In each edition of the Breyer Stablemates Club, we round out the year with a brand-new sculpture that makes its debut exclusively to club members. This year's new addition is Kit, a Haflinger stallion with a unique body-clipped coat!
The Haflinger is a very popular small horse breed that originated in Austria and its surrounding regions. Strong and hardy, they are an easy breed to ride and train for a variety of tasks. Haflinger horses tend to fall into one of two categories: shorter and stockier, ideal for draft work, and taller and lighter, ideal for pleasure riding and under-saddle competition. Kit is inspired by the latter type.
Kit was sculpted and designed by Dutch artist Josine Vingerling, who was also the artist behind one of our most beloved Stablemates Club releases to date: Django the Friesian Sporthorse! Haflingers are a breed near and dear to Josine – Kit took heavy inspiration from her own Haflinger named Apollo.
Josine and her real-life Haflinger, Apollo
Django and Kit
Josine explained, “he is standing square to show his strength and balance, his head is turned slightly to the left, ears pricked forward. He has a cute face with a sweet and relaxed expression.” After sculpting his body digitally, she then went in and added his fine details and windblown mane and tail by hand with epoxy before casting the final sculpture in resin.
Kit's sculpture in progress
In addition to sculpting Kit, Josine also designed his unique take on the Haflinger’s iconic flaxen chestnut coat color. Kit is ready to make a statement in the show ring with his decorative hunt clip, which includes a cluster of stars over his hindquarters.
Kit's original prototype, handpainted by Josine
Final production model, shipping now to 2022 Stablemates Club members!
Memberships for the 2022 edition of the Breyer Stablemates Club are now closed, but there's still time to join us for 2023 - which will include another brand-new Stablemates sculpture that will debut exclusively to club members! As a reminder, you'll need to purchase a 2023 Collector Club membership before you have access to the 2023 Stablemates Club signup. Join by December 31st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST to secure your spot!