Like most people in the model horse hobby, horses have always been an obsession. Lucky for me my parents have horses and I pretty much grew up on horseback. Mom tells me I rode in my first horse show before I could walk. Going along with my horse fever, I've collected model horses since before I can remember (I have pictures!) and that is what these web pages are mostly dedicated to. My collection isn't as big as some people's, but I have around 180 currently, which is plenty considering how often a college student has to move! I made my first model horse saddle from a Rio Rondo kit in the 7th grade and have enjoyed experimenting with new patterns and ideas. I have also expanded to remaking models, sculpting, and painting resins. I've always loved art work so this is just realistic 3-D art.
Currently I am a Veterinary Student at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Model horses are taking a back seat, but I do have enough free time to work on some of my projects. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology Bachelor of Science from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID. I really liked it there. The atmosphere was great and it really stretched me to greater lengths in my faith. After graduating there I stayed in Nampa and had the privelege to ride and train mules for Southside Longears owned by Al and Melinda Birt. Their bloodlines are well-known in the mule world and one of the mules they bred recently was made into a Breyer model, Maynard’s Miss Sheba. The Birts are great people and I am so happy they gave me the opportunity for the experience I had at their place. If you are ever looking for an awesome performance mule or donkey, give them a call!!!
I spent the year between moving back to Washington and starting Veterinary school riding dressage horses for my Aunt, Rae Lamming in the Tri-Cities WA. That was also a great learning experience and my riding improved dramatically during those 12 months. It was very hard to step out of the saddle and come to Pullman. I can already feel my riding muscles atrophying!
I own two real horses. My Thoroughbred mare is named Faline. She is decended from War Admiral (by Man 'O War), Tom Fool and Secretariat and has successfully done everything I have asked of her including jumping, dressage, reining, English and Western Pleasure, parades and run-ins. She's out in our pasture rotting for now while I'm at school. Here is a picture of her. We are doing a run-in at Waitsburg Days of Real Sport. She's having a blast isn't she?!
Faline was bred on 5-31-00 to a Homozygous Black and White Tobiano Paint named Billy's Black Shoes, out of Elk, WA (shown below). Her Reg name is Cap and Gown (she was born the day before my college graduation and is almost a medicine hat) and I call her Allie.