Collecting model horses is a more cost-effective alternative to collecting real horses, which bring with them demands for clean stables, fresh hay, and hefty speaking fees. Enjoy economical equine activity with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get one-day admission for one adult and one child to BreyerFest FairyTails, plus two Stablemates horse models (a $30 value).
Model-horse fantasies gallop headlong into reality at Breyer Animal Creations’ 2011 BreyerFest, held Friday–Sunday, July 15–17 at Kentucky Horse Park. A succession of more than 40 live horse exhibitions—with performances by several horses that inspired Breyer models—anchors a wonderland of equine entertainment, crafts, face painting, and pony rides for younger saddle-fillers. Knowledge-hungry brains can chow down on a buffet of free seminars, with topics including showing models, understanding horse genetics, and resisting the call of the wild. Open all three days, the Hobby Information Booth wrangles representatives from the model-horse world to further bolster minds eager to jump the fences of ignorance.
Each day ticket comes with a Single Day Fairy Stablemates model horse, and festival-goers are also granted access to a trove of stores, raffles, and a silent auction should they choose to unpaddock their wallets. A portion of this year’s festival proceeds go to selected BreyerFest Beneficiaries, organizations that care for horses and strive to improve human-horse relations.
Every July, a crowd of people and horses press down the lush grasses of Kentucky Horse Park. The occasion is BreyerFest, a model-horse festival hosted by Breyer Animal Creations (known for purveying handcrafted model horses). Equine enthusiasts funnel into the park and disperse across the grounds to participate in a daily array of family-oriented activities. Aside from more than 40 live-horse exhibitions, attractions include crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, face-painting booths, and a magic show. Each year's festival is marked by a theme that influences the breed and origin of the horses on display.