I can’t believe it is the 25th anniversary of Breyerfest already. We first attended in 1993 and it seems like just yesterday we were overwhelmed at our first time here. It is so much bigger now, with more to do than can be seen in one weekend. Printing out the program ahead of time is a must for planning.
This was the view from about a mile away from the horse park Friday morning! I had heard they sold out of tickets, and evidently all of Lexington decided to come to the celebration that morning. It took close to an hour to make it in to the horse park, there were some that chose to get out and walk as it was faster! I spent the morning teaching a jewelry-making class, so I didn’t get out to the rest of the horse park until afternoon.
Breyer has a nice new area for Collector Club members with drinks, tables to sit at and a display of membership pieces for this year. They also have a daily raffle for members, and you sign up on a tablet instead of writing out paper cards – nice!
You can’t escape Breyerfest without standing in at least one line. Luckily the day was nice and in the shade with a bit of a breeze it wasn’t bad at all. I had great conversations with people from all over – I met at least two families from Canada and one from England. We had fun with the workers who come every year and are always cheerful and make the whole event more enjoyable. The lines moved pretty fast, and I parted with my money quicker than ever. Another fun thing to do is standing outside the checkout line to see everyone opening their packages and hopefully a wide smile at their new horses. Gossip was rampant as always. I heard that they made more glossies than matte, less appaloosa Nokotas than pinto and that there were silver charm on every model every hour. The hour I stood there I saw 5 appalossa matte Nokotas opened and one bay, so who knows!
Of course you have to go visit the real horses as well as enjoying the plastic! This year was a big education as the Celebration model horse was Gooitzen fan Teakesyl, an award-winning Friesian. Also featured this year were the Knights of Iceland, and the Gudmar Petursson is the only name I can even attempt. Then comes the Fijord GVF Sjokolade. If you can pronounce the names and breeds of all the riders and all the horses at this event you will be a real world-class collector.
After all that it is back to the room for (a nap) and room sales. It was actually slower Friday night than Thursday this year, but I did well. We set up an area on the windowsill with guy stuff. Mom sold one milk bottle and the menfolk accompanying their horse-crazy family appreciated it. I have seen rooms with a chair outside and a sign ‘guy parking’. We handed out many, many hotel maps, and met many lovely families.
How fast time flies, I am already thinking about packing and the drive home. It seems like we just got here. More fun yet to come.