I love Breyerfest because the event also brings in real horses. You have a great opportunity to encounter a wide variety of high caliber horses. Especially when the owners and handlers are so open to sharing their horses with the public. I was excited when it was announced that Akhal-Tekes would be attending. The Kentucky Horse Park does have an a Akhal-Teke, but I was excited to see more examples of the breed.

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Friday morning, we stopped at the Breyerfest Live. I stayed at the performance end since those are my favorite classes.

Breyerfest Live Performance

Afterwards, I took the elevator down to teach a Breyerfest workshop! It was a leather halter making workshop. I don’t have pictures of it because I was so nervous. It’s funny because I’ve taught classes in person before but they were about publishing. Any hobby workshop I did had been prerecorded or done virtually, so doing it in person was new. I enjoyed it and it was nice to meet so many hobbyists. Afterwards I watched some of the arena acts. Here’s a horse and rider from the arena show.

At night, it was time for more shopping and catching up with friends.

Breyerfest Best of Customs

After the Keeneland Backstretch Tour, it was time to join plastic pony con. One of the coolest parts of Breyerfest was the unveiling of the Best of Customs contest finalists. 2022 was different because the finalists weren’t announced until Thursday. In previous years the hobby knew the finalists in each category. This leveled up the excitement.

The Best of Customs were displayed in the same room as the Artisan’s Gallery—which had a plethora of fantastic pieces.

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