CollectA is one of the largest makers of toy animal
replicas and produces a wide variety of animal molds. In 2017 Breyer purchased
CollectA's Horse, Cat and Dog, and Farm collections and is selling them as
Corral Pals under the "Breyer by CollectA" name. It appears that CollectA's
other lines will continue to be sold under their name.
Copperfox Model Horses
Copperfox Model Horses is a family run British company
dedicated to creating and promoting breeds of British equines, individuals and
personalities. Models are in the 1:9 scale (like Breyer Traditional series
models), are created from a mixture of plastics (PolyCarbonate and ABS) and are
hand painted. Copperfox is a new company and very active in the model horse
Known as HRs or H-Rs, these delicate earthenware (ceramic) figurines are a
favorite with many collectors. Most of the figurines produced today are the
Miniatures or "Minis," standing some 1/4" to 3" in height. Among the most
coveted for model horses collectors is the Designer Workshop series, which was
released off and on from 1945 to 1965. These were beautiful horses (and other
animals) that ranged in size from 2" to 12" high. They are highly sought after
today, with mint condition models going for hundreds of dollars. All of
Breyer's "G1" Stablemates, many early
Classic series models, and both the
Proud Arabian Mare and
Proud Arabian Foal got their start as Hagen-Renakers.
Hagen-Renaker Pottery : Horses and Other Figurines - by Nancy
Kelly. Realistic and whimsical clay animal figurines are featured in over
480 beautiful color photos creations from Hagen-Renaker. A price guide,
information on other potteries of the time, and a look at some
Hagen-Renaker imitations are included.
More Hagen-Renaker Pottery - by Nancy
Kelly. Continues where the first two books left off, featuring
models or colors not covered in the other books and catching up with
more recently released figurines and a multitude of interesting
pottery items in between.
Hagen-Renaker Through the Years - by Nancy Kelley. A
supplement to the above book, with over 450 additional photographs
and detailed information on how to date and identify H-Rs and their
Horse, Bird, And Wildlife Figures of Maureen Love: Hagen-Renaker
And Beyond - by Nancy Kelly. This book features hundreds of photographs of the horses and other animals created by Maureen Love, both through her own independent companies and through the Hagen-Renaker Pottery. Many pieces are very difficult to find, so this collection is truly a treasure of visual delights. A detailed personal history, index, and price guide are also included in this wonderful tribute to a multi-talented artist.
Hagen-Renaker: A Charlton Standard Catalogue, Third Edition
Gayle Roller. There are chapters devoted to Hagen-Renaker history,
designers, pottery production, and to Hagen-Renaker production lines:
Designers Workshop, miniatures, Little Horribles, Pedigree Dogs, Disney,
and others. For each piece the mold number, dates of production, colors,
designer, and value is
Hartland has been making plastic model horses off and on
since the 1950's. The company has had a rocky time of it, but returned to the
model horse collecting world from 2000-2007. Breyer's
Western Horse and
Western Pony are both based on Hartland models.
|Hartland Horses: New Model
Horses Since 2000 - by Gail Fitch.
In 2000 Hartland model horses returned to
the market. This new book picks up the trail with 358 bright
illustrations of Hartland's revived production run and includes
detailed descriptions, values, and plastic-horse hobby lore.
Hartland Horses and Dogs - by Gail Fitch. A full-sized paperback,
188 pages, neatly arrayed with 739 color photos and information on
identification, values, care of models, company history, model
descriptions, artist interviews, and a chapter on the model horse hobby,
model shows, resources, and more.
- by Gail Fitch. The author has done a superb
job of putting together extremely detailed and accurate information about
all of Hartland's horse and rider figures, with lots of pictures showing
details that complement the text.
Lakeshore Collection, Ltd.
Lakeshore offers limited edition porcelain model
horses. The line features some of the hobby's most popular sculptors, and is
drawing strong positive attention for the beauty of its models. Models sell
for around $100 US, and are available through the company's web site and
North Light began operations in 1978 and has been through
a variety of owners since that time, ending with Wade
Ceramics in 2005. In 2009 the line was discontinued and North Light models
are no longer being manufactured.
These toys feel like hard rubber and come
in a wide variety of animal and fantasy lines. They are sold through many
retail outlets, with the majority priced at under $8.00 US. They appear to
be growing in popularity with model horse hobbyists.
Peter Stone began his professional career with Breyer, where he worked for
nearly thirty years before leaving in 1996 to form his own company. Stone
horses are approximately Breyer Traditional size, and many are made in the United
States of the same cellulose acetate that Breyer uses. Many people like the
models for their conformation and the attention to detail found in individual
These collectible horses began in Santa Fe as a popular Public Art Exhibition
that invited artists to transform life-size horse statues into works of art. The
model horses offered for sale are replicas of these works of art.