When discussing my hobby history, I usually tell people that I transitioned from original finish Breyers to artist resins and customs in the early 2000's. This is true, but it's also incomplete. In between the Breyers and the artist models, there was a short period of time when my primary collecting focus was original finish resins, most notably the Black Horse Ranch Collection and North Light models. Today's post showcases my North Light collection.
Tristan, the head down Friesian, was my very first North Light. I'd fallen in love with this mold years before when he was pictured on the top of the Hobby Horse News. I was extremely excited when he came to me by way of an early tack trade.
After Tristan, I couldn't wait to add more North Lights to my herd. Happily, I was able to arrange several tack-for-horse trades, bringing Bjorgi,
and Cobblestone to my herd.I think Othello...
and Rabscuttle may have been trades as well, but I'm no longer certain. I didn't keep very good records, and my memory isn't as good as it used to be!
Even though my model horse budget was limited, I was able to purchase a few North Lights outright. Calliope,Punchline,
and HomeBrew were all purchased very cheaply from various eBay wholesalers. If memory serves correctly, I paid less than thirty dollars a piece for each of these four!
Greta and Hans also came from eBay. I grabbed them right before the cheap North Light pipeline dried up.
Bitsy Brayer was purchased from the guys at H & H Winners Circle at Lone Star Live in 2006. Unfortunately, she did not survive the drive home in one piece. If you look closely, you'll see she has broken ears and a broken hind leg.That was the main reason I stopped collecting North Lights--they were just a little too fragile. Also, they didn't show particularly well. At that stage in my hobby life, I was actively working to build a competitive showstring. As much as I liked my North Lights, I was smart enough to realize they weren't going to take me where I wanted to go. I switched over to resins and customs and never looked back.
Or perhaps I should say, I haven't looked back yet.
I still find these guys extremely appealing.
As I find myself going to fewer and fewer live shows, it's entirely possible that my collecting tastes will change again, and a new herd of North Lights will find their way to my shelves.