If you had asked me about the Russian model horse hobby a few years ago, I would have said, "I didn't know there was a model horse hobby in Russia."
In the past three years the Russian hobbyists have exploded on to the scene, making their presence felt in the area of sculpting, finishwork and tack making.
Today, I am happy to share a series of photos taken last weekend at the Breyer Festival in Moscow, Russia. Thank you so much to Daria Sokolova for providing us with this peek into the Russian model horse hobby!
The Breyer Festival was held in conjunction with the Equiros event, which appears to be similar to an American Horse Expo with real horse exhibitions,
stable tours...and lots of shopping.
The Breyer event included...
a drawing class...
and, of course, a live show.
There were halter...
and performance classes...
and by the looks of things...
the level of competition was extremely high.
Check out these details!It's obvious there is a ton of talent in Russia.
I don't know how they got so good...so quickly!
There appear to have been a few classes we don't usually see at a Breyer sponsored show. I think this is a tack class...
and I know this is a Stone model!
There were also some resins in the mix.
Interestingly, not all of the resins were painted.
These differences aside, I'm mostly struck by how much Daria's pictures look like my own BreyerWest pictures. They are filled with beautiful horses, amazing models and happy people. I guess Breyer events are the same the world over!