For some, Breyer horses aren’t just a phase—they’re an all-encompassing lifestyle, complete with conventions, custom models that can cost thousands of dollars, and…movies starring model horses? We chatted with a 15-year-old filmmaker based in LA who goes by the name FoxGlory123, or “Foxxy”—and whose Breyer movies on YouTube have gained tens of thousands of viewers.
“I don’t think Breyer really knows that there is a community making films,” she says, “The hobby is so huge and there’s so many different aspects of it: people who make tack, photographers, shows.”
The world of Breyer collectibles ranges from local competitions to the annual BreyerFest at the Kentucky Horse Park that occurs the same weekend as NAJYRC. At these shows, collectors enter their model horses in classes such as halter, performance (discipline-specific dioramas judged on accuracy) and specialty (collections of models in categories such as ‘Famous Racehorses’). Foxxy does a little bit of everything.
“There are just so many people that are into it,” she says, “There are girls that are on Instagram that are 10, and there are 50-year-old women at horse shows. I’ll be in LA and no one knows who I am, but at Breyer shows, everyone is super supportive. That’s what’s great about this hobby.”
Foxxy began making videos of her own at the age of 13 after seeing other Breyer videos on YouTube, like “the classic” Conquering Tide by CinnamonMewMew. Now, she’s one of the top filmmakers in this niche.
FoxGlory’s debut series, Empathy, follows the mystical occurrences that take place at a boarding barn, while Vengeance Rain could be described as a sort of Breyer Game of Thrones—with intrigue, deception, and lots of filming “on location” in the woods. From start to finish, each episode takes about a month to complete, from writing the script to sending lines to amateur voice actors, on to filming on her Canon 5D Mark II and editing in Final Cut Pro. In addition to the series, Foxxy also posts vlogs that give a glimpse into the details of the hobby, from a tour of her Breyer collection to how to create gory wounds for videos that will wash right off.
Where will it go from here?
“I have to go off to college at some point,” says Foxxy, who aspires to a career in filmmaking, “I hope to do online schooling so I can finish Vengeance Rain.”
“I want it to become a big thing, with more merchandise, and on a huge scale—not just within the Breyer community.”