Saturday, 28 March 2020

Latest BreyerFest Sneak Peak

Breyer have released another BF sneak peak. It is of the next special run.

So it's obviously pinto, but what mould? I'm thinking maybe the Cleveland Bay?

Let me know your guesses in the comments section below!

Friday, 27 March 2020

Five Bad Model Horse Habits we all Need to STOP!

We are all bad hobbyists and we know it. Here are five bad model horse habits we know we all do but need to STOP NOW!

1. Un-named

Unnamed is not a name. You cannot call your horse that. Seriously, take them out of those boxes, give them names and love them! You wanted them when you bought them, so appreciate them.

What is this? Just one of the massive piles of unboxed model horses I appear to own. Who is in there? Who knows. I certainly don't.

2. Savings? What are savings?

I'm going to save up and get that model I've always wanted you say in a positive state of mind. Two weeks later you're at a live show and somehow all those savings went on something else. Stop it people. Impulse buying is bad.

Just one of my many impulse buys, I very much had to raid my savings for this guy!

3. UFOs

ONE PROJECT AT A TIME! I know I know, you are working on a thing then you see another thing and another and another and another and then ooo that's a fun looking new skill. And before you know it nothing is finished and everything is started.


Just one of my body shelves. I really need to show some self-control.

4. Dusting? Nope not heard of that one either

I am so so guilty of this one. They never get dusted. Ever. But then I get moaned at by show judges and then I'm like "I KNOW" as I criticise someone for exactly the same thing. At least dust them before shows people.

This isn't as bad as I thought it would be! Do you know how hard it is to stand on a chair and take a photo of a top shelf? It's not easy!

5. I'll definitely organise that

We all have dreams of beautifully organised records, breed cards and props. But the reality? Yea we are tired, we have so much to do, it's so much easier to throw it in a pile.

Sorry for the slightly NSFW photo but this pretty much sums up my approach to tack and props right now. Note the carefully labelled boxes on the left that everything should be stored in.

If you are currently in isolation why not take some time to undo some of those bad habits? Finish those projects, catalogue those models and organise your tack and props! You can do it people!

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Three New Ponies

This feels so weird writing about now, it seems like another world!

Less than two weeks ago I was at South Downs Shenanigans Live. Although I was good and didn't purchase anything (good me) I did come home with three new ponies courtesy of the raffle!

So first up is the rather inevitably named: CRS Covid-19 or 'Cov' to his friends:

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A beautiful custom Breyer G2 Warmblood that has been painted to a black blanket appaloosa by Liz Hibberd.

Next up we have two horses from the Deluxe Horse Collection a Breyer 2020 release. First is the G5 Mirado in bay:

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He has been named CRS Gamalama (Gama)

And secondly is the G4 Paradressage in grey:

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She has been named CRS Karangetang (Karan), I really like this mould but I think this horse looks really sad :(

Hope you enjoy! Probably the last for a while :( Although Starlight is on her way from the USA!

Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Well I was wrong! As were many others, it wasn't a Salinero it was a Friesian!

Feis is the BreyerFest diorama contest prize, isn't he adorable? This colour suits him so much:

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

BreyerFest Updates

So whilst desperately running through every possible scenario in my head and how that affects travel insurance and plans and God only knows what else I thought I would do a more cheerful Blog post and update on the BreyerFest special runs.

I know I haven't really been blogging much, life is just really busy right now, but with life being less busy for the foreseeable future I'm afraid you are going to have to put up with me once more!

So let's start with a run down on the 2020 BF special runs that we already know about:

Celebration Model

The celebration model this year is Ballynoe Castle RM, 'Reggie' is a now retired three day eventer. I love this mould and am really looking forward to having one of these! His colour looks really lush.

Early Bird Raffle

The Early Bird Raffle model this year is a black Esprit. Not a massive Esprit fan (despite having a tonne of them) and solid black is very meh. But for some he will definitely be the ticket (see what I did there...ha ha ha...I'm so funny)

Special Runs!

Now onto the fun bit, I must say I've been a bit disappointed in the special runs so far. But you never know, things could improve!

First up, Epona:

Secondly Oak:

Third (and my favourite so far), Hamish:

Fourth is Ash:

And fifth is Lugh (who is the only horse I actually want)!

Store Specials

Again I'm not 100% on any of these, the Clydesdale is nice, but sooo many big horses! You do realise suitcases are small don't you Breyer?

This is Benelli:

And Faugh-a-Ballagh

Sneak Peaks

The current sneak peak is this:

I'm pretty sure that is a Salinero, but happy to be proved wrong! The neck just seems about right to me.

Surprise Model Speculation

So my thoughts are:

Connemara Mare (Croi)
Fell Pony (but as a set of two maybe, I think it's too small to be just one)
The new Welsh mare and foal as a set

My money is on one of the first two though. Obvious choices for a celtic themed event!

I hope you are all enjoying staring at the sun from inside your horses. More BF related content coming soon and hopefully, in July, there will be a wonderful Blog post about how great it was and how wonderful my holiday to the USA was. We can but hope...

Monday, 13 January 2020

Hettie's Helpers Live 2020

It feels really weird to be writing a live show report this early in the year! But it is so mild that attending a how in January was really no big deal, although it did mean a lot of dark!

We travelled down to my parents (two spaniels, a lot of model horses and a porg in tow) on Friday night, that meant that on Saturday morning we would only have an hour and a half drive which was rather nice!

Saturday started in the cold and dark (not fun) but we were soon off and after a quick stop for Starbucks (and me hatching a shiny Wurmple in a hat)! We arrived in Essex and at the show hall.

Now I'm not usually one to express hatred towards buildings but this is my single least favourite show hall. Normally we go there in the Summer and it is like a literal sauna, turns out it is like that in winter too. Freezing and windy outside, boiling inside! What a strange building, but at least it wasn't ice cold which is what I was expecting!

I promptly unpacked and took some time to chat, see people's new horses and show off my rather awesome new green zebra! It was then time for performance, I had decided that even I am not enough of a masochist to do performance in January so sat back and watched others suffer instead.

The show had some gorgeous prizes on offer, including stunning rosettes and custom wine glasses!

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Performance didn't have a huge number of entrants but all of those that did enter were of a really high standard. The first entry I saw that really stood out to me was this gorgeous in hand Thoroughbred set using Emerson:

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He looks like a proper Thoroughbred as part of this set! I want him as a real horse.

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One of the things I'm passionate about is showing you don't need expensive horses to do well at live shows. So check out the performance entry below with a simple Schleich:

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This was another of my favourite entries of the day, the detail on the cart is just gorgeous and I love the custom CollectA, it suits it so well!

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Another really lovely performance entry, who doesn't love a beautifully made Arabian costume? Also there is a mohair model in it so I am bound to be in love.

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Performance Championship

Performance Champion

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Performance Reserve Champion

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Performance Reserve to Reserve Champion

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Original Finish

Original finish ran from the start of the day, lots of people had new models to show off but there were also some old favourites. I shall now spam you with lots of really pretty ponies.

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Glossy Chip Arabian with flash? What's not to like! This model has such a beautiful colour.

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Hal is one of my favourite models, can't believe I still don't have a model on this mould! Think I'll add that to my BreyerFest shopping list...

Below is a shot of one of the classes, it was a mix of Paint and Appaloosa, as you can see there was real variety at the show which was so nice to see.

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Another really nice model and a good example of how lazy I am, didn't even move the post it notes. Can you spot it in the picture above? It should be there, it was the same class!

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Mmmm glossy palomino Peter Stone? Look at that dappling! Such a lovely horse.

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One of the newer Breyer moulds, the Classic Mustang that was released as a mid-year release in 2019. He is one of the first I've actually seen in the show ring so I thought I would grab a pic.

Another shot of the OF ring, can you figure out what class this was?

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(it was OF Other Purebred Pony)

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This is my Iris decorator. I was really impressed that she managed to get 2nd in OF Fantasy/Decorator!

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A really lovely Breyer Shire. I love the shading on the face of this one.

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One of my favourite models on the show circuit. A gorgeous dapple bay blanket spotted Stone ISH.

Original Finish Championship

OF Champion - BFA Donkey

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OF Reserve Champion - Glossy variation Zenyatta's first colt

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Custom Finish

Custom Finish also ran from the start of the day, some really stunning pieces on show as always. I have selected a few favourites to share.

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Apologies for the poor quality picture but isn't this girl stunning? I just love that mohair tail!

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If you will indulge me for a second I couldn't resist getting a show of Icicle's stunning head. I love this horse so much. Best £20 I ever spent!

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More indulgence on my part. The stunning and beloved CRS God's Nectar.

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I love the paint job on this CollectA Shire. Really beautiful piece.

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This is Casper strutting his stuff in the CM Partbred Heavy class. Can you spot what is special about him?

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This guy was possibly a little too arrogant for my liking. Yes we know you are beautiful you don't need to rub it in our faces!

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Another stunning resculpt, this one an Arabian mare.

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I rather like the paint work on this little guy as well. There is something almost artistic about it, like it's a flat painting not a 3D model.

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Another of my favourite models on the show circuit, no surprises that she won PBA!

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Looks like somebody is expecting baby zebras in the near future! Zebets I shall decide they shall be called.

Custom Championship

Custom champion

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Artist Resin

Artist Resin ran after Performance, it excluded Animal Artistry models but included Artist Chinas. As with before I have picked out some of my favourites to share with you.

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This is a lovely little Marwari resin, just look at those subtle dapples.

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This shot is absolutely awful but I do love this little resin. I still haven't quite forgiven Brandy for breaking mine!

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And whilst we are on the subject of awful pictures. Check this out! This little micro resin Vanner has been resculpted to a drum horse with rider, drums and tack! Absolutely incredible.

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This is probably one of the more unusual ways that I've seen someone display a model at a live show, on a glove!

Artist Resin Championship

AR Champion

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AR Reserve Champion (we you couldn't have a show without an Indy)

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After OF had finished we moved onto a mixed CTF section. Equorums, RubberNedz and Rydals had been moved to their own section but everything else went into this brilliantly mixed section. Lots of nice and varied models on show.

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I really liked this one, nice straight legs! And the colour is just gorgeous.

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This is one of the nicer Schleich moulds, it's a little Icelandic from a gift set many moons ago.

CTF Championship

Absolutely no prizes for guessing who took CTF champion!

CTF Champion - WIA Gustav (bay variation)

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CTF Reserve Champion - CollectA Lipizzaner

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With AR and CM out of the way we started on the workmanship section. I had successfully managed to only pack one model before I realised, which I think is quite an achievement.

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This was one of my favourite horses of the entire show. I had the privilege of judging him in AR and he is just lush.

RN, EQ & Rydal

The RubberNedz & Equorum (inc. Rydal) section followed the main CTF section. Of course I had brought the children out to play.

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Louis the German hanging out with Wilhelm II in the Thoroughbred class. Wilhelm is slightly jealous of Louis' hair.

RN & EQ Championship

Champion - RN Hackney

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Reserve Champion - RN Hackney

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Animal Artistry

Animal Artistry followed Artist Resin and was the last section of the day. It was at this point that I started to run around a bit, which isn't great when you are carrying chinas.

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I really love this model but have definitely not taken a good picture of him!

Animal Artistry Championship

AA Champion

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AA Reserve Champion

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Supreme Championship

I had the pleasure of helping to judge this and although it took us a long time to decide on number 3 we were all in agreement about one and two!

Supreme Champion

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Custom Alborozo by Rayvin Maddock and Nikki O'Neil

Reserve Supreme Champion

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RubberNedz Hackney

Reserve to Reserve Supreme Champion

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Union Jack foal with wings

I final massive thank you to Theresa and Holly for such a great day, you both did an exceptional job considering it was the first show you have ever run! It was so great to see everything and now I'm itching to get out again!