Monday, August 31, 2015

Sneak peek for Danielle

Danielle Feldman is quite possibly the most patient person in the model horse hobby. She has been waiting for this harness for longer than I care to remember. Today--finally!--I have a progress picture to share.
There's still a long way to go, but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of this tunnel. Thank you so much for your patience, Danielle. I'm trying my best to make this worth the wait.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fall for Burros Fun-raiser

Yesterday Carol, James and I attended the Fall for Burros Fun-Raiser at Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado.
The twenty dollar admission fee paid for a big Italian lunch complete with donkey cake,
donkey rides...
and a performance by the Top Hogs
All these things were pretty wonderful...
but the event's biggest attraction...
was the donkeys themselves!
James and I were delighted to reconnect with several of our favorite donkeys, including Annika...
 and Melody.
We also were delighted to meet the two near babies, McKenzie... 
and Landon.
My favorite donkey of the day was Elsa, a five year old standard jennet.
James has always gravitated towards special needs animals... 
so I wasn't surprised that his favorite was big, shy Ada. 
He spent a long time...
patiently gaining her trust.
Eventually his efforts were rewarded. 
This was a really fun day for donkeys...
and humans alike. 
I really can't say enough good things about Longhopes Donkey Shelter. It's one of my favorite places, and I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wisconsin Model Horse Convention 1980

Because I really do love vintage model horse pictures, here's a second helping of live show awesomeness from Laurel Haig.  These photos were taken at the Wisconsin Model Horse Convention in 1980.

We start with an obligatory shot of the show hall.
This is Laurel's table...
and some of the showers. That's Julie Froelich in the denim jacket and black hat. 
Julie was one of the preeminent hobby artists of the 1980's. 
Although the models pictured in these photos were some of her earlier pieces,
her style...
and meticulous attention to detail... 
are impossible to miss!
This one especially makes my heart go pitter patter. What a beauty! 
Julie's skills were not limited to the creation of models. She was also a talented costume maker...
and doll dresser!
Here's another one of the grey Arab, this time in Western tack. I love that buck stitched saddle! 
The Julie Froelich showcase wraps up with this neat Barbarian entry. Check out that doll's hairy chest! 
Nancy Strowger was another influential artist whose work was represented at this show. 
 Nancy's specialty was finishwork.
In particular, she was known for her very detailed faces and eyes.
Of course no show report is complete without performance photos! 
The particulars of these entries have been lost to time... 
but they're still pretty nifty! 
Thanks again to Laurel for sharing all these wonderful pictures. I've really enjoyed this look back at the history of our hobby!

Flashback Friday

I discovered the model horse hobby in 1980 when I received my first issue of Just About Horses magazine. I was instantly intrigued and spent hours poring over each issue, memorizing the articles and studying the photos. I dreamed of attending a live show, but alas, then were none in my area. 

Laurel Haig was luckier. She attended several shows in the late seventies/early eighties. Today's post features some of her pictures from the 1979 Wisconsin Model Horse Convention in Wausau, Wisconsin. 

This is Laurel's little sister manning their table. Back then showers often had stables with differnt divisions for their favorite breeds. The horse on the far left is Sunshine's Alexis Ocala by Sue Rowe. She cost a whopping fourteen dollars and sported a human hair mane and tail!
More exhibitor tables, from left to right: Karla Wald, Judy Sturm (glasses), Michelle Oviatt (in red) and Nancy Mongan.
This is RM Khemosabi, a Proud Arabian Stallion by Julie Froelich. Back then artists often used thinned down Fun Fur for manes and tails.
This Appaloosa was created by another big name artist of the day, Kathy Maestas... 
and this one is by Michelle Oviatt.
On to performance! 
This pretty R/R/H Family Arabian Stallion is Shadowfax, by Julie Froelich. 
Here is a lovely Lady Phase by Laura Hornick (Behning), who also created her tack.
Thank you so much to Laurel for sharing these photos. They are exactly the kinds of images that captured my imagination so many years ago and inspired me to become the hobbyist I am today.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Almost wordless Wednesday

I wish Tammi Palmarchuk could attend a live show every weekend. Her photos (and videos!) capture everything I love best about the model horse shows--the horses, the tack and especially, the camaraderie among hobbyists. Today's pictures were taken at last weekend's Capital City Crunch in Edmonton, Alberta. Most focus on the action in the performance ring, but I also included a couple that showcase Tammi's fabulous finishwork, as well as a few candids. Enjoy!