Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is the latest Breyer Collector's Club special run. He is limited to 300 pieces and is available for entries now at www.breyerhorses.com

He will be priced at $125 if you are lucky enough to get him


I mean who wouldn't want a woodgrain pig? I definitely want a woodgrain pig!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

How Do I Pick A Model?

With so many beautiful model horses in the world how do you pick your next one? Everyone has their own system when it comes to picking their next model horse, so I thought I would give you the lowdown on how I choose mine.

The "Ooo That's Pretty" Approach

OK so let's be realistic about this. I'm going to talk about lists and savings and grails and all kinds of useful systematic approaches below but 90% of my models were purchased as impulse buys because I liked them.

This is particularly true of things like resins, chinas, RubberNedz and customs. I rarely save up and say "I'm going to get an AA Mule" for example, in fact I've never done that, yet I still seem to have about 10 of them...

This usually happens at live shows as well, I've sold a few things, there's money in my pocket, Donna gets out some pretty horses to sell...you get the picture! Deb Brown listings on eBay are also really bad when it comes to this.


Veronica is an example of an impulse purchase. I literally just bought her because she was called Veronica's Vodka!


The "OMG WHAT A BARGAIN" Approach

If it's cheap or reduced I want it. Doesn't matter what it is. The moment TK Maxx gets Breyers in I'm buying them. All of them. I don't care what they are they are cheap and I want them. Retailer running a sale? Having that. Someone selling something off cheap at a live show? I'm having that. Noticed bargain listing on Facebook? I'm having that.

I would say this probably equates to around another 8% of my collection, especially if you include stuff that I've won in competitions, raffles or been given as gifts!


Katya is an example of a bargain purchase. I got her a couple of years ago from TK Maxx when they were selling Breyers.


The Planned Approach

So when I first started collecting model horses I had a notepad in which I planned all my future purchases. I saved up my pocket money each month and when I had enough I sent off an order form and cheque to Julip and got my new pony, accessory or companion back.

Nowadays I still try and stick to this, I still have a savings chart in my journal but as with many things in life my savings often get spent on more important things, like food, or vet bills. At the moment I'm trying to save for Sonorah who I need for my Bobby Jo conga, but that is going to take a very long time!

I do also still have a list of horses I want to buy, although it is generally a bit more general than it used to be. Now it says things like "Bay FCM ISH" or "Custom Salinero" they are more general statements that may eventually be achieved although it is unlikely I ever will (VET BILLS).

So how do you decide which model to buy next? Are you a bit of an impulse buyer like me? Or are you a bargain hunter? Or do you strategically plan and save up your money? I'd love to know! You could even write a guest Blog post on this topic for me and I'll add it to the Blog :D


Minstrel is one of my earliest Julips, I saved up for 16 weeks in order to buy her.



This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Having a Go At Making Show Ribbons

So whilst on my tours of the internet I came across this Blog post by Braymere Custom Saddlery: http://braymere.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-show-ribbons.html

And I though "I could do that"

So of course I decided to attempt it, I mean how hard could it be?

OK so first step...ribbon. I can do that! I chose green, gold and red, mainly because those were the first three colours I took out of the pot!


So for the next step I need to cut a circle out of card, they used a pen top, but I have these handy stencils! I didn't have any white card so yellow it is...


Right time to cut cut cut! The next step was to cut 8 small pieces of ribbon and then three longer bits. So far so good!

Now it was time to stick. Now we have a bit of a problem. When all my stuff was stored over the summer all my glue basically dried up, so it is a complete nightmare to work with! It's all horrible and messy and stringy. I really need to get some more.

But we got there, here are eight stunning glued pieces.


I probably made them a bit too large, so mine won't look as tight and neat. But o well, worse things happen at sea.

Time to stick the first four down, look at my pretty flower thing!


Now for the other four, as you can see I couldn't just be simple and use the same colour so I used gold and red instead. It isn't as circular as it should be. But it doesn't look awful from the front!


Now to stick the three longer pieces on. I put the green in the middle and then the red and gold either side. Look how messy my glue is!


Finally it was onto the centre piece. The Blog post recommended decapitating horse sprinkles, I do not have horse sprinkles. So I raided my stickers draw and found these clear gems that were the perfect size. So I peeled one off and stuck it in the middle!


Finally I added the little paper hook and voila! We have a little rosette. I don't think it looks too awful for a first attempt. Tack making horse seems to like it anyway.


With the flash, urgh look at that glue! OK I'm going to go and order some glue now...


If you had a go at this tutorial let me know and share your attempts! I'm sure they are a lot better than mine! Although I'm already thinking about making thousands to give out as awards at my next live show...someone should probably stop me from doing that...



This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.

Monday, 26 November 2018

How Do The Breyer Clubs Work?

This question pops up a lot this time of year, usually from people in the UK wanting to know exactly how much they cost and how they actually work.

So here is my beginners guide on the Breyer clubs, how much they cost, what you get and how they work!

You can sign up for all these clubs before the end of December at www.breyerhorses.com

Collector's Club

Cost Per Year: $35.00
Sign Up Deadline: None

The Collector's Club is the basic Breyer club. It is open to everyone and it is open all year round.

Important note - in order to join all the below clubs you need to be a Collector's Club member!

What do you get?

For your $35.00 a year membership you get:

JAH Magazine
10% Off Regular Run Models at www.breyerhorses.com
Access to Special Run Models
Access to Collector's Event

There is no mandatory purchase model with this club, $35.00 is the most you have to spend in the year.

What Models?

You don't have to buy any of the Collector's Club models they are completely optional but you have the choice to buy the following (this does vary from year to year):

2x Collector's Club Traditional Special Runs priced at $65.00 - $75.00 each.
1x Gambler's Choice Classic Model priced at $35.00 each
1x Christmas Gamblers Choice priced at $95.00 each (with free shipping)!


Starlet is a Collector's Club special run, she is priced at $75.00

As well as this you also have the chance to 'win' the opportunity to buy rarer models. You have to enter for these and only those who are drawn get the chance to purchase them.

These models are usually priced between $135.00 - $185.00 each (limited to 300 pieces)
Test Run models usually priced around $800.00 each (limited to 1 piece)


Banesque is one of the more recent Collector's Club Special Runs. Were you lucky enough to be picked for him?

On top of this there are also chances to get various other Collectors special items or days.

Collector's Club Grab Bags - Usually $150.00 each and containing a BreyerFest model or other special run
Collector's Day - This happens in December, you spend over $150.00 and get a free glossed model
Black Friday Deals - Access to Special Runs (such as BreyerFest, Premier or Vintage models) on Black Friday

Shipping Costs

Shipping costs on all these items are usually around $60.00. The only exception is the Christmas Day special run which comes with free international shipping making it a great purchase for club members. I highly recommend buying this one, it's worth it!

Stablemate Club

Deposit: $30.00
Each Model Cost: $20.00
Total Models: 6
Sign Up Deadline: December 31st

In order to join the Stablemate Collector's Club you need to first join the Collector's Club (above).

The Stablemate Club gives you access to six new models each year. This is a buy in scheme, you must buy all the models. Failure to purchase a model will result in you being unable to purchase future models.

As a model becomes available you will need to purchase it within a certain time frame (usually a couple of weeks).

International Membership

International membership works slightly differently to the US based membership. Here you buy the models in two instalments of three coming to $60.00 per purchase. There is also reduced shipping if you only order the models. This is designed to save you shipping costs but does mean you have to wait to receive your models each year.

Shipping Dates

USA: February, April, June, August, October & December
International: June & December

The Models

There are six models each year. These always include:

At least one new mould (there are two for 2019)
Gamblers Choice model (usually four different colourways)
Vintage mould (there is usually a G1 mould)


Shown above are the six different moulds for 2019

Shipping Costs

International shipping usually comes to between $30-40 but if you purchase any other items with your Stablemate club models you will see your shipping costs jump to $50-60.

Vintage Club

Deposit: $100.00
Each Model Cost: $115.00
Total Models: 4*
Sign Up Deadline: December 31st

*excludes free Stablemate and extra purchase models

In order to join the Vintage Club you need to first join the Collector's Club (above).

The Vintage Club gives you the chance to purchase four new 'vintage' models each year. These could be either vintage moulds in new or vintage colourways or modern moulds in vintage colourways.

This is a buy in scheme which means you need to purchase all four models. Failure to buy one of the core four models will mean you forfeit your membership.

Shipping Dates

The models ship every 3 months in: January, April, July & October

The Models

There are four core models for the club. This will usually include a Gambler's Choice model.

As well as this you also have the chance to purchase one extra model (this is usually a modern mould in a vintage colourway but this year it wasn't)! You do not have to buy this model as part of your membership, it is entirely optional.

If you complete all four core purchases you will receive a free Stablemate around December time. This will be sent to you free of charge with no shipping cost.


Rockford is one of the 2019 Vintage Club releases

Shipping Costs

International shipping costs for the individual models are around $60.00 each. There is no shipping charge on the free Stablemate.

Premier Club

Deposit: $100.00
Each Model Cost: $141.66
Total Models: 3*
Sign Up Deadline: December 31st

*excluding free Stablemate

In order to join the Vintage Club you need to first join the Collector's Club (above).

The Premier Club gives you the opportunity to purchase three brand new sculptures each year. Like the Vintage and Stablemate club this is a buy in scheme which means you need to purchase all the models, if you fail to make a purchase you will forfeit your club membership.

Shipping Dates

The models ship in: May, August & November

The Models

There are three new sculptures each year. These will vary from year to year and may include a mare and foal set (such as in 2019).

As long as you purchase all three models you will also receive a free Stablemate on a new mould. This will be painted to look like a mini version of one of the larger Premier Models from that year.


One of the 2019 Premier Club releases, a Welsh mare and foal.

Shipping Costs

International shipping costs are around $60-70 per model.

Can I Combine Shipping?

One of the questions that is often asked is how easy it is to combine shipping. You are usually given a couple of weeks to purchase models from the Stablemate, Vintage and Premier clubs and Collector's Club models will remain available until they sell out. For the entry based Collector's Club models you will only have a few days to make your purchase if you are drawn.

Take a look at the month list below to see what you could combine:

January: Vintage Club
February: Stablemate Club (USA)
March: 
April: Stablemate Club (USA); Vintage Club
May: Premier Club
June: Stablemate Club (USA); Stablemate Club (International)
July: Vintage Club
August: Stablemate Club (USA); Premier Club
September: 
October: Stablemate Club (USA); Vintage Club
November: Premier Club
December: Stablemate Club (USA); Stablemate Club (International)

So in 2017 I was a member of all three clubs. So what did I manage to combine?

Well in June I combined my Premier and Stablemate Club models.

In September I combined my Premier and Vintage club models.

The year prior to that I managed to combine my Stablemate Club & Vintage Club models in June. Because you have a couple of weeks to purchase it is worth holding out to see what you can combine it with.


I hope that helps! All the memberships I've spoken about above are available to order from www.breyerhorses.com until December 31st.


This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Model Horse Collection Tour 22/11/2018





For the first time in years I've got my entire model horse collection together so of course we had to do a collection tour!

Apologies for the lighting, I have the windows blocked in the pony room. Windows take up valuable pony shelf space! Also the lights in this house are pretty awful. I think we need a new light fitting for this room at some point so I can actually see what I'm doing!



Anyway I hope you enjoy it :D See if you can spot any of your favourites or maybe some models you painted or sold to me, who knows what I have in the depths of my collection (honestly half the time even I don't know)!

Friday, 23 November 2018

Black Friday Boxes are Now Available

This year we are not running our usual black friday sale. Instead we are offering ten specially created Black Friday boxes.

Each box contains a Breyer Traditional, one custom and at least three other items.

The cost of each box is £50.00 and you will receive at least £75.00 worth of products.

There are only ten boxes available so you will have to be quick! To order please visit: https://www.ukmodelhorses.com/store/p200/Black_Friday_Mystery_Box.html#/



This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Rockford

I can't believe I forgot to share this guy with you!

Rockford is the first release in the Breyer 2019 Vintage Club (which is now open for new memberships if you want to sign up). To sign up visit Breyer's website here.



I really like this guy! But sadly don't have enough to sign up this year. I may look for him on the second hand market though.