This year, our Equestrian Demonstrations are being streamed LIVE from the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday, July 16! Opening ceremonies begin at 10 am with the high-spirited Young Guns Drill Team and Breyer Portrait horse, Patrick the Mini! Unfortunately, we cannot have spectators at the KHP so please enjoy these performance online!
The party continues with breeds representing all the colors of the equine world – see Palomino Morgans, dark as night Fell Ponies, spotted Sugarbush Draft Horses featuring Breyer Portrait Horse, Harley and so many more! Don’t forget the pintos - BreyerFest 2019 Celebration Horse Oliver will pay us a visit along with 2021 new release Spordur Fra Bergi, the Icelandic Stallion!
Enjoy an entire day of demonstrations from the comfort of your air-conditioned living room! The demonstrations and extra interviews with the performers will be available for viewing for the entire weekend.
This summer, all ticket holders will be able to watch the stunning Celebration of Horses performance, produced by the amazing 9th generation horsewoman, Sylvia Zerbini, for FREE!
Performing from Grande Liberte Farm in Florida, the horses of Cavalia and the world famous Cossack troupe, Kanat Stars, will leave you mesmerized. Kanat Stars have toured the globe with their astonishing trick riding and adorable poodle tricks.
The show will premier to BreyerFest guests at 6pm EDT on Friday, July 16, 2021, and then be available for viewing thereafter for the remainder of the weekend.
Inspired by art and dressage Sandra Beaulieu, with the help of her partner Rovandio, creates beautiful artwork all on horseback! Sandra uses acrylic paint, various brushes, paint rollers, water bottles, and her hands on the canvas. The messier the better! She imagines there is a joyful, spirited horse on the blank canvas, just waiting to come to life. Her artistic goal is to capture the essence of the horse with minimal lines. She uses art as a zen meditation, a way to bring herself into the moment and feel the spirit of the horse. Riding Rovandio while she paints is the ideal opportunity for her to express that.
Sandra rides Rovandio, an Andalusian Lipizzan cross, bitless and bareback. Rovy has been trained to stay in self-carriage so that Sandra can ride one-handed with a paintbrush. Riding with just a bareback pad helps her feel the horse’s movements and concentrate on the flow of the brush strokes. Sandra uses dressage movements like piaffe, collected canter, rein-back, walk pirouettes, and shoulder-in to help her land the right brush strokes. It takes a special horse to be able to paint from horseback. The horse must be confident, well balanced, light in the hand, smooth in his stride, and have the ability to collect from the seat and leg to allow the rider to paint simultaneously. Click here to learn more about her work!
Meet the Harris Sisters, Sarah and Emily! This dynamic duo is all about having fun with horses and spreading the love of all things equestrians. Sisters Horsing Around use Breyer models in their popular YouTube videos to explain equestrian basics to other horse loving kids. The sisters also travel to horse shows and expos to give kids an insider’s look, sometimes as Junior Reporters with special media access! Their social media channels chronicle their real life journey as young equestrians facing all the victories and challenges we all experience. Get to know the Harris Sisters during our Live Broadcast from Breyer Headquarters.
This group of horse loving community activists have been recognized by all major media for their incredible efforts to bring the power of horses to the children of Compton, CA. The Compton Cowboys understand the impact horses have on a child’s life and have worked tirelessly to create those relationships. If the kids can’t come to them, they bring the horses to the kids – playgrounds, schools, or around the city – these incredible riders go above and beyond! Hear their touching and inspiring stories during our Live Broadcast from Breyer Headquarters.
If you’ve got a copy (or ever used one as a reference) of the 5th edition of the Breyer Animal Collector’s Guide, then you’re already familiar with these ladies, who literally wrote the book on collecting – Kelly Weimer and Kelly Keracher!
Kelly Weimer has been collecting Breyer models since 1978 when she received her first model – the palomino Family Arabian Stallion – and has amassed a collection of about 2,500 models over the years. She’s been a fixture at the BreyerFest Children’s and Youth Show since 2003, where she’s been a steward and a judge and worked tireless to help educate and support the next generation of model horse collectors and enthusiasts. She has also contributed to Just About Horses’ “Vantage Point” for a number of years. This summer’s celebration of Horse of a Different Color marks her 24th BreyerFest and she couldn’t be more excited!
Kelly Keracher has been collecting since she was 7 and the model that got her hooked was the black appaloosa running stallion. In addition to her co-authorship of the Breyer Animal Collector Guide, Kelly has been an avid model horse shower and judge since 1990. Her collection consists of mostly vintage models and some of her favorite molds to collect include the Semi-Rearing Mustang and the Cleveland Bay. Kelly is thrilled for this summer’s celebration of Horse of a Different Color as a lover of decorator models and can’t wait to participate. The ladies co-own a real horse together, a palomino American Saddlebred gelding.
BreyerFest is delighted to be hosting Kelly and Kelly, live at Breyer HQ during BreyerFest weekend, where they will be touring the Breyer Archive Room for key collector finds, answering fan questions, and getting quizzed by BreyerFest fans! You will not want to miss this! More information on these live segments will be released soon!
The Mares in Black podcast focuses on all aspects of the hobby from a collector's and shower’s perspective and promotes diversity, inclusion, and welcomes new hobbyists and youth into the fold. Mares in Black airs at least bi-weekly covering news, new releases, interviews with artists and influencers, Instagram in Progress, and model horse shows and events, like BreyerFest! The team at BreyerFest is thrilled to be able to host this dynamic duo for two guest host spots during BreyerFest weekend, live from Breyer HQ! They will also be airing post-event wrap-ups on their MIB podcast in the evenings during BreyerFest weekend, just in case you didn’t get enough of them during the day.
Jackie moved from being obsessed with dinosaurs to horses when she was in middle school, and started collecting Breyer models when no one wanted to buy her a live horse. She got very involved in 4H and later pony club and was into eventing and fox hunting until she went off to college. She shows mostly performance and custom/artist resin halter, but the bulk of her collection- over a thousand pieces! - is Original Finish Breyer models. She has been a past co-chair for Nationals and actively judges both live and photo shows. She never really left the hobby despite trying before grad school in 1994 and today spends her days repairing broken real life animals as a vet.
Heather received her first Breyer at age four, a palomino Western Prancer, and she was in love. As an Army brat who moved all the time, she could not have a horse of her own, so Breyer models were the next best thing. Heather started riding lessons at a young age and showed hunters and jumpers, then moved on to dressage. Heather collects everything – plastic, china, resin customs – and is especially proud of her Valegro conga. She has held several MSOTY-honored model horse shows and has been an active judge and volunteer in the hobby since 1994. Heather spends her days not in the hobby communicating “about space and planes and stuff” for her company
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