Monthly Archives: November 2016



Back to tack

Before the Akmar Tribute show, I took some time to finish this commissioned halter. It’s an authentic native style halter, replicated from a picture of a real halter. It features brushed tassels with a silk look, handmade cowrie decorations, a silver chain with coins, and a detachable throatlatch.

This appears to be the only decent picture I have of it. I will take some better ones tomorrow and upload them to this post 🙂

Live show rescue horse

I didn’t leave the Akmar Tribute show empty handed… 

This guy was sitting on the sales table for a while, when my boyfriend (who accompanied my to the show) spotted him. He knows I love a good project and a challenge, so he picked the horse up and gave it to me. I gladly took him home and stripped him of any remaining paint. I was planning to do a simple custom on him, but then this happened…

He is now ‘loping’ (a slow canter). He has a long way to go, but we’re getting there. Eventually I will resculpt most of his head, mane, tail, hindquarters and his left elbow/shoulder. The inspiration for this custom came from this real horse:

I also decided to let my boyfriend name him. This horse shall now be known as Diesel Black Gold, or just Diesel. If he turns out well I might just have to get a nice tack set for him for future shows…

Akmar Tribute Live – Halter

In my last post I covered the performance division of Akmar Tribute Live. Now it’s time to look at all those gorgeous halter horses!

The day started with OF Breed (which I largely missed because I was too busy admiring other people’s collections). 

I didn’t have many horses in this section (3 I believe?) so this was the perfect time for me to take some photos of others’ tables:

After the (for me) pretty relaxed Performance division and OF Breed section, I had some more horses to enter in AR Breed. 

For some reason I kept forgetting to photograph my own horses (d’oh!). But mine did pretty well their first time out. My customized chestnut Rasam resin took second place in the (quite competitive) Arabian class. And my black Mindy resin took second in Gaited, even when she was up against a few full-sized Independence resins. 

Next up was the CM Breed section (which I mostly forgot to photograph again):

The last division of the day was Workmanship, which included OF, AR and CM. For some reason I managed to photograph my winners in that division, but didn’t take any other photos (probably because I was already packing some of my horses).

My OF Matrix took 1st in OF Workmanship Appaloosa, and was then chosen as Reserve to Reserve Champion of the OF Workmanship section. The same goes for my Mindy resin, which took Reserve to Reserve in AR Workmanship. And my custom etched Silver was named Champion of CM Workmanship. The biggest surprise came when he was also crowned Overall Champ of Workmanship! Needless to say I’m super proud 🙂 

So all in all, this show was a great experience, and I can’t wait to attend the next one! 

Preparing for my first live show

The lack of posts in the last month is due to an exciting event coming up – my first live show! As some of you might know, the Netherlands do not have very many live shows because there aren’t as many hobbyists around as in the USA for example. So it’s a little harder to find a show that’s close enough to go to.
But I have finally found a show close to me (less than an hour away) on the 19th of November that I can actually attend!

Of course there are many things I have to do before the show, including finishing some customs, restoring some horses to LSQ state, and making some tack to show/sell. And then there is the seemingly endless amount of paperwork I had to prepare for the show!

 This red binder has been the focus of my attention the last few weeks. It contains all the files I need for the show, including a class list…

A comprehensive list of all the horses I want to show and the classes they go in…

And finally a seperate list/sheet for each horse that lists the shows, classes and placings they have earned. 

I put the seperate sheets into plastic sleeves (2 horses per sleeve). I can also put any documentation, tags and potential ribbons into the sleeves. Super handy! I hope this system will make my first showing experience a little less hectic 🙂 

Of course I’ll try to keep this blog up to date as the show date comes closer. And expect many pictures of the show afterwards! 

Akmar Tribute Live – Performance

Yesterday I went to my very first live show ever in Pijnacker, The Netherlands – it was an amazing experience! There were many great people to talk with about the hobby, and even more fantastic horses to look at. In short, I had a great time! Here are some of the pictures I took. 

The day started with Alternative Performance, which included natural horsemanship, costume, bareback and some other classes. I was pleasantly surprised to see my red costume take first place in Costume! This show was a BMEC/NAN qualifying show, so I was really excited for this class.

Look at this guy’s tiny saddle, amazing!

Then came the Western performance division. This included some great entries with cows, and lots of colourful tack and rider outfits.

And lastly, the English performance section:

I am in LOVE with this Friesian

Great games entry with a trash container

The jumping section of performance is definitely my favourite. There were some really great entries in that class, including one with an African themed jump, and one with a very nice large cross country jump. 

I don’t show performance (except for Costume) because I don’t own any other LSQ tack. But this show’s performance entries have definitely inspired me to try more performance some day! Photos of the halter classes will be in my next post.

Tribute to Touch

Before I started university, I used to ride a great gentle mare named Touch. She was an Irish Sport Horse (a cross between an Irish Draught and a Thoroughbred or Warmblood breed). 

She had the most gorgeous large head with a convex profile, and she could be as stubborn as a mule when it came to jumping (she *much* preferred dressage). 

But nevertheless she was my absolute favourite mount. And to this day I still feel a little sad that I don’t get to ride her anymore. 

For a long time I have wanted a resin or custom model horse painted like her, but could never seem to find the right model to represent her. Until…a Branston resin popped up!

Photo by sculptor Eva Rossiter

I found an ad on MH$P which listed 2 copies of Branston. I immediately contacted Eva (the sculptor) if they were still available. Unfortunately she said they were both sold, but she graciously offered me another copy. It was a ‘second’ because he had a broken leg and very many pin holes, but I was absolutely delighted I could purchase him! 

Photo by sculptor Eva Rossiter

I will repair my copy and customize it into a ‘her’ 🙂 And then I’ll paint her as a portrait of Touch. 

Here is the cute little certificate I received from Eva. My Branston is number 16/20. 

I don’t think I’ll have her ready for the show the 19th, but who knows 🙂