Sunday, 6 January 2019

Healthy Live Show Snacks

We all know that live show calories don't count, but it is January, and I think we should all at least pretend to be healthy for a bit! So here is a list of some healthy snack based alternatives to get you through that live show day (but don't feel too bad if you do end up cracking open the Red Bull, chocolate and crisps, we all know you need it)!

1. Muesli Muffins

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I couldn't actually find a picture of them but here is another thing I baked that looks relatively healthy!

I actually made these for a live show many years ago, I can't say they were as popular as my chocolate ones but people did eat them! Alas I cannot find the recipe to share but I did a quick google and there are loads of recipes out there. They had lots of slow release energy without lots of sugar, great for getting you through a long drive and a tiring day!

2. Cereal Bars

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NOT THE CHOCOLATE ONES (OK maybe a little bit of chocolate). There is loads of variety when it comes to cereal bars so it shouldn't be too hard to find one you like. You can even get variety packs so you can have lots of ummm variety in your live show snacking!

3. Some Fruit

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Actually a nice satsuma or an apple is great on show day, it's just a bit of a PITA getting rid of the waste (particularly if your like me and feed the apple cores to your animals)! But they are refreshing so great for giving you a little bit of a sugary boost.

4. Nuts and Things

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Nuts actually contain a lot of calories but they don't contain loads of sugar (so that's good). They are usually quite high in fat as well which is a better slow release energy source. Of course you could bake them into something like flapjacks for a bit more flavour (with minimal golden syrup of course).

5. Juices and Smoothies

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I've taken these to shows before and got comments of "what on Earth is that?!?!?" I'm not talking shop bought I'm talking home made! I live off this stuff and my husband does get a little annoyed that every shopping trip involves me buying like a million oranges because I really really really need to juice things.

Do you have any suggestions for less sugary snacks to take to a live show? Then drop them below! You never know, I may even offer something less sugar filled at my next show :p

Thursday, 20 December 2018

2019 Breyer Range

Greetings all!

I bring you Christmas gifts of the 2019 Breyer range :D

To view the full range including non-regular run items please take a look at: http://www.chestnutridge.co.uk/breyer.html#/

Catch Me


Dominante XXIX


Enzo



Justify Resin


Thoroughbred and Hackney Foal Set



Cascade and Caspian



Thunder


Truly Unsurpassed


Protocol Gift Set


Makayla


Ryan


Show Stable Accessories




Classics



Bay Roan Australian Stock Horse


Buckskin Hanoverian



Grey Saddlebred



Grulla Paint Horse


Mahogany Bay Thoroughbred


Silver Bay Mustang


Cloud's Legacy


Cupcake


Malik


Pony Power


Barrel Racing Set


Running Wild Mare and Foal

Mini Whinnie

Mini Whinnie Surprise Series 3

Craft Sets


Horse Painting Set



Paint and Play Andalusian


Paint and Play Unicorn Arabian


Paint and Play Unicorn Thoroughbred


Paint and Play Unicorn Warmblood

Other Things


Blossom the Ballerina

Stablemates


Riding Camp


Truck and Gooseneck Trailer



Mystery Horse Surprise Series 2


Friendship Foals Pocket Barn


If you would like to pre-order any of these items please email catriona@chestnutridge.co.uk for a full price list.

More 2019 Stablemate Club Annoncements

We've had two new announcements about 2019 Stablemate club models over the last couple of days. If you haven't yet signed up there is still time to do so on the Breyer website here: https://www.breyerhorses.com/products/2019-stablemates-club-welcome-kit

First of all we learned that Fiero will be a gambler's choice of matte or glossy. We had only seen the glossy before!

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Personally I really like the glossy but I'll be happy with both of them, the chestnut looks really nice.

Secondly it was announced that the G3 Highland would be the Gambler's Choice model with four different colourways available:

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I think the silver dapple is my favourite (I know not the decorator)! I think the decorate will have to be seen in the flesh for me to make a decision as to whether I like him or not, he's a bit of an unusual colour. But it's nice to see something really different.

The perlino pinto is really unusual as well, as is the grey pinto! It's a pity none are in proper Highland colours (a cream dun would have been lush) but hey I'm not complaining I'll be happy whichever one I get.

O and on that note if you are a 2018 International member and haven't noticed already the final set are available to order. I ordered mine last night, the question is, which Mule will I get? I NEED THAT RAINBOW MULE! Let me know which Mule you get below :D

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Hawthorn

Hawthorn is the latest Breyer Collector's Club special run. He is limited to 300 pieces and is available for entries now at www.breyerhorses.com

He will be priced at $125 if you are lucky enough to get him


I mean who wouldn't want a woodgrain pig? I definitely want a woodgrain pig!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

How Do I Pick A Model?

With so many beautiful model horses in the world how do you pick your next one? Everyone has their own system when it comes to picking their next model horse, so I thought I would give you the lowdown on how I choose mine.

The "Ooo That's Pretty" Approach

OK so let's be realistic about this. I'm going to talk about lists and savings and grails and all kinds of useful systematic approaches below but 90% of my models were purchased as impulse buys because I liked them.

This is particularly true of things like resins, chinas, RubberNedz and customs. I rarely save up and say "I'm going to get an AA Mule" for example, in fact I've never done that, yet I still seem to have about 10 of them...

This usually happens at live shows as well, I've sold a few things, there's money in my pocket, Donna gets out some pretty horses to sell...you get the picture! Deb Brown listings on eBay are also really bad when it comes to this.


Veronica is an example of an impulse purchase. I literally just bought her because she was called Veronica's Vodka!


The "OMG WHAT A BARGAIN" Approach

If it's cheap or reduced I want it. Doesn't matter what it is. The moment TK Maxx gets Breyers in I'm buying them. All of them. I don't care what they are they are cheap and I want them. Retailer running a sale? Having that. Someone selling something off cheap at a live show? I'm having that. Noticed bargain listing on Facebook? I'm having that.

I would say this probably equates to around another 8% of my collection, especially if you include stuff that I've won in competitions, raffles or been given as gifts!


Katya is an example of a bargain purchase. I got her a couple of years ago from TK Maxx when they were selling Breyers.


The Planned Approach

So when I first started collecting model horses I had a notepad in which I planned all my future purchases. I saved up my pocket money each month and when I had enough I sent off an order form and cheque to Julip and got my new pony, accessory or companion back.

Nowadays I still try and stick to this, I still have a savings chart in my journal but as with many things in life my savings often get spent on more important things, like food, or vet bills. At the moment I'm trying to save for Sonorah who I need for my Bobby Jo conga, but that is going to take a very long time!

I do also still have a list of horses I want to buy, although it is generally a bit more general than it used to be. Now it says things like "Bay FCM ISH" or "Custom Salinero" they are more general statements that may eventually be achieved although it is unlikely I ever will (VET BILLS).

So how do you decide which model to buy next? Are you a bit of an impulse buyer like me? Or are you a bargain hunter? Or do you strategically plan and save up your money? I'd love to know! You could even write a guest Blog post on this topic for me and I'll add it to the Blog :D


Minstrel is one of my earliest Julips, I saved up for 16 weeks in order to buy her.



This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Having a Go At Making Show Ribbons

So whilst on my tours of the internet I came across this Blog post by Braymere Custom Saddlery: http://braymere.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-to-make-show-ribbons.html

And I though "I could do that"

So of course I decided to attempt it, I mean how hard could it be?

OK so first step...ribbon. I can do that! I chose green, gold and red, mainly because those were the first three colours I took out of the pot!


So for the next step I need to cut a circle out of card, they used a pen top, but I have these handy stencils! I didn't have any white card so yellow it is...


Right time to cut cut cut! The next step was to cut 8 small pieces of ribbon and then three longer bits. So far so good!

Now it was time to stick. Now we have a bit of a problem. When all my stuff was stored over the summer all my glue basically dried up, so it is a complete nightmare to work with! It's all horrible and messy and stringy. I really need to get some more.

But we got there, here are eight stunning glued pieces.


I probably made them a bit too large, so mine won't look as tight and neat. But o well, worse things happen at sea.

Time to stick the first four down, look at my pretty flower thing!


Now for the other four, as you can see I couldn't just be simple and use the same colour so I used gold and red instead. It isn't as circular as it should be. But it doesn't look awful from the front!


Now to stick the three longer pieces on. I put the green in the middle and then the red and gold either side. Look how messy my glue is!


Finally it was onto the centre piece. The Blog post recommended decapitating horse sprinkles, I do not have horse sprinkles. So I raided my stickers draw and found these clear gems that were the perfect size. So I peeled one off and stuck it in the middle!


Finally I added the little paper hook and voila! We have a little rosette. I don't think it looks too awful for a first attempt. Tack making horse seems to like it anyway.


With the flash, urgh look at that glue! OK I'm going to go and order some glue now...


If you had a go at this tutorial let me know and share your attempts! I'm sure they are a lot better than mine! Although I'm already thinking about making thousands to give out as awards at my next live show...someone should probably stop me from doing that...



This blog post was written by Catriona Harris, owner of Chestnut Ridge and model horse fanatic.