I've spent the last six months photo-documenting my resin and custom collection. At this point, most of the show horses are done. This week, I've dug deep into the storage tubs and rediscoveredsome of the older members of my herd.
Like this guy:Cowboy Boogie is a Lori Daniels Cowboy Commando resin who was also painted by Lori. He was the result of my very first tack for resin trade. At the time, I could not believe my fortune. Seriously, someone was willing to trade a traditional size painted resin for my tack? How cool was that?!
Ibn Sabeek also came to me via an early tack trade. He arrived with a broken leg, which I repaired (my first resin repair!). He is a HA Regel resin sculpted by Tina Lamport and painted by Elizabeth Bouras.
Sweat Equity was a waste mold casting of Karen Gerhardt's Streetwise resin. I bought him from Karen at a live show for ten dollars. He was my first unpainted resin and the first resin I ever prepped. It took me a full year to get him ready to paint.
I sent him to Melissa Mistretta (now Libbie Grant) and asked for a bay splash white pattern. Instead, I got chestnut. At the time I was a little disappointed, but now I think the miscommunication just adds to his charm.
This big guy is O'Malley, a Kathleen Moody Utopia resin who was painted by Cheryl Calentine.
He is actually my second Utopia. The first was the unbraided mare version who I got in trade from one of my early tack customers. I really, really wanted to like that one. She was, to my knowledge, the first model ever to wear my tack at NAN so the sentimental value was there. Still, we never bonded, and eventually I traded her for this guy. I've never regretted that. I like him so much better, and he's still a reminder of that long ago NAN entry!
None of these horses are part of my showstring, but that doesn't make them any less valuable to me. Together, they tell the story of my early resin collecting days. I am proud to have them in my collection.