Thursday, August 21, 2014

WEF hunter jumps

Since I can't take my own pretty pictures, I'm once again turning this space over to my friend, Lauren Mauldin of She Moved to Texas fame.  Today, Lauren shares some of her photos from the hunter rings at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.  Thanks, Lauren! 

Hunter Jumps at the Winter Equestrian Festival

by Lauren Mauldin

Jumper jumps usually get most of the attention, and why not?  They're big and flashy and come in super colors.   Hunter jumps on the other hand, tend to be a bit meh.  In the hobby, I've even heard judge's feedback criticizing an entry saying that the flowers were too bright and hunter jumps "only came in neutral colors".  While they are more conservative, I would never call hunter jumps boring.  In fact, they can be almost as fun and bright as jumper jumps!  

I've divided the following (large) group of photos into jumps from regular hunter classes, and jumps from the International Hunter Derby.  More on the Derby later, but regular hunters jumps at rated U.S.E. F. shows typically range from cross rails to 3'6" for amateur divisions.  There are also "Performance Hunters" in pro divisions that are 3'6"- 3'9", so it's safe to say you can go pretty large with a hunter setup if your model requires it.  Let's start smaller though!

Large pony hunters run at 3'.  This brick jump is colorful and pretty solid.
Remember what I told you about jumper jumps and ground lines?  Forget that for hunters!  Hunters love ground lines and fill.  To make your hunter jump realistic, go wide with LOTS of fill.  Also, notice the bright flowers here!
More bright flowers and fill boxes.
 Tropical looking leaves behind a layer of astro-turf fill.
Even simple verticals have fill.  Every good hunter set-up needs a lot of stuff in front of it!  I kid you not--hunter jumps are all about fill.
Bright flowers on top of the standards here.
Currently in the hunter ring, there's a trend for astro-turf everything.  This includes poles - they just wrap it around and set like normal!
The approach side of hunter jumps looks full of fill, but the out side is very clean and simple. 
 No flowers on the front, only some ferns off to the side.
This is a typical hunter oxer.
 Want something more fun?  Go for the tiki hunt jump!
Those are pretty standard jump options for the amateur and professional hunter rings.  Hunter derby jumps are whole different ballgame entirely!  Tomorrow we'll look at some of the jumps from the Winter Equestrian Festival International Hunter Derby finals!

Goodbye again

It's been a Murphy's Law kind of month, so I wasn't as surprised as I should have been when my newly repaired camera decided it wasn't repaired after all.  

Yesterday I boxed it up and sent it back to Arizona. 
I have grown weary of August.  Can it please be September now?  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


In 2001, Kitty Cantrell released a 1:6 resin foal which was officially named Raspberry.
Unofficially, she's usually called "Foalzilla" because, well...
Breyer recently bought the rights to this sculpture, so now this jumbo sized foal is available in original finish plastic as well! 
Spring Fever is five months old today.
He's not quite a Foalzilla, but he's pretty darn big! 
He towers over Fortunataa's little bay colt. 
It's hard to believe these two are only a month apart in age!
Despite the size difference, they are best of friends.
Although neither foal has been weaned, they spend more time together... 
than they do with their mothers! 
James is still partial to the little bay...
but my heart will always belong to Spring Fever.
It's been such a pleasure watching these boys grow up, or in Spring Fever's case, grow up and up and up!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WEF jumper jumps, part two

World Equestrian Festival Jump Study, Part Two

by Lauren Mauldin

Now that we've looked at the jumps in the Equitation and Amateur rings, it's onward and upward to the International Ring!

International Ring - This is the ring where you'll see the Grand Prix and all the pro classes.  These horses and riders are the best of the best, and they get the most interesting jumps!

Rolex is always a classic.
Notice the standards - one is higher than the other.
Airy butterfly oxer. 
GIANT champagne standards.
Unique standards and fill.
WEF logo oxer.
 Gazebo vertical.
Keep your hunter flowers for jumper jumps!  Just put them beside the standards and not in front of the jump.  No matter what level, this is a major rule to remember when building jumper jumps.... no ground lines!  That means no poles and no "fill" on the ground like you find in hunter jumps.  
Unique standards with liverpool... plus notice the USA jump in the background?
I hope at least one performance guru out there found this helpful!

Note to Jen--if you want a hunter version, I can do that too!

Note to Lauren--yes, please!

World Equestrian Festival jumper jumps

Not only is Lauren Mauldin one of my favorite bloggers, she is also one of my favorite blog photographers.  Today's two part guest post features lots and lots of pictures from the jumper rings of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida.  Propmakers take note--I can't wait to see some of these jumps in the model horse performance ring!

World Equestrian Festival Jump Study 

by Lauren Mauldin

Although I no longer show or collect models, sometimes I can't rid myself of the performance shower mindset.  I found myself snapping a lot of photos of interesting jump standards at the Winter Equestrian Festival last year, and I realized that these pictures might come in handy as reference photos for prop makers and performance showers!

In the elite hunter/jumper world, there is actually a lot of difference between rings and levels when it comes to jump looks and standards.  For example, there is usually a very airy jump (lots of space in-between the poles) in tough courses, because it tends to make horses give a second look.  To keep these differences in mind, I divided the following photos into three sets:

Equitation Ring - Equitation courses tend to have the difficulty and styles of jumps that jumper courses do, but they run with the grace and pace of a hunter course.  I'm not sure where equitation falls in the model horse world, but if you have a braided hunter type horse you want to sneak it into the jumper class... you may be able to use an equitation reference?

This was actually a decoration and not a jump.  Riders had to maneuver around it to make a tight turn... fun addition to your setup?
Notice this has no poles, just some collapsible blocks.
 Here's a sponsor jump in the eq ring.
These giant U-jumps are becoming more popular in equitation and hunter derby rings. (Note from Jennifer: I need one of these.)
Amateur Ring - Amateur jumper divisions at rated hunter/jumper shows are anywhere from roughly 3'0" to giant (1.30m+).  Depending on the show you may see more simple standards in the amateur ring.  At WEF, they tend to be more towards less spectacular... so if you have a lower jumping model or want to build a functional but not OMG jump - these are for you.

Lowest, starter jump... 2'9" Schooling Jumper.
Another baby jump.
Fun sponsor child/adult jump.
From a Junior Jumper classic.
Another Junior Jumper classic jump.
Good example of a liverpool (not open water).  From Junior Jumpers.
Another liverpool... you could always make a jump crew doll! 
Unique standards on a junior/AO jump. 
You can make a jump out of your favorite charity!
Stay tuned for part two of this series, which will feature jumps from the International Ring.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Post weekend show report

My life has been a little more complicated than usual, and I haven't had the time or energy for blogging.  Fortunately, thanks to Shana Bobbit, there is a post today!

These photos were taken at the recent Sweet Onion Live 3, which was held August 1o a the Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Washington.  Here is a wide shot of the show hall, with judge, Leah Koerper in the foreground.
This is the Awards Table. Bordertown Feed and Supply donated the Overall Grand Champion award model "Aurelius"...
and Jerry Lee Bobbitt created the beautiful black walnut wood magnets for the grand champions.
This was a big multi-division live show with twenty four open showers and five youth showers competing in eight divisions: Of Breyer/Other Plastics,  
 Artist Resins,
OF Stone,
OF Plastic Mini,
 and Youth.
This is youth shower, Ellie posing with three of her winning entries -- "Anything Goes" of a horse getting a bath which won her an Honorable Mention overall award, Western Performance entry, and Mare & Foal entry.  The Mare also won the "Most Loved" class.  As an aside, I think this is quite possibly the cutest live show win picture I've ever seen!
At the end of the day, all the horses who were awarded a Grand or Reserve Championship were returned to the judging table for the Overall Show Championship.  Each judge was given two tickets to vote on their favorites. In this case, there was a tie, so everyone received one additional ticket for the tie breaker.
Overall winners! A lovely Custom Mini Percheron and a spotted AR pony. Congrats! 
Additional photos from this show can be found on Grace Ledoux's blog, Stage Left Studios.  Congratulations to all the winners, and heartfelt thanks to Shana for allowing me to share her photos!