I could not have created this site without standing on the shoulders of dedicated collectors and researchers who made it possible by collecting HR order forms and other ephemera, creating lists, taking pictures, making notes, and keeping their eyes open.
Kristina Lucas Francis persisted in asking, prodding, and encouraging me to work on this project from the beginning to the end. She answered endless technical questions and soothed my worries that it would never get done. She also researched and photographed the Designer’s Workshop and Black Bisque sections as well as composing the beautiful photo on the Home Page. Thanks so much, Kristina, it wouldn’t have happened without you!
Gayle Roller, Nancy Kelly, Ed Alcorn, and Jane Chapman were unfailingly available, patient, and helpful in answering my questions. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful Hagen-Renaker reference books and websites, which I consulted constantly.
Heather Wells generously provided me access to her notes, invited me over for photography sessions, told Hagen-Renaker stories, and always made me laugh. Thanks for your friendship, Heather!
Nancy Falzone patiently copied factory paperwork, sent photos, and allowed me to buy pieces from her legendary collection. Bonnie Elber also contributed Hagen-Renaker order forms. Teresa Rogers and Jo Ellen Arnold offered helpful information and photos. Joan Berkwitz was supportive and generous. Thanks to all of you!
Edward L. Larson graciously contributed photos of the current Specialties and Pedigree Dogs lines. Tracy Cressey and I spent a wonderful afternoon photographing special pieces from her unique collection. Other photos have been contributed by Thomas Messino of Aboard Noah’s Ark, Sarah Wellman, Kirsten Wellman, Diana Dubbeld, Charlie Chipinski, Janet Holmaas Hicks, Jeannie McCall, Dara West, and others. Joe Anderson designed the website so I could finally get this project off the ground.
My husband, Rob, had no idea what he was starting all those years ago when he suggested I, as a Breyer model horse collector, place a Wanted ad in the local Pennysaver. That ad unearthed a small grouping of old Hagen-Renaker horses less than a mile from my house…and that was, as they say, the beginning of the end. Far from regretting his rash advice, every so often Rob still reminds me not to forget that he was the One Who Started It All.
My need to identify those Hagen-Renakers led me to search for the name of a local collector in my model-horse magazines. Gale Good willingly agreed to come over and help out (wouldn’t we all?!) She then promptly took me under her wing and invited me to share her sales table at the upcoming Model Horse Collector’s Jamboree in Ontario, CA. This became an annual event and introduced me to a new world of real live collectors. Thanks for everything, Gale!
Thanks, Lani Keller and Tracy Phillips, for your many years of friendship and support. Thanks to the members of the Facebook groups: Hagen-Renaker, The Clinky Connection, and The Horse You Want, who make this hobby such an enjoyable one.
And special recognition to the late Denise Deen, an amazing and generous friend who not only understood but shared my obsession with Hagen-Renaker miniatures, and who would have been as pleased and excited at the culmination of this project as I am. She is greatly missed.
I do not assist with general sales or collection dispersal. There are several collectors who specialize in this; I recommend posting your needs on the Hagen-Renaker or Clinky Connection Facebook pages.
I would be interested in buying any variations which are not pictured on this website for my personal collection. I might be interested in buying a collection if it includes pieces I need. Feel free to send me photos and details.
No, the pieces shown in the Field Guide are in personal collections and nothing is for sale. I occasionally sell duplicates on eBay under the username geneva26.
Yes! If you have a mold or colorway which is not shown, I would love to see it. Please use the “Contact” link and send photos in jpg format. If you would like your photo(s) to be considered for use on this site, include written permission. Any photos used will be watermarked and credited to you, unless you request otherwise. Your photos will remain your personal property.
Not at this time. The decision was made to keep the Field Guide online only for several reasons: the lack of a suitable publisher, the cost involved in a print edition, and most importantly, the ease of updating information online.
No, it is not. The last information received from Charlton Press was that its owner is no longer interested in producing a new edition of Gayle Roller’s Charlton Standard Catalogue of Hagen-Renaker. This is an entirely new publication with a different author. See also Why does some of your info contradict other sources?