to be the most exciting yet, with a thrilling Celebration of Horses evening show at the Alltech Arena, and three full days of all-breed equine entertainment in the covered arena. There are so many amazing guests this year, even at Breyer we are having a hard time containing our excitement.

Welcome to Gateway to India!

 

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