Monday, October 12, 2015

Jim West

The model horse hobby lost one of its brightest stars today. There are no words to describe the enormity of my sadness. Clear skies, Jim.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Foal update

The barn owner asked for some updated baby pictures, so I rounded up an assistant and headed out to the barn.
We were hoping for some actions shots,
but at first... 
we got a little too much action. 
Eventually, however, they began to settle... 
and we got some nice shots. 
Snorty babies. 
Kenlyn Katrina
Kenlyn Khool
Kenlyn Sundance Kid.
Despite my best efforts, I didn't manage to get a good individual picture of Kenlyn Sir Galahad, but he's front and center in this photo.
Since we didn't want to leave them in a snorty and excited state, we spent some time loving on them before we went.
"Goodbye, Gold. See you next time." 
As always, it's been a real pleasure watching these babies grow up. I can't wait to see what they look like in another couple months.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jo and Jade's DUN pictures

How long does it take to become really good at showing performance?
If you're the mother/daughter team of Jo and Jade Baker, the answer is approximately two years or three live shows.
Jo and Jade discovered the model horse hobby in 2013 when they started carrying Breyers at their store, Dee-Amber Rural Supplies.
As so often happens, their personal model horse collection quickly expanded to include Stones...
and resins,
as well as an impressive amount of performance extras, such as dolls,
and props.
Jo writes: We are totally hooked on performance! Both Jade and I are English riders and had never in our life cinched a western saddle, let alone one so small. We have researched and researched to make sure that we had the tack correct for the class.  Our results reflect the knowledge and support that is available in the model horse hobby. We could never have achieved these results without the guidance and support of so many people!
Recently, Jo and Jade attended the Down Under National Show, which is Australia's premier model horse competition. They came home with an impressive number of Grand and Reserve National Champions, some of which are shown here.
I'd like to congratulate Jo and Jade for all well deserved wins. Thank you so much for allowing me to share your photos!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Field of happiness

You know it's a good day when the mailman brings something wrapped in pink. In the last week, I've been the lucky recipient of two deliveries from Anne Field's Field of Dolls Studios.
The first came through an intermediary rather than from Anne herself. This beautiful Western Pleasure doll was my prize for winning MEPSA's 2015 Tack Contest. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my entry!
I was hoping to use this doll with this horses because the colors are just perfect together. Unfortunately, Gizette's back is so short, she doesn't properly fit any of my adult sized Western saddles. I showed this picture to Erin, and she said Tiffany should make me a bigger horse in exactly this same color. Sounds good to me!
Today's box contained two dolls Anne made specifically for me. The first is a pink and brown saddle seat rider.
The first time I showed Lady Liberty in performance, I had to borrow a doll and bridle from Tiffany. Since she did well and I enjoyed showing her, she now has a doll...
and bridle of her own. Hurray!
Snickers got a rider, too. Because real Snickers was not a girly pony, I decided model Snickers should have a red haired boy rather than a pinky girl. Of course, this means she probably needs a new Western saddle.
While Snickers was on my work table, I decided to revamp her halter. It now has a new nameplate (the old one was smeary) and blue padding. I guess blue is her color!
Thank you so much, Anne, for all my new riders. They are wonderful!