Have you ever owned a Breyer horse?
When I was growing up, I had a small herd of Breyer horses. It would be hard to say which was my favorite. I loved them all. Elegant Arabians, long-legged foals, island ponies that walked right out of a book. No size or shape or color was wrong.
I took them outside to graze, built pastures out of sticks, jumped them over fences and blanketed them with hand made blankets sewn by my grandmother.
While I grew up dreaming of riding these horses, it never occurred to me that I would own an actual horse…that became a Breyer model. So when Breyer contacted me asking about making my horse Popcorn into a limited edition Breyer…the answer was an enthusiastic ‘YES’!
Now, as we approach Christmas I have teamed up with Equithrive to run a contest ending with one of YOU owning your very own Popcorn model. Entering is easy.
There are three ways. Simply answer the question I asked in the comments below either 1) in the comments below this post, here on my blog 2) on Equithrives FB page or 3) on my Facebook page
There will be a new question every day between now and December 19th.
The winner will be announced on December 20th!
I’m excited to read your stories! (and if you have time…reading what other people have posted is really fun!)
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I bought my horse on a cold day with 8″ of snow on the ground. The girl rode him in a small circle path cleared of snow. Crazy to look for horses in the middle of winter.
Hi, fortunate to have several Breyer horses and sweet memories of years playing with them with my cousins. That would be over 45 yrs ago now.
We all still have our beloved Breyer collections. My favorite is a Clydesdale mother and foal that came with matching green blankets, very unusual. They were a Christmas gift from my mom.
Yes, I have a nice collection of Breyer horses. And I have Roxy! I suppose I can say that I started collecting when I was 7. My grandmother gave me my first Breyer horse for my 7th Birthday. He is a grey appaloosa rearing mustang. That was 57 years ago. Breyer really does an amazing job with the horse portrait models. I have some that are kept as shelf models and a couple dozen that my grandchildren play with all the time.
Yes I have and do own Breyer horses..and I have the ones my mother owned also. My first was a black Tennessee Walker with red and white ribbon braided in his mane. They are all on a shelf in my sewing room.
Yes! I even have Roxy! I have others and I let my granddaughter play with all of them — just like you she plays in the grass –takes them to the barn and we purchased the Breyer barn for her for Christmas last year! My favorite one growing up was Bonaza’s Little Joe’s Black and white paint – I think his name was “Cochise” Wizards Baby Doll is at the top too!
I’m too old to have Breyer horses but did have many plastic ones and I still have my first one it is over 50 years old. I did a lot of the same things you did. We made bridles and halters out of bread ties and yarn for reins. I would love to own a Breyer especially of Popcorn I have enjoyed watching you train him. Would love it for Christmas just like 56 years ago. Happy Holidays.
Yes, I own several. Still have everyone I was ever given as a child. We didnt have alot of money growing up because there were four of us girls and we all had real horses also. My dad worked two and three jobs and my mom always worked one and took care of us girls. They always made sure I had a Breyer horse to open on Chrostmas morning, I guess that’s why I’ve always cherished them and kept everyone. Used to introduce my Breyer horses to my pony and have them eat dinner together. Silly I guess but as a kid I could play for hours with my pony and my Breyers. I’d say my favorite is a set I got a black and white pony named Miget with her two babies Tiny and Friday. I always dreamed of having my pony Tiny Tim being a Breyer Horse. Theres something so special about them. You get to have your heart horse as a Breyer Horse and I cant imagine what that must feel like. A dream come true! Congratulations you and Popcorn deserve it!
YES! And I still have them today! None of my three children and none of my seven grandchildren caught the horse “bug” so they will probably stay with me until I die. My husband just repaired the broken leg on my little bay foal for me and he looks good as new and is no longer limping along on three legs! I love them all and hopefully I will have someone in my life who also loves horses that I can give them to someday.
Never owned a Breyer, I didn’t grow up with a lot of extra funds, but someone did buy me a set of small plastic horses, with all breeds and colors! They each had a stamped identifier on their bellies, “Mustang”, “Tennessee Walker” etc, bays, paints, palomino, chestnut, an entire rainbow of ponies! I too use to build fences and play with them for HOURS.
I did not own my first Bryer horse until my 40s. It is Justin Morgan (Figure). As a child I had a Johnny and Jane West with a palomino horse and a bay horse. I played with them everywhere. Horses have been my passion since my brother first introduced me at age five to his fiancé’s horse. I have been a fan of you Stacy since watching you at a clinic in Michigan about 15 years ago. I had the chance to talk to you but by the time it was my turn to talk to you I was too star struck to speak. Such a shame.
We need to meet again!
From my daughter, Lydia…
My first Breyer I actually don’t remember. I heard all about it, though. I was the first niece in my mom’s family and my aunts and uncles loved to spoil me. My uncle got me Scamper, Charmane James’s barrel horse for Christmas. My aunt (his sister, who was a teen at the time), told me that she watched Uncle Mark purchase Scamper, hoping it was for her. (She enjoyed competing in gymkhanas herself.)
Uncle Mark was also the one who gave me the first Breyer I *do* remember. We were sick with the stomach bug and were unable to carry out our tradition of going to our grandparent’s house for presents on Christmas morning. I was probably 8 years old. Uncle Mark braved the germs and appeared with a big, black trash bag full of gifts from Grandpapa and Grandmama’s house. The only thing I remember out of that bag was the Breyer Thoroughbred horse I named ‘Lightening’. Instill have Lightening in my Breyer herd, though he has not escaped the years unharmed. He has lost his tail multiple times and met with super glue on several occasions. Now the tail is completely nonexistent. ? Still…he is Lightening – the horse from the big, black trash bag. ?
No not Breyer horses but I had a doll named Jane West and she had a lovely bay and a palimino horse. I also had a horse trailer and jeep and would take them all over the place with me and played with them for hours.
I have bought several for my adult daughter . Her most treasured is her first one – Roxy . You were so wonderful to sign it for her at her first equine Affaire in Columbus!
Yes I love them. I have three but I’m gonna collect so much more!
Every Christmas I’d scan all the boxes under the tree looking for that perfect sized Breyer box! I have my mom and my aunts antique and vintage breyers along with my childhood herd… unfortunately I loved and played with them daily and they are all too well worn to be collector quality!
Yes , I had some, still have a couple that my granddaughters play with .
Absolutely loved collecting the horses and playing with them for hours. I remember all of them and when I got them! Reading the catalog and marking which ones next on my list. I have them all displayed on top of my kitchen cabinets.
Yes!! My sister and I collected them! I still have them all. I had several faves but one in particular was the black stallion – I loved those books!!
I never owned one but was able to help my niece grow her herd of Breyers to over 200! And her daughter will have them one day.
My Beyer horses were my most prized toys as a child. I was always disgusted that Barbies were not made to be able to sit on the horses. I spent many hours playing and imagining with my herd of horses. I had an Arabian, a Paint, a QH and a little family with a mare, stud and foal. I handed them down to my horse-loving niece.
No, I have never owned a Breyer Horse. How sad!! Not sure why, as I think they are beautiful.
I collected Breyers as a child and now my daughter does too. She has a shelf around the top of her bedroom that is lined with Breyers. The ones she likes to collect are based off real horses. She wants some made of our horses someday! She says she is going to be famous and then they will make one of her horse 🙂
Yes! I had several. Loved playing with them for hours.
I couldnt afford a Breyer horse growing up. But as an adult I won 2 free tickets to see Warhorse a couple of years ago and there was a raffle for the Breyer Christmas horse and I put my last dollar in and won!
I’ve watched you over the years with Popcorn and he has come so far. I would love to win this gift and give it to my grand daughter now to continue the legacy and appreciation of these amazing creatures.
Yes! I had Breyers growing up in the seventies and I still have them now! I received my first Breyer from my grandmother in about 1977 for Christmas and it was the running black bueaty. My collection is still growing and I still enjoy collecting them.
Yes I have. My favorite Grandma bought one for me for Christmas in 1972. I still have it in our guest bedroom alongside the book Album of Horses by Margaret Henry and my Father’s Cowboy boots. I love going into that room and remembering my wonderful childhood especially when I’m missing my Dad and Grandma. I played with that horse all the time. I made it Halters and Blankets, built stalls out of cardboard shoe boxes (tie Stalls) and I remember being mad that the Barbie’s legs wouldn’t bend so she couldn’t ride my horse. So Barbie just practiced showmanship and halter classes. I used to “Borrow” my brothers Tonka trucks to load him up and Barbie would drive to the County Fair. She was really good, she won first prize every time! I used to read every horse book I could find and then acted out the story with Barbie and the Breyer horse. Now at 47 he is retired to greeting our guests and reminding me of my childhood. I haven’t ridden in 25 years but I will NEVER give away my Breyer Horse.
I had many Breyer horses growing up. I think my favorite one was the Palomino. I was able to pass it down to my daughter who has now passed it down to her daughter.
Yes I do. I have my collection of holiday horses and AQHA and I’ve started my daughter’s collection
I have several. My daughters got them as gifts when they were kids long before I ever started rescuing horses. I still have them even though the girls are grown and gone. My boss gave me one for Admin day at work too this year. It still sits on my desk.
Yes, I gave them to my daughter when she was little. They will be a family heirloom!
There’s a young lady named Amanda Blackford that has spent the past 2 years rehabbing some if the Quantico horses that were seized in Maryland in the worst case of neglect. She has volunteered tirelessly. She would love one and I think it would be so awesome if she got to have one. You can see updates on our Quantico Md horses seized page. There are also two young men that deserve a huge shout out and a Popcorn ! That is the Embry Boys. They are such great kids and so humble. Definitely upcoming trainers !
I did not have Breyer horses when I was younger, I did have larger horses, and Barbie and G I Joe would ride over the dunes in our sandbox… we had castles and fancy yarn bridles, home-made blankets and hours of fun adventures.
Amanda Blackford is more deserving than I. I wish her good luck, and remember:
KEEP IT HOOF SIDE DOWN! Karen
Yes! I have quite a collection and still enjoy them. It is exciting that Popcorn will be immortalized in a model!
Yes I grew up with Breyer horses I never knew they was to be collected sense I was just a kid. I used to go outside and play with them letting them run wild and free. Would even load some up in the truck and trailer I had and pretend I was going to a rodeo. Once I got older I started collecting them. I even hand sewed a blanket for the clydesdale. I have a small herd of them now and I am continuing on getting more sense I grew up with horses my whole life and I can not own any real ones right now. At lest I can have my heard of breyers to make me feel a little closer to home.
I didn’t personally own a Breyer horse. My husband and I purchased selves full of Grand Champion horses for our daughter. Many years later, she has in turn given them to another little girl.
Oh yes, I had several! Got my first one when I was about 8 years old, back in the 60s. I used to make bridles out of rubber bands and had the Barbies ride them. Kept them for my kids to play with and lost all but 3 in a house fire back in 87. Lots of good times with those little horses!!
I didin’t had a breyer because we didin’t have them here in Brazil. But I had a loooot of horses that looked just like them! I actually just had one doll (a barbie that came with a horse) and I never played with her because I only played with the horses! I passed all my horse toys to my daugher and she plays with them now, and loves it!
I owned several! I never took them out to graze but I do remember learning to sew so I could make them their own custom blankets and leg wraps. My favorite was always Smarty Jones, so much so that I slept with him in my bed every night and brought him with me to college.
I have always loved horses and my first horse was a statue my Mother got me for Christmas. Now I have several of the Breyer Horses. I have the some of the winning racehorses, a champion barrel racer, the great Percheron and Clydesdale. Not enough room to get all I would love to have.
Received one in grade school as a Christmas gift exchange! It was a grey Arabian foal.
sort of: The “Abdullah Scholarship” awarded to an outstanding student in the Houghton College Equestrian Program has with it a trophy to which that student’s name is added to the base on an engraved brass saddle cantle plate. The top of it is a limited edition Breyer model of the Trakehner stallion “Abdullah” signed on its tummy by owners Terry and Sue Williams. So, it is not mine, but I had part in getting the model and having it added to the top of the custom-made white oak base covered with black Chinese lacquer and is raising scholarship money to go with it for quite a few years.
I never owned a Breyer horse but I did admire them! ? My sister and I did have a small herd of various plastic horses though with which we had many adventures !! Our friend down the street had horses too and her dad made her a four horse barn with stalls and she had a truck and trailer to tow them! Our horse adventures left Barbie in the dust ?♀️??????
I’ve never owned one, I would love to though ?
My first horse statue was a black and white pinto horse with a saddle…years ago people used to display them in the back window of their car! I am 61 and still have this horse…I “hauled” this horse in the back of my tonka truck when I was a kid. Being horse crazy I drew horses ALL the time. I bought many breyer horses for my daughters..still have them…favorites are secretariat, trigger, zippo pine bar, buckskin cutting horse with steer, Sea biscuit with War Admiral.
I had 123 breyers, all out fitted with home made tack, fences etc until I left for college. My mom thinking I had out grown them gave all of my treasured horses away!
That was years ago but I still carry the scars…lol
I collected horse statues (including Breyers) before anyone ever heard of Breyer! Yes, that dates me, but I am proud of the age that I have survived to! My first horses were all porcelain and, unfortunately broke so easily… I think it was my seventh or eighth Christmas when most of my presents were porcelain horses… and on Christmas Day our tree fell over and broke the legs on several of my new herd members! I think that my first Breyers were the classic Arabian mare and foal, circa 1965 (?), but I still have the entire collection (albeit mostly in storage boxes)!
I had a mischievous little Breyer pony who was too tempted to walk along a freshly painted window sill ?. Most of my other Breyer horses were better behaved! Once I finally had a niece who I found also loves horses, I gave them all to her to make memories with. It was sad to see them go, but they had so many more adventures awaiting! Oh, the memories!
As of this year’s “gifts,” my collection of Breyer Horse Christmas Ornaments will number 98…. They go back to 1999.
The boxes are marked as “first to go if we have to evacuate.”
Had to buy a bigger tree for all of ’em.
I have 2. One is an Appaloosa and the other a Lusitano. These I got as an adult. My childhood herd is long gone, but I love to see big collections that have oldies and catch a glimpse of the ones I used to play with.
I never had a Breyer horse – I lived in the UK and had model horses and Beswick china ones. I would love one especially Popcorn
I had several Breyer horses and a very kind shoe repair man in my hometown.
He would give me all his leather scraps so I could make saddles and bridles for my herd. I even used a saw to make a place for the bit made from a paper clip (reshaped with pliers). Then my best friend and I imitated Velvet (National Velvet) galloping over jumps in the back yard and racing up and down the sidewalks. We also built stalls for them out of cardboard boxes that the grocery store gave us.
My Mother often said that I came out loving horses! Between soft stuffed horses when I was little to the first Breyer Proud Arabian mare and foal my Mother got me for Christmas when I was 8- that was 59 years ago. I have collected many Breyer models. The now are in my kitchen above my Cabinets so I enjoy them every day. When my Grandchildren are a older they will get my collection, but not before my three grown children get to pick their favorites!