Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Arapaloosas

There's usually a draft horse show on the last day of the Arapahoe County Fair, but this year, the Sunday equine competition was limited to a 4-H Showmanship Contest.
Honestly, I don't find showmanship to be terribly interesting, especially not at this level.  I probably wouldn't have bothered to watch it all, but (butt?)...  
Appaloosas!
Longtime readers might recognize this horse.  She was featured in an Almost Wordless Wednesday post in 2012.
A few months later, Jamie Baker (now Castleman) used those photos to paint a sensational Dante.
Even though my good camera is still in the shop, I couldn't resist taking more reference pictures of both her...
and her less flashy stablemate.
Because, you know, someday I will paint an Appaloosa!

38 comments:

  1. I think I've seen the Dante referred to in this post - I love Jamie's work! She always crams the tiniest of details into every piece she completes :)

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  2. I love this mare's color and markings and would love to be able to paint my stripped Valentine to look like her.

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  3. Showmanship is not exciting at all. But at least you found nice things to watch.

    Btw, I have donuts and dolls and tack for you :-)

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  4. Beautiful spots. I really like the snowcap one.

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  5. Dang thr draft horse show woulda been pretty coo
    But the spots on that appy
    Please do paint

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  6. Appaloosas are one of my favorite types of horses

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    1. I AM SO WITH YOU!!!!! ~megan mankevich

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  7. Wow! Two wonderful - but very different - colours! :-)

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  8. She makes me want to try (and probably fail) at painting again! ~ Abby B

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    1. I feel the same way... but I think the only way you can paint something like that is with high priced airbrushing paint jobs....or my single haired paint brush!! HAHA.im serious ~megan mankevich

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  9. Love the appys they are so gorgeous<3

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  10. I have several Appies I want to paint, keep the lovely photos coming!

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  11. I've always loved the coloration on that horse!
    Thanks for sharing some great photos (as usual!)

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  12. I love that blanket appy! She reminds me of Victrix. Stunning. I wish I could paint something like that!

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  13. Am I the only one that saw the title of the post and thought they were appaloosa/arab crosses? LOL This may have been a blonde moment on my part! *snickers* 0:-)

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    1. It's for Arapahoe-Appaloosas, but I knew some (most?)people would read it as Arab-Appaloosas. Sometimes I'm not as clever as I think I am. :/

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    2. that is OK.... we all think the same thang! ~megan mankevich

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  14. "Arapaloosa" is such an incredible pun. I saw it and thought 'I like Arabo-loosa better, but... OH!'

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  15. Isn't it sad that I recognised the pattern from the model before I remembered seeing the real horse? XD

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  16. I had to laugh a bit, because like you, I don't find showmanship that interesting to watch. However, I usually get the most lovely reference photos of horses from that class at the local shows. :-)
    SusanP

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    1. oh I remember my first show. it was showmanship, and tou know what, I was not even scared because you know why, I was doing what I love! ~megan mankevich

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  17. Wow, the close-ups of the Appy blanket are wonderful! Tho I'm pretty sure I won't be painting an Appy some day =)

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  18. Oh the spots are beautiful! I have a soft spot for appys. Looks like the new camera is doing its job!

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    1. I had to chuckle at your "name"...

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    2. I wish I could own an appy... as a model and in real life!!! ha! ~megan mankevich

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  19. Showmanship is only enjoyable when the horses have unusual markings because then it turns into inspiration haha

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  20. I find I'm rather picky with appies....I mostly like the leopard variety and am lucky enough to have two in my collection!

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  21. I only skimmed the comments (so many these days!) but I think I might be the odd one out on this post. I LOVE watching showmanship. But that might be because I am looking for new doll ideas, checking up on a live show entry (horse/doll/judge placement) to make sure I am not losing my mind, etc. But I watch figure skating for the costumes too :)

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  22. I'm with Anne, I think watching showmanship might be fun (especially since I've never seen a showmanship class in person).

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  23. Love that mare! And I'm not generally for appys either. And I guess I'm in the minority for liking showmanship too, maybe because I do it at shows and it's one of my best classes and I often find myself quietly critiqueing people I see out doing patterns

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  24. Those are some beautiful appys!

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  25. Not the biggest Appy fan, but I LOVE this one. I would snatch up this horse in a heartbeat!

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  26. Hmmmmmmm I need to paint that on something..ideas???? I plan to have major custom for sale at least once a month starting in october...got some ponies and a carrick to finish first!

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  27. Wow! Not a huge Appaloosa fan but this one is just gorgeous!

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  28. I have a redone valor in the works with this paint job planned, and he will be for sale!

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  29. Wow! If I saw this guy and didn't have my best camera with me, I'd be snapping photos with anything I had. Your photos are really awesome, even without your good camera!

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