I have a habit of collecting reference pictures for really elaborate performance set-ups. Given the demands on my time, I realize I will probably never be able to create these scenes myself. For some reason, that doesn't bother me. Sometimes I think I enjoy the planning stages as much as the actual building stages.
Today's pictures are a perfect example of this. How cool would it be to build a pony ride like this?
Although this real life pony ride features six ponies, I think my model scale one would work just fine with four.
In addition to the ponies, I would need a hot walker of sorts and a fence. Probably I could build those myself given enough time. Or maybe I would find someone to do it for me.
I would definitely make the tack myself. I love that the ponies' names are on their saddle blankets. That's a detail I'd be sure to copy.Oh, If only I could say the same about my time! Speaking of which, I'd better stop my dreaming and get back to work...
One thing I would not be able to make myself is the dolls, and this set-up would need a lot of them. There would be excited riders, bored handlers, proud camera toting parents, and those poor wistful kids on the outside looking in and wishing they were the one on the pony.
Here is a detail shot I would use to help me build the saddles. Note the seat belt attached to the cantle.