Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tickled Pink

In the summer of 1991, I attended the AHSA/Millers Hunter Pony Finals in Asheville, North Carolina. This was one of my first shows on the A show Hunter/Jumper circuit, and I was absolutely blown away by the parade of beautifully turned out, high dollar ponies.
The winner of the Large Pony Championship was a strawberry roan gelding named Tickled Pink. He was  ridden by Liza Towell (now Liza Boyd), whose riding was as good then as it is now. I was already familiar with this pair, having watched them compete at several shows earlier in the summer. Together, they became my personal gold standard for a top flight hunter pony duo.
 from The Chronicle of the Horse, 46th Annual Horse Show Issue, March  27. 1992
A couple decades later, my friend, Sheila Bishop, released a resin edition of a sport type pony with hunter braids. Naturally, I asked her to paint one for me.
I didn't have to think twice when she asked me what color I'd like. As far as I was concerned, there was really only one choice--strawberry roan. 
Yesterday, I drove to Johnstown to pick up my roany pony.  
Sheila's roans are always special, and my new pony is no exception.  He is absolute perfection from one end...
to the other!
There's no doubt about it--I am Tickled Pink with my new addition.  Thanks a million, Sheila!

14 comments:

  1. Reflectingstars StablesMarch 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Wow! Such a pretty pony! Wish breyer would take the time to paint like that!

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  2. GORGEOUS!!! Love him. Love the story, too.

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  3. He is just lovely! Congrats!

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  4. Wow! I love roans, and that one is gorgeous!! Someday maybe i will paint like that! :)

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  5. It was wonderful visiting with you and I am beyond thrilled you like your boy! He sure has a good home! I do think it's uncanny how close the face marking is when I didn't see the real pony! I think 'tis meant to be:) Sheila

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    1. Very nice, Jennifer. He's pretty.

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  6. Super gorgeous, as usual from Sheila :)

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  7. Beautiful! I have a weakness for ponies too and this one is definitely special :-)

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  8. Absolutely stunning! You can't beat a good roan!

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  9. That is a beautiful roan! I love roans.

    I promised to tell you how my Micro Mini Performance horse did last Saturday. So here it is. :D

    My main performance horse, Amazing Grace. Won 9 ribbons! two 2nds (only one by default) one 3rd, two 4ths, two 5ths, and two 6ths. I am so excited because most of the classes had 7-9 competitors in them. (All Traditional or classic except mine) He earned his 3rd in a costume class against a bunch of other VERY fancy Arabian and Native American costumes. All he had on was an extremely simple bridle, with a few hand cut paper feathers, and a plastic Indian doll. I had pretty good documentation, but all I said she was doing was painting the horse for her husband for hunting. I was surprised he placed at all! He also NANed in a large Western Natural trail class that had a bunch of very nice dioramas. That was a Mounted Orienteering entry.

    In Scene I was showed a simple but cute Scene with a little Micro mini CM to a Rolling foal. I put her on a little snow diorama I made, and I made "Snow" by putting glue, a tiny piece of batting, and white sand in a bag and shaking it up very well. And I put that in front of her legs like she was throwing it up. And for my explanation card I put "Making a snow angel." It got 2nd!!!! only behind a VERY complex scene!

    My parade entry (yes, parade for a Micro with a whole get-up. I'm crazy!) I used one of your Pictures and Also one for my "Waiting to Start" entry for Hunter/Jumper/Cross-County. So thank you for your lovely pictures.

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    1. Wonderful, Elizabeth! Thank for the update and congratulations!

      :)

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  10. Quick update--I've received some information about the first Tickled Pink's sire, Al Marah Lord Elope. He was a chestnut Arabian stallion owned by Sue Isner. He stood in Gloucester County, Virginia and was the sire of many Virginia bred hunter ponies. Thanks to Laura Crews of Country Roads Farm Welsh Ponies for the information!

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  11. OMG a little Liza. Love the pony!

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  12. That is one pretty pony!
    ~AHG488

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