We mentioned our first themed BreyerFest was back in 2002 in one of our posts from last week. It seems like just yesterday to us but let’s revisit that iconic event from 16 years ago.
We started off our themed BreyerFest events on a strong note when we celebrated the American West with ‘’Spirit of the West’’. The theme was a nod to the DreamWorks movie, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.
While the “real” Spirit couldn’t be at the event, our Celebration Horse RSV Inolvidiable (a Peruvian Paso) honoured this Western spirit. Unfortunately RSV Inolvidable was unable to make it to the Kentucky Horse Park for BreyerFest when he was sidelined with colic, but his stablemate RSV Escorpio de Oro did a splendid job in his absence. RSV Escorpio de Oro and the other guest horses (Cupid & Arrow, Little King’s Buckaroo, and Sam I Am) were all big hits with our guests!
Our two raffles models continued the Western Trend; Gold Rush was on the Huckleberry Bey mold and St. Louis Blues who was on the Missouri Fox Trotter mold (did anyone catch the irony in the name?!). Huckleberry Bey made another appearance as our Live Show Open grand Champion model. The Missouri Fox Trotter made another appearance, too, as a Prize Model.
Our Breyer Store expanded again and our Special Run models covered a wide range of breeds and disciplines from WH Annie on the Wixom mold to Ahote (on Silver) to our Indian Pony, High Sierra. Animal lovers quickly bought up Choc (a chocolate brown coloring on the Buffalo mold). Our animal lovers were in for another treat with Bandit and Kohana (a wolf and cougar set). We had a few porcelain Stablemates models too that year including a Warmblood and American Saddlebred.
We also introduced a new Kids Activity Center which brought together the different kids activities throughout the KHP. Other changes included the introduction of the Breakables China Show and even more workshops.
BreyerFest 2002 certainly captured the Spirit of the West and started us on a trend that continues to this day with our themed events. We’re looking forward to honoring our Horse Heroes next year!
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