About this project
Have you searched for a model of your beloved pony – and not found what you’re looking for?
Do you want to create a collection of native British ponies, but struggle to find good examples?
Have you tried to find the perfect gift for a horse-loving friend or member of your family and been unable to find something they don’t already have?
This is the answer!
Copperfox Model Horses have created a range of models of much-loved British native horses and ponies. There’s the cheeky pony that frolics in the field to the sleek eventer seen scaling jumps at the top equestrian events.
The first models to be released feature the flashy Welsh Cob and the Exmoor and Connemara ponies in a range of colours so you’ll get a good match for your own pony or horse (or that of a friend).
This is your opportunity to be part of making it all happen! When you support the project you’ll be getting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in at the beginning and be able to say “I helped to make it possible.” You’ll join an elite band of like-minded people who have a common goal of supporting a brand with the British equestrian history at its core.
Imagine how you’ll feel when you see these wonderful models join your herd or horses on the display shelf, see the delight on the face of someone you’ve presented with one as a gift or watch horse-mad children gallop them around the carpet.
How the models are made:
Each model is hand-sculpted and then a mould is made from this sculpture. This is used to manufacture the basic model from high quality plastic. Each one is then airbrushed by hand to recreate every detail. They are scaled at 1/9th of full size and each one is based on a real horse personality based within the British Isles.
To see the new models as they are released stay tuned to this page and to our social media channels to be right up-to-date with the latest exciting developments.
Project progress – so far
- The Welsh Cob sculpted by Kelly Sealey
- The Connemara Pony
- The Exmoor Pony sculpted by Harriet Knibbs
There are several models being sculpted by various talented artists that will be introduced to the range as soon as we can finance them.
How crowd-funding will support the project:
90% of the money raised through crowd-funding will go directly towards the production costs of the finished models. The other 10% will provide the fees for sculptors and preparation costs for the next models to be released.
How do you get involved?
We would LOVE you to be part of the project. You’ll not only get the feel-good-factor of knowing you’re helping to make the brand successful, but also be able to say you were part of building the next major model horse manufacturer – in the WORLD!
Donate to our project and we'll give you a thank you in return. We have little thank yous, we have big thank yous, all of them come from the heart.
Here’s how you can help:
Pledge £10 or more and receive the Arctic Fox Package.
This features a personalised hand written thank you card from Becky herself and inclusion on the "Copperfox Supporters list of Honour". This is a list of everyone who has supported the project, and it's something that will always be on display on our website and in brand literature, as well as our HQ. You will be part of making it happen.
Pledge £25 or more and receive the Red Fox Package featuring a Copperfox Supporters Pack. This includes a personalised hand written thank you card from Becky herself, inclusion on the "Copperfox Supporters list of Honour", an exclusive Copperfox supporters pin badge and a suggestion form, all enclosed within a wonderful presentation pack. The suggestion form allows you to put forward a colour, name and mould for a future model horse. All of the suggestions will go forward into a pool which we will pull from. Who knows, your idea might be used for a future model!
Pledge £50 or more and receive the Fennec Fox Package. This includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack and a Finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice. You will receive your model hot off the production line and before it goes onto general sale anywhere in the world. You will be one of the first owners on the planet of a new Copperfox model as well as being part of those few who made it all possible.
Pledge £125 or more to receive the Pale Fox Package. It includes a Copperfox Supporters Pack and a blank resin Copperfox Model of one of our 3 exclusive moulds. The blank, raw, resin models (cast by Horsing Around) are only available to those who support our project, they will never go on general sale, and you can choose from a blank resin of the Welsh Cob, Exmoor or Connemara model.
Pledge £200 or more and the Swift Fox Package is yours. This package includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a blank resin Copperfox Model of one of our 3 exclusive moulds and 1 x VIP ticket to one of our LAUNCH PARTIES!
Pledge £275 or more and receive the Red Fox Package that includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a blank resin Copperfox Model (of your choice) and 2 x VIP tickets to one of our LAUNCH PARTIES! Who will you bring with you to the model horse party of the year?
- Pledge £2,500 or more and you get the exclusive Bengal Fox Package. We are giving 10 lucky supporters the ability to create their own model to be part of our range. Choose a mould from our current range, it's colour and name and it will be included in our 2015/2016 range- guaranteed. You will also receive 6 copies of the finished models (as per your design) as well as to acknowledgment in all literature and boxing that it is your design. This is in addition to our Copperfox Supporters Pack, 4 x VIP tickets to the launch party of your choice and a blank resin.
As you can see there are some amazing money-cannot-buy thank yous. We want to say thank you to everyone who supports our project and to make sure you feel part of something extremely special.
Q: Where are the launch parties?
A great question! We are hosting two launch parties, one in the UK and one in Lexington, Kentucky, USA. Invited guests will be able to see the complete range, meet the sculptors and see forthcoming models. You’ll have a fantastic experience with cocktails, canapes, guest speakers, live entertainment, fun and frolics. And did we mention goody bags? This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as there is only ever one First Launch party! The UK launch will be held in March 2015 and the USA launch in July 2015.
If you want to be in on the action just make your pledge to support our project using the links on the right.
Who’s behind the project?
Becky Benfield has collected model horses for as long as she can remember. After leaving school at 16, she set up Utterly Horses as the place to find everything model horse. From models to stables, riders to accessories and everything in between.
Utterly Horses is known as the Home of the Model Horse. Over the years, customers asked for breeds of models like Welsh Cobs, Dales, Fell, Exmoors and Welsh Section Cs, but no model version existed of these popular British native breeds.
In true British entrepreneurial style Becky created Copperfox Model Horses a dedicated brand created to deliver beautifully crafted models of the great British horse breeds to eager collectors. An amazing and true story!
Becky was a teenage entrepreneur having founded Utterly Horses in 2001 at the age of just 16. She has won considerable recognition as a successful businesswoman over the last 14 years. With 30 awards and counting! In 2014 alone she has won 3 Young Entrepreneur of the Year titles at local and National levels.
Risks and challenges
Supply Chain Challenges:
The models are being manufactured in China. The advantage of this is that it reduces the cost of the models making them more affordable whilst still being high quality, but it has increased logistical challenges such a shipping and quality control.
We're using a Chinese manufacturer that is UK managed, which means we have guidance every step of the way. The UK management company have a Chinese presence and are overseeing the production of the models, in addition to helping us get the models safely to us on their long journey on the ocean.
Becky will be visiting the factory personally early in 2015 to see the models trotting off the production line.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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