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Cyhyraeth

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PostSubject: Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country?   Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country? EmptyThu 25 Apr 2013, 19:05

As long as there are some model horse collectors (and those, who add horses to their animals replicas collection too) on this forum, I'd like to ask you about Model Horse Hobby in your country:)
What is it like?
We can get lots of info about its origin and early days in the USA. In the UK and Germany it's also rather popular, AFAIK, but what about the other countries?
Scandinavia, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portigal, India, Greece and so on.
Please, tell us a few about it! sunny Do you know how it became popular in your country? Do you have any live or photo shows, festivals, meetings, etc?
I would really like to know what is it like in other countries- not just the facts, but the feelings and emotions of the fellow collectors about all this stuff:)

Even if you aren't a model horse collector, but you know sth about this hobby in your country- please, let us know about it too Wink

Fellow collectors from the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Hetherlands, Japan and many other countruis- you're welcome in this topic! Embarassed Wink :)
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As far as I know this hobby in form known in the USA, UK or Germany has been developing for less than two years, since I started a forum for Polish model horse collectors - I'm doing what I can to promote this hobby in my country :) Earlier there were a few people who knew a bit about this hobby from foreign hobby websites and blogs, but not to this extend as today. There are not many people active in this hobby but our community is slowly growing. Recently we had a first Photo Show ("trial version", so to speak) - rather successful, although we still have a lot to learn. We started with Schleich horses, then Collecta appeared in our country, and last year Breyers became available.
We have a forum, a website and a Facebook page :)

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PostSubject: Re: Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country?   Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country? EmptySat 27 Apr 2013, 18:40

Hey nice topic to reply :)
Wel i´ve been a model horse collector for 4 to 6 years now and its a heck of a trouble for me!!
I my country i only have schleich (and they are getting pretty expenssive) unfortunatly i buy my items (breyer´s, collecta´s, safari´s and schleich´s) from USA, Germany and UK... i dont even want to think about all the shipping costs i have payed until now + taxes.

It is defenattly easy if your living on one of the major horse collecting countries. unfortunatly as there are no model horses here there´s no live show´s or activity related to them.

thanks for reading Very Happy
PS i´m the 6th horse collector in my country (and i know the other 5) we live hours of distance away but we keep in touch :)
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Daria, can you tell us more about the model horse community in Russia?

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Cyhyraeth

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PostSubject: Re: Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country?   Model Horse Hobby- what is it like in your country? EmptySat 11 May 2013, 10:17

Thank you for the answers!
I've been away from my computer ffor the last week, sso have an opportunity to reply only now)

@DebbSpell wrote:
Hey nice topic to reply :)
i dont even want to think about all the shipping costs i have payed until now + taxes.
Oh yes, so do I) I guess one may buy a real horse for that money now)

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Sure)

Model Horse Collecting is a young hobby in my country. I believe it startered in the middle 2000s.
The oldest collector I know was a woman who collected equine figurines from different fabric since '80s or sth like that. I have no idea if she's in hobby now, as I have no contact with her (unfortunately).
As for mainstream brands- it was Schleich that appeared in my country first. It was 2007-2008, and these figurines were rather expensive that time. Some, however, used to own Schleich even before that time, but they were played with toys, brought from Finland (mine, for ex.), France, Germany, etc. And then they appeared in Russia! It was a real challenge to get them at first, as long as they could be found in online-shops only, and our Russian collectors seemed not to believe them much:) A year or two later Schleich became available from almost every toy-shop. Safari Ltd appeared here at the same time or maybe a bit earlier, but they were not well advertised, and could be found only in few online stores. By that time (2010) we had almost all the major brands in our chops- CollectA, Schleich, Safari, Bullyland, Papo, both available online and offline. However, things were quite easy in major cities only, small towns had mostly Schleich and with a poor assortment.
In 2010-2012 Safari almost dessappeared from our market because the retailers thought there wasn't enough money in it. CollectA new McDermott horses (as well as other figures) also weren't available that time.
Anyway, now we have a variety of Schleich-like brands (even Mojo Fun!), though have to wait some time for some new things (and that's why prefer to get them from TGF or MPV Razz )

Breyer came to Russia in 2011. Even though the first Breyer horse appeared in Russia in 2000 (it was our collector registered as Reimolino here who got it Very Happy ), this brand seemed to be completely unknown for the mass audience till late 2000's. However, it's said that some Breyer horses used to be sold through some retailer in late 90s-early 2000s, but I guess that might have been Hartland. Here's one figure (1:32 scale) that was bought in Russia that time.
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The first Russian model horse collectors community was registered in social web on the 8th of January in 2008.
It focused mainly on Schleich-like brands, but than Breyer and Peter Stone appeared) At first these horses seemed to be really rare and were sold by several people in that group (really expensive), and many young collectors believed that you've a king if you have a Breyer in your collection. Laughing If you had a Stone horse, it was a miracle. And those few who had a resin or two considired to be legendary heroes)
By that time the members mostly chated online, seing each other only if they used to be friends in real life. Very few people knew what was model horse collecting in other countries like (its history, activities, artists, etc).
In 2011 S&B Toys became a Breyer distributor in Russia.
The assortment wasn't great, but almost everyone could handle and buy Breyer horse now. Model Horse Collecting became really popular in my country :) To tell the truth we had a dream that S&B Toys would support the hobby, but it didn't happen. Or at least not in the way we expected. So in 2012 I decided to try myself and started working for this company. I hope to do my best to make the company support the hobby, develop the 'official Breyer lovers club" (orginized by S&B Toys) and our own Russian collectors community. We pick up info about the artists, model horse hobby , etc and share it with the others from our community.
In summer 2011 we had our first community meeting, and now it became a tradition (as well as Secret Santa). We orginize online photo shows inside the community, and I hope that we'll be able to have some live show too in Russia one day:)
Customizing's also popular here, and our artist's work's been NAN'ed already (Daria Mayorova, who lives in Canada now).
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