BreyerFest Blog

January 19, 2018

BreyerFest 5K

3 Way Racing

In case you missed it, the BreyerFest 5K signup website went live on Wednesday!

We can't think of a better way to warm up on these cold winter days than by training for the BF5K. To get you motivated, we've put together a list of our top five running apps to help inspire to get in shape with us. So crank up "Eye of the Tiger" and share your progress with us on our Facebook page, Breyer Model Horses or tag us on Instagram with #BF5K!

1. Couch to 5K - this app is great for beginners and provides you with a program each day and gradually builds up your running time and distance to a 5K. With achievable commitment times (20-30 minutes a day, 3 times a week), Couch to 5K will help you train yourself to completing a 5K in just 9 weeks.

2. Map My Run - this app, for more experienced runners, helps you track and map all your runs, and helps you track your stats to improve your performance. With a community of over 50 million users, get inspired to reach your running goals!

3. Strava Running and Cycling - great for the person who is into more than just running. Track your runs, cycling, and other activities with millions of users. Tracks key stats like distance and time, but also offers users the opportunity to participate in community-wide challenges to up their fitness game.

4. Charity Miles - take your run to the next level with this app that allows you to earn money for charity with every step! Track your steps with this app and choose from more than 40 charities to donate to.

5. Run Keeper - this run tracking app allows you to track your progress, set goals, keep personal records, and creates tailor-made plans to show you how to improve. Set your goals, stay motivated, and see yourself progress to the finish line!

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If you haven't signed up already, you can learn more about the BreyerFest 5K here and follow the link to sign up. Every runner will receive a finisher's medal and t-shirt, courtesy of our race partners at 3 Way Racing, and prizes for the top three runners in each age category will be awarded by Breyer.

There's no better way to start off the last day of BreyerFest Off to the Races than with a quick jaunt around the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park - who knows who you might run into.

We will see you at the starting line!

January 18, 2018

Was anyone able to work out the first Special Run model?!

Here he is...

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Now that you've seen the full model unveiled let's meet Straight Bet!

Straight Bet is a richly shaded liver chestnut with dapples and a shiny coat of gloss, an uncommon but stunning color for the Lusitano breed! The model is on the lovely Spanish Stallion mold (745) sculpted by Mindy Berg.

Straight Bet is the first of our Special Run models and there's a lot more models to be unveiled in the run-up to BreyerFest Off to the Races!

Keep an eye on the Breyer Blog!

January 17, 2018

Along with all of the other exciting changes happening at BreyerFest Off to the Races we’ve made lots of changes to the workshops. And all for the better!

This year ALL of our workshops will be held in the Museum Gallery and Education Room located downstairs within the International Museum of the Horse, unless otherwise noted on the schedule. This makes it much more convenient for workshop attendees and friends alike. Plus there’s less commuting time if you’re going from workshop to workshop throughout the day!

We’ve also added several workshops on Sunday morning. There’s even more chances to learn more about model horses and the model horse hobby! These workshops include a perennial BreyerFest favorite, Suncatcher Stablemates, as well as new workshops like Carousel Horses, Creative Model Showing, Etching Decorators, and Dress up a Track Pony.

There’s a couple of racing workshops as you would expect for BreyerFest Off to the Races! These workshops include LeeAnn Masters’ Racing Bridles and Floral Shoulder Drapes with Didi Hornberger.

In additional to the BreyerFest favorites mentioned earlier, Pinots & Appys, Dream Horse Kit, Repairing Horses, Etching, Drawing Horses, and many others are back again!

Workshops do fill up quickly so make sure you sign up today! And as a friendly reminder you must be a Three-Day ticket holder to sign up for our different workshops. You can buy your tickets here.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Breyer Blog to see the first Special Run model unveiled later this week!

January 15, 2018

Now that we've passed the six month countdown for BreyerFest Off to the Races we wanted to share the first of our Special Run Sneak Peeks!

Take a look at the picture below and see if you can work out which model it is.

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And keep an eye on the Breyer Blog to see the full model unveiled later in the week!

January 11, 2018

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. 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 wristband, a Celebration Model Redemption ticket, a ticket for any additional activities included with your ticket (like our Friday or 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 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 hour 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 Store, you can purchase up to 2 different Special Run models, but 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 Special Run Line Tent 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 highest number for that group 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 time and can only purchase up to 2 models at a time. If you are shopping for a child or a friend who is taking a workshop or showing in a model horse show, and therefore have multiple Special Run tickets, you cannot purchase more than the maximum of two models at a time. You must line up again after making your first purchase or trade tickets with another guest so you have multiple tickets for different time slots. 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 page 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.

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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.

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 Workshop Registration pages. If your Special Run ticket ends up conflicting with your Workshop time you have a few options: you can have a friend 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. There have been some scheduling changes for 2018: In an effort to not conflict with the Saturday Raffle, the last Special Run time slot will be at 3 pm that day.  This will give guests time to make their way over to the Covered Arena for the Raffle, since you must be present in the Arena to win if your name is drawn.  We have moved the 4 pm Saturday Special Run ticket time to Sunday morning at 9 am and will be openng BreyerFest gates at 8:30 am on Sunday, July 15th. 

January 10, 2018

You might have noticed our very handsome Early Bird Raffle Model amongst the other horses on the Exclusive Models page.

Let's officially meet Riddle!
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Riddle is a stunningly shaded glossy dark grey on the old favorite mold 44, Man O'War sculpted by Chris Hess in 1967. Riddle's look is completed with a brown halter with shiny gold accents.

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 16th.

There's also an Early Bird Parking Pass here that gives you easy re-entry all weekend long. You can buy it here. The Early Bird Parking Pass price is also valid until April 16th.

The drawing for Riddle will take place right before the Saturday raffle at 4:00pm 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!

There's still lots of models to be unveiled!

January 9, 2018

Greetings on this fine Tuesday, BreyerFest fans!

As you may have seen so far on the website, there have been a handful of changes and additions to BreyerFest for this year. One of these is that all of BreyerFest's workshops have been moved to a single location on the lower level of the International Museum of the Horse, but that will be discussed later. What's really important here is our plan for that lovely, air conditioned gallery space on the upper level of the Covered Arena.

We present to you, our guests, the Breyer Lounge!


If getting the best seat for the Equine Entertainment at BreyerFest is #1 on your list, look no further. Come and go as you please, relax on the sofas, have a snack, or sit back and take in the incredible entertainment with a bird's eye view. The whole space will be decked out for both style and comfort and (for the first time ever) will be wired for sound so you don't miss a beat of the equine action down below in the arena!

Only a limited number of passes will be available, so don't hesitate! Click here to purchase your tickets and to learn more.

*Please note that the Breyer Lounge will only be occupying the space in the gallery formerly occupied by the workshops. The rear portion of the upstairs space, including the restrooms, will still be open to guests.

January 8, 2018

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You might have read a bit about Brass Hat on our Guest Horses page but for those who missed out let’s do a little recap on our BreyerFest Off to the Races Celebration Horse, Brass Hat!

Brass Hat is a 2001 bay Thoroughbred gelding owned by the late Fred Bradley and trained by his son William "Buff" Bradley. During his career Brass Hat quickly became a regional favorite of racing fans, earning over $2.17 million in 40 starts. His seven-year racing career highlights include 9 stakes wins, and setting track records at Churchill Downs and Gulfstream Park.

Brass Hat retired from the racetrack at the age of 10 and was moved to the Bradley's Indian Ridge Farm, where he became a pasture mate to other off-the-track-Thoroughbreds and a babysitter to the farm's weanlings.

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During his retirement Brass Hat has also worked as an ambassador for Kentucky's Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, which helps organizations to retire, retrain, and re-home Thoroughbreds. And in 2016, Brass Hat made his show horse debut with the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association, where he was shown under saddle by Buff's 12-year-old daughter.

Brass Hat is proof that a Thoroughbred can do it all, and we can’t wait for everyone to meet him (and his family) at BreyerFest!

And don’t forget to buy your Three-Day tickets today so you don’t miss out on the Brass Hat Celebration Model!


January 5, 2018

Why BreyerFest is Off to the Races.


After a gallop across the globe from France to Brazil to India, we at Breyer wanted to take a break from all the traveling and get back to celebrating our roots.  And here at Breyer, we celebrate horses and their rich and diverse history in America (and around the world!).  For more than 350 years, that history has included some type of horse racing – dating back to 1665, when the first race was run on the Newmarket course in Salisbury, NY, not far from where Belmont Park is today.  With so much history, we couldn’t think of any better way to shine light on all the different types of horse racing that have evolved in the United States than at BreyerFest. 

This will be the 29th time the Kentucky Horse Park has been home to BreyerFest and Lexington is a city steeped in horse racing history.  Not far from the Park are Keeneland Race Track and The Red Mile, and only 80 miles to the west is the beacon of American horseracing and home to the Kentucky Derby – Churchill Downs.  In addition to these historic racing landmarks, Lexington is home to legendary training and breeding facilities like Calumet Farm, Three Chimneys, Stonestreet and Pin Oak Stud – just to name a few!  The landscape of Lexington is a horse lover’s dream – miles of paddock fencing surrounding beautifully landscaped farms are just the tip of the iceberg of what this beautiful city has to offer.

In addition to highlighting the sport of horse racing, this year at BreyerFest we are placing special emphasis on the lives of horses once they are off the race track.  Because Breyer (and BreyerFest) is about loving horses, shining a spotlight on aftercare will be a large part of this year’s event; together we will embrace the lives of horses after their time on the track has ended.

Even though our Celebration Horse, Brass hat, is a star Thoroughbred, Off to the Races means more than the high stakes of Thoroughbred racing.  This year, BreyerFest is home to stars in Arabian racing, Harness racing, Endurance racing, Barrel racing, and more, each with an incredible story.

Stay tuned to the BreyerFest blog in the coming months as we reveal this year’s Special Run Models, BreyerFest special guests, and all the fun programming we have to offer this year.  It’s going to be a great ride!


And they're off!


Welcome to the 2018 BreyerFest Blog!

Despite the icy temperatures being felt around the country, here at Breyer we are keeping warm with thoughts of summertime fun at BreyerFest (that heat sure doesn't sound so bad when it's 10 degrees out!). In case you're new to BreyerFest, the blog is your go-to place for all the latest information and updates, including reveals of new models, announcements of special guests, and any scheduling updates that may occur.

This year, BreyerFest is Off to the Races and we are looking forward to introducing you to all the fun surprises we have in store for the 29th annual celebration. Here on the blog we will be chatting with guest horse owners, meeting all the exclusive models, and generally just being excited about getting back to Lexington in July.

For 2018, guests can expect lots of new and exciting things! The Special Run Line will be moving out of the Covered Arena and into its own dedicated tent. As well, the upstairs gallery space in the Covered Arena (the area that has previously housed workshops) has been re-imagined as the Breyer Lounge - a fun, air conditioned hangout space where you can have a front row seat to all the equine action! And speaking of those workshops, all workshops spaces will now be located on the lower level of the International Museum of the Horse, a wonderful, air conditioned space, which means no more running across the park to get to classes on time!

This year's event is shaping up to be the most exciting yet! There are so many amazing guests this year, even at Breyer we are having a hard time containing our excitement.

We will see you at the starting line!