Monday, April 22, 2013

New minis!

Whew, the last of the spring shows is done. I wanted to get a couple of minis done to show at NAN in halter and performance, but with work its been hard to get some done. I manage to get a few done, the last on the new pieces before I start planning for Breyerfest and finishing some trade models this month. Here goes! These pictures are from the Mini No Frills show this past weekend and are off my phone, so maybe not the best quality. All of these models are available for sale at Breyerfest this year, Blog readers can purchase them ahead of time, email for details! The first  guy is the BOTW drafter with a drastic makeover into a Shire stallion.
 This is the Totalis remade into a pirouetting Azteca stallion in my parade set. He has a bull and bullfighting tack as well on the way, but to get him qualified I used my parade set, which now that I look at it, I think he will be the one I show in it at NAN...
 Here he is side by side with another one that I remade.
 This little paint mare is the BOTW stock horse remade walking and a whole new head set.
I love my Rachel tack! Whats great about these little breyer resins is that they can be remade quite extensively. This little mare is a great performance horse. I only showed her in a few classes, but can't wait to expand her set ups!
Please email for details if you would like any of these guys after Breyerfest! From the next month its all catch up time for me, so there will not be any sale pieces listed until I start doing Breyerfest previews.
Thanks again for tuning in, stay Purdy my friends!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Miami Valley Live

No, I didn't get to go to Florida, but I did get to travel to Ohio this past weekend to attend the Miami Valley Live show. This was a GREAT show with tons of entrants and super high quality competition. D'Arry and I drove together, so I didn't bring a lot of performance stuff, but the show day was fantastic!
 I finally got to show Donnartanzerin in dressage. This tack set by Jen and doll by Jane is one of my all time favorites. I can't wait to show this setup at NAN with my new dressage rails that will be coming soon!
 This new guy is Leeuvonhoek, a dutch harness horse made from the Totalis with a salinero other pictures were all fuzzy, but this one with him in his historical side saddle turned out pretty cool.
 Tiffilicious was overall CM grand champion, and thats the harness horse in the background again. This little belgian below is a horse that I finally got off my backlog list. This is the BOTW drafter remade with clean legs...NOT a fun project but he turned out great. He was overall mini reserve grand champion!
 And look, I have been around Jen to much! This is Marissa, our new pet rat. A student of mine couldn't keep her anymore so we have added her to the Purdy family. She is so sweet! I am sure I will have her under saddle soon!
I have one more show to get qualified for NAN then I can finally finish the last of my trade models. Vicki, your mare is coming I promise!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Show Results!

This past weekend I attended the annual Show For the Cure near Chicago, Illinois. It was wonderful to see all my model friends. I was judging resins, so I only showed a little performance, but here are some highlights. The warmblood mare Donnertanzerin got to finally show off the amazing Purdymobile cart!  Bill Duncan made the cart, and Christina Brown made the harness. I need to do a fancier set up for NAN, but that will come later. She did well with limited showing. Won several English classes and in halter and workmanship, so she is off to NAN.
 Bint Morafina got to show off my Arab scene that I showed at Breyerfest last year. This set up I am really looking forward to taking to NAN.
 This next one is not from my show, but a Purdy champion at the Carolina Gold Coast show a few weeks back. This Comtois is owned by Beth Patterson, thanks for the photo!
 Back to my show, Bint showing off her Nelson costume
 And thank you Kelley for the championship photo of Glory Ali Lulja, glad to see that Purdy horses are doing well all over the country.
I was so sick last weekend that I didn't finish the Totilas, and I have a bad cold now but hopefully they will be done for this weekend's show in Huntly. If you have any more Purdy Pictures, please email them so I can put them on the blog.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Snow Day! Totilas!

In Northwest Illinois, we always say if you don't like the weather just wait 10 minutes.....In January we had  days in the 60s, in the past 24 hours we have had 9 inches of snow and its not finished. Ironically, yesterday was the built in snowday for my school, so I have enjoyed an extra two days off this weekend! I got caught up on grading and got some studio work done.

 Mieka however, is not a fan of this snow. Its as deep as she is tall, and it sticks all over to her fur! While we are grateful for the much needed moisture, we are not looking forward to this weekend with the warm temps and rain that will melt this all at once. Sure is pretty now though isn't it?
 So on to the studio! Vicky's warmblood mare and my warmblood mare are not far enough long to take a picture...but while painting I did get the two Totilas models in primer! The first is one I did with a more working trot frame. When I got that done I really thought he would make a nice Azteca or maybe a morgan sporthorse? I am thinking a grulla, any ideas?
 Below is a warmblood stallion, as he was originally sculpted to be. Both of these guys have had some fetlock and pasturn work done to make them all even and they will have foot disk or base! I also cleaned up the left hock joint on both of them. I thought the extended trot looked sharp with one ear flipped back and a more flowing tail, and new braids of course! This is a beautiful sculpture to work with. You really do not have to do much to get a fabulous custom. I did smooth out the necks on both of these guys. They have the same sculpting texture like Alborozo's neck has. Nothing wrong with it, I just like the a smoother texture.
 I think this mold has endless possibilities! The sporthorse stallion is taken, but the spanish/morgan one is available. Email for details.
 Bint Morafina got some paint time too!
Back to work tomorrow, should be fun in the morning. The winds are picking up and we live at the bottom of a big (well, Illinois big) hill. Wish I had a sleigh from that show last month.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Picking a Performance horse, Purdy style

In my Chemistry II classe right now we are talking about the chemical nature of different types of addiciton. However, my particular one for some reason isn't in the literature.....but as far as the characteristic lack of self control, I couldn't be more textbook. For the sake of readers everywhere, what out for this......

A clear sign that your tack addiction has gotten out of hand  is when you make horses (or trade/buy) so that you can show off the tack you have aquired. D'Arry and I are planning on driving out to NAN this year (yes, the authorities have been warned) and there are a couple of really special tack items that I just have to show. I love all my Buxton sets, there are several I want to show, so I needed a special warmblood mare in a dynamic pose to wear them. Here is Donnertanzerin  "Thunder Dancer"
 Years ago, I got to see the famous German dressage stallion "Donnerhall" in person. He is my favorite warmblood stallion of all time. This gal will be that wonderful dark liver chestnut color characteristic of Donnerhall.
 Why a  dynamic pose....well she has to be able to wear that jumping hackamore of course!
 And this is Bint Morafina. I needed a pracing arabian to weat the peridot colored costume I showed at Breyerfest last year. Can you guess what she was? And all weathergirl is NOT correct, part of her is
 but whats the rest?????? She will be a light fleabit grey
 Now she just need a whole pink sparkle circus set to go with this bridle!
I need to get my Azteca done to wear the incredible tack from Vicki I got (and yes, get her second horse done!) and I will have a traditional Totilas for sale in the next two weeks. Just a simple custom with new, smaller and more braids...first come first serve on him and you can choose the color!
If you are interested in the other two, they will be for sale after NAN this year.
Stay Purdy my friends!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sleigh Rally Show!

Yesterday was one of the best model horse show experiences ever! Just like I love to go to the Quarter Horse congress live show to see some real horses too, at the Sleigh Rally model horse show you get to watch beautiful sleigh teams perform! I took these with my phone camera, so the light isn't perfect but still I think they are beautiful in the snow. If you read Jen's blog, this one was actually the sleigh that was carrying President Lincoln and his wife. I think they were filming some commercial, this team unlike the others did not stop by the crowds of people for still photos. I chased them through the snow to get this. They are Dutch Harness horses and man could they trot! I was told that this team competed at the World Equestrian Driving Games this past year.
 This was a lovely matched team of warmblood mares. They never missed a step together.
 There was even Skijorring!
 The sleighs were all unique and stunning in their turnout!
 Oh yeh...models....giggle. Purdy Zippin Chic got overall perfomance champ, Jen has more pictures up at , this one was taking to show how helpful Jen's pictures can be....can you spot the Braymere blog photo?
 Purdy Zippin Chic will be available after NAN, but this little winner can go to a new home now. This show was tough since resins and customs showed together, but Purdy Zippin Chic got second in her big halter class and this guy, a repaired HR lippit remade into a Highland pony, won his big class! He is for sale at $500ppd.
 And Vicki's new guy won his class! He sports a new BLM freeze brand as well. Your new guy can come home a winner Vicki!

Monday, January 21, 2013


 With the new year, I too need to get some backlog done. This guy is the first off the trade list (gotta feed the tack addiction). I just love the Brio resin! Hope you like him Vikki, just can't wait to see the tack. Buckskin silver is one of my favorite colors to paint, I really need to do one for myself. One down, and one to go Vikki!
 Speaking of tack addiction, look what came in the mail!
 I wanted Tiffilicious to have traditional saddleseat tack, so I even got her a new doll, WITHOUT pink! I show her as a Park Pleasure division horse, set tail, but not a five gaiter. Jen, this bridle is fantastic! (as always)
 The hard thing about making her was for her NOT to look like the a I had to stretch out those clock horse legs and refine them. She also had to have new eyes and bigger, finer nostrils. I love the Salinero head, but the saddlebred standard calls for large, expressive eyes and a straight, not convex profile. So her head actually has been totally resculpted. When I did Lady Liberty and Freedom Generator, the head barely had to be touched.
 Finally some better baby pictures of Wap Divana. She is still for sale, but Upwey Brass is on his way to his new home.
 Got a marwari in the works next, stay tuned! Pictures will be on the blog first!
 Wap Divana is qualified in halter and workmanship for 2013-2014