In honor of Karen Crossley, a Canadian hobbyist and active blogger who unexpectedly passed away in July, Lynn Isenbarger, Anne Field and I are finishing Karen's alphabetical tour of her collection. Today's letter is O.
There are some hobbyists who start with one type of model and never change course. Not me. I've gone through a lot of phases in my forty plus years of collecting. I began with a mix of everything the 1970's had to offer - Marx Best of the West horses, Hartlands and Breyers. Breyers ruled the 1980's and early 1990's. By the end of that decade, however, I was starting to branch out. Artist resins and customs were still a little beyond my reach, but Black Horse Ranch models and North Lights started to appear on my shelves. And Peter Stone models. For a while, there were a lot of Stones.
This one is the Jumper. If memory serves correctly, she was a Chris Hess sculpt that was finished/modernized by D'Arry Jone Frank.She's not a perfect piece, but she's a lot nicer than the old Breyer jumper, and this hunter girl couldn't wait to get my hands on her. I traded a small pile of tack for this one and named her Over the Waterfall.
I was a little disappointed when she arrived. Her color - which had been described as dark dapple grey - was really dark, a little metallic and not completely realistic.
I kept her anyway, but ended up buying a different Jumper to be my performance horse.
I named this one Hologram. She got her own custom stand and had a reasonably successful photo show career in the early 2000's.
I still think she's neat.
In fact, I think I'm going to tack her up and take a few new photos for Anne's Field of Dolls Online Show.
On to the next letter, P!