mardi 18 avril 2017

The Noriker

The Noriker horse, also called the Norico-Pinzgauer and historically known as the Pinzgauer horse origins cames from the Roman who started the breed in the historic province of Noricum.
At the end of 19th century the original name Pinzgauer horse was changed to Noriker horse, due in part to the Romanophile attitude in this time.

Up to the end of the 19th century, Noriker horses were an important link in the trade between central Europe and the Adriatic. Very early in the breeding history of the Noriker horse, baroque horses also played an important role building it before a refinement with Andalusian and Noplitan blood.
Down to the present day this influence is visible in the conformation of these horses: Roman heads with a powerful and compact topline, long manes and tails. Baroque influence is also visible in coat colours, with a large number of black horses as well as blue roans and leopard spotted coat colour, who is still an active breeding objective of the breed as well, which is unusual for nearly all other European horse breeds.

In 1903, the stud book was closed. Since then, Noriker horses are strictly purebred.
There are 5 approved modern sire line:

 Since the foundation of the Noriker stud books this sire line has been the most popular one. The reason for the dominance of this line was the fact that the founder stallions and their descendants represented the heavy draught horse type favoured in those times.
The Nero line is the second largest line in the Noriker breed. The reasons for the major influence of the Nero-line are the same as for the Vulkan-line.
The Diamant-line started promisingly in the early 20th century, but after 1950, it was surpassed by the Nero-line. Horses of this line are very typy and agile.
The Schaunitz-line was founded by the stallion Amor, born in 1888 in Tirol. In former times, Schaunitz horses were famous for their lively temperament and their durable constitution. Their sometimes difficult character could be the reason for the decline of this line in the 1980s.
The stallions of the Elmar line are mostly leopard-spotted. The line was founded in 1896 by the stallion 80 Arnulf 55. For this line, the baroque influence is seen in the special coat colour. It is a small sire line, but valued for its leopard-spotting.

I choose my Bacchus, named by the sculpture Roman name "Familiar Fox's Grape" to be an historic baroque Noriker, with the famous spotted coat.

lundi 10 avril 2017

Ugly Pony Pouches

All outdoor & shower breyer/AR collector, knows that pony pouches are the basis.
I'm often asked about how I did pack my horses, the answer is: a great bubble wrap pouch.

But, recently, I acquired the official Breyer pony pouches, and the first thing to say is:

How ugly they are. Yes, I do LOVE all kind of kitsh, but to be honest, this is going way to far my tastes.
But, past this first look, they are really usefull:
-soft inside
-easy to carry
-with ugly but strong fabric
-I'm only not convinced about how THIN they are.

That's why I decided to have some more, thicker ones, and asked my mom' about sewing some more ;). (Because you know, moms are always better than you about that)
First, we'd have to choose fabrics, and I decided to match them with awfull ones...

Do you feel as ashamed as I am?

My mom so did an awesome work... doing ugly homemade pony pouches...

And because she's perfect, she also made me different sizes, bigger than the breyer ones, to match my longer/heavier horses...

Do you know how much I LOVE my ugly pony pouches? As much as I've asked more to my mom, and bough another *awesome* fabric for them...

Don't you want to die for, right now?
My mother already promess me she will need sunglasses to work on these new ones, not kidding.
Then, I need so say a BIG BIG THANKS YOU to her for those.

Best mom ever, and you know why ;)

samedi 8 avril 2017

Winners Announcement

When I launched my Challenge, I used to receive a lot of enthousiastic mails.
But in the end, I only received 3 full complete challenge, that's why I decided to reward all of them,
for those who haven't saw them, there was:

"A Grass Story" (France)

My favorite of her pictures was this one:
Picturing a Portrait
 It reminds my a painting by Alfred James Munnings, and you know HOW MUCH I love old paintings? In fact, it was kind of the thema for this whole challenge.
Congratz Cléclème, you catched the spirit!

"Ulrike" (Germany)

She kindly asked me if she could participate, and of course the answer was yes. I was really excited about her final contribution!

My favorite of her pictures was this one:
The Masters
And I must admit, I really don't know if it's a model or a real horse (and that's quite rare that I didn't figue it out), but the whole picture is awesome, perfect lighthning and movement.

And don't ya know Ulrike, I'm not really found of Christmas and traditional festivities, as much, I did prefer Halloween too ;).

Brent Graat

"Pomponette" (France)

Hard to pick my favorite, as I really loved two in particular.

But because, we are speaking of painting, this one is a perfect classic:
Daily Lifestyle
We could thinks this horse is really in side of his barn, fiery steed. Really love the colours and compo with the tree behind.

Jacques Laurent Agasse


And so, all of you girls won a mini painted figure (schleich size) OR a drawing (portrait of the animal of your choice). Just let me know what you want to pick ;)
Thanks a lot to all of your for your interrest, questions and interresting ideas!