Friday, March 23, 2018

Horses on the Road

This is an interesting time of year in the model horse community.  Several of my friends are participating this month in live model horse shows (as opposed to photo/online shows) with their finest collectible equines. 

An old "live show" model horse photograph, probably from the 1970s.

They spend literally days cleaning and packing dozens of model horses and tiny English and Western tack, harnesses and props for performance classes. Then comes the dilemma of having to wedge the boxes containing their collections into their vehicles, to drive the miles of open road to the Live Model Horse Show.

I thought about my friends when I saw this ad in the February 1950 issue of Western Horseman magazine.  Perhaps a purpose-built model horse trailer is the answer?  :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Horse Stories, on BBC Radio 4

Hagen-Renaker mini "Swaps" and Designers' Workshop "Swaps,"
before a photo of the real Swaps (ch. 1952, Khaled x Iron Reward),
winner of the 1955 Kentucky Derby and Santa Anita Derby,
as well as many other stakes races.  

Model horses are sometimes described as the "gateway drug" to an appreciation (and sometimes ownership) of real horses.  What does the horse mean to us?  That topic is discussed on a new BBC Radio 4 series, Horse Stories.