Special run Breyers and Breyer horse models are model horses that are produced in limited editions. The quantity may be limited, or the company may limit the year of production, the color produced, or any combination of these. The result is a Breyer horse that is rare, or at least much rarer than its counterparts issued during the same year. From Halloween horse models to Holiday horse models, collecting rare and special run Breyers adds a challenging dimension to your collecting hobby, as well as horse models that if kept in mint condition, may increase in value over time.
Breyer issued Halloween horses for several years before stopping annual production of these special run horse models. Each model featured a Breyer Traditional scale model horse painted in a spooky theme. Some models included special effects such as sounds or lights that gave an eerie glow to the horse's red eyes. You can find such models on the secondary market, through auction sites such as eBay and collector sites such as MHSP.
After the successful launch of the Traditional scale Halloween special run model horses, Breyer launched a second group of special run Halloween horse models in the Breyer Stablemate scale. Called the Spooky Stablemates Sets, the trio included popular Stablemate molds with Halloween designs. Some designs were copies of the Traditional scale special run Halloween horses, while others were new designs. The Breyer Spooky Stablemates series were also discontinued, but are quite popular collectibles, and finding a complete set in mint condition on the secondary market isn't too hard.
Collectors eagerly await the announcement of the yearly special run Breyer holiday horses. Each year, the company releases a Holiday-themed horse model, typically a popular regular run model horse painted into a unique color and outfitted with special holiday-themed saddle, bridle, harness, sleigh or other decorations. Sometimes the company includes a doll such as Father Christmas or Santa Claus, and in the past they have even released foals as part of their holiday sets. Here are the Breyer special run Holiday horse models, in pictures, for 1997-2010. Pictures courtesy of Dianne Teachworth and Breyer Animal Creations.
Breyer Animal Creations provided photos and information for the 2011 Special Run Holiday horse models, collectibles and ornaments. Many of the 2011 holiday horse models continue the company's series of majestic breeds, horse model history, or the Holiday Horses to collect and enjoy. All photos courtesy of Breyer Animal Creations.
Breyer also releases several collectible Holiday ornaments each year. Ornaments feature their stirrup series, majestic breeds and more. Many of the ornaments feature popular Stablemate-scale molds or even introduce new figurines into the line. Collectors often deck their entire holiday tree in Breyers!