The Copperfox Story

Copperfox Model Horses is the result of years of collecting and working within the model horse hobby and being frustrated with the lack of British breeds that were being made.

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 related. From models to stables, riders to accessories and everything in between.

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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 correct 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.


The Copperfox models were stared as a Kickstarter Project. The project was launched on the 14th November and ran until 5th January 2015 (52 days). The aim was to raise a total of £25,000 - the final amount ended at a stagering £31,106! A grand total of 291 people backed the project and became Founding Foxes.
There were several 'levels' of rewards available ranging from £10 - £2,500. The rewards for each level was different according to the amount pledged to the project. The Kickstarter Project is now CLOSED.

  • Pledge £10 or more and you received the Arctic Fox Package
    This featured 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 the Copperfox website and in brand literature, as well as the Copperfox HQ.

     
  • Pledge £25 or more and you received the Red Fox Package featuring a Copperfox Supporters Pack. This included 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 allowed 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 Copperfox will pull from. Who knows, your idea might be used for a future model!
     
  • Pledge £50 or more and you received the Fennec Fox Package. This includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack and a Finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice. You received your model hot off the production line and before it went onto general sale anywhere in the world. You would then 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 £95 or more and you received the Blanfords Fox Package: A mini Copperfox collection! It included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, as above and 2 Finished Copperfox Models of your choice. You received your models hot off the production line, before they go onto general sale anywhere in the world. You will be one of the first owners on the planet of new Copperfox models as well as being part of those few who made it possible. Which 2 models will you choose...?
  • Pledge £125 or more to you received the Pale Fox Package. It included a Copperfox Supporters Pack and a blank resin Copperfox Model of one of the 3 exclusive moulds. The blank, raw, resin models (cast by Horsing Around) were only available to those who support the project, they will never go on general sale, and you could choose from a blank resin of the Welsh Cob, Exmoor or Connemara model.
  • Pledge £135 or more and you received the Tibetan Sand Fox Package (UK): This package included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice and 1 x VIP ticket to the UK LAUNCH PARTY! Copperfox are hosting two launch parties, one in the UK and one in Kentucky, USA. See the complete range in person, meet some of the sculptors and see upcoming models. Cocktails, canapes, guest speakers, live entertainment, fun and frolics are also featured. And did we mention goody bags?
  • Pledge £135 or more and you received the Tibetan Sand Fox Package (USA): This package included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice and 1 x VIP ticket to the USA LAUNCH PARTY! This option allowed you to collect your model and supporters pack at the event.
  • Pledge £140 or more and you received the Cape Fox Package: An instant Copperfox collection! It included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, as above, and 3 Finished Copperfox Models of your choice. You received your models hot off the production line, before they go onto general sale anywhere in the world. You would be one of the first owners on the planet of new Copperfox models as well as being part of those few who made it possible.
  • Pledge £200 or more and you received the Swift Fox Package (UK): The thank you with everything! This package included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a blank resin Copperfox Model of one of the 3 exclusive moulds and 1 x VIP ticket to the UK LAUNCH PARTY! Copperfox are hosting two launch parties, one in the UK and one in Kentucky, USA. See the complete range in person, meet some of the sculptors and see upcoming models. Cocktails, canaps, guest speakers, live entertainment, fun and frolics are also featured. And did we mention goody bags?
  • Pledge £200 or more and you received the Swift Fox Package (USA): This package included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a blank resin Copperfox Model of one of the 3 exclusive moulds and 1 x VIP ticket to the USA LAUNCH PARTY! See the complete range in person, meet some of the sculptors and see upcoming models. Cocktails, canaps, guest speakers, live entertainment, fun and frolics are also featured. And did we mention goody bags? 
  • Pledge £200 or more and you receive the Kit Fox Package (UK): A bit of everything for you and a friend! This package includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack, one finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice and 2 x VIP tickets to the UK LAUNCH PARTY!
  • Pledge £200 or more and you received the Kit Fox Package (USA): A bit of everything for you and a friend! This package included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, one finished plastic Copperfox Model of your choice and 2 x VIP tickets to the USA LAUNCH PARTY!
  • Pledge £245 or more and you received the Pampas Fox Package: For resin lovers! This thank you includes the Copperfox Supporters Pack and 2 x blank resin Copperfox Models of your choice. The blank, raw, resin models (cast by Horsing Around) were only available to those who support the project. They will never go on general sale, and you could choose from a blank resin of the Welsh Cob, Exmoor or Connemara models (or two of the same model if you wish)
  • Pledge £275 or more and you received the Red Fox Package that included the Copperfox Supporters Pack, a blank resin Copperfox Model and 2 x VIP tickets to one of the LAUNCH PARTIES!
  • Pledge £2,500 or more and you got the exclusive Bengal Fox Package. Copperfox gave 10 lucky supporters the ability to create their own model to be part of the range. You choose a mould from the current range, it's colour and name and it will be included in our 2015/2016 range - guaranteed. You got 6 copies of the finished models (as per your design) as well as acknowledgment in all literature and boxing that it is your design. This was in addition to the Copperfox Supporters Pack, 4 x VIP tickets to the launch party of your choice and a blank resin.

As you can see there were some amazing money-cannot-buy thank you's. Copperfox wanted to say 'thank you' to everyone who supports the project and to make sure everyone who took part felt part of something extremely special.

The Launch parties are to be held with 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, canaps, 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.
(PLEASE NOTE - The date and venue of the Launch parties have yet to be announced. The 2015 dates have been postponed)

The first models that were released featured the flashy Welsh Section D Cob by Kelly Sealey (UK), the Exmoor by Harriet Knibbs (UK) and the Connemara by Kitty Cantrell (USA) in a range of colours.

The prototypes were painted by Deb Brown (UK).

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.

There are several other models being sculpted by various talented artists that will be introduced to the range as soon as finance allow production.

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.

Copperfox are using a Chinese manufacturer that is UK managed, which means they have guidance at 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 get the models safely to Copperfox headquarters during their long journey.

Becky visited the factory personally in 2015 to see the models trotting off the production line.

The first Copperfox plastic models arrived in the UK in June 2015.
There were 410 models in the first edition. 

The official Copperfox Model Horses website went 'live' on the 1st October 2015.

The First Regular Run models will be released in Spring 2016.


Here are all the Plastic Versions of the Spring 2016 models just before the release date.
Spring 2016 cf line up
 

For all the latest News and Updates about Copperfox Model Horses please visit the Copperfox Blog


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A special mention must go to the designer of the Copperfox Logo.
It was created by the very talented UK artist, Niroot Puttapipat.

You can see more of Niroots incredible work here.
 


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