Whew, that was one heckuva Breyerfest! Saturday was so epically busy I didn’t get to bed until 2 AM and then back up at 6 AM Sunday morning. Breyer did a wonderful job this year of adding in fun things to do and horses to buy, it really was a great 25th birthday party.
We got to the Horse Park in the early afternoon and just wandered around taking pictures, visiting with friends and trying to stay cool. Shopping the concourse was very busy so we stayed outside with the horses and other events. All the horse owners were wonderful, taking time with the kids so they could pet a horse and chatting with their fans. This is really one of the highlights for me, getting to see the wonderful horses up close and talk to their owners and riders.
The afternoon auction was packed as always and I took advantage of the crowd on the arena floor to go through the Breyer Store. Nothing really jumped at me, they had great bargains on T-shirts and there were plenty of the Champagne Wishes the Connoisseur-level horse, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger and buy anything. The staff was busily setting out horses for Sunday morning, and there were plenty of crates of horses left to be put out.
Breyer put on a great show out at the Alltech arena Saturday night, the Celebration of Horses, a cornucopia of all the great horses that came in for the event performing together. The lines to get in were long, but the line for food was longer! I really enjoyed the show, especially the Andalusian and Flamenco dancer duo. I wish I could have gotten better pictures, but the arena was quite dark and I don’t have the best camera. Tommie Turvey did several acts, there were Lipizzaners performing airs above the ground and a very fun group of Icelandic Horses performing their signature gait the Tolt.
We beat the crowd back to the host hotel and decided to shop ‘till we dropped. We started in the 300s, went up to the 200s, and made it most of the way through the 5-600s before mom started dragging. We saw just about everything from tack, resins, plastic and china models, to the new genetics book Equine Tapestry by Lesli Kathman (Awesome!!!). Among the models I admired were a HR Bedouin, a Franklin Mint San Domingo, a Breyer Fury Prancer lamp, and a few Royal Worcesters. My big purchase of the night? About 10 Mini Whinnie surprise packages. I will open 1-2 a day on the way home and keep my fingers crossed to find one of those darn gold Florentine draft mares. We made it back to the 100s to chat with friends until midnight, then had to pack everything for check-out early in the morning.
Early Sunday morning I had to reverse the process from Tuesday night: wrap, pack, box and stack then get everything outside and into the car in an orderly fashion. I was challenged because all the luggage carts were in use, so it was hand-carry every box from the room to outside. I had a 10 AM special run ticket (what a bad time, that is check-out at the hotel!), and had a good number, so a matte palomino pinto Nokota came home with me. The heat and humidity were brutal today, so I said goodbye to friends and mom and I got back on the road.
We are back in shopping mode, so stopped at an antique shop in Lexington. Glad we did! We found a large Kay Finch Santa planter! Also in that booth were a great Couroc dancing frog tray (unfortunately chipped) and a HR Specialty Dancing Frog (glued into a glass display) although neither came home with us. Our other fabulous find was a pottery Hawaiian lady head with flower in her hair. These are very popular and hard to come by so she will be priced and in the booth when we get back.
We shut down early tonight to recuperate from the lack of sleep, and also be able to hit the antique store next door when it opens! More to come…