The World of Model
They will introduce you
to the detailed World of Model Horses. Did you know that the hobby
for model horses started in the 1950's when the Breyer Company
produced its first horse figurine for the MasterCrafter Clock
Company to go on top of a clock. Breyer kept the molds for the horse
and when the Clock Company went broke, Breyer sold just the horse.
Over fifty years later, the model horse hobby is better and more
populated than ever.
Started by the man whose father founded the original Breyer Molding
Company, Peter Stone Company is the newest competition to Breyer.
With the company slogan based on "Model Horses for Real Horse
People", Peter Stone Company's figurines are sculpted by top equine
artists to represent real horses.
The model horse hobby got so big, they have a County Fair just for
the Model Horse Hobbyists! Peter Stone and his wife, Elaine, host it
every year on the first week of May. The MHCF (Model Horse County
Fair) is a great time to meet other Stone enthusiasts, tour the
factory, and even get a great special run model limited to
participants of the MHCF.
Peter Stone Company isn't the only one holding those fun County
Fairs. Breyer holds one yearly that goes by the familiar and
well-known name of BreyerFest. It's the figurehead event for Breyer
hobbyists. They come from all over the world to see what's new at
Breyer and pick up the highly sough-after BreyerFest model.
Hagen-Renaker was another well-known company that produced a range
of larger figurines from 1950-1980. Breyer now produces some of the
Hagen-Renaker's larger figurines in their current line that
collectors look for.
There are hundreds of companies that manufacturer model horses such
as Safari Ltd, NorthLight, Border Fine Arts, Schleich, Breyer, Peter
Stone Company, My Little Ponies, Trail of Painted Ponies, and more
such familiar names.
It doesn't matter if you own a broken legged Breyer Horse, or a
scuffed up Peter Stone; You can always make them look brand new with
a customized paint job or a customized model change. So pick up a
paint brush and get started!