Monday, 1 April 2019

Body Transformation Challenge 2019

This month's competition is a little different. We are giving you the chance to get creative and show off your skills.

For more information about the challenge and to see some of last year's entries please visit:

So How Does it Work?

Ten people will be given a chance to take the challenge (chosen at random from all those who enter). You will each receive a randomly allocated body quality model horse (see the image below).

You will then have until May 31st 2019 to transform your model.

Once complete send one image of your model to

Fans of Chestnut Ridge on Facebook will then have one week to vote for their favourite.

There will be rosettes from 1st-10th place and a trophy for the champion.

You can then do what you like with your model but we recommend you sell it to raise money for charity, donate it to a raffle or give it to someone special. Of course you could also keep it!

How to Take Part

To take part please complete the following form and send it to please title your email 'Body Transformation Challenge'

Email Address:
Postal Address:
I consent to my data being stored for the duration of this challenge: YES/NO
I confirm that the image submitted may be used by Chestnut Ridge on their social media/website/blog both for the duration of the contest and in future: YES/NO
I confirm that I have read the rules, terms and conditions for this contest: YES/NO

The deadline for forms is Monday 15th April 2019.

If you do not live in the UK you will be responsible for postage costs for your body.

We will choose 10 people at random on Monday April 15th and allocate their bodies. All bodies will be shipped Monday/Tuesday (if you live internationally you must pay for postage promptly).

Please note - if you entered in 2018 and DID NOT complete your piece you are are NOT entitled to enter this year as per the rules. If you entered in 2018 and DID complete your piece you are more than welcome to enter.

Completing Your Piece

If you are lucky enough to be chosen it is up to you what you do with the model.

But remember....the deadline is May 31st 2019!!! You MUST have an image submitted by that date or you will forfeit your chance to take part.

Once complete please send one photo to

Please do not share 'in progress' shots of your model on social media or anywhere else public. This enables the vote to be as unbiased as possible.

The Voting

On the 1st of June for one week fans of the Chestnut Ridge Facebook page will have one week to vote for their favourite.

You cannot vote for your own horse or offer incentives to vote for you.

The winner will be the person with the most votes. In the case of a tie the winner will be chosen by Catriona Harris of Chestnut Ridge.

The Bodies

There are ten bodies available which will be randomly allocated

The bodies are all in tact but in varying condition with different brands, materials and finishes. The aim is to transform YOUR body into something amazing. So don't be disheartened if you don't get the one you want! See it as a new challenge.

Terms and Conditions

(1) One entry per person
(2) The 10 competitors will be chosen at random
(3) All bodies will be allocated at random
(4) Initial entry deadline: 15th April 2019
(5) Submission deadline: 31st May 2019
(6) International competitors are responsible for postage on their body (via UK mail) and prize (via Royal Mail)
(7) Entrants who took part in 2018 and DID NOT submit a completed entry will not be allowed to take part this year
(8) Entrants who took part in 2018 and DID submit a completed entry will be allowed to take part this year
(9) For full terms and conditions please email

GOOD LUCK! And remember to have fun :D

Popular Votes Photoshows - April 2019

I am pleased to announce that April's model horse photoshow is now OPEN!

This month the theme is 'resin and china'. The show is open to any model horse or equine that is made of resin or china. This includes commercial resins and chinas as well as artist resins and chinas.

There are 24 classes including a breed, performance and fun section. You can enter up to 6 models per class so there is plenty of potential to win!

To take part in the show please visit the Facebook group here:

Finally a massive congratulations to BFS Sally Delighted owned by Jennifer Tomey who was March's champion (the theme for March was 'other animal'). I personally love this shot and am so glad that others voted for it as well! It will make a great cover shot for the following month.

Friday, 29 March 2019


Bandelier is the latest release from Breyer's America the Beautiful series.

He is open now for Collector's Club members to enter for on the Breyer website.

Visit to enter for him

Friday, 22 February 2019

Muir Woods is HERE!

I am absolutely so excited by my new arrival. Having spent an entire weeks wages on this boy I can say I really don't regret it. I'm so annoyed that tomorrow's show is a minis show, I wish I could take this boy along with me to show! But there's another live show in a couple of weeks so he'll get a chance to go and grace the show ring soon.

Muir Woods was a Breyer Collector's Club special run, for those who don't know me and my bad luck, I've been a club member since the Breyer Collector's Club started and this is only the third time I've ever been picked for a model!

So despite not being able to afford it, I just knew I had to have him, he is by far the prettiest of the three (the others are Poseidon and Avalanche).

So without further ado say hello to CRS Caramel Impulse (Muir Woods)

I mean seriously he is SO SHINY

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I wacked the brightness up on this one to show you just how beautiful he is!

Am I not the luckiest potato ever? I very much feel that way! I just want to show him off to EVERYONE! LOOK AT MY SHINY BEAN!

O and in further news he of course came with a mystery bag to get decent packaging....I now have three of the blue Unicorn Magnolias! Probably didn't need a third one :p But hey more customising fodder!

Saturday, 9 February 2019

New My Little Ponies

I am so in love with the re-release G1 My Little Ponies. I've only managed to get three so far, but the local toy shop does have an entire set so you never know I may get more :p 

First up is CRS Blossom the Beholder (Blossom)

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Second is CRS Blink Dog (Windy)

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And thirdly is CRS Bugbear (Starshine)

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Aren't they beautiful? The condition on them is just lovely. And Windy and Starshine both have scents as well! They also came with little combs and the last two came with stickers as well that are really cute.

Friday, 8 February 2019


Fiero, the first release in the Breyer Stablemates club, is now available to order!

Which one are you after? Matte or glossy? Personally I want a glossy one, can't wait until July when mine arrives and I get to see who I get! (the many joys of being an international member...).

Lots of people have been asking when we buy as international members. As long as you have an international membership you order all three in June in one shipments. When you login you shouldn't have the option to purchase him at all.

Just look at the dapples on the glossy! O I so hope I get a glossy one!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Dreaming of a Painting Day

It's that time of year again, where I sit looking through the pictures on the NaMoPaiMo group whilst on my lunch break, or just before bed, or during Silent Witness because those are the only spare five minutes I appear to have and just wish that I could spend a whole day getting on with painting.

Whilst instead it appears that every free day I have is taken up by something else. The cat needs to see the vet, I'm going riding, suddenly I have to come into work and God knows what else is happening that means that my apparent two days off each week are turning into just other days filled with tasks.

The biggest problem right now is very much the rabbits. I love my little bun buns to pieces but there is literally nowhere else to put their cage in this tiny little house apart from the back room. O how I miss having my study with my painting desk right there for me to paint on! I could easily spend a quick five minutes getting something done after work. But now I need to make sure the rabbits are removed, the windows opened, and the whole space ventilated to ensure nothing horrible gets into their tiny little bunny lungs. So to actually get some painting done I do feel like I need a spare day, that way they can come out, I can get on with painting and I can deep clean their cage at the same time.

My NaMo horse isn't the only project I want to get started, I also wanted to get several more of my resins painted ready for Year of the Pig Live. I also wanted to get a couple more sales pieces done and work on some of the new bodies I've acquired, so yes I very much do need a painting day!

And I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat at this time of year. I long for more time to be able to paint but work, life and other commitments are just constantly in the way. It's a complete irony that on the days I do have time to paint somehow something else happens that means I'm taken away from my work room and have to go and deal with that.

So here is my plan. Sunday. Sunday I am painting. I don't care what else needs doing I am getting up Sunday and I am getting paint on some horses! The plan is to try and finish at least one (maybe not my NaMo horse) but to at least get some paint on some of them. Then going forward each Sunday I can spend some time painting. You never know...I may even get my NaMo horse done before the end of the month! And maybe even some resins painted for Year of the Pig...just how much can I paint in one day I wonder?

Are you also longing for time to paint? Maybe we could start some kind of joint child/partner/pet care scheme where we all pay for someone to take care of all of them and clean our house whilst we finally settle down to get some painting done!

I miss my old study where I could paint away from all the animals...