Monday, August 18, 2014

BreyerFest Open Show 2014: More exquisite equines!

On Friday morning, we were up bright and early... Scratch that. Dark and really early as you can see from this picture my sister snapped as we waited for the doors of the show hall to open.

Mom and me and lots of coffee
This was our 25th year attending BreyerFest, so early mornings and little sleep are par for the course. Happily, the busiest part of our show day takes place first thing, so we were well caffeinated and raring to go (no pun intended) for collectors classes at 7 AM.

At BreyerFest, the collectors classes are split into three divisions: novice, variety (essentially collectibility), and commonality (theme). I'll do a post specifically about collectors classes later, but for those of you who may not have seen them before, the purpose of these classes is to showcase a small subset of a collector's best and rarest models. The classes allow you to display 8 to 12 models, and creativity and good documentation are encouraged. Here are some of the winners from each division.


Novice 1st place

Novice 2nd place
Novice 3rd place
Novice 4th place


Variety 1st place
Variety 2nd place
Variety 3rd place
Variety 4th place
Variety 5th place


Commonality 1st place
Commonality 2nd place
Commonality 3rd place
Commonality 4th place
Commonality 5th place
Commonality 6th place

As you can see, there were some pretty amazing rarities to be seen! If you're a collectibility nerd like me, it's worth getting up early just to go and spectate. I wish I'd had more time to take pictures once the regular collectibility halter classes began, but both my sister and I had a full showstring, so we were on the move all morning once the collectors classes ended. Maybe next year! :-)


  1. Thanks so much Kirsten, this is amazing! I totally agree on the "just spectate." That's what I do when I'm there, which I wasn't this year, so this is even more appreciated. Always wanted to see a Silver Dapple conga, and a translucence.

  2. Do you know who judged the collector's classes this year?

  3. Sande Schneider and Karen Hoagland judged the Variety class, but I'm not sure who the other judges were. They were never announced.

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