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NaMoPaiMo is Here!

February is National Model Painting Month (NaMoPaiMo), sort of like National Novel Writing Month only for equine artists. The challenge here is to motivate artists of all levels to jump in and finish a model in a month—it isn’t a competition, more something you do for yourself with the support of the NaMoPaiMo community. Many thanks to Jennifer Bray Buxton of Braymere Saddlery for starting the event and group on Facebook. It is a hit with more than 1,180 members!

Heart B Dyna the model dressage mule needs color!

I’ve got a custom Stablemate mule I’ve been working on. She is (hopefully) going to look like Laura Hermanson’s lovely Heart B Dyna, the mule that competed at the U.S. Dressage Finals in 2014. 

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Kristen Donato did a wonderful job hosting Save The Tigers Model Horse Show at the fairgrounds in Hillard, Ohio. With both a youth show and a NAN show, the hall was busy with about 57 showers and nine divisions. Custom minis were a smaller division held after the traditional customs and were double judged on breed and workmanship. Performance was open to all size models.

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I never want to interrupt the judges by taking photos and be “that shower”, but I did get a few photos of the lovely custom minis at the show:












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