Thursday, July 29, 2021

Give me an "R"

I was nine years old when I discovered Watership Down. It was unlike anything I'd ever read, and I fell deeply, passionately in love with Richard Adams' brave and clever band of rabbits.
It should come as no surprise that I've owned several models with Watership Down inspired names, including not one but two Rabscuttles. The first was a 1985 Special Run Haflinger made for the mail order company, Horses International.
photo from Identify Your Breyer
This Rabscuttle was a funny colored little horse who never really grew on me. Despite that, I hauled him most of the way across the country and back, from California to Colorado to Tennessee and back to Colorado. I even showed him a little bit.
I gave him away to someone who'd lost most of her collection in a hurricane in the early 2000's. I was actively collecting North Lights at that time, so when this guy showed up, I recycled the name. This is Rabscuttle number two.
Like his predecessor, the second Rabscuttle also did a little bit of photo showing.
This picture consistently placed well at MEPSA shows back in the day.
It's been years since he's done anything but sit on my shelf, but I am as enchanted with him now as I was back then. I don't expect there will be a third Rabscuttle. This one is here to stay.
We are now more than two thirds of the way through Karen's alphabet. On to "S"!

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