Educating new collectors and horse lovers has always been a staple of BreyerFest! Not only do guests have a GREAT time with horses, they learn something too! BreyerFest instructors offer a wealth of knowledge about horses and the model horse hobby. All of our seminars are FREE and do not require registration.
Be sure to check back leading up to BreyerFest as this schedule is subject to change and new topics will be added.
Cloud: The Legend / The Fight to Save Wild Horses with Emmy® Award-Winning Filmmaker Ginger Kathrens
Meet Emmy®award-winning filmmaker Ginger Kathrens and learn more about her work with mustangs in America. Ginger will be hosting two seminars during the weekend where she will discuss what is currently being done to support this horse population and what you can do to help.
Getting to Know Hal & Playing with Horses at Liberty with Jonathan Field
Join world-renowned horseman and clinician Jonathan Field, owner of one of this year’s stunning Store Specials, Hal, as he takes you through what’s it’s been like working with Hal and other horses on his farm. His work focuses on developing strong personal relationships with horses, gaining trust and creating a deep bond between horse and human, integral in working with horses at liberty.
Intro to Model Horse Showing with Kim Bjorgo-Thorne
Take your Breyer collection to the next level- show them! We will review how to prepare your Breyer models for showing and what to expect at your first show. The seminar is ideal for first-time Breyer show attendees (especially Children and Youth Show exhibitors and families) and anyone wishing to learn about showing model horses. Handouts provided.
Learning to Collect with Penny Lehew
Join Penny Lehew as she gives you insight into the world of model horse collectability! She will teach you how to determine the value of your collection plus help you identify mystery models you may own. This is one seminar that can’t be missed!
Mountain Riding with Glenn Ryan
For 28 years, Glenn Ryan worked with the National Forest Service as a government mule packer foreman and patrolman and spent 15 years as the Lead Packer and Manager of the Rocky Mountain Regional Pack String, where he packed over 9,300 mule-loads of cargo out of the backwoods. Join Glenn in this seminar as he talks about rigging saddles for mountain riding, as well as backwoods horsemanship. Glenn and his mule teams have helped to carve out trails, fight fires, and build fire towers, helping to keep people safe in the Rockies – his talk is not to be missed!
Repairing models with Jenn Danza
Don’t we all wish we could touch up some of our favorite models once they start to show signs of age? Now you can! Jenn Danza’s step-by-step lecture will help you fix the most common types of damage seen on model horses from leg and ear breaks to yellowing. There will be a question and answer period too. Need a more hands-on experience? Register for one of our many workshop!
The Story of Sergeant Reckless with Robin Hutton
Join acclaimed author Robin Hutton to learn all about the life of real horse hero Sergeant Reckless, who fought for the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Beloved by her platoon, get a glimpse into the life of this amazing horse through archival photos and learn about her three colts. There's never been another horse like Reckless. She wasn't a horse - she was a Marine!
The World of Equine Therapy with Marcia Laver
Join Marcia Laver from All Riders Up, a Path Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, as she talks about the benefits of equine therapy. This seminar will feature a viewing of the short film “Unexpected Miracles” which highlights the variety of ways people engage with horses as a part of their therapy, including treatments for PTSD and autism.
A PONY AND HIS BOY THE STORY OF BERRY & JOSH (2018) USA
30:00 min / Directed by: Julianne Neal
“A Pony and His Boy: The Story of Berry & Josh” directed by Julianne Neal, shows the power of a pony and the effect that he has had on one small boy. Josh, an 8-year-old with Down Syndrome, had been afraid of animals, especially horses all of his life. One summer afternoon, when walking in the pasture full of horses with his mom and Lisa, Josh was asked "Do you want to ride?" When he surprisingly said yes, they caught him off-guard, swept him up and placed him on Berry. The relationship that started between Berry and Josh that day has been life-changing, not only for Josh, but for everyone who loves him.
Filmed in Illinois, North and South Carolina, plus featuring heartfelt testimonials and informative interviews, “A Pony and His Boy” is a testament to the power of the horse.
WINNIE Award winner in New York City!
WHEN THE DUST SETTLES (2017) USA
45:00 min / Director: Sue Anne H. Wells
The film shows how the struggles of wild horses mirror those of disadvantaged girls, resulting in an earned trust when they're given an opportunity to prove their worthiness to the world
Dr. Sue Anne H. Wells co-founded the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), a single gender public charter school providing young women with a rigorous college preparatory education focused on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, in 2009 and has served as an educator with CGLA since its formation. Dr. Wells is also the owner of Mustang Leadership Partners, LLC, an organization she founded in 2009 dedicated to the protection, preservation and sustainment of the wild American mustang. Dr. Wells has been a Director of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated since 2016. Dr. Wells serves on the boards of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, CGLA, the Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation, ArtsBuild, The National Mentoring Partnership, Inc. and the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga. She served as a board member of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga and the Siskin Children's Institute. Dr. Wells graduated from Middlebury College with an M.A. in French and received a Ph.D. in French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
MUSTANG SAVIORS (2019) USA
60:00 min / Directed by: David Glossberg
American veterans are killing themselves by the thousands each year. It's a national tragedy on an epic scale. But a remarkable treatment is proving more powerful than ever imagined: Wild mustangs taken straight off the range! Pairing them with veterans, is miraculously turning despair into enduring hope.
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