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Other Model Horse Manufacturers
Copperfox - Loughnatousa Fabio Hagen Renaker - Large Zilla CollectA - Andalusian Stallion
In addition to Breyer Horses there are several other companies that make or have made collectible model horses. A listing of the major manufacturers is below. You can find a partial listing of dealers for these manufacturers on the Authorized Model Horse Dealers page. If you're looking for a model horse manufacturer not listed here you can probably find it on Model Horse Gallery.
CollectA Copperfox Hagen-Renaker Hartland Lakeshore North Light Stone Horses Trail of Painted Ponies
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 exclusive distribution rights for North America. They are currently selling models from the Horse, Cat and Dog, and Farm collections as Corral Pals, referring to them as "Breyer by CollectA." CollectA continues to produce and sell their full line outside of North America.
Copperfox Model Horses
Copperfox Model Horses, begun in 2015, was 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 was very active in the model horse collecting community. The company closed in August of 2018 but has been purchased by a new owner and is once again in production.
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 and is currently in re-release. 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.
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.
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 through dealers.
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 models.
Trail of Painted Ponies
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.