Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Tiffany posted this picture on my Facebook page today.  This is most, but not all, of the saddles I've made for her, arranged from oldest to newest.
Wow!  That's a lot of tack!  One of these days I'm going to take a similar picture of all my Purdy horses!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sandy's Brokeback Boys

The model horse hobby is filled with women who never played with dolls as children, but now, inexplicably, have entire collections of expensive, custom made rider dolls.  Today's guest post tells the story of two dolls owned and loved by my friend and performance shower extraordinaire, Sandy Sanderson.  Thanks, Sandy!

The Brokeback Boys

by Sandy Lyles

It all started a long time ago...  and it's all Lori's fault....
Lori Batchelor and Bill Duncan
I used to just buy pony pouches from her.  Then one Breyerfest, in a small room in the 100 block, or was that the 500s?? Who knows, all I remember it was in a cheap hotel room in a Holiday Inn....  I saw this cowboy laying on the bed. He was an old school wrangler, from the '70's by the way he was dressed.  I had to make him mine. Fifty bucks later we walked out the door together.
Hank and I were together for a lot of years...a versatile cowboy like him, well, we won a lot of competitions.
But time takes its toll on a hard working ranch hand.  Hank's right shoulder gave out...right in the middle of a roping class!!! 
Luckily, it happened in Kentucky, and Lori just happened to be there. Could she hook me up with a younger, less beat up cowpoke? Of course, she says. So off we go to that dank motel room...  Pete was his name. Fit, trim and really tight joints! Just what I needed, and he was dressed a lot like ole Hank! I couldn't resist. 
Months passed and Hank just hung around the tack box, all depressed and such...until Pete asked ole Hank to join him as his ride along on his Chuckwagon race team.
The rest is history. Those two boys got along like peas in pod...
and they immediately started winning.  They even came real close at the Nationals  to earning a Top Ten ribbon two years in a row.
Occaionally, the age difference gets in the way.  When that happens, they'll take on separate gigs....
each a champion in his own right.
Fortunately, they always get back together in the end.  A partnership like this just can't be broken up, not even by Jennifer's jumping mule!
Long live the Brokeback cowboys!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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?)...  
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!


In about two weeks time, this blog should receive its two millionth page view.
The second million isn't nearly as exciting as the first...
but it's still worth celebrating.
So I've decided to hold another raffle.  From now until the moment when the Total Pageviews counter reads 2,000,000, every comment left on this blog will equal one raffle entry.  Old post, new post, multiple posts--it just doesn't matter.  All comments are created equal and all comments count.  The winner will get a custom tack item.  I haven't decided exactly what, and it might take me a while to deliver it, but someone will win something nice.
Anne Field's prize for the One Million Pageview raffle
Good luck to all, and thanks for reading!

Monday, July 28, 2014

World's smallest horse

Yesterday, Ryan, James and I visited the Arapahoe County Fair in Aurora, Colorado.
We had a great time riding... 
the rides, 
the animals, 
playing with technology... 
and eating fair food. 
As we wandered around the fairgrounds,
we couldn't help but notice several "freak show" type attractions.
I had no trouble passing up the Snake Girl or World's Smallest Woman... 
but the World's Smallest Horse was a lot more problematic. 
Ten inches at birth!  Alive!  Smaller than a dog!  
I didn't want to be intrigued, but I was.  I also didn't want to waste a dollar on something this exploitative frivolous.  In an effort to get around the entry fee, the kids and I rode the roller coaster next to his booth, in hopes of catching a glimpse of him from the air.
No dice. 
Knowing I was going to regret this, I paid my dollar and climbed onto the viewing platform with my camera safely secured inside my purse.
I looked down and saw...  
a miniature horse.
He was small enough...
but not appreciably smaller than any number of minis...
I've seen over the years.
What a rip-off.  I want my dollar back!  At the same time, I also want to build a "World's Smallest Horse" booth for one of model minis!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Desperately seeking Cinnamon

My teenage years were filled with horses, the most important of which were Cinnamon...
and Snickers. 
For more than thirty years, I've wanted portrait models of these two.  I always thought Snickers would be the bigger challenge because of her complicated color and less standard body type.
Recently, however, Tiffany agreed to customize a Breyer Gizelle in her likeness.  I am so excited about this model.  I just know it will be perfect.
So, that leaves Cinnamon. 
Unlike Snickers, Cinnamon had a lot of pony type.  
I've been looking for an affordable (i.e. tradeable) Eberl Welsh pony for years, and today, she finally arrived. 
She is soooo cute and would make a fine Cinnamon... 
but I think the Eberl Anya that came with her, might be even better! 
What do you think?
This is Cinnamon... 
and this is Anya.  They're pretty similar!
Because Tiffany is the best friend ever, she's offered to paint one of these models to look like Cinnamon.  I just need to decide which!