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This past weekend, we got to attend the 2019 BreyerFest held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. BreyerFest is a 3-day horse festival with model horse activities, spanning the entire weekend. This year was the 30th anniversary of the festival, and was called “Salute to Horse Heroes.” We went on Saturday afternoon, and the kids had so much fun!
I can see why BreyerFest is a three-day festival–there’s so much to see and do for all ages! The event including on-going activities for kids, including a dino dig, petting zoo, Civil War encampment, kids jump off trails, Breyer Stablemates painting, Superdogs Waterbark show, and aerials shows/hula hoops. Everyone could attend workshops throughout the day, seminars, film series, a costume content, model horse shows, and a 5K. There were various performances, of course, including the RCMP Musical Ride, Sylvia Zerbini, and Trixie Chicks. On Friday and Saturday night, you could also attend the Celebration of Horses show.
Kane and Karoline hit up the dino dig, where “fossils” were buried for the kids to find. Kane ended up with a little toy dinosaur fossil. Next we stopped by the petting zoo and Kane rode a horse. He was a little nervous at first, but ended up loving it. In the same area, you could do the kids jumpoff trials and watch the Waterbark show.
It was nice that they had food trucks set up by the kids area. We got a bite to eat, along with ice cream and a big tall lemonade because it was so hot. They had a shaded area where you could sit and eat your treats. Afterwards, Kane ran over to the carousel to ride. Karoline insisted on sitting on the horse with him (don’t worry–both Kane and I held on to her for dear life) and enjoyed her first carousel ride.
Much to Kane’s disappointment, we ended up missing face painting, but we did get to the craft station. There, they had blind bags containing small Breyer horses you could paint. Kane named his Black Eye (because one of his eyes was black), and Karoline and Chauncey decorated hers with crayons.
Before we left, we made sure to swing by the stables and visit Oliver, the 2019 Horse of the Year. Oliver is an 11-year-old Shire cross that is part of the Mounted Police force, and truly embodies a “Horse Hero.” Kane was really interested in checking out the horses.
Overall, BreyerFest is a great family event in central Kentucky. The grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park are such a beautiful setting for the festival. Come prepared to walk and pack some water to stay hydrated. BreyerFest is typically held on the second weekend in July, so keep an eye out for more information. And you can checkout Breyer model horses here.