BreyerFest Blog

March 20, 2018

Breyer Gives Back!

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

Over the last 28 years of BreyerFest, we have raised over $1,100,000 for charity! And it's all thanks to our Breyer Fans! The contributions came from the money raised in the Silent Auction, Live Auction, and the Breyer Benefit Raffles. Last year alone, you helped us donate more than $80,000 to a wide variety of causes close to our heart.

This year we are supporting many remarkable organizations, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the 4H Eastern and Western Round-Ups, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), and The Cloud Foundation.

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

Breyer Benefit Raffle

You've already met Woodford and you'll be meeting our Sunday Raffle model soon. As a reminder, each of the Breyer Benefit models is limited to 26 pieces (25 models for the Raffle and 1 model in the Live Auction).

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction offers another great way to help our charities and go home with unique and fabulous models and memorabilia at the same time! We'll be announcing the Silent Auction lots nearer the event so keep an eye on the Breyer Blog!

Live Auction

The BreyerFest Live Auction is one of the most memorable parts of BreyerFest weekend! The Auction features glamorous models, lots of excitement, and the thrill of being the winning bidder! A sampling of the models available will be unveiled on the BreyerFest Blog closer to July!

You can read more about the Breyer Beneficiaries here. And you can read more about our Raffles here and the Silent Auction and Live Auction here.

Best of luck to all of our bidders and raffle entrants!

March 19, 2018

We're feeling generous this Monday morning so we've given you a pretty big hint about this week's model...
Mystery Silo

March 16, 2018

BreyerFest Off to the Races is hosting a brand new model horse show - Resin Futurity!

You might know our Resin Futurity hostess from the Atomic City Live show which has been held in Pasco, WA for the past seven years. But for those who don't know Stacy already let's meet her!


Stacy Quick got her first model horse in 1990 after years of not being able to convince her parents that another real horse was a good idea. In 1993, collecting Breyers really took off for Stacy after a Toys R Us store opened nearby, in addition to a local toy store adding Breyer models to their line-up. Since then her collection has grown to over 600.

1994 brought the discovery of model horse shows and the amazing friends that came with it. The rest is history!

Over 20 years of show involvement and collecting lends experience to being show hostess. The Resin Futurity is the third model show hosted by Stacy.

Other active shows she hosts in Washington are Atomic City Live in October (2018 will be its 7th year) and the Region 1 Championship show which had its inaugural show in June 2017.

Stacy is a former engineering technician and now a stay home mom of 2 young children, ages 5 and 1. She does model customizing and painting when time allows for it.

You can find out more about the Resin Futurity show or any of our other Model Horse Shows here.

March 15, 2018

Now we're going to meet Eleanor Harvey's partner in crime for the BreyerFest Youth and Children's Show, Kim Bjorgo-Thorne!

Kim 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.

You can find out more about the Youth and Children's Show or any of our other Model Horse Shows here.

March 15, 2018

So far we've meet our Breakables Show Hostess, Diana, and our Live Show Manager, Michelle. Today we're going to meet one of our Youth and Children's Show Managers, Eleanor Harvey!

Eleanor 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.

You can find out more about the Youth and Children's Show or any of our other Model Horse Shows here.

March 14, 2018

Diana R. Dubbeld is back hosting the Breakables show for another year!

Let's meet Diana!


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 17 more.

She first volunteered for BreyerFest in 2005 and she is excited to be hosting Breakables for another year, she first hosted the show in 2017.

Diana moved to Kentucky 12 years ago and has been working in the thoroughbred racing industry for the past 9 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 four 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.

You can sign up for the Breakables show or any of our other Model Horse Shows here.

March 13, 2019

Every year we introduce our Breyer Blog readers to our Model Horse Show Managers. Well, it's that time of year again and we're going to kick things off with Michelle Masters, the Open Show Manager!
Michelle Masters

Michelle Masters has been managing the BreyerFest Open Show since 2006, but has been collecting Breyers for much longer. In fact, Michelle got her first Breyer model horse from her aunt when she was seven.

In the last 45-odd years she's collected 300 O.F. Breyer models as well as special runs and event models. She got her model horse show start when she attended her first ‘live' show in 1975. She's been to countless shows since then! Michelle first attended BreyerFest in 1993 and impressively she's only missed two years since then! Michelle attended ten years of BreyerFest with all three of 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 12, 2019

The story of racing filly Rachel Alexandra is one of the best underdog stories in American racing history.

This amazing racehorse was long-considered not to be suitable for racing, but grew up to dominate the sport. In 2009, Rachel Alexandra was the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes and later in 2009 Rachel Alexandra was named Horse of the Year.

This year at BreyerFest Off to the Races, guests will have three chances to learn all about this amazing horse during our Seminar series.

Deb Aronson, author of the book "Alexandra the Great: The Story of the Record-Breaking Filly Who Rules the Racetrack" will be on hand to talk about the life of this amazing horse and the people who lived with her.


On Friday Deb's seminar is from 1pm - 2pm, Saturday Deb will be speaking from 11am - 12pm, and your last chance to see Deb is Sunday from 12pm - 1pm.

Following her seminar, Ms. Aronson will be available for autographs.

As a reminder, all BreyerFest seminars are free and the schedule can be found here. And we'll be highlighting a few more of our seminars before the big weekend!


March 9, 2019

Were you able to solve the BreyerFest puzzle??

Here's the full image!

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Inari is a piebald elk and is on Chris Hess' stunning mold (#77). This model is the fourth of our BreyerFest Off to the Races Special Run models!

Inari is named after the area in northern Finland where the Reindeer Racing Championships are held and have been taking place since 1959, though the races have been happening all over Finland since 1932. Competitors in this thrilling sport are pulled by these massive creatures while on skis - surely a sight to behold!

You can see the rest of our Exclusive Models here. And make sure you keep checking the Breyer Blog to see the rest of the BreyerFest models unveiled over the next few months.

March 8, 2018

You've seen him on the Exclusive Model page; now let's learn more about EZ To Spot!

The 2001 Pony of the Americas gelding earned his show name as a previous owner's parents also said he was "easy to spot in the field." With his flashy leopard coat we certainly agree!

Lash (as he's known in the barn) is owned by Ponies Unlimited LLC who describe him as having "a heart bigger than he is."

Standing 14.1h, EZ To Spot regularly jumps fences from 1.10-1.15m, and he jumped up to 1.20m in the USEF Pony Finals. In addition to his jumping escapades Lash's career highlights include being named the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Zone Champion 2012-2015, and the USEF's National Pony Jumper Champion in 2013 and 2015. He's still competing today and his owners attribute his long and very successful career to his athleticism and love of his job!



Make sure you pick up your EZ To Spot model and get it signed while you're at BreyerFest! You can also take pictures with EZ To Spot and his owners at the barn throughout the weekend too.

The full autograph schedule will be posted on the Breyer Blog nearer the time.


March 7, 2018

It's been a little while since we've had a BreyerFest puzzle...

We thought it might just be time to bring it back again.


The full picture will be unveiled later this week on the Breyer Blog!

March 6, 2018

We have an exciting new act at BreyerFest Off to the Races! Woof woof!


We’re thrilled to welcome the Presidents’ Choice SuperDogs, who will be visiting Lexington all the way from Toronto, Ontario, Canada!



The SuperDogs act is fast-paced and interactive not to mention heart-warming and hilarious. You can catch them in the Covered Arena once a day for their signature “Hoof and Woof” show and twice a day in Celebration Park. This is not your average stunt-dog show! As SuperDogs says themselves, it’s a cross between a Broadway hit and a major sporting event.


Hoof and Woof answers the question – who is faster - A dog or a horse? Find out once and for all when the SuperDogs go up against a few of our equine friends in speed and agility tests. Barrel racing and pole bending will never be the same!

It’s definitely an act you won’t want to miss!

March 1, 2018

Meet our Saturday Raffle Model, Woodford!

Thundering hooves and a flash of color are what make Woodford exciting! This stunningly handsome fellow on the Shire Gelding model (mold #744) sculpted by Karen Gerhardt has been expertly finished to a silver dapple black tobiano pinto with mapping and a subtle sheen to his glorious mane, tail, and feathers.

Named to pay homage to both the thoroughbred race held at Keeneland Race Course as well as Kentucky's famous bourbon, gentle giant Woodford is looking forward to going home with our Saturday raffle winners!

And keep an eye on the Breyer Blog to see our Sunday Raffle Model revealed soon!

February 27, 2018

Let's take a break from Special Run models to see one of the other fun models that will be available at BreyerFest this year!

Can you guess who this is?

Find out later this week!


February 26, 2018

Laurie Jo Jensen is back again with her Cartooning workshop! Sign up today!

After the success of Laurie Jo's Cartooning workshop last year we brought it back again for BreyerFest Off to the Races.

The workshop will be held on Friday afternoon from 3pm - 5pm in the Educational Space on the lower level of the International Museum of the Horse. The workshop is suitable for anyone ages 7 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.


Now let's meet our workshop instructor, Laurie Jo Jensen! 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 Jo 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.

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 23, 2018

Candace Liddy is back with both her Drawing Horses and Conformation workshops!

Both workshops are always popular and we wanted to tell you a bit more about the Conformation workshop in today's post.

Unlike the rest of our workshops, this one meets in the Craft & Activity tent and students will then go to the Stables to learn and practice with real, live horses!

Candace Liddy

Candace will show participants how to assess a horse's conformation using a simple measuring tape and the willing volunteer horse at the barns. Then Candace explains what those measurements mean about the horses physical ability for various disciplines.

As this is a very simple and easy to learn technique, people can use this to assess real horses for their potential before purchasing, evaluate their own real horses to help with training issues, and even look differently at their models horses when they want to show halter/conformation classes.

In Candace's words this is a class that helps any horse lover to better understand and evaluate conformation and how a horse is put together.

Students will take home handouts so they can go home and assess all the horses they love and enjoy.

Sign up for Conformation, Candace's other workshop - Drawing Horses, or any of the others here. As a friendly reminder you must be a Three-Day ticket holder to register. You can buy your Three-Day ticket here.

February 22, 2018

Reminder: Volunteer Applications are due soon!

The deadline for the BreyerFest Off to the Races volunteer applications is sneaking up!

The cutoff for applications is March 1, 2018 so there's only a few more days to send your applications in. Any applications received after the deadline will be discarded.

As a reminder, potential volunteers will be notified of their status on or around March 26th so there will be plenty of time to buy Early Bird Tickets if you are not accepted as a volunteer.

If you can't volunteer at BreyerFest this year keep an eye on our website early next year to help out at BreyerFest 2019. 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, 2018

This elegant mare and foal set will make your heart race! Let's meet Julep and Pim!
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While the weather hasn't changed much since yesterday we hope this sweet pair will help countdown the days until Triple Crown season starts!

Julep is a lovely shaded dove grulla pinto and her foal Pim has a striking black and white overo pinto coat and two different colored eyes. This pair was originally released in the 2017 Premier Club as the Performance Lipizzaner Mare and Lipizzaner Foal (molds 748 and 749) and were sculpted by Brigitte Eberl.

Julep is obviously named after the iconic Kentucky Derby staple the Mint Julep and Pim is named after the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore where the Preakness Stakes is held each year.

Julep and Pim will be available at BreyerFest Off to the Races as the third of our Special Runs. You can see the rest of our Exclusive Models here.

February 20, 2018

It's been a couple of weeks since Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter - thanks Phil...

While we can't wait for BreyerFest (even with the Kentucky heat!), at this point we're day-dreaming of a delicious Mint Julep while cheering on the riders and horses at the Derby. We'd settle for a fabulous day out in Baltimore watching the all-important second race, the Preakness Stakes, too. Or maybe even the sense of anticipation over the final race at the Belmont Stakes!

February 19, 2018

The BreyerFest Marketplace in the Covered Arena is THE place to shop for the widest variety of equine-themed items, all in one place.
Holly Griggs


Home to way more than just models, the BreyerFest Marketplace hosts sculptors, tack makers, painters, jewellery, clothing, gifts for the home, booksellers, and other unique items. The BreyerFest Marketplace is open all weekend long!

The Marketplace is filling up quickly this year, so don't miss out!

The vendor application can be found here. Be sure to secure your space soon - the Marketplace will sell out!


February 16, 2018

Happy Friday, readers, and say hello to Scamper!

Originally released in 1998 and sculpted by Carol Herden on mold #477, Scamper is a Special Edition BreyerFest Off to the Races re-release! This special edition Classics set comes with three BreyerFest barrels and will be available for sale in the Breyer Store. Scamper features a "BreyerFest 2018" print on his belly, crisp leg markings and modern shading.

During his career with owner Charmayne James, this beautiful bay gelding dominated the barrel racing world. Winning the AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year title once wasn't enough, he earned the title five times and was the recipient of the prestigious American Quarter Horse Association Silver Spur Award (1992).

Scamper brought James to 10 world championships and made her the first barrel racer to surpass the $1 million in career earnings mark. The legendary Scamper retired from competition in 1993 and passed away in 2012 at the age of 35. In 1996, Scamper was the first barrel horse to be inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. There is no doubt that Scamper lived a long and exciting life!


To celebrate Scamper and the sport of Barrel Racing, Charmayne James will be joining us at BreyerFest this year with current rides, Grasshopper and Cruisin on Six! In 2002, James and Cruiser took home her 11th WPRA World Title and seventh NFR average title. She will be performing daily in the arena as well as offering clinics throughout the weekend.

And don't forget to have her sign your Scamper model!

February 15, 2018

You might have noticed Icabad Crane amongst our Store Specials on the Exclusive Models page. It's about time we introduce Icabad Crane properly!

Icabad is a 2005 bay Thoroughbred gelding who had a very successful 6-year racing career during which he finished third in a Triple Crown race (the 2008 Preakness Stakes) and was eighth in the Belmont Stakes. After retiring from his racing career in 2013 Icabad began an equally successful career in the eventing world.

His new owners, Anita and Graham Motion, put Icabad into training with eventing superstar Phillip Dutton. Icabad's brand new career included an Olympic gold medallist in the saddle! The pair finished their first year together by winning the 2014 America's Most Wanted Thoroughbred Contest, and in 2015 won Icabad's first CIC* at Plantation Field Horse Trial. Icabad returned to Plantation Field in 2016 with Phillip's daughter Olivia in the saddle, and won the Novice Thoroughbred Series division!

Icabad is the perfect example of how a horse can excel after his racing days are over and we can't wait for both racing and eventing fans to meet him at BreyerFest Off to the Races.

BreyerFest attendees will be able to pick up their very own Icabad model in the Breyer store throughout the weekend.

You can see the other side of Icabad's model and the rest of the BreyerFest Off to the Races models here.

February 14, 2018

Our next model may not be candy hearts and roses.
He is, however, a bit different than what you've seen so far.

Keep an eye on the Breyer Blog to see the full model soon!

February 13, 2018

If you're looking for a racing-themed workshop then look no further than Didi Hornberger's Floral Shoulder Drape workshop!

The workshop is being held on Saturday afternoon from 12:30pm - 2:30pm on the lower level of the International Museum of the Horse, in the Museum Gallery and Education room. Attendees will learn how to create a stunning floral drape from well-known hobbyist Didi Hornberger.

Didi has been teaching workshops at BreyerFest for since 2014 but she's been volunteering at BreyerFest since 2005. 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 floral drapes are specially designed by Didi to fit on the handsome Brass Hat, so don't forget to bring your own Celebration Model to the workshop! And please note, the workshop is great for all skill levels but will require a small amount of hand sewing.

We've said it before but we'll say it again - our workshops do sell out so make sure you sign up for your favorite workshops early! And you do need to be a Three-Day ticket holder to register for workshops.

You can read more about the Floral Shoulder Drape workshop and all of our other options here. And you can buy your Three-Day tickets here.

February 12, 2018

We talked about the BreyerFest 5k last month but we wanted to remind everyone about the race again in case our readers haven't signed up yet!

The race is at 8:00 am Sunday morning and finishes before the BreyerFest activities kick off so our runners won't miss any of the fun! And, runners will be finished before the worst of that Kentucky heat!

Registrants can either sign up for the 5 kilometer (or 3.1 mile) run through the scenic Kentucky Horse Park or, for a more leisurely start to your day, there is a 1 mile fun run/walk. Every 5K runner will receive a finisher's medal and t-shirt, courtesy of our race partners at 3 Way Racing. As well, fun prizes from Breyer will be awarded to the top three runners in each age category, as well as overall prizes!

If you can't make it to Kentucky, but still want to run the race, there is a Virtual 5K option, as well. These runners will receive a t-shirt and finisher's medal, too!

If you haven't signed up already, you can learn more about the BreyerFest 5K here and follow the link to sign up. There are only a few spots left for the discounted $24.95 registration fee, so act quickly!

February 9, 2018

Let's meet the second of our Special Run models, Dead Heat!
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Dead Heat is on Susan Carlton Sifton's Ruffian mold (with short tail), #597, and has been painted a bright, rich chestnut snowcap blanket appaloosa and is sure to dazzle on your shelf!

Dead Heat is the second in our BreyerFest Off to the Races Special Run line-up and was named after that rare moment in racing when two or more competitors finish a race exactly evenly.

Keep an eye on the BreyerFest blog as we continue the countdown to BreyerFest with a lot more models!

February 8, 2018

We talked about Workshops earlier in the week but with so many excellent choices this year we're talking about our Workshops again!

There are many, many fan favorites back again for another year. These include How to Show Model Horses, Pintos & Appys, Repairing Horses, Etching, Drawing Horses, and so many more. Let's dive in a little deeper to learn about some fun offerings for this year.

The Dream Horse Kit workshop is always popular with our fans of all ages! Kristin Albert guides students through making their Dream Horse complete with a custom paint job and a mohair mane and tale and attendees walk away with their perfect Classics scale model.

Canvas Creations

Tina Dils is back again hosting her fun Christmas in July offering - Stablemates Christmas Ornaments! Paint your own Stablemates model and turn it into a lovely ornament to hang on your tree next winter. This workshop is a great way to capture your memories of this year's BreyerFest.

Canvas Creations was first introduced a couple of years ago and has been so popular with our guests that it's back again! Students begin the workshop with a ‘starter canvas' and Jane Tilton will walk all of the attendees through creating their own horse-inspired artwork and will go home with their own Classics model too.

As we've mentioned before, ALL workshops this year will be held in the Museum Gallery and Education Room (downstairs) of the International Museum of the Horse, with the exception of the Conformation workshop, hosted by Candace Liddy. All workshop attendees will meet instructor Candace Liddy in the Kids Craft & Activity Tent before walking over to the Stables to look at the horses and learn more about the how and why a horse is built the way it is.

All participants must register in advance and our workshops do sell out, so make sure you sign up today! You do need to be a Three-Day ticket holder to sign up for the workshops. You can learn more and sign up here!

February 7, 2018

We have another sneak peek to share with all of our BreyerFest Blog readers!

Can you guess who this might be?

As usual, keep an eye on the BreyerFest Blog to see the full model unveiled later in the week!


February 6, 2018

Join us for BreyerFest After Dark at the Clarion Hotel

The Clarion Hotel is BreyerFest's official Host Hotel and the official location of BreyerFest After Dark. The Clarion is home to both the Swap Meet and Artisans' Gallery for another year.

After spending all day at the Kentucky Horse Park you can continue the BreyerFest celebrations and enjoy the best of the best in the model horse hobby. The Swap Meet and Artisans' Gallery showcase all things equine!

You can find everything from custom models and tack to paintings and sculptures. And the Artisans' Gallery will be hosting the Best Customs Contest we mentioned last week - make sure you stop by and check out the finalists. As a reminder, the final judging will be at 9pm on Saturday. You won't want to miss finding out who the winners are!


The Swap Meet is held on Friday evening after the Live Auction at the KHP, from 7:30pm - 11pm. The Artisans' Gallery is on Thursday evening from 5:30pm - 11pm and Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30pm - 11pm. Both events take place in the Clarion Hotel Ballroom.


If you're interested in participating in the Artisans' Gallery, you can visit here for more information and you can find the Artisans' Gallery application here. There's an Early Bird Special too! If you secure your table by April 16th you'll receive a BreyerFest Off to the Races guest wristband for FREE!

You can learn more about the Swap Meet and buy your tables here.

Please note: you must be a Three-Day ticket holder to display and sell in either the Artisans' Gallery or the Swap Meet, and tables do sell out so buy early to avoid disappointment.

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

We'll see you at BreyerFest After Dark!

February 5, 2018

We talked about our BreyerFest workshops a couple of weeks ago but with all of the exciting changes going on this year we just had to talk about them again.

If you took a look at the Workshop schedule you might have noticed that we have a packed schedule this year that now includes workshops on Sunday. How exciting!

All of the Sunday workshops take place in the morning from 10:30 - 12:30 and include some classic standbys (Suncatcher Stablemates) as well as brand new offerings like Carousel Horses, Creative Model Showing, Etching Decorators, and Dress up a Track Pony, a perfect workshops to celebrate BreyerFest Off to the Races. You can read more about these workshops as well as our many other offerings here.

All participants must register in advance and our workshops do sell out so make sure you sign up today! You do need to be a Three-Day ticket holder to sign up for the workshops. You can learn more and sign up here!

As a quick reminder, ALL workshops this year will be held in the Museum Gallery and Education Room (downstairs) of the International Museum of the Horse. This is an air conditioned space that is accessible by elevator, has restrooms and water fountains, and has lovely shaded outside courtyard - perfect for waiting parents!

February 1, 2018

Have you heard about our Women in Racing panel discussion?

The panel discussion is hosted by the legendary Donna Brothers on Saturday from 12pm - 1pm in the Visitor Centre Theater and is free to all BreyerFest guests.

Joining Donna and our other, soon-to-be-announced, panelists is the equally legendary Rosie Napravnik, two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks and the only woman to have ridden in all three Triple Crown races. Since Rosie started her career in 2005 she has been one of the top North American jockeys in both earnings and races won. In fact she was the highest-ranked female jockey in North America and broke Julie Krone's previous record of total wins and earnings!

In addition to taking part in the Women in Racing panel, Rosie will be riding her off the track Thoroughbred, Old Ironsides, in the Covered Arena throughout the day. Since 2014 Rosie has shown Old Ironsides, affectionately called Sugar, in Eventing competitions around the country.

And we're so excited to announce that Sugar's model will be available for purchase at BreyerFest Off to the Races as a Store Special! Sugar is depicted on the loose mane and tail Strapless model (mold #583) originally sculpted by Sommer Prosser and painted in a softly shaded grey with delicate fleabites.

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BreyerFest fans will get the chance to meet Sugar, take a picture with him and Rosie, and get their model signed throughout the weekend. The official autograph schedule will be announced nearer the event but keep an eye out on the Breyer Blog as we will unveil the schedule here.

You can read more about the other FREE seminars here.

January 31, 2018

You're invited to the BreyerFest Open Show! Get your models ready!

We talked about the Youth and Children's Show the other day so we figured it was about time we talked about the BreyerFest Open show!

The Open Show kicks off BreyerFest weekend taking place as usual on Friday (July 13th this year) from 7am - 5pm at the Alltech Arena North Expo Hall.

As always, there will be tons of models, lots of laughs, and countless 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 time Showers there's a wonderful First Timers' Guide to give you a better understanding of how a model horse show works. There's also tons of information in the Community section of our website.


Best of luck to all of our showers! We can't wait to see all of the amazing models!

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.

January 30, 2018

See the dare-devil Trixie Chicks Trick Riders at BreyerFest Off to the Races!

The Trixie Chicks Trick Riders are an elite all-female specialty trick riding act and we can't wait to see them at BreyerFest! For those who don't know Trick Riding is when a rider performs dangerous stunts on a galloping horse. But don't worry - trick horses are trained to perform even when they're not being controlled by their riders (who are a bit preoccupied with their tricks!)

As the Trixie Chicks say on their website ‘'trick riding requires physical and mental courage, athletic agility, keen horsemanship, and a trusted equine teammate.''


The main members of the Trixie Chicks group are Kelsey Temmens and Shelby Epperson who are life-long equestrians and horse lovers. Previous members include Ashlee Hearod and Miko McFarland. Shelley rides Cookie while Kelsey rides a selection of horses including Lightning, King, Cookie, Jackson, and Cody. Both girls take the bond between horse and rider to the new level and dazzle audiences by hanging by one foot with their heads dragging on the ground to standing proudly atop their horses at a full gallop.

The team is based out of Springfield, MO and tours the country entertaining crowds at rodeos and horse events. The group has been a wildly popular fixture of the PRCA Rodeo circuit for a few years and hosts numerous clinics too.

In case you couldn't tell from the photos the only thing brighter than the Trixie Chicks' outfits are their personalities. Shelley and Kelsey are really looking forward to talking to lots of young fans about getting involved with trick riding and showing the crowds their best tricks!

As the girls say, ‘'I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say 'because of you, I didn't give up.' I'm not saying it's going to be easy. I'm just saying it's going to be worth it!'' What an inspiration!

These dare devils will be performing during the day in the Covered Arena and at our evening Celebration of Horses shows on both Friday and Saturday evenings!

January 29, 2018

Calling all kids to the Youth and Children's Model Horse Show!

On Saturday July 14th, BreyerFest Off to the Races gives our youngest fans the chance to show off their favorite models! Plus they'll also 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 live horses. And this is the largest model horse show for kids!


The Youth and Children's Show is held on Saturday from 7am - 3pm at the Alltech Arena North Expo Hall. There's a Children's Show for ages 12 and under, and the Youth Show is for ages 13 - 16.

Models can be shown 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!


The Children's Show (for Breyer fans 12 and younger) requires a Children's Three-Day ticket to enter. The Youth Show (for ages 13 - 16) 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.

If you are considering showing but have a few questions, be sure to check out the FREE Introduction to Model Horse Showing seminar on Friday at 11am taught by Children's and Youth show manager Kim Bjorgo-Thorne. You can read more about our seminars here.

For a more hands-on experience, long-time shower Liz Cory will be conducting the How to Show Model Horses workshop on Friday at 10 am. You can read more about our workshops here.

We hope to see you at the Show!

January 26, 2018

We're thrilled to finally announce that Foiled Again will be making his BreyerFest debut! We are truly honored to have Foiled Again and legendary trainer, Mickey Burke Sr., joining us at Off to the Races.

Foiled Again, a 2004 bay Standardbred gelding is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK stables LLC and began his racing career in 2006. Driven by Yannick Gringas to many of his victories, Foiled Again has won his way to earning more than $7.5 million.

Foiled Again, known as the "richest pacer" has had an incredible career, but in 2018 will be aging out of the sport and is going into a much deserved retirement. Although, after winning his 99th race less than 2 weeks ago, Foiled Again is proving he is still the one to beat.

To celebrate Foiled Again's amazing lifetime of achievements in harness racing, Breyer has created a Special Edition of the Foiled Again model, on Chris Hess' iconic mold #46. This limited edition will feature a stunning green halter and a beautiful glossy finish.


BreyerFest fans will have the first opportunity to add the Special Edition Foiled Again to their collection. If models remain available after BreyerFest, they will be offered for sale to the general public on

We hope you are as excited as we are to be hosting Foiled Again at BreyerFest!

January 25, 2018

Get ready for the Photo Finish Model Horse Diorama Contest!

You might have heard us mention it already but BreyerFest Off to the Races will showcase all aspects of the Racing Industry. For the Photo Finish Model Horse Diorama Contest we want you to be inspired by the chariot racing of ancient civilizations, the excitement in the arena at a barrel race, or the sheer determination and grit of endurance riders and horses who race over thousands of miles - or any other type or interpretation of horse racing! There's so much to choose from!

As usual there are four age categories: Under 10 years, 10-14 years, 15-19 years, and 20 Years & Older. The prize model will be unveiled at a later date so until then you'll have to be inspired by the countless different race horses throughout history!

The rules are listed below, but you can find more information about the Diorama Contest here.

Best of luck everyone! We'll see you and your diorama at the starting line!

Diorama Contest Rules:
• 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 13th from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 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
• All entries must be picked up from the Visitor Information Center by Sunday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m.

January 23, 2018

The Breyer Best Customs Contest is back at the Artisans' Gallery!

If you've been to the Artisans' Gallery over the past couple of years you might have noticed the Best Customs Contest finalists. These outstanding models showcase the best of the best in customizing. Hopefully you have been inspired by these excellent models to make your own custom creation!


This year there are five different divisions, which include: Excellence in Finish Work, Fantasy, Most Extreme Custom, Best Custom for Performance Excellence (shown with Tack and Rider), and Theme.

The Theme changes from year to year and this year's theme is ‘Portrait of a Champion'. We're looking forward to honoring famous race horses through history whether they're from the Thoroughbred world, the Barrel racing word, or even Harness racing and Endurance racing.

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. The winners and our finalists will receive a special Rosette as well.

To enter you will need to submit a photo of your custom to [email protected] for initial judging no later June 14th, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. No late entries allowed! The three finalists for each division will be notified on/about July 1, 2018 and will be responsible for getting their model to BreyerFest Off to the Races to be displayed at the Artisans' Gallery. The top 3 custom finalists in each division will be showcased at BreyerFest in the Artisans' Gallery for final judging.

These models will be on display until 9:30pm on Saturday, July 14th when the winner of each division is announced. 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 22, 2018

Applications now being accepted for BreyerFest Off to the Races volunteers!

Over the years countless volunteers have given many, many hours of their time to help make BreyerFest a success. We can't say thank you enough to our past and future volunteers!

That being said, we're looking for Breyer fans to work behind the scenes this year. We need volunteers around the Kentucky Horse Park whether it's in the Hands-on Hobby booth, the Craft and Activities tent, or somewhere else at BreyerFest. There's even a couple of new positions this year!

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! Please note that models will be distributed on Sunday afternoon after the closing ceremonies.

For more information about volunteering at BreyerFest and the different opportunities available please click here. You can download the Volunteer Application here.

And if you have any questions about volunteering at BreyerFest Off to the Races you can reach out to Robin Briscoe, our Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected]

Please note that applications will only be accepted from January 15 and March 1, 2018. Any applications received outside of these dates will be discarded. Volunteers will be notified of their status on/after March 26th giving people plenty of time to buy Early Bird Tickets if they were not accepted as a volunteer. As a reminder, the Early Bird ticket sales end on April 16th.

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!

Dino Runner

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, Pintos & 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!