Earlier this year, I was contacted by a representative from Breyer, who asked if I would be interested in designing two tack sets for the 2015 Breyer line.
Of course, I said yes. The idea of having my tack produced by Breyer was absolutely intoxicating--both as an artist and also as a horse crazy little girl. Honestly, I couldn't say yes fast enough.
I've worked for Breyer before, but customer aside, there was nothing extraordinary about those orders. They told me what they wanted, and I did my best to build it, no details spared. That's business as usual.
Designing something for mass production is an entirely different matter. I had to seriously adjust my mindset, and concentrate on the essential basics rather than the over the top extras.
With that in mind, I created this sawbuck packing set.The single rigged sawbuck saddle is based on a real saddle that was displayed at this year's Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.
Here it is with the panniers in place.
This is Breyer's version. It looks almost exactly the same!The second set was harder. Breyer wanted a complete polo outfit, and polo tack is all about extras. This could have easily become a messy jumble of straps, and I spent a lot of time deciding how much was enough.
In the end, I went with a plain snaffle bridle with a separate standing martingale and breastplate.
It's very hard to mass produce a good English saddle. I tried to make my prototypes as simple as possible without sacrificing good, clean design.Here's my version...
I know I'm biased, but I think this is quite possibly the best tack Breyer has ever produced. It far exceeds even my most optimistic expectations. Everything looks neat and clean, functional and to scale, correct and detailed. I am so pleased, and I am proud to have had a part in its creation. Thank you, Breyer. I can't wait to see it in hand!