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by Breyer Blog Team October 19, 2018
We know some of our readers have been attending BreyerFest since the very beginning (almost 30 years ago now!), but we know some of our readers are newer (or will be attending BreyerFest for the first time in 2019) and might be wondering how much BreyerFest has changed over the years. Today’s post will highlight some of these changes!
As we’re sure you can imagine there have been a lot of changes over the years. To start with, there were only 1000 (1026 to be exact!) people at the first BreyerFest back in 1990. The event was only two days long and the Celebration Horse Dr. Peaches (Olympian Bruce Davidson’s great Eventing horse) wasn’t even at the event! Today BreyerFest welcomes more than 30,000 horse fans over the three-day weekend (the extra day was added for the fourth BreyerFest in 1993) and our Celebration Horse is joined by quite a few other guest horses (there were more than 225 horses at BreyerFest in 2018 alone).
The beautiful Kentucky Horse Park opened in 1978 just in time to host the World Championships of Eventing and we have been very fortunate that after 29 consecutive BreyerFests, we can still call the Kentucky Horse Park our BreyerFest home! The second year of BreyerFest hosted FOUR events around the country over the summer of 1991 in Oregon, Pennsylvania, California, and of course Kentucky.
The original event back in 1990 started many of the traditions that Breyer fans look forward to, to this day. They include the always popular Live Auction (hosted then by Dennis Ashley), charity raffles (20 gold Florentine Misty of Chincoteague models were auctioned off to benefit the Misty of Chincoteague foundation that year), and seminars hosted by Carol Williams, Sue Rowe, Marne Walerius, and Pam Young, amongst others. Over the years, these offerings have grown as attendance has grown.
1997’s BreyerFest was the first year to feature a Traditional-scale Special Run model, Excalibur, which was limited to 200 pieces and was done on the Aristocrat Champion Hackney mold. 1999, the 10th Anniversary of BreyerFest, was the first year multiple Traditional-scale models were offered as Special Runs to guests and this offering continues to this day.
BreyerFest’s Salute to Horse Heroes will continue many of the traditions the event has built over the years, but at the same time attendees can expect some changes for the 2019 event. One thing is certain – 2019’s BreyerFest will be bigger and better than ever! Stay tuned for many more Blog posts looking back at 29 years of BreyerFest!
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