November 5, 2022
Site Server Migration - Third Time's The Charm (we hope!) Site host transfer will be attempted again in mid-November and the site will be down for a few days during the transfer. If you find the site is down, that's good news, as it means it's being transferred to a more stable host. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these unforseen issues!
October 18, 2022
Site Server Migration - Second Try :-) We will hopefully be changing site hosts this week. Expect IDYB to possibly be DOWN for a couple of days while the data transfers to the new hosting company. We're hoping this will resolve some of the server errors everyone has been experiencing, and it will allow us to more easily start working on updating code. Thanks for your patience. Please spread the word so others don't panic if the site is offline when they visit this week. Thanks!
September 11, 2022
Unfortunately, we need to push our move to the new server out a few weeks due to some unforseen issues. Until then we will continue to update the site on the current server so you will be able to continue to access it. We will post a notice at the top of the page when we will attempt the move to the new server again. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
September 6, 2022
We will be changing site hosts this week. Expect IDYB to be DOWN for a couple of days while the data transfers to the new hosting company. We're hoping this will resolve some of the server errors everyone has been experiencing, and it will allow us to more easily start working on updating code. Thanks for your patience. Please spread the word so others don't panic if the site is offline when they visit this week. Thanks!
August 31, 2022
We are happy to announce that Identify Your Breyer (and its sister sites) are being updated! Janice, who started IDYB, passed away unexpectedly in 2021. Going forward, there will be three curators working together to manage the sites. We have been working with her family to carefully transfer all of the websites and set up things behind-the-scenes, and now that everything is finalized and we’ve been able to bring IDYB up-to-date, we’re pleased to announce this formally. The curator group consists of three collectors: Stephanie Michel of Minnesota, Eleda Towle of Maine, and Stephanie Van Horne of Quebec, Canada. We each bring a different skillset, but we all agree that Janice’s work and memory should be respected. IDYB will always be her baby, and now it will live on in tribute to the twenty years she spent building it.
Please be patient with us, as we’re still learning how she coded the sites, and it will take us time to get everything organized (including new email addresses for questions and submissions), but you can look forward to the site being kept up-to-date going forward. Having three people involved should provide stability for the site in the event one of us is unable to update it. Future plans include making the site more user-friendly for new collectors -- without changing what we long-time collectors love about it.
For the next several weeks, though, we'll be working on the important "framework" behind the scenes to make sure the code is brought up to date so it doesn't "break" as it has been doing for some viewers for a while now. We also will need to set up new email accounts, as we don't want to access Janice's private emails, so we'd like to ask that you please hold off on sending emails and submissions for the time being. We'll announce on the site when we're ready to take questions and submissions of photos and information. This is a huge project, and we want to go slowly to do it well. We hope you’ll support us as we take on this responsibility, and we look forward to hearing your feedback as we make progress.
As to rumors about charging a fee to use this site...NO, absolutely not - There will never be a fee to access IDYB while the three of us are involved.
We are not doing this for money, and we're all volunteering our time. Currently I'm paying all the hosting fees. Janice built the site out of love for the hobby, and that's how we'll carry it on. Information should be accessible to everyone, both lifelong collectors and new collectors just starting out.
We *may* in the future someday, include a donation button somewhere on the site for those who have asked if they could donate toward paying the hosting fees, but that hasn't been seriously discussed yet. If we do add one someday, it won't be promoted - It would just be there if anyone wanted to put a few dollars into the hosting account. But no - Access will always be free, as Janice intended.
Welcome to Identify Your Breyer, the largest and most complete source of information on new and vintage 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 annual Just About Horses magazine. If you’re looking to buy new models or sell your old collection you should definitely start with my Buying and Selling page. If you're looking for information on a particular series of models (Treasure Hunts, Holiday Horses, web specials and the like) or information on new and discontinued models by year be sure to check out the Site Index page. Oh, and there’s this section on How To Identify Your Breyer that you might want to check out, too! I have been collecting Breyer model horses since the early 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 your purchases made through this Amazon.com link. The information you’ll find here has been obtained from many sources and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you have corrections or additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Identify Your Breyer is a reference site and can be treated as such. You are welcome to copy and save the information and photos found here for your personal use. This means that you can use what you find here to create your own inventory and want lists and save those lists to your personal computer. You may also copy and print information found here for use in documenting your model horse show entries and use site material as part of your forum post, blog, or hobby article, provided that your work is substantially original. Giving source credit when you use material you've found here is greatly appreciated.
What you can never do is use material found here for personal or commercial gain. Some people try to use photos found on this site as their own, most frequently on auction websites like eBay. This is not allowed, and is wrong not only because you're using someone else's work without permission, but also, in the case of sales sites, because you are deceiving your potential buyers by showing them a picture of something other than what they're actually bidding on. As should be obvious, you also may not use Identify Your Breyer photos and text to create your own identification website, app, or online game. If you have questions about any of this this please contact me.
How to Identify Your Breyer
1. In order to identify which Breyer model you have, you'll first need to determine which scale or series category it falls into, from the 1:9 scale Traditional to the 1:64 scale Mini Whinnies. 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 and ponies 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, and will vary the color and other details with each release. You can figure out which mold you have by going to the right series 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 just 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. If you think you know the mold name but don't see it try running a search of the page (usually Control F). Sometimes collectors call a mold one thing and Breyer another, leading to some confusion. The mold names you'll find on this site are what Breyer uses whenever those are known.
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 the number of or absence of things like stockings and facial markings usually remains the same. See how easy that was?
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 an online site like eBay or Model Horse $ales Pages. Felicia Browell, Kelly Kesicki and Kelly Korber-Weimer's Breyer Animal Collector's Guide, Fifth Edition (which is updated as the Breyer Animal Quick Reference) is also very helpful, as is The Model Trading Post Insurance Guide 2020. More information on how to estimate value can be found on my Buying and Selling page.