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Nostalgia Time

The last weekend had multiple live shows around the US, including the NW Expo Model Horse Show in my hometown of Corvallis, Oregon. Back in the day I used to show in the novice division at this annual show. And since then I love to visit and see all the shiny ponies, even if I’m not showing. This year the show happened to fall on the weekend my in-laws were visiting, so I didn’t get to attend.

In the hopes of seeing pictures from this years show, I went to the show’s website. I’m sure that Tracy Durrell-Khalife, the show’s host, is still busy getting in the results to NAMSHA and it was overly optimistic of me to hope for pictures already. I didn’t find 2011 pictures, but I did find sometime else fun… two fuzzy pictures of my 12-year old self at a past show!

Setting up my OF Spotted Mule for the Longears Championship judge-off

The grey Brighty on the right is also mine, and is the only model of my childhood collection that I’ve kept

These were fun to find. I actually think Tracy has a picture or two of me winning NW Expo Novice championships, but I couldn’t find them on her site… I think I’ll email her to see if I can get a hold of them. Meanwhile I’ll maybe add one of these to my new About page.

Random Collection Picture

These guys are two of the four in my OF collection. They live on the windowsill above the kitchen sink. On the right is Mirabel, a Safari Mythical Realms Unicorn baby, and on the right is the Safari Flower Fairies Pony, Gavin.

Favorite Breed Assignments

I’m up to my neck in IMEHA classes to judge, but making slow progress. It’s put a bit of a halt on studio goings on and blog posting too. So tonight I’m taking a break to share some of my favorite uncommon but awesome breed assignments for mini molds.

Classic Swaps as a Caspian Pony

Caspian ponies have short heads, large eyes, and small muzzles. The neck is slim and graceful, leading into sloping shoulders, good withers, straight back, slim body and high set tail. The legs are slim, with dense, strong bone.The overall impression of the Caspian, from the tip of its muzzle to the crested, flowing tail, is that of a very small, well-proportioned horse. They are usually bay, grey, black, dun, or chestnut.

Swaps also makes a lovely Anglo-Arab.

Classic Andalusian Stallion as Azteca

The Azteca is a mix of Andalusian, Lusitano, Quarter Horse, and Criollo bloodlines. Specific combinations of these three breeds make up the Azteca breed from Azteca A to Azteca F based on the crossbreeding table. Impress your judge by naming the exact mix!

Ideally, the horse is a balance of both breeds, being not too tall and lean, nor too short and stocky. The head has a straight or slightly convex profile, with small, well-pricked ears, and expressive eyes. The neck is well muscled and slightly arched. Withers are medium to sharp, and the horse has a straight, fairly short back, and a broad, round croup. The mane and tail are flowing and the tail is set low. The girth is deep and full, and the shoulder is long and sloping. The Azteca has well-muscled cannon bones with good joints; however, the cannons are long and thin. The bone density should favor the Spanish ancestry rather than the Quarter Horse.

Classic Terrang as Budyonny

The Budonny breed generally stands about 16 hh and is generally chestnutwith a golden sheen, although they may also be bay, gray or black. They have a well-proportioned head with a straight profile, a long neck, pronounced withers, sloping shoulders, a wide, deep chest, a long, straight back, and a slightly sloping croup. Their legs are long and strong with good joints and well-formed hooves. The modern horse has a strong build, good bone, and are quite similar to the Thoroughbred. 

Stablemate G2 Andalusian as Warlander

The head is carried upright and shows the stamp of nobility. The profile is straight or slightly convex. The neck is well-muscled and high arched, springing from the shoulder, and narrowing toward the head with a fine clean throatlatch. The mane should be abundant with thick luxurious hair that is neither coarse nor overly fine. The back is straight and strong flowing from the withers in a straight line to a well rounded croup. The overall look should be a smooth line that flows gracefully. The shoulder is well sloping, long, and muscular with a 50 degree angle. Legs should have solid bone, without being overly heavy. All solid coat colors are permitted.

I also like the G2 Andy as a Lippizaner, Alter Real, and Lusitano.

Stablemate G3 Friesian as Warlander

I also like the G3 Friesian as a Fell Pony, Friesian Sport Horse, and perhaps Welsh Cob.

Stablemate G3 Thoroughbred as British Riding Pony

Riding Ponies are more like a small horse than a pony, with small heads and ears. They are compact, with sloping shoulders and a narrow front. Their feet are tough and they possess strong limbs. They are well-proportioned with comfortable gaits and free-flowing movement. There are three types. The show pony resembles a miniature show hack with pony features, and often contain Arabian or Thoroughbred blood. The show hunter type is similar to the show pony, but with more substance. The pony should be suitable to carry a child across country. The working hunter is a stockier and more workmanlike type. I like this mold as a Show Pony or Show Hunter Type.

The G3 Thoroughbred also makes a good Rheinland Pfalz-Saar, a breed I had never heard of until I started judging this show.

Stablemate G3 Drafter as Norman Cob

The Norman Cob is stockily built throughout and is obviously strong and powerful, but it is not a true heavy breed and lacks the massive frame and proportions of the heavy draft horses a good trade for its energetic and active ability. A crested neck and a sensible head are typical. The Norman Cob is compact through the body with a short, strong back running into powerful quarters.  The barrel of the horse is characteristically deep an round and the strong shoulder is nicely sloped. The limbs of the Norman Cob are short and very muscular but they are lighter than those of the heavy breeds and do not carry the same profuse feather.  The traditional coat colors are chestnut, bay or bay-brown.  Occasionally red-roan or gray occurs.

Stablemate G3 Standing Pony as Kerry Bog Pony

The Kerry Bog Pony has an average sized head with a dished face. The nexk is strong and of medium length. The shoulder is rounded and muscular. The body is compact and strong with a deep chest of good girth, well-sprung ribs, and powerful quarters. The legs are strong with a short cannon bone and pasterns. CThey can be any solid color as well as tobiano, sabino, and rabicano.

I love the G3 Pony. He is versatile and also makes a lovely Icelandic Pony, Highland Pony (minimal white only), Dales Pony (minimal white only), Shetland/Welsh Cross, Grade Pony, Chincoteague Pony, Dartmoor Pony, or Welsh Section A.

Peter Stone Chips Thoroughbred as Light Waler

The Waler is commonly confused with the Australian Stock Horse but is in fact a separate breed. Walers have a well sloped shoulder, strong back, powerful legs, big clean joints and correctly sloped pasterns, at an angle corresponding to the shoulder. They have a deep girth, well-sprung ribs, alert eyes, and a strong, graceful neck. As befitting a cavalry horse, some carry their heads high, to protect the rider. Colouring is predominantly solid bay, chestnut, black, brown and grey. There are four types of Waler: a pony type, light type (pictured), medium type, and heavy type.

Peter Stone Chips Andalusian as Abaco Barb

The Barb is a light riding horse with great stamina. It has a powerful front end, high withers, short back, a sloping, narrow croup, and carries its tail low. It is hardy, with clean legs, and small, round, sound hooves. It usually is gray, but bay, black, chestnut, and brown horses are also found. The Abaco Barb is an endangered strain of the Spanish Barb horse breed that resides on the Island of Abaco in the Bahamas. The Abaco Barb can come in different colors than the usual Barb, including pinto (including the relatively uncommon splashed white), roan,chestnut, black and other colors.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I do!

All of the information and pictures above I found by simply googling the breeds, so there is plenty of info and photos out there to use as reference materials. Always remember to provide information to judges if you are using a rare breed… we really appreciate it!

Cool Ebay Find

I returned from Turkey late on Saturday night and am back to working full time on getting our apartment in order before I actually start work. Things are definitely coming along although I don’t have any models or studio stuff out. Today might be the day, however- I acquired a huge piece of carpet to cover the basement floor with, I just need to cut it and move it. Then I can start getting things better situated down there.

Yesterday I spent lots of quality time shopping for, among other things, a spoon rest and kitchen timer. But I wanted fun items, not boring ones, so I eventually turned to Ebay. There I found a great spoon rest and multiple fun timers.

I also looked around for salt and pepper shakers and found this awesome pair. They’re awesome! I want them, not to use as shakers, but to add to my model horse collection. They are so cute, and realistic, too (unlike this terrifying beast). They remind me of the sweet Hagen Renaker donkeys. The seller thinks they might be by Relco out of Japan. For a model horse collector it’s kind of a bummer that the shaker holes are in their necks, but I’m not sure where else would be better, either. And they are oh so cute…

Wannabe vintage find

I was excited to recognize a rare Breyer mold at the local thrift store… the Breyer Kitten! He is very well loved and I hoped that signified age…weren’t those made way back in Breyer history? I thought. He turns out to yes, be a legitimate Breyer Kitten but he is “Leonardo” from 1995-1996, so not so much with the rarity. But it was a fun find regardless. He’s rather demonic so I’m giving him away for shipping on MH$P. Next time, It’ll be a Copenhagen Five Gaiter…