I’ve loved horses since before I can even remember, and I collected any horse-shaped object I could find. The trainer at the barn where I rode sometimes told my mom about Breyers and helped her pick one out for Christmas for me when I was 12. I was blown away by the detail and artistry. Money was tight in our family, so Jet Deck remained my only Breyer for a long time and he was extremely well-loved, constantly starring in a series of Black Beauty and Spirit-esque adventures.
Sarah's childhood collection.
Dorm room customizing!
In high school I worked some odd jobs and saved up my money to add a few members to the herd. In college, I got my first steady job and discovered online model horse sales and the entire model hobby, and I bought so many new models that I smuggled them home on breaks wrapped in laundry in my hamper to avoid questions from confused family members!
I got involved with the hobby online, but didn’t have any real life hobby friends, so after I graduated, got a job, and got my first apartment, I felt like I couldn’t be active in the hobby anymore and I started to sell off my collection in 2015. Later that year, I got a new job working on a horse farm. I was helping my new coworker clean one of the barns one day, and we found a box of Breyers. It turned out she was a collector as well! From them on, we both started collecting again and started attending live shows. 2019 was our first BreyerFest and we were so excited to finally be in the "model horse capital!" I also spent my 30th birthday this past fall with a friend competing at a model horse show. Another fun fact - I still have my Bet Yer Blue Boons model that I won from Breyer's Showmanship photo contest all the way back in 2010!
Roughly half of Sarah's current collection.
First Reserve Champion ribbon at a show!
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