Breyer announced earlier this week that Breyerfest 2020 will be virtual. This opened up Breyerfest to a wider range of people and because of this, there are questions.
**This was last updated April 18, 2020
What We Know
It Wasn’t Cancelled
Breyerfest 2020 is moving online. While it will not meet in person, it is not cancelled.
The announcements all said pretty much the same thing. Breyerfest 2020 will not occur in the Kentucky Horse Park and will be held virtually.
If You’ve Already Bought A Ticket, You Have Three Options
Breyer posted an update on April 14th.
- If you already bought your tickets, they were automatically made virtual.
- If you don’t want to participate in Breyerfest 2020, you can exchange it for a Breyerfest 2021 ticket.
- You can ask for a refund.
What A Three Day Ticket Gets You
Breyer has always (or as long as I’ve been attending) had 2 tiers of tickets: single day and three day.
Single day tickets are good for a single day and come with a single day stablemate. Single Day tickets do not allow the holder to buy special run models. Three day tickets come with the Celebration Model, the ability to purchase two special run models, and access to the Saturday night horse show.
Per the update, 3 day ticket holders:
will still receive this year’s Celebration model shipped to your home, be able to purchase Special Runs, have insider access to all BreyerFest content, and some other special benefits we are working on. You’ll be able to take part in special raffles and contests, shop the BreyerFest pop-up stores, watch equestrian performances and interviews with horse owners and artists, and so much more!Link
In the newest update, Breyer further clarified what the three day ticket holders got.
Exclusive access to behind-the scenes tours at the KHP
A special performance produced by Sylvia Zerbini and the Celebration of Horses performers
Access to interviews and performances with guest horses
Bonus content from other BreyerFest partnerslink
How will the special runs happen? With potentially more people, will Breyer increase the number? In the most recent update, Breyer clarified this.
They will be run similarly as in person.
Only 3-day ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase special run models – up to two per ticket. As usual, we have a limited number of 3-day tickets available to purchase. Just like at BreyerFest, these special runs will be sold in a similar format with a random number draw and specific access time blocks. More information to come on that! We have a lot of details to work out.Link
In previous years, special run tickets had a number along the bottom. About 15 minutes before the slotted time, a number would be drawn and people would line up from that number onward. You weren’t guaranteed to be able to buy the model you wanted. A specific number of models were put out for each time slot, and once they were gone, they were gone. This is the reason why people buy numerous tickets. It ups their chances of being near the front and being able to purchase the model they want.
Pick Ups/Secondary Buying Of Tickets Won’t Work
Because of receiving physical tickets in other years of Breyerfest, people could trade or sell special run ticket or offer pickups for people. 2020 has made it obsolete. In the update, Breyer clarified that:
- Access to the event is determined by the account that purchased the ticket(s).
- You can’t transfer the tickets to another account
This update shows that pickups won’t work this year. Pickups are a way for people who cannot physically attend Breyerfest, get their celebration model and special run models for a little bit over the base price.
What Seminars And Classes Will Look Like
In Breyer’s newest update on April 18, they expanded upon seminars and classes. So it seems that everything will move to online. Including seminars and classes. To me, it feels like Breyerfest will be a mash up of a blog and YouTube channel.
The event will be a combination of live and pre-recorded video and photo content and will include equine demonstrations, interviews with guest horse owners, artist demos, workshop tutorials, seminars, raffles, contests, access to exclusive BreyerFest models and swag, music and dance performances, an online vendor marketplace and Artisans’ Gallery, photo model horse shows, and more.link
What Is Happening With All Of The Shows
The Resin Futurity is cancelled for 2020, but will be held in 2021.
On the newest update by Breyer, it was mentioned that there would be online shows. How that will look or work hasn’t been expanded on yet.
Swap Meet or Artisan Gallery
Breyer released that there will be an online Artisan Gallery.
The final piece of the update said:
We are working out all the details now, and will provide more complete information at the beginning of May. Thank you!Link
Breyer is still working out the details. We have a solid block of time between now and Breyerfest and Breyer is working on transitioning it to online.
What We Don’t Know
The Price Of Special Run Models
The prices of special run models haven’t been released yet. And probably won’t be until we’re closer to Breyerfest.Breyer released a user friendly online program last year, so I expect they’ll do the same this year. The best way to figure out the price range is to reference previous Breyerfests’ programs. This is the special run model page from last year’s Breyerfest program.
On the Road To Breyerfest group, it was announced that general volunteers would no longer be needed.
Breyer hasn’t been announced if volunteers for the live shows will be needed or not.
To stay on top of information pertaining to it, here are places I’d recommend subscribing to and following:
Breyer Model Horses
This is a great Facebook group about Breyerfest
If you’re new to the hobby, this is one of the best places to get information the second it’s available. As with any group, sometimes dumpster fires occur.
Hopefully this helps a bit. I’ve noticed a bunch of posts asking questions about Breyerfest and thought it would be helpful to have it all together in one spot.