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by Breyer Blog Team October 26, 2018
Let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic moments at BreyerFest over the last 29 years!
Obviously the first year’s event in 1990 was iconic and started countless BreyerFest traditions that are still running almost 30 years later. The following year, 1991, saw four different BreyerFest events take place throughout the summer. BreyerFest Oregon was held from June 8 – 9 and the Pennsylvania event was on July 13th. BreyerFest was back in Kentucky again from August 10th to 11th and the year ended in California on August 17th and 18th.
A few years later the Surprise Raffle model was introduced with the legendary Breyer poodles in 1997. The Breyer Bolo Tie made its triumphant return after 20 years in 1998 and we’ve had guests ask about it ever since! We celebrated ten amazing years in 1999 but luckily we didn’t have any tin or aluminium Special Run models.
2002 was the year that started the themed BreyerFest with the ‘Spirit of the West’ and while not every theme has been a win, we sure have fun with them. Since then we have travelled around the globe, crisscrossing countless disciplines and honoring lots of breeds of horses.
Two years later we launched our Single Day Stablemates model with Amando, an Andalusian stallion. The Single Day Stablemates model are still an integral part of the event for our Collectors of all ages.
BreyerFest turned 18 in 2007 and honored America with a Stars and Stripes theme. Special Runs included Heartland, Rushmore, Lady Liberty, Alamo, Times Square, and Sundance amongst others. It was certainly a cross country road trip worthy of an 18th birthday celebration.
Live Auction records were broken with Alborozo selling for an incredible $13,500 in 2008, but more on that next week!
We had another big celebration in 2009 with our 20th Birthday Bash. Whizard’s Baby Doll was our Celebration Horse and our Single Day Stablemates featured some of our Collectors favorite decorators – Copenhagen, Gold Charm, Florentine, Wedgewood, and Mauve Copenhagen. There was another special treat for our Stablemates fans with the extra special 20th Anniversary Commemorative Set.
With both the Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 it was the perfect excuse to travel to London for our BreyerFest inspiration. The following year we hopped back Stateside to celebrate Denim & Diamonds in 2013 before celebrating our Silver Jubilee in 2014. Needless to say there was a bit of a silver theme to our models that year with everything from our Single Stablemates to Store Specials having a silver twist. In fact all of our Special Run models had extra special celebratory silver models hidden throughout the run.
Since then we have travelled the globe visiting France, India, and Brazil before celebrating all different types of race horses this past year. As you already know BreyerFest 2019 is honoring horse heroes and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th anniversary!
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