Monday, 28 April 2014

New Forest Live Show - Part 2

A few more pictures of the day.

This was my dressage entry that placed 1st in Dressage/Ridden showing.

The rest are some of the other entries, some were taken while everyone was setting their entries up so the table look a tad empty :)

New Forest Live Show Report - Part 1

This weekend I attended the New Forest Live 2014 show. I have been planning for this for months as it was my second performance show. I had been working on a cross country jump for ages now, it was taken from the London 2012 Olympics but the jump has now been moved to Burghley Horse Trials.

It started as this -


I used Nancy to judge the scale of the jump, to small and it wouldn't have looked right once the rider was on board. 

Next I dremelled out a horse shoe groove in the front and back of the horse shoe and then painted it. 

I then added the hedging and nails to the horse shoe design, grabbed Belle and sorted out the height. I found some really nice resin flowers too which I thought would add to the over all look. 

I then created a base board for Misty to land on, finished it with trim and started to create the flower bed around the jump. Of course the lil girl just had to have a go at free jumping, lol.

This was the final result! It won 1st place in Show Jumping /XC then Performance Champion and finally Supreme Overall Champion! 

I'm thrilled with the result! A huge thank you to Sophie Lightfoot who hosted the show, all the judges and of course all the other attendees. It was a great day and I look forward to New Forest Live 2015. 

I'll post Part 2 in a while with loads of photo's of the performance entries :)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Horsie!

This girlie just rocked up on my doorstep! I was expecting her to arrive tomorrow as that's the date Royal Mail gave me to expect her when I paid their ransom fee.....nice to know they can get things right?! Not! Grrr. 

This Is Jenn Irwin's (Scott) OhNo Morgan mare. She is a lovely resin packed full of details. I was a little surprised at her size, she is a touch bigger than a breyer flash but I won't hold that against her. I doubt very much she will stay as she is as I want to change her breed to a Hackney Horse so she will need her mane braiding for me to be able to show her in performance. 
As much as I'm tempted to start lopping now I think she can go and join her big brother on the shelf for a while instead as I have a live show this weekend and really need to get things sorted for that :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

A Touch of White

Last week I called in a fellow hobbists house to collect a jumping pony she agreed to lend me, while there we were discussing a few chips and marks her Memphis Belle had on her through the wear and tear of performance showing and the age of the paintwork too. She was trying to find someone to repair her for her so I offered to take her home and sort her out. 

While having Belle in hand I asked if my friend would like some white adding to her? I felt she seemed very flat and a bit boring in colour so some white might just lifts her a bit. She then said I could do what I wanted to her?! How trusting. :)

This is now the same Belle but with a little modification. She was painted in 2007 by the talented Cindy Williams so I just touched up the coat where the chips etc were and then set to work adding a blaze and sock to her hind foot, obviously I then had to redo the hoof etc too. I also re did her eyes are they were very dark and blacked in her mane and tail so she was a true Bay. The look I wanted to achieve does suit her and she looks like a fresh horse again....the most important thing of all is her owner loves her so I'm so pleased. it just shows what a touch of white can do! 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Komet Tacked Up

I thought I'd post a couple of photo's of my Komet tacked up in Moonpie's Jumping Set & to say its for sale. I'm always amazed how saddlery changes a horse. In Komet's case I think the grackle noseband really does suit him along with the silver clincher browband.

I have made a note to make him the same when his turn to have his own set comes around. Moonpie's set that he is wearing now has now gone up for sale over on MHSP as a direct sale. I'm not putting it up for offers this time around as Moonpie won't be shown again this season as she has now qualified for the champs & I need to fund other things.

Updated - Tack Set SOLD 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Nice Surprise!

Do you remember the cute Red and Black cart I found a couple of weeks back while down in Cornwall on a weekend break? Well, I posted some pictures of this gorgeous carriage on my facebook page with a message ' I really need this in miniature!.

This morning I logged in to find this with me tagged on it!! I had to look twice, lol

Its just fantastic! I'm sure we all know within the hobby just how brilliantly talented Bill Duncan is at making carriages etc and I think my photo's inspired him to reproduce the real cart into minature. It's not fully completed yet but it already looks like the real thing and I'm so thrilled that he has kindly allowed me to give it a new home!

It really did make my day and I can't thank you enough Bill x. I now have itchy fingers to start making harnesses for it so I can get it along to shows, I even have the pair of horses already planned! lol. I think I shall also contact the National Trust at Lanhydrock house to see if they can provide me with more information about it too. It would be lovely to know the full history of the cart and for them to know its been shrunk. :)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Misty's ready to go!

This is Misty's new Eventing set which I have created for her. I have a live show in 2 weeks time so I thought I'd better get my finger out and start finishing off some of my entries. She has a new rider too which was created by Joan Yount, she is just fabulous!

I can't wait to get these girls in the ring with my new jump, its something different. Now I just have a dressage saddle to go.....

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A little piece of England

For a long time I thought of the National Trust for the UK as something for the older generation, this was until about 4 years ago when I visited Mottistone Manor Gardens here on the Isle of Wight. It soon became clear that what they do benefits everyoneno matter what age you are.

About 4 years ago I became a member and started to enjoy the land and properties that the National Trust own. This friday we set off early for a weekend break down in Cornwall to visit some of the houses and estates there. We arrived quicker than we thought we would so threw in a visit to the Eden Project (not NT owned). The picture above is of a horse sculpture that greets you on arrival to Eden.....I really wanted to take this home! lol.

For those who don't know the Eden project it was originally a old Quarry which they turned into this above. Under the huge domes at the back is a rainforest biome, this is sweltering when its sunny....luckily for us the sun came out so we left that section looking like tomatoes! lol. Very much worth it though. The second set of domes is the Mediterranean biome, that one was a lot cooler! If you ever get the chance to visit here its well worth doing. There is even a zip wire ride that goes right over the whole quarry if your feeling brave!

Saturday we headed down to NT's Lanhydrock and were greated with its huge and impressive entrance gate. I sort of thought it looked a little Alice in Wonderland?

The house itself has 52 rooms to visit which takes some walking, I think we were in there a good 2 hours taking everything in.

And from behind and above...

The gardens were pristine with its very own church....

and thatched cottage....

But then I found this!

The Coach house with these....

and most of all this!

This carriage is over 100 years old and still looks fantastic! I spent ages looking over it and examining the details on it. From the leather straps and chains holding the swingle tree to the break to the left....even the hind steps and the picnic baskets tucked under the seat! How civilised! One can picnic on the lawn!

If you look in at the information stand 2 photos up you will see this was pulled in tandem. There was also this old painting in the house which had a reference to this cart, you sort of get the idea of it out about around the grounds.

I can't help thinking what a brilliant performance set up that would be! I have another trip to post about but I shall leave that one until tomorrow, it has horsey things too! :)