Identify Your Breyer

An online catalog for Breyer® lovers of all ages - Now in our 14th year!

This site is run for and by collectors of Breyer® model horses. It is not sponsored by Breyer, which is a division of Reeves International, Inc.

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Traditional Classic Paddock Pals/ Little Bits Stablemates Gallery
Adults ~12"L x 9" H Adults ~9" L x 6" H ~6" L x 5" H Adults ~4" L x 3" H Varies
Animal Molds Companion Animals Dapples/Ponies Pony Gals Mini Whinnies
Varies Varies ~9" L x 6" H ~9" L x 6" H ~2" L x 1 1/2" H
Plush Tack Accessories Buttons & Pins Catalogs
Varies Varies Varies ~2"L x 2"H Varies
Just About Horses Breyer Books Crafts & Activity Sets Promotional Materials Packaging
Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies

Important notice! Due to a severe chronic illness on my part this site wasn't updated for some time and doesn't include many 2013 and 2014 models. I'm now updating the site, but it will take time. Once I've added the new models and the info on the 2014 BreyerFest I'll start going through your emails. Thank you for stopping by!

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About This Site

Welcome to Identify Your Breyer, the largest and most complete source of information on Breyer model horses on the Internet. I’m glad you stopped by! There are thousands of photos here to drool over and information on every Breyer model known to exist, as well as information on Breyer buttons, tack, collectors’ manuals, and their now-annual Just About Horses magazine. Breyer history junkies should be sure to check out the Links page for reference goodies, and if you’re looking to buy new models or sell your old collection you should definitely start with my Buying and Selling page. Oh, and there’s this section on How To Identify Your Breyer Model that you might want to check out, too!

I have been collecting Breyer model horses since the 1970s, and in 2001 created “Identify Your Breyer” in order to better share this wonderful hobby with others. The site is entirely free to use, with hosting costs paid by advertising revenues and sales at my Amazon Store. The information you’ll find here has been obtained from many sources and is accurate to the best of my knowledge.

Sadly, some people are using photos found on this site as their own pictures, most frequently on auction websites like eBay and on YouTube. This is wrong not only because you're using someone else's work without permission, but also, in the case of eBay, because you are deceiving your potential buyers by showing them a picture of something other than what they're actually bidding on. Please note that I do NOT give permission for anyone to use any of the photos found here for other purposes--most are donated to me for the purpose of this site only and aren't mine to loan out to anyone else. I will notify eBay, YouTube, and any other host of your copyright infringement if I see you using these photos, which may put your auction or your account in jeopardy. It's dishonest, and it's just not worth it. Don't do it.

How to Identify Your Breyer Model

1. In order to identify which Breyer model you have, you'll first need to determine which size category it falls into. The categories listed above are how Breyer classifies its molds, and that's how things are sorted here as well. Measure from the table to the top of your model's ears to see where it falls in the breakdown shown above, keeping in mind that the numbers above are just approximations. These measurements indicate the height of the average adult model; foals are correspondingly smaller in each size category. If you've looked and can't find your model in one size category, try the next one up or down.

2. Next you'll have to determine which mold Breyer used to create your horse. Breyer may re-use each mold many times, depending on the popularity of the individual mold, varying the color and other details with each release. You can figure out which mold you have by going to the right size category (Traditional, Classic, etc.) and looking at the photos shown there. You're not looking for a color match, just for the same shape. Sometimes Breyer will change the shape of the mane or tail on a model, so don't rely on that. Look instead at the action the model is taking (standing, trotting, etc.) and the general build (stocky, slender like a racehorse, etc.). Clicking on a photo will show you that picture in larger detail if you're not sure.

3. Once you know what mold you have, figuring out what model you've got is easy! Clicking on the name of the mold (such as Adios) will take you to the page for that mold. On that page is a description and usually a photo of every known model in that mold. Because they are painted by hand sometimes a shade will vary between light and dark, but the general color and (most of the time) the number of or absence of things like stockings and facial markings generally remain the same. See how easy that was?

 

Model Horse Values

I can't give you an estimate of the value of your model or your model horse collection, but there are many resources out there that can help you determine its worth. Bear in mind that a model's value is simply what someone else is willing to pay for it, no matter what the price guide or sales list tells you one is going for! A great deal depends on the condition of the model being sold, as well as on the popularity of that particular model and its rarity. Your best bet to find current values is to look at what the same model in a similar condition is selling for on online auction houses like eBay or on one of the many sales lists available on the Internet. More information on these can be found on my Buying and Selling page. Books like Felicia Browell, Kelly Kesicki and Kelly Korber-Weimer's Breyer Animal Collector's Guide, Fifth Edition are also very helpful, though the book was last updated in 2007.

 

For More Information

The information contained in this site barely scratches the surface, and is intended only to give basic information on models released by Breyer. If you'd like more detailed descriptions of individual releases or a history of the individual molds and models you should check out Felicia Browell, Kelly Kesicki and Kelly Korber-Weimer's Breyer Animal Collector's Guide, Fifth Edition and/or Nancy Atkinson Young's Breyer Molds and Models: Horses, Riders, & Animals, Revised Fifth Edition. Felicia's book contains estimated values and color photos of just about every Breyer model ever made, and Nancy's book is a wonderful encyclopedia of all things Breyer. Both are out of print but can usually be obtained through Amazon or through fellow collectors. Other books on the hobby are also available through your local bookstore or Amazon.com. No serious collector should be without at least one of these terrific books!

Help Wanted!

While I catch up after my long illness my first priority is getting all of the new releases up, and secondly to add photos where there isn't already one, especially when the model is rare or one of a kind. Only when this is done will I begin looking at replacing old photos with new, better ones. You're always welcome to submit photos, but please understand that it may be a while before they are added--as of March 12th I have 4,400 emails to read through!

I need your color photos to fill in gaps in this catalog. Photos must have been taken or be owned by you--I can't accept photos off of eBay or other sources without getting permission from the owner. I will not sell, assign or give permission to anyone else to publish in any medium the photos you donate to me for this website. Donated photos should be in focus, offer one or preferably both full side views, and contain no tack (including halters) unless the tack came with the model. The best photos will have a plain background rather than a natural or stable scene. Scanned images should be at least 600 pixels (about 8") wide and larger is wonderful. Be sure to include the model number and/or model name, if you know it--that will save me a lot of time! Photos should be e-mailed to me. Please be sure to tell me what name you'd like to be given credit under.

One area where you may notice that I'm incomplete is in one of a kind or very limited run models, such as those given away as prizes or auctioned off at BreyerFest. If you know of a model that's not listed here, please let me know!

This site last updated 04/22/2014

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This site is run for and by collectors of Breyer® model horses. It is not sponsored by Breyer, which is a division of Reeves International, Inc.

All original text and design (c) 2001-2014 Janice Cox

Please note that permission is NOT given to use the photos found here for any other purpose.