Monday, April 17, 2017

Hoosier Pony Live, Part 3: Vintage Customs!

Hoosier Pony Live was one of the first, if not the first, shows in the country to have a NAN-qualifying vintage custom (and resin) division. Many entrants brought models for the division, everything from Eustis models to Strowger and Froelich pieces. The lighting was a bit peculiar in the hall, so not all of my pictures turned out well. Here are the best I was able to fix up in Photoshop.

I'm not sure who all of the artists are or when all of models were made, so please feel free to comment with corrections or more information. Enjoy!

1971 Cm Hartland by Sherri Cook
1993 CM HR Mini Clydesdale by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig
1987 CM Lady Phase by Tom Bainbridge
1994 CM HR Mini Mare by Sarah M-B
Vintage CM Lady Phase by Tom Bainbridge
1990s CM HR Heather by Sarah M-B
Vintage CM Stud Spider by Tom Bainbridge
CM Classic QH Stallion by Tom Bainbridge

Vintage CM PAM byTom Bainbridge
Cute CM SSHF by Tom Bainbridge
Pretty CM ASB Weanling by Tom Bainbridge
1996 CM G1 Seabiscuit by Lesli Kathman
1994 CM Franklin Mint Waler by Sarah M-B
1995 CM G1 Native Dancer by Laurie Jo Jensen
1992 resin prototype for Breyer's porcelain Icelandic Pony that
Kathleen Moody painted herself
1993 CM CAS by Karen Gerhardt
1993 CM Classic Black Stallion by Sarah M-B
1989 CM G1 Morgan Mare by Lesli Kathman
CM HR Small Zara by Tom Bainbridge
CM Wixom by Sarah M-B
CM Classic QH Foal by Carol Williams (?)
CM Classic MOW by Sarah M-B
CM CAF by Sarah M-B (?)
CM Classic QH Stallion by Nancy Strowger

I brought a couple of vintage customs from my own herd to show as well.

RM Nuclear Winter by Julie Froelich (1991 CM from Breyer
Clydesdale Mare)
Gossamer Wings by Sarah M-B (1993 CM from CAM)
(She has since had her hair tidied up nicely.)

Vintage customs have been steadily growing in popularity, and many shows now have classes for them. A few shows are even devoted entirely to vintage customs. I've been meaning to blog about vintage customs for quite some time, and while I was at BreyerWest, I participated in Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig's A Good Vintage show, so I hope to get that written up in the near future.

More tasty show photos coming later this week including NAN, Breakables, and the BreyerFest open show from 2016!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Hoosier Pony Live, part 2: OF and CMG chinas and Grand Wood Carving horses

Competition at Hoosier Pony Live was fierce in all divisions. Here is a sampling of some of the stunning OF chinas. Hagen-Renakers predominated, at least on my camera.

Rare Hagen-Renaker Monrovia White Heather
Gorgeous HR Monrovia Rose Grey Large Zara
Stunning HR San Dimas White Sheba
HR Glossy Monrovia Sespe
Rare HR Rose Grey Sherif
Hard to find HR Monrovia Chestnut Peggy Lou
One of a kind HR San Dimas Buckskin Drum Major from the HR Archive

I didn't get many pictures of the OF chinas other than the Hagen-Renakers, but here at least is one Euro clinky, the highly sought after Royal Copenhagen Grazing Shetland.


And here are some lovely custom glaze chinas that caught my eye.

CMG "Baxter," cast from a Breyer Classic Mustang CMized by Sommer Prosser,
molded and glazed by Joan Berkwitz
Sarah Minkiewicz "Oliver" glazed by Lesli Kathman (?)
Sarah Minkiewicz "Taboo" glazed by unknown
Kristina Lucas Francis' "Kulfi" glazed by Kristina (?)
Lynn Fraley's "Tynk" glazed by Lesli Kathman (?)
And now for something completely different. I am rather fond of Grand Wood Carving horses, especially the racehorses, as is my friend Diana Dubbeld. They're not very common, but between the two of us, we made a pretty decent showing.

L to R: Diana's Citation, Man O' War, and War Admiral, and my Whirlaway
A close up of Diana's GWC horses
Tomorrow, I'll have a bunch of pictures from the vintage custom classes. Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Long overdue update: Hoosier Pony Live pix, part 1!

Yikes! I am fairly horrified that I haven't updated this blog in almost a year! :( Work and real life have kept me too busy and too worn out to have much motivation left for writing, but I am trying to change that and get back to blogging regularly both here and on my studio page. That said, I recently returned from my first trip to the west coast where I attended BreyerWest in Albany, OR. But before I post pictures from that event, I feel like I should play catch-up and share photos from the shows I've attended in the last year.

The first of those is Hoosier Pony Live, an all yellow card show that Sarah Townsend held in Bloomington, IN, last April. I was invited to judge OF Breyer Collectibility, and I was really excited to see how many hard-core collectibility fans turned up with an amazing array of rarities. Here are some of my favorites.

Pretty Old Mold Glossy Bay PAM
Rare Glossy Appaloosa and Chalky Bay PAFs
A wonderful clock and night light combination

A beautiful dapple black Belgian
Incredible and unusual shading on a Glossy Alabaster Mustang
A very rare example of the "five-gaiter sorrel" Fighting Stallion. Note the
grey hooves and brown mane and tail which distinguish it from the common
bay version (which has black hooves and a black mane and tail).
Woodgrain Five-Gaiter with a "tenite" sticker
Rare Woodgrain Stretch Morgan
Rare Woodgrain PAM
Beautiful Gold Charm Running Foal
Wedgewood Fighting Stallion and friends
Copenhagen Mustang, probably the most sought-after decorator
Stunning vintage Indian Ponies in pinto and rare alabaster
And buckskin, too
A very hard to find chalky Alabaster Fighting Stallion
A test run matte Charcoal Running Stallion from the Francis Collection
A test run black Five-Gaiter from the Francis Collection
Another Francis Collection test run
And another
And one more
Hoosier Pony Live also featured proper collector's classes (no nonsense, just the models, a subject for a future blog) which were set up during lunch. Kelly Engelsiepen and Kelly Weimer tied for first place with their incredible Mustang and Fighting Stallion (respectively) collections.



My callback table at the end of the day held some really impressive rare models, old and new.


But my eventual overall champion was this amazing 1950s test run gold/bronze Race Horse from the estate of a former Breyer employee now owned by Ellen Vogel.


Tomorrow, I'll post some of the chinas, vintage customs, and other fun OF oddities from the show.