Thursday, December 6, 2012

Knightly performance

I don't buy very many brand new painted resins, but I did buy this one.
At the time, I was looking for a horse that could be competitive in halter as well as all three performance divisions.  This Knightly Cadence appeared to fit the bill perfectly.
I showed him in halter and he did reasonably well, often placing just behind my other Morgan, UVM Right Royal.
He made his performance debut at the High Country Live show which was held in Calhan, Colorad in October 2009.  
The day started well with Hot Summer Knight winning a blue ribbon in his halter class.  After that, however, things got a bit rough.  He was an also ran in all his classes and sustained serious paint damage in the de-tacking process.
Fortunately, my friend Tiffany can fix all sorts of broken things. 
Hot Summer Knight went to Illinois, and he's been there ever since. 
Tiffany brought him to last weekend's GLC No Frills Live Show in Huntley, Illinois.   
I showed him in with great success in the resin halter class and all three performance divisions.
He won the resin Morgan halter class, the Western Performance Reserve Championship, the English Performance Championship and the Overall Performance Reserve Championship.  It was a great day by all accounts, and exactly the sort of day I'd envisioned when I bought this resin so many years ago.
This would be a very happy ending except for the fact that once again, poor Hot Summer Knight has proven to be an extremely fragile show horse.  Instead of coming home with me, he stayed with Tiffany.  Apparently he needs to live with someone who can fix him after each and every show.  Sigh.


  1. Maybe he needs thick coat(s) of protective gloss, and then to be matted back down?

  2. He really does look good under saddle, which makes the fragile paint thing all the more frustrating. I am glad to have a friend like Tiffany to take care of him for me! I'm sure that when she's done with him this time, he will good as new (again) and hopefully more durable.

  3. I bet whoever originally painted your KC may not have done a good prep job. That usually seems to be the root cause of fragile paint jobs. If the paint was applied over the bare resin, then its always going to be fragile, no matter how much sealant you apply on top. It might be worth it to have Tiffany strip him and reprint totally, with a good prep job underneath. I have also found that some painters' work is just more fragile than others. I'm a big fan of Chris Flint's oil paint jobs because they are good looking and TOUGH!

    And yes, KC is an awesome performance horse. I have two of them now... ;)

  4. I concur on the Chris Fint paintjobs -- have one dated 1993. Reading your blog, the KC's original painter was Sommer Prosser. (Also discovered your "serious paint damage" link isn't quite what you meant (I think).) It's such a shame when they scratch and rub! Anyone would think they've got something in mind!

    Who made the parade costume on him?

  5. Love that horse, but I REALLY love that male doll you've got there! He's just extremely well done, and you obviously have the ability to pose him well, too. His glance at the tarp he's carrying is excellent.

    What happened to Mr. Horse to render him useless again? I guess he got scraped or something being untacked?

    Also, I don't recognize that parade tack. Is it new? It looks great! :-)

    (I know, for somebody who doesn't even show models, I sure am full of questions... my usual M.O. I'm afraid!)

  6. Great looking horse you have. I'm glad you have Tiffany to bring him back to glory.

  7. Sue's detective work is spot on (and the mistaken link she reported is fixed). My Knightly Cadence was painted by Sommer Prosser, and I bought him directly from her. I know that airbrushed horses are not generally as durable as oil painted horses. However, Sommer painted my first "big" performance horse, and fifty NAN cards later, that one still looks as good as new.

    Unfortunately, it seems that Hot Summer Knight has little to no primer under his pretty paint. Certainly, there's been no primer evident in the areas where the paint has flaked off.

    Damage from this show consists of light rubs on the ear tips and muzzle. They're not hugely noticeable (he won the Morgan halter class with them)but it's frustrating because I was being really, really careful.

    The parade tack belongs to Tiffany and is a collaboration between her and the wonderfully talented Kathy Wiggins. Close up photos can be seen here. Tiffany has won three NAN cookies with this set (including one this year with Khemonahar Ali). However, I can't resist pointing out that it was only good enough for second at the show last Saturday!

  8. Aha, now that you say that I realize the parade tack looks familiar - I remember Khemo's picture.

    I guarantee you that I would not notice the light rubs on ears and muzzle, but I guess they're a glaring error to you persnickety types! :-)

    Also, the portrait horse of Trilli is beautiful. I'm so glad you have that.

  9. Forgot to mention--the doll was dressed by Joan Yount with boots by me. He has a bendy neck and that is just the coolest feature ever. This was the first time I've used him in a show, and I was extremely pleased with how good he looked on the horse!

    Also--I do have several horses by Chris (Nandell) Flint. One of them did sustain a pretty good scuff at a show, but that was only because he took a hard hit (not by me!). Everyone I showed him to was shocked and amazed to see damage to one of Chris' paint jobs. Fortunately, Jennifer Scott fixed him up as good as new. All my other Chris horses look pristine even though most are many years old and have had multiple owners.

  10. Ah, as I suspected, a poor prep job is the cause of the problem. :( Pity. Perhaps Sommer might be willing to repaint him at a discount?

    A friend once bought a Dozen Roses painted by a big name artist that had zero primer, and it also had not been washed before painting, so the paint was literally flaking off the horse. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done, and the horse had to be stripped.

    Love the statues at the Cav museum. :)

  11. Did the paint flake off in the same place as shown in that earlier post, or in additional spots, Jen? All on the face/head? I know the problem is no primer, but I was thinking the same that someone else here recommended, which would be to apply various types of strong sealers over the top of the finish. If Tiff gets tired of helping this needy fellow, have her send him on to me for (hopefully permanent, but at the very least his next round of) repairs.

  12. That's a bummer tha his paint chips so easily, he's a beauty and looks gorgeous under saddle!