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Reflections of a Breyer Parent

8/27/12 - by Paula Martin

As BreyerFest 2012 British Invasion was getting ready to begin, we received this lovely note from a mother of two (now grown) girls who grew up with Breyer. Paula kindly gave us permission to share her letter with you.

 

I am Mom to two Breyer girls!  In my world, this started when a good neighbor & friend gave my older daughter, Kelly - seven years of age at the time, her very first Breyer horse. You know, one of those plastic horses (as I have been known to say!).  Not too long after, we moved from our home in New Hampshire to Massachusetts, but to this day we maintain our close friendship. While reading Just About Horses, Kelly saw that a Breyer Brunch was being held locally & our former neighbor offered to attend the brunch with my daughter, her very first! One thing led to another & it soon became evident they we had a Breyer devotee in the family.
 
I did mention two daughters, so that brings me to the younger daughter, Kaitlyn. I must admit that she's not quite as big a fan BUT you must remember, in order to keep harmony among siblings AND to be allowed to play with the older kids, sometimes compromises are necessary! So each girl has grown up with their own special collection of horses, a differing level of interest but a common area where all of this comes together. 
 
In the fall of 1997, Kelly started attending a new school and was not too thrilled about the change, but as luck would have it her first friend there, Maria, was someone who knew exactly what a Breyer was. In early 1998, when the girls were 7 & 12-years-old, their father passed away unexpectedly. Shortly after my husband's passing, Kelly had the opportunity for an after-school job cleaning out two horse stalls...really, a dream job for a kid who loves animals (specifically, a girl who loves horses - both living and plastic) and has an empty spot in her heart. As fate would have it, Kelly continued to attend those local, annual Breyer Brunches & in 2002 she was the lucky winner of the Breyer Tour raffle model set of Arabians - Batal and Amira! What special treat! Her picture was even in a follow-up issue of ‘Just About Horses'. She was now thoroughly ‘hooked' to the world of model horses. She made fantastic connections with others who shared the same interests and she learned about something called BreyerFest, which, of course, she attended for the first time not long after.

Kelly and Paula

Kelly and her mother, Paula

Photo courtsey of Kelly Martin

As time moved along, Kelly kept abreast of nearby Breyer happenings. One day she attended a workshop at one of the tack shops. It was put on by Robin Briscoe as kind of an intro to the hobby of model horses. Robin spoke about and demonstrated making realistic displays, making tack, doing research for accurate information & just generally explained about the endless possibilities of the world of model horses. With a little prodding, Kelly introduced herself to Robin and over a period of time they continued to see each other at different area Breyer gatherings. Robin took Kelly under her wing, she shared her expertise with Kelly, and she introduced her to other Breyer people. Over the years they have developed a wonderful, continuing friendship and together they enjoy the world of model horses along with a fantastic group of friends and artists of all ages, interests & skills. Because of Kelly's enthusiasm for model horses and her willingness to assist with all things Breyer, Kelly was selected to work on the World Equestrian Games diorama project as part of the design and build team. That was certainly an opportunity never to be forgotten.


Fast forward to BreyerFest 2012! Kaitlyn, Kelly & a young friend, Lucy have driven down to Kentucky to attend. Kaitlyn is now 21-years-old, Kelly is 26 and Lucy is 13-years-old...a new generation of ‘Breyer kid' in development! I am here at home. When the phone rang last evening, it was Kaitlyn telling me that they had arrived safely and were settled into the hotel room in Lexington, Kentucky anxious for the start of the weekend and all it will have to offer. Kelly is doing volunteer work by hosting a diorama building demonstration, Kaitlyn will be chaperoning Lucy and showing her all the wonders of what it is to be part of the world of Breyer. Me, I am here at home doing some reflecting.  I recall the several times I have driven to Kentucky at this time of year, the excitement of the girls to be able go and then later the occasions when they could go on their own. I am recalling all the wonderful friendships that have been made on this journey and how it truly does take a village to raise two girls, and lastly, I am seeing how on occasion the cycle does indeed repeat itself.
 
I realize that I would like to thank Reeves International and Breyer Animal Creations for what they have contributed towards the positive development of my girls. They produce a line of products that encourages children and adults to enjoy creative play and to use their imaginations, to develop artistic skills, to grow inter-personal relationships, and to recognize that making time for variety in life is important. In today's fast-paced world, I believe these qualities still hold real value. Value comes with an intangible, life-time warranty and (possibly) with a dream of finding that old blue ribbon on a plastic horse at the next flea market or estate sale!

Lucy, Kaitlyn and Kelly

Lucy, Kaitlyn and Kelly at BreyerFest 2012

Photo courtesy of Kelly Martin

 

Categories: | Breyer_News | Collector_Club_News

Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/15/2016 at 2:18 pm

I loved reading this!!!! :D

inlovebug Says:
09/11/2012 at 5:27 pm

I enjoyed this story so much. I love to hear about other collectors out there. I used to love the "Collectors Corner" in the JAH and my friend and I were once featured in there together.

annielovesbreyer Says:
09/05/2012 at 3:18 am

Breyer brought my family back together

deblarry Says:
08/30/2012 at 4:34 pm

Always time for Breyers

Great to read that Breyer horses are just as important as ever to families and their friends. Breyerfest is our reunion every year. Hope to see you in 2013.

jraver3 Says:
08/30/2012 at 7:04 am

Great Post!!

As a life long collector I introduced my nieces (then 9 and 10) to the wonderful world of collecting in 2000 when we went to our first Breyerfest. They got their picture taken next to the Celebration Horse that year, Leah's Fancy Chick, and it was included on the JAH poster that came with the magazine. Lots of model horse shows and Breyerfest's later they are still collecting, we've met so many great people through this hobby and they learned alot about real horses through their love of the plastic ones. Hoping they pass this love of Breyers onto their children in the future:)

arrowgal Says:
08/29/2012 at 9:25 pm

Wonderful post! I collected Breyers when I young, passed them on to my younger sister, and she eventually passed them on to my daughter. My daughter became a serious collector and enjoys showing and customizing Breyers. Four years ago she decided to attend Breyerfest for the first time and told me I was going too! What a fantastic time we had, so fantastic we returned the next year. And I fulfilled my daughter's prediction that I would return from Breyerfest a collector; I now have nearly seventy Breyers. I have now been to Breyerfest four times and plan on returning again next year. I've met so many interesting and talented people now that I'm a collector, and it has added another dimension to my relationship with my daughter. Thank you, Breyer!

breyer_freak Says:
08/29/2012 at 1:00 pm

Breyers Fill the Void

I couldn't agree more. I have a rare bone disease and have been instructed by my doctors that riding is not such a wise idea anymore. I have since turned to my Breyers more than ever. I collected them when I could ride but now my passion for horses lives on through them. I have close to 700 now and they have their own custom room. Breyer has still given me the chance to enjoy what i love and i am very greatful for that. Thank you Breyer.

sep Says:
08/29/2012 at 12:40 pm

feels the same

i got my first breyer around 1972 and have not stopped,when everything else is falling apart around me,i can always count on my model horses to see me though the rough patches,thank you breyer

Shelbis Says:
08/27/2012 at 11:02 pm

That's an awesome post!!!! WOW! Inspiring! Don't know what to say...except THANK YOU BREYER for giving me 14 years of collecting and more to come!!!!

windwalker175 Says:
08/27/2012 at 6:05 pm

I agree. I got my first Breyer in 1974 and have been collecting ever since. My Breyers have given me many hours of enjoyment and memories. I still love to just pick them up and admire them to this day. Thanks so much Breyer for a great product!

endurostorm Says:
08/27/2012 at 4:26 pm

wow!

What a great letter and post. I could not agree more with the last paragraph. In every way Breyer has been a wonderful influence in my life as well. Thank you to mom for sharing and thank you to Breyer for providing all the joy and collecting opportunities to our lives now and hopefully for many future generations in training :)

hihorsey Says:
08/27/2012 at 2:50 pm

Cool!

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