News! — hobby information

Fun at the schooling show!

Posted by Eleda Towle on

The part I am so excited about with these schooling shows is that everyone who participates can also judge each class!  Exhibitors are given judging sheets and shown how to fill them out properly for results to be recorded by the show host afterward.  Experienced judges mingle with first-timers to provide their thoughts on what is important to them, helping train the eyes of those who are new to judging.  They are also encouraged to bring along ribbons or awards for each placing, and to be creative with them, as long as they adhere to the standard color scheme so everyone knows the order they were placed.  We saw some awesome ideas for simple placings:  Everything from printed paper ribbons to foam shapes to seashells... even wrapped chocolates and poker chips!

Read more →

Model Horse Schooling Shows

Posted by Eleda Towle on

  Organized schooling shows are a new concept in model horse showing.  While "fun shows" used to happen, the set-up completely depended on the host.  Now we have a way to reach new exhibitors and help experienced ones continue to grow, that is set up in a way that everyone knows what to expect and can be a part of both showing AND judging!  The following was written by Jill O'Connor to explain what schooling shows are and why they exist.  Thanks, Jill!   On Sunday May 27th the “Maine Event” schooling show will be held in Union, ME.  This...

Read more →

Western Horses

Posted by Eleda Towle on

Take a trip with us through the history of Breyer's first horse mold and it's longest-running release:  The Western Horse.  Changes to tack, colors, and even the mold itself make this a fascinating model to collect and a treat for Breyer history buffs.

Breyer Palomino Western Horse

Read more →

Breyer Discontinued List for 2018

Posted by Eleda Towle on

Which Breyers are being discontinued for 2018?  Find out here!

Read more →

Restoration Techniques - Removing Stains with Bleach

Posted by Eleda Towle on

Model horses can get stained in a variety of ways:  Most commonly, tack is left on long enough for the leather or thread dyes to leach out and stain the model.  Blankets are a big culprit.  Leaning them against colored curtains or fabric can do it, and wrapping models for storage in colored fabrics can cause stains as well.  Other stains may be caused by mold when models are exposed to damp or humid conditions, particularly while in storage for long periods. The best cure, of course, is prevention.  If you love that beautiful new tack set, take photos of...

Read more →