The W. K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library at Cal Poly Pomona holds Gladys' papers and some of her artwork, as well as many magazines that featured her equine designs, including Quarter Horses.
|This GBE Quarter Horse appeared on the cover |
of Western Livestock Journal, February 1952.
|Gladys Brown (Edwards) Quarter Horse head study |
on the cover of The Horseman magazine.
|The same design as a note card in |
the collection of Gladys' papers at WKKAHL.
|Quarter Horse sketch by GBE in an issue of |
Here's Who in Horses of the Pacific Coast.
A couple of years ago, I found an original pencil drawing of a Quarter Horse by GBE, at the estate sale of the widow of a Southern California man who had worked for several horse publications in the 1940s and 1950s.
Subsequently, I found that it had been published in the June/July 1949 issue of Horse Lover magazine.
A couple of months ago, at an outdoor/indoor estate sale, I saw a lifesize fiberglass Quarter Horse designed by Gladys Brown Edwards for Prewitt's. It was purchased by a local man who refinished it and put it on display in his yard.
Shortly after that, I bought two different GBE Quarter Horse trophy designs at a local online estate sale with "socially distanced in-person pickup" of the items.
|Each horse is marked "GLADYS BROWN" on its belly.|
|Quarter Horse trophy designs by Gladys have roached manes, with forelocks |
and "hand-holds" at the withers (base of the neck)....
|And they show the sort of "bulldog" conformation that was popular |
for Quarter Horses in the post-World War II era.
When the trophies were first produced, they were an immediate hit.
|Odessa, TX American newspaper, 28 January 1947|
|"Genuine Gladys Brown Quarter Horse trophies" |
were marketed as horse show awards.
|A newspaper article reported that Gladys created her prototypes in plaster. There's no indication as to the composition of this piece, which appear to have been custom-painted.|
I have a Palomino Horse Breeders Association trophy with a “sign post” holding the brass plate, plus the horse is painted palomino with 4 socks and a blaze.ReplyDelete
Cool! I forgot to say that some of these (I think the smaller one) were available from some dealers customized for the "color breed" shows. As well, individual collectors used to repaint (customize) them in whatever color struck their fancy! We used to repaint just about any model horse or trophy top back in the 1970s-80s. :)Delete