British Equine Collectors' Forum

For All British Model Horse Collectors

Common Abbreviations 


  • AA or A/A - Anglo Arab
  • AA or A/A - Animal Artistry - Resin sculptures by Donna Chaney 
  • AAA - Animal Artistry models produced in Bone China by Alchamy Ceramics 
  • Andy - Andalusian.
  • AP - Artist Proof
  • Appy - Appaloosa.
  • ASAP – As soon as possible, as in ‘please return my photos ASAP’.
  • ASB - American Saddlebred.
  • ASHF - Action Stock Horse Foal (Breyer).

  • BMECs - British Model Equine Championships - the End of Year Championship Live Show
  • Bes or Bessy. – Beswick: a make of ceramic models manufactured in England, now sold under the name of Royal Doulton.
  • BF - Breyerfest. Annual model horse show in American held by Breyer in the Kentucky Horse Park.
  • BFABorder Fine Arts: a make of resin-cast models manufactured in Scotland.
  • BNA – Big Name Artist : an artist within the hobby who has a big following
  • Brey. – Breyer: a make of plastic models manufactured in the USA.


  • CA, ClA or ClArab - Breyer Classic sized Arabian.
  • C or Cl. – Classic: Breyer model range, approx. 4½”  to the withers or roughly 1/12 scale.
  • CAM - Classic Arab Mare (Breyer).
  • CAF - Classic Arab Foal (Breyer).
  • CAS - Classic Arab Stallion ( Breyer).
  • CE - Commemorative Edition.
  • Cert. – Certificate (prize).
  • CFT - Craft/Foundation/ToyThe CFT section was devised to give models such as Julips, Magpies, Britains and MBHs an equal chance of  competing at shows.   

Craft - handmade models from wood, self-harding sculpting/modeling clay, felt & wool etc.         

Foundation - Julip, Magpie/Dream, Rydal, Britains + other models originally designed for play or as collectables pre 1980s (UK Based companies).            

Toy - Sindy/Barbie Horse, Grand Champions (GC), My Beautiful Horses (MBH), Early learning Center (ELC), Flockies, Schleich, Bullyland, Ertl, My Little Ponies (MLP) etc, that are predominately bought as play for the younger generation items.

  • CH – Champion
  • Clay Body Custom – A porcelain or china model customised at the factory before being painted and fired
  • Clyd(e) - Clydesdale
  • Copperfox Model Horses - British model horse company making British breeds
  • Cond. – Condition.
  • Cust. – Customised: see Reworking sheet for more detailed explanation of terms.
  • CM or Cust - Customized Model.
  • C/r. – Customised and repositioned.
  • C/r/r – Customised, repositioned and resculpted.
  • CWP - Cantering Welsh Pony (Breyer).


  • Disc. – Discontinued: a model that is no longer in production.
  • DO – Details Only: a ‘model’ that only exists on paper (see Details For Your Models).
  • DW – Designer’s Workshop: the brand name for all Hagen-Renaker models of Classic size and larger.
  • DWB - Dutch Warmblood
  • E
  • e.g. – Examplia Grata: Latin for “for Example”, as in ‘a Breyer Arab – e.g. a PAS’.
  • Ex. – Excellent condition.

  • Factory Custom (FCM) – a model customised by the company at the factory
  • Factory Error – Model given wrong colour/markings at the factory by accident – rare!
  • FF – Factory Finish: the same as original finish (OF).
  • FAF - Family Arab Foal (Breyer).
  • FAM - Family Arab Mare (Breyer).
  • FAS - Family Arab Stallion (Breyer).
  • Flockie – A model covered in a soft ‘fur’ type coating
  • FM – Franklin Mint: a range of fine china models manufactured in the Far East and sold by mail order.


  • Gaited - Type of horse that performs gaits other than normal walk, trot, canter and gallop.


  • HA - Horsing Around - UK supplier of resin models and hobby accessories 
  • Halter Class - Class judged on conformation, breed type etc.
  • Hano - Hanoverian
  • H-R. or HR – Hagen-Renaker: a make of ceramic models from the USA.
  • Hartland - A Make of Plastic Model Horse similar to Breyer
  • Ht – Height: in the UK models are measured to the ears, or if the model has its head lowered, then to the highest point, usually its withers.
  • HK - Hong Kong: any make or type of model horse made in Hong Kong by a unknown factory.


    • ID - Irish Draught
    • i.e. – Iter Erat: Latin for “that is”, as in “an OF PAS – i.e., an original finish Proud Arab Stallion”.
    • IRC – International Reply Coupon, used to replace an SSAE when writing to someone in a foreign country and wishing for a reply. IRC’s can be  bought from Post Offices.
    • IMO – International Money Order, enables you to send money abroad in the currency of another country without having to buy actual notes.




    • LB – Little Bit: a range of Breyer models in between Classic and Stablemate size.
    • LE or Ltd Ed. – Limited Edition: model of which only a certain number are made.  With firms such as Royal Worcester, once an edition is complete, the original moulds are destroyed.  Often the edition is numbered, and each model comes with a certificate recording the number, and the name of the purchaser.
    • LEMs - Live Equine Model Showing - A British Championship show where you had to qualify at other live shows to be able to enter the yearly Championship show. 
    • Lippi - Lipizzaner
    • Live Show - Model Horse Show where models are shown ‘in person’.
    • LOL – Laugh Out Loud – term used within an email or text.
    • LP - Lady Phase (Breyer).
    • LSQ – Live Show Quality: high quality; good workmanship; no hidden flaws or damage.


    • MBH – My Beautiful Horses: a UK make of plastic model horse
    • M/F - Mare & Foal
    • MFT - Missouri Fox Trotter
    • MHCCUK - Model Horse Collectors Club UK - Model Horse Yahoo Group for UK Collectors Only 
    • MHM - Model Horse Magazine - a Magazine that was produced by Utterly Horses.
    • MHS - Model Horse Society - A magazine that was UK based.
    • MIB – Mint in box: either a brand new model, never removed from its original packing, or one in perfect condition, still with original packaging.
    • Mini Model – Model less than around 3” tall at the ears, e.g. Breyer Stablemates, Animal Artistry minis, Britains, etc.
    • Mint - Model in excellent condition
    • Mould or Mold – Meaning a particular design of model.
    • MOW - Man O’ War
    • M/T - Mane & Tail



    • Online Show - A photo show held 'online' via a website such as photobucket or a yahoo group
    • OOAK - One of a Kind
    • OF – Original finish: a model just as it comes from the factory. (Also sometimes referred to as ‘factory finish’.) In the UK, models with minor alterations such as retouched eyes or added markings are often considered OF, but may be excluded from OF Make or Collector Classes.
    • OS - Original Sculpture. Model made entirely by the artist. Even the most extensive remakes are not Orgiginal Sculptures.


    • PAF - Proud Arab Foal (Breyer).
    • PAM - Proud Arab Mare (Breyer).
    • PAS - Proud Arab Stallion (Breyer).
    • Paso - Paso Fino or Peruvian Paso.
    • PBA - Partbred Arab
    • Perf. - Performance
    • Photo Shows - Shows where you send photos of your models to compete in classes.
    • PITA – Pain in the arse: term used in email messages
    • Pix or Pic – Pictures = photos.
    • P&P - Postage and Packaging
    • PO – Postal Order.
    • POA - Pony of the Americas
    • PSQ - Photo Show Quality, not LSQ, may have a mark or scratch or have a poorer  finish, but would show well in Photo Shows, where slight flaws can be ‘hidden’.


    • QH - Quarter Horse


    • RR or RRH - Repainted and Remade or Repainted, Remade and Haired, same as CM
    • Rem - Remade
    • Rep. – Repainted 
    • Res. – Resculpted 
    • Res - Reserve as in Reserve Champion
    • Resin – Model cast in a plastic type resin, e.g. Animal Artistry, Border Fine Arts, North Lights, etc.
    • Ret. – Retouched 
    • Rew. – Reworked 
    • ROA – Ripe Off Artist: A person who has not completed a legal transaction, normally via Ebay etc
    • RubberNedz - Animal Artistry horses produced in high quality latex by Donna Chaney


    • SAE – Stamped Addressed Envelope/Self Addressed Envelope.
    • SSAE – Stamped, Self Addressed Envelope.
    • SB - Saddlebred.
    • S/D – Sire and Dam.
    • SHF - Stock Horse Foal (Breyer).
    • SHM - Stock Horse Mare (Breyer).
    • SHS - Stock Horse Stallion (Breyer).
    • SM – Stablemate: Breyer’s range of mini models, often used in conjunction with mould abbreviations, eg. SMAS – Stablemate Arab Stallion.
    • SR – Special Run: model produced in a limited, non-standard colour.
    • SSHF - Standing Stock Horse Foal (Breyer).
    • St. - Stallion
    • Stock Type - Horse of ‘stock’ or cattle working type eg Paint, Appaloosa or QH.


    • TB – Thoroughbred
    • Test Run – A factory model in a one-off colour/pattern to test out a new colour or pattern before production
    • T, Tr, Trad. – Traditional: Breyer’s largest range of models, approx. 6½” at the withers or roughly 1/10th scale.
    • TC. TR or Test - Test Colour or Test Run:  Model made before production to determine exact colour and markings, may be on production model or any model.
    • Trad - Traditional: Breyer largest size of model horse.
    • Trak - Trakehner
    • T/U - Touch Up: Small markings added to or rubs retouched to a otherwise OF model.
    • TWH - Tennessee Walking Horse


    • UH - Utterly Horses - Were a UK Model Horse Supplier 



    • W/ and W/Out – with, and without, as in “mare w/foal”.
    • WB - Warmblood
    • Woodie - Wood Grain: Model painted to look like wood.


    • # - Number (USA): as in the catalogue number #64.

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