I started as a young girl with a carpet herd of older Breyers, moved onto collecting as many as I could until I had well over 100, before purging the entire collection - and I really mean the ENTIRE thing, except my Aristocrat who I just couldn't find anyone to buy - and starting anew at the beginning of 2016.
From there, I had a few ideas of how I wanted to shape my collection. First, it was minis only - and mostly CMs at that. But that was quickly discarded when I discovered the Stone traditional ASB mold. I had just a few Stones back in my previous collecting days, older regular runs and one DAH back when the program was still called "My Horse" and the program was in its infancy. At that time, I had no idea the saddlebred existed, but at the beginning of 2016 I fell in love with the mold. Actually, I fell in love with one horse in particular - Spirit Mountain. I hunted that boy down until I found a seller in Japan who was willing to part with theirs, and I still have them. But I couldn't have just one. I bought 10 in total, and now I have sold all but Spirit Mountain and another, my only FCM saddlebred and live show champion. Now, though, I refuse to buy from Stone Horses due to personal experiences with the company and their employees that have left a bad taste in my mouth and quite frankly, they are just too expensive for me at this point.
After that, I started getting back into Breyer traditionals. I also realized I had a bit of a congaing problem. I'd buy one horse on a mold and decide I needed them all. I cannot even count the amount of times I was just window shopping on ebay, see one horse I liked, and then plotted out how I'd find every single release on that mold despite not even having one yet. I gained a full conga of Marwaris, Shannondell, Hermosa & Corazon, and was ready to do more, but it had to stop. I was buying horses I didn't even particularly care for just for the sake of completing the conga. That's not how I want to collect.
My goal now is to only collect horses I actually enjoy, and right now that lies solely in artist resins. After starting with my first in 2016, an ugly old thing with a sub-par paint job I was grossly overcharged for, I discovered the rest of the world of resins slowly (until I found equineresindirectory, of course, and it was all downhill from there). Now, I have over 15 resins and more on the way. I absolutely love resins - the artistry in them and the ability to choose the way they come to life. Seeing an artist resin I spent the time picking out, sending to my artist of choice, and being painted to the design envisioned for them win in the show ring again and again feels so much more rewarding than a factory finish horse happen to do well at one or two shows where it almost feels like a game of chance if the judge happens to just like it or not that day.
And with that, my original finish traditionals has been diminished to just a small handful. Shannondell, the two saddlebreds, and Enchante are the only safe ones I won't sell. Everything else has been sold or is being sold. But, this isn't to say I've sworn off buying original finish traditionals entirely. As I said before, my hobby is always changing and my collection will probably continue to grow and shrink in different ways as time goes by. There are some 2018 RRs I've been eyeing that, if I come across a nice one, I may purchase. For, now, though, I have parted with horses that don't resonate with me anymore - or were just there to fill congas - and have the ones I actually love.
New year, new resolutions. It'll be interesting to see what this year turns out to be like!