|Equine artist and model horse collector Hildred Goodwine|
In her 1999 book The Happy Horses of H. Goodwine, author Barbara Robinson gives a colorful and informative overview of the life and career of Arizona equine artist Hildred Goodwine (Hildred R. Goodwine-Phillips, 1918-1998). Hildred is best remembered as a painter of horses. In 1989, she was an Honoree of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Countless images of Hildred's work were reproduced on greeting cards, stationery, gift wrap, postcards, and jigsaw puzzles by Leanin' Tree and other companies. Still other paintings that have never been reproduced are owned by private collectors; she also created murals for Wall Drug in South Dakota.
Robinson's book mentions that Hildred Goodwine also owned several hundred model horse figurines. What it doesn't say is that Hildred once participated in a large model horse event in Phoenix, created one-of-a-kind model horses out of Sculpey, and even looked into designing model horses for commercial release!
Let's get started by looking at some of Hildred's greeting card images.
Many people associate Hildred's art with Christmas card designs.
|Hildred's collection included Breyers, Beswicks, Hagen-Renakers, |
vintage custom Breyers, and more.
|A closer view of one set of shelves. The second glass shelf |
appears to have Britains, Ltd. horses.
|Some of the lower shelves of Hildred's model horse collection.|
|In addition to the Breyers, Beswicks, and HRs, |
I can also see Hartlands and a Thelwell Pony here.
|Hildred's large carousel horse.|
|ValSun 1979 show program. The artwork was by Nancy Strowger.|
|Exhibitors list, ValSun '79. The level of excellence at this show |
was over-the-top, even for that day. And it was so much fun to have visiting showers from the West Coast, Southwest, and Midwest there. (Brave souls, to visit Phoenix in August.)
|Hildred served as judge for about 1/3 of the classes. It was good to have her perspective as a model horse collector and (real) horsewoman, even though she wasn't regularly involved in the hobby.|
|These horses in harness were said to be in a museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, |
when the photo was taken in the 1980s.