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

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
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)
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
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 until December 31st.

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