Last month, the model horse blogging community lost one of its own. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Karen Crossley in person, I'd come to know her through her words. She felt like family, and her death hit me hard. I think about her every time I check my Blogger reading list.
Last November, Karen launched an occasional blog series in which she introduced various members of her herd from A to Z.
This was such a clever idea and it makes me sad that Karen wasn't able to see it through to the end. In her honor, Lynn Isenbarger, Anne Field and I have decided to finish it for her. Every couple weeks or so, when one of us is feeling uninspired, we'll write a post introducing one of our models, I through Z.
Today is my day. The letter is "I" and my model is Ichabod.Ichabod is a Breyer Donkey #81. He was sculpted by Chris Hess and was produced from 1958 to 1974.
I received my first Breyer on my fourth birthday, and by the time I was seven, I was an avid collector. I memorized the manuals that came with my models, and I knew that the Breyer donkey had been discontinued for several years. I also knew there was one for sale at the little gift shop inside the office at nearby Eaton Canyon Riding Club. With my birthday approaching, I made sure that my mom also aware of those facts.
"He's so rare," I told her. "They don't make him anymore. They haven't since 1974. This is probably the only chance I'll ever have to get one."
I must have been persuasive, because this is what I unwrapped on my eighth birthday.
And that's not all. I got a Brighty, too.
Here they are together in 1977...
and again in 2020.
Ichabod isn't my only "I" model, but he was definitely my first, and I am happy to share him with everyone today. Thank you for the inspiration, Karen. We're going to do our best to do your series justice.