When I was 9 years old I started collecting model horses (specifically, Breyer brand) after a friend of mine showed me her rather large collection. I was instantly hooked and wanted them all.
Over the years my collection grew, at one point totaling just over 200 models. I grew out of playing with them to setting them up in scenes to photograph, among other hobby things that may seem weird to “outsiders” (like making blankets and halters, and going to shows where pieces of my collection were judged on collectibility and how well the model represented the breed I claimed it was – that stuff can get super competitive and I quickly gave it up because I lacked the great models others had).
Through my college years I drifted away from the hobby entirely, selling off almost my entire collection to buy textbooks and put gas in my car.
Lately, though, I feel drawn in again, but this time with an actual theme to what I want. I used to just want every model I could get. Now I’m going out and finding models that are made to look like real life famous horses (called portrait models).
And the even more specific theme? I’m going for models of famous horses related to my writing. All the models in the picture are portraits of famous show jumpers. This is the majority of the portrait jumpers Breyer has made over the years, I just have a few rare ones I’m hoping to grab someday.
So there we have it, my crazy hobby. Anyone want to share theirs?