Saturday, 17 June 2017

Animal Artistry Rearing Andalusian

I am so happy to be able to share this horse. When I started in the hobby back in 2006, I saw this model and admired him ever since. I am so happy to finally own one, especially one I have managed to hair!

I wanted the mane and tail to look windswept, but also give the mane some form of motion in the wind as he is balancing on his hind legs. I was also really happy with how the dapples all across his coat came out. They took some time, but they really make him stand out.

I did want to try and plait his mane, but it wasn't working out unfortunately. I still need to find a way to be able to do it in the future!

Thanks for letting me share. I am so happy he is now in my personal collection and showstring.


Friday, 16 June 2017

A Show of Two Halves 2017

This was my first show of the year, and it was such good fun to catch up with fellow hobbyists, as well as meet new people and making new friends. The competition was so lovely as well, which made for some lovely photos!

I arrived shortly after 9am, where I then unpacked my models. I was showing not only my horses today, but some of Holly Mason's new customs which got some people's attention.

My table

Holly's customs I was proxy showing
Luckily, the halter classes I wanted to enter didn't start until after the lunch break, which meant I could relax while socialising and looking at how the performance classes panned out! The entries were of an impeccable standard.

This entry completely stole the show, getting the overall performance champion status. Such an innovative and creative idea!

I also liked this set-up a great deal, how the rider is caught in the moment as he is jumping off his horse.

After the performance section, we stopped for lunch and the raffle was called. I was lucky enough to win a £15 off voucher for Animal Artistry, woohoo!

The custom and OF section were next. Unfortunately the show was running very late and I had to leave early to look after the real pony, so I only entered less than half the resin classes as these weren't until after the custom section had ended. But what I did achieve, I was so happy with!

This horse, the Animal Artistry Andalusian, I had finished literally that morning at the show! His hair on his mane was being an absolute nightmare and I had to keep taming it. I managed to get it to stay in place though, and here he is in his glory.

I was also really happy with this result. My Wee Jay resin, also known as Fudge or Fudgemallow Delight, always seems to place. Back in 2012, he managed to get resin supreme reserve champion overall at a show, so he definitely has potential.

I will be making a separate post about the Andalusian resin shortly...

I am looking forward to my next show now!


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

A small new addition!

I was browsing the Model Horse Sales Pages as we all do sometimes, but I didn't realise the extensive financial repercussions that were to follow! One of these purchases was a micro mini donkey, in an incredibly similar pose to the Breyer Brighty. I have always loved the Brighty mould, and now I have my own in my collection!

She was my first micro mini in many, many years as well. I painted her up in only a couple of hours, using just acrylics handpainted on. Her name is Annabelle, and she is the cutest!

I wanted to debut her at the ASOTH Show that was on Sunday 11th (a post will be up soon!) but unfortunately the show ended up running late and I had to leave by 6pm as I had the real pony to look after. However, more shows are on the horizon!

Not sure of the scale? Here is a twenty pence piece just to show how big (or rather, small) she really is!


Friday, 2 June 2017

Getting Ready for ASOTH

My first live show of the year is a little over a week away now, and I have been painting like mad in the studio to get as many finished as possible for their debut. None are for sale now, but some will be after the show. I will keep you all informed about that.

I have also realised how many dilute horses I have here to show! I bought some new paints and I now nail the colour perfectly. First up is this Classic Morgan, she does have some light dappling although they are hard to see in this photo.

I have another horse here who I believe is a Morgan, although I think I will show him as a Quarter Horse perhaps? This one has been in progress for a while but needed tiny things finishing off. Glad he is done now!

This is the new CollectA coblet that I had pre-ordered from Chestnut Ridge and I quickly got my act together and painted him up to a buckskin tobiano, with two wall eyes. He is a favourite of mine, I am tempted to keep him.

I also painted up this Breyer Cortes C to a plain liver chestnut. He is ready to hit the races!

Now, up next, I actually painted and finished this horse way back in 2014... But she did have a couple of rubs and she wasn't glossed anywhere! So I decided to fix her up properly, and retame her mane and tail as well. She now also has gloss and I couldn't be more pleased with her.

This is also a new CollectA cob who took slightly longer than the other model, but he is now finished and is a bay tobiano.

And, last but certainly by all means not least, is Breyer's Connemara pony. She is a dappled dun colour with a two toned mane and tail, and boy is she a handful!

Thanks for letting me share and wish me luck on the 11th!


Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Royal Windsor Horse Show 2017

I went with my partner in crime on the Sunday, the last day where the fabulous Nick Skelton retired with his lovely horse Big Star. I saw many famous faces, including Ben Maher (who ended up walking right past me as he went from the warm up arena back to the stables) and John Whittaker who was walking his horse to and from as well.



Three! This is Ben Maher riding. 
I also spotted Tim Stockdale in the arena, who I actually met a few years ago and he signed my book!

His horse was lovely and chunky, not as lean as the other horses looked but I liked it!

We also walked around where we saw the Hunter trials, Sidesaddle riding and the gorgeous Andalusian and Lusitano horses. But later in the afternoon we went back to the arena where the Shetland Pony Grand National was on!

If you have never seen a Shetland Pony Grand National, I strongly urge you to do so, it is so cute!

After these, we stayed and saw the HouseHold Cavalry's Musical Ride before heading back for the day. It was a lovely ending and although I have seen them perform many times, it continues to be a joy to watch. 

Their new drum horse was beautiful!

And probably my favourite photo of the day.

The next real horse event on my list isn't until Christmas time, Olympia. I usually go every year although last year I didn't make it. I definitely missed out!