Saturday, January 14, 2023

I Love Collecting Model Horses. And, Yes, I'm a Grown-up!

 I got my first Breyer horse from Santa when I was a young girl. A prancing palomino Arabian stallion. Family Arabian Stallion (Breyer):

 And that started my lifelong love affair with model horses. I've always been a horse lover. I've owned horses for more than forty years. I went to college for training horses. I'm plain and simple a horse girl.

 I love horses.

And I love model horses. Breyer horses are on my Christmas list every single year since I was seven. I have real horses in the barn, but I'm always looking at what new models are newly arrived and what customs have been put up for sale by talented artists.

 My husband and daughter just laugh and think I'm slightly off-kilter for being so crazy for these plastic horses. We won't even get into how much money a person could spend on a horse. Who am I kidding, I will get into it. At this year's Breyerfest in Lexington, KY, the highest selling model horse at their auction was The Lone Ranger's Silver model turned into a silver dun Pegasus. It sold for $65,000! Yep. You read that correctly.

Over the last few years, I've gotten into customizing model horses (thanks to NaiMoPaiMo in February) and I find pastels are the medium of choice.  I imagine I will get better with each horse I do, but I have so many things to learn.

 So, that brings me to one of my newest additions to my model horse stable. I told myself (and my husband) that I wouldn't buy anymore. Yeah, that didn't work. I ran across the horse below on a sale site. Days went by, and I found myself looking on my phone, half-hoping it would have a sold icon on the ad and half-dreading it would have a sold icon on the ad. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I made an offer and it was accepted.

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 Bellatrix customized by Audrey Dixon from Wild Horse Studios

I'm so excited. I've never owned this model before and the workmanship on her looks incredible. And someday, soon I hope, I'll be able to take her to a show (I'll do a separate post on showing model horses later!).

So, now you know, I have an obsession with model horses and I don't see when my love for them will ever go away. I look forward to seeing all the amazing horses in the future!

Write on!


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