Educating new collectors and horse lovers has always been a staple of BreyerFest! 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.
This year's seminars will be offered to virtual BreyerFest guests online - details are still being finalized and will be released soon! The offerings below are subject to change.
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.
Herd Your Horses with Robin Briscoe
As your collection grows, it becomes increasingly important to keep track of your models. Knowing what you have out on display and packed away helps to prevent duplicate purchases, fill in gaps, plan your show string and insure your collection. Hobby experts will give you tips for recording additions, tracking important data including condition and value and even insuring your collection. Both paper logs and computer tracking ideas will be presented. A must for anyone with an expanding Breyer herd!
Hobby History with Liz Cory
Join Liz Cory for a fun review of model horse history including notables, key events, and paths to the future. Which model was Breyer's first horse, and which mold is reappearing in the Collector Club this year? How did those early collectors start communicating, and what was it like to enter one of those early shows? Tips for showing, collecting and more in this retro review for Breyer's 70th Anniversary!!
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.
It's Not Just the Ears! with Leah Patton
Learn about how to convert your model Horse into a correct model Longear! It's not just about the ears! Donkeys and mules, while members of the equine family, do have a number of differences to the body, head, musculature, and of course ears. Join Leah Patton, long time customizer, collector, researcher, and the Registrar for the real American Donkey and Mule Society, and find out which molds are easiest to convert, which are NOT, and what changes you need to make for successful models for your showstring.
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!
Mythical Mayhem with Erin Krembs
Dive into the equine roles of Celtic mythology and beyond! Explore the mayhem of mythology - Does a culture's mythology affect their art? Does art affect the myth? - and discover how to use anatomy to create believable, could-be-real versions of our most loved fantasy equines.
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!
59:00 min / Directed by: Kurt Kolaja & Tod Mesirow
USA The legend says that a Spanish Galleon carrying ponies crashed off the Atlantic coast. The ponies swam free of the sinking ship and reached the New World.
Decedents of that lost band live today, wild and free, on the barrier island, Assateague, Virginia. The local fire company owns the herd now.
To keep the population in check foals are auctioned each year. Sabrina Dobbins made a winning bid and took a pony home. For Sabrina it was a pivotal moment.
“This pony was my light in the darkness. I was in severe depression - I was self-harming. My pony pulled me up. I named her Blessing. A blessing indeed.
60:00 min / Directed by: Wren Winfield
When Bernice picked up the reins and rode out, heading to New Mexico from Montana, she had no idea that what she was doing had a name: Long Riding. Nor did she imagine that her personal long ride would become an iconic odyssey with meaningfulness for other people. It was only out of necessity that she started talking about her experiences on the road.
She gave talks at libraries and senior centers, and they would feed her lunch. People who met Bernice, resonated deeply with her. The exchange was much more than a good story for a sandwich. By being her authentic self, Bernice was modeling courage, ingenuity, perseverance, and presence. People talked. The word spread. Local newspapers began sending reporters out to find her. Bob Dotson of the Today Show interviewed her.
Bernice is easy for people to connect with. She is present, warm, and engaging. But Bernice is known to say “it’s not me” when asked to comment on the magnetic effect she has on people. It is the symbolism of her journey that is so compelling. This is not something Bernice talks about, because she simply lives it. But it shines through every story she tells: we all have the ability to make purposeful choices about how we live and how we connect with each other.
Bernice is the pilgrim who has searched for – and found – what is sacred to her: life itself. While living an unconventional life, Bernice has found where she belongs in the community of humanity. Like a compassionate mirror, she reflects all that we can be. In her presence you feel how much more you are.
65:07 min / Directed by: April Anderson
We began our "Tails of Iceland" journey of creation with the purpose of exploring the differing and varied special relationships between the Icelandic people and their unusual horses.
It is about the culture and the connection, and there have been thousands of stories in the hundreds of years since these horses were brought to this fiercely unforgiving and magnificent island.
Our goal is to capture some of the tales and a lot of the history, but more importantly, to illustrate how deep this unique kinship goes.
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