Thursday, 31 March 2016

Patriot

The third model I missed blogging about!

A new release from Breyer, limited to just 3,000 pieces. I've enquired as to whether he will be available for Chestnut Ridge to get in. He is on MPV so guessing not a US exclusive.



I hope he is because he is rather cool looking! I would love one for my Clock Horse conga line.

Furano

Another model I missed out on Blogging about whilst in my Brandy related sulk.

This is one of the BreyerFest special run models.

Furano
furano

Not sure if I like the colour or not. They've done that annoying leg barring thing again!

Pele

I've been really bad at posting recently, so sorry, Brandy is ill and my brain is in mega panic mode. (she is in mega sulk mode).

Anyway check out the Diorama prize for this year's BreyerFest. IT'S SO SHINY!

I'm odd, I quite like the Buckshot mould. Please feel free to through them at me :p

pele 1
pele 2

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Schleich Horses Have Arrived!

Not a huge number of items, I ordered all of the new 2016 items but a lot of stuff is on back order.

However, there is a reasonably nice selection and we will be building up the range, the more you buy, the more we buy :D

No prizes for guessing which my favourites are :D

To order please visit: www.chestnutridge.co.uk

Anyway...

Here we go :)

Pictures should be clickable links, so just click to view their listing and place your order! Remember UK 2nd class shipping is free if you spend over £20.00.

Horses

Friesian Stallion - £4.95


Pinto Foal - £3.95


TWH Foal - £3.95


Mustang Mare - £4.95


Arab Stallion - £4.95


Fantasy

Rainbow Animal Duo - £6.95


Rainbow Elf Lis with Pegasus Foal - £10.95


Rainbow Unicorn Stallion - £10.95


Rainbow Unicorn Mare - £10.95


Rainbow Unicorn Foal - £5.95


Tack, Riders & Accessories

Big Horse Show - £45.00


Horse Feed - £2.50


Grooming Kit - £2.50


Eventing Rider - Magenta - £2.95


Eventing Saddle & Bridle - £2.50

Friday, 18 March 2016

My Girl

My Girl is the second release in the Breyer Vintage club collection.

I'm hoping for the bay personally!




Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Henrietta

Does Measles need a friend? I think Measles needs a friend.

The latest Copper Fox release.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Amazing Amarillo AR & AC Live - Still Spaces Available!

Got anything planned for the 2nd of April?

No?

Then why not come to down to Amazing Amarillo AR & AC Live?

This awesome live show is being held in Lewknor, Oxfordshire.

It is a specialist live show for Artist Resin and China models including Animal Artistry.

There are sections for:

AR Trad & Classic
AR Littlebits & Smaller
Resin AA
China AA
Custom Glazed China
Workmanship (AR models only)

And there are three fun classes at lunch with My Little Pony prizes!!!!

Entry fees are £15 for over 20 models (a whole table just for you)

or just £10 for less than 20 models (you will have to tolerate sharing your table).

Spectators are also welcome, just £2 a ticket :D

As well as some awesome showing we will also have a pony painting table at this show, quizzes, lucky dip and some fun games!

O and to top it off you can do a bit of shopping with a sales table for both Chestnut Ridge and Animal Artistry!

Just email competitions@chestnutridge.co.uk if you would like a schedule, there is nothing quite like a model horse live show for a fun day out :D



We always have awesome prizes on offer...you never know...you could win a painted resin!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Chestnut Ridge Daily Deals

Did you know that Chestnut Ridge offers a new daily deal every single day?

You can get 10, 15, 20, 50 or 75% off an item.

Each day I post a new item (usually updated around 9am).

The best way to follow which deal is available that day is to check out the Chestnut Ridge Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/chestnutridgemodels/

You can also keep checking back on the daily deals page of the website:

http://www.chestnutridge.co.uk/deal-of-the-day-145-c.asp

The deals can be really good ones.

For example today you can get 20% off the Breyer Wind Dancer Kohilo:

Kohilo

Friday, 11 March 2016

Getting Ready for OMG Orange OF Live

Why do these shows always creep up on me?

But I think I'm getting there! I've spent this evening pricing items, so just some baking and shopping left to do...o and I need to find the fun class prizes which appear to have vanished...

Check out the goody bags! I want to add oranges to them as well :p



Entrant packs are also all packed, BMECS cards organised, certificates cut, rosettes checked, everything filed and packed away.

Should be a great (if not stressful day)

Now to watch the football, do some more pricing and plan what we are going to bake!

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Big Breyer Delivery

Chestnut Ridge has had a massive Breyer delivery in today with some AWESOME products.

These include:

  • Cutting Horse & Calf Set
  • Western & English Winner's Circle Sets
  • Butterscotch & S'mores
  • Scooter
  • Sweet Pea (only one in stock)
  • Liverpool & Cross Country Jumps
  • Deluxe Stablemate Stable
  • Decorate Your Horse
  • annnd....SCRIBBLES!
With so many awesome new products (loads of other products are now back in stock) you are going to be spoilt for choice.

Check out www.chestnutridge.co.uk

My own hoard from the delivery:



Couldn't resist having a play with Scribbles:

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Namib

Check out the latest BreyerFest Special Run!

I'm not a fan of the mould (although she does have a nice face) but I do like the colour, very rich.

Namid - left
namid - right

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Understanding Model Railway Scales

This comes up a lot so I thought I'd do a brief explanation of model railway scales, what they mean, and what scale they actually are!

First of all...scales...

What do they mean?

A scale is usually represented as a ratio e.g. 1:9 scale.

The left hand number represents 'real life' the right hand number represents 'model life'.

So basically what this means is that for one real horse, you would have nine model horses.

This means that the larger the number on the right the smaller the model.

So say you had a horse that was 162cm high (for the curious this is around 16hh).

The 1:9 scale model would be 18cm high.

The 1:12 scale model would be 13.5cm high

The 1:24 scale model would be 6.75cm high

The 1:32 scale model would be 5.0625cm high

The 1:64 scale model would be 2.53125cm high

So as you can see the larger the number on the right, the smaller the model horse.

So what about model railway scales?

Well these are the common scales:

G - 1:22
O - 1:43-1:48
OO - 1:76
HO - 1:84
N - 1:148 - 1:160

As you can see the scales aren't always consistent, they vary between different countries and manufacturers, sometimes quite considerably! Which can be quite problematic!

So how do our model horses fit in with this?

Well the most common small scale is Mini Whinnie which is 1:64 scale and therefore falls somewhere between O-OO.

Below shows a mini whinnie with an OO scale item:



And another:



As you can see Dog Food looks a little large!

But do not fret, you can often use your imagination and a bit of creativity to utilise items to fit in with 'our' scales. For example you can use trees such as the one shown as topiary in show jumping courses, or build up the hedges to double height for a more realistic finish.

As with all things model horse, it is all about creativity!

Monday, 7 March 2016

Cutey of the Day

Check out this adorable little cutey:

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Isn't he just to die for?

Decided he was just going to have to be a reference picture. So hopefully a little mini whinnie should be this colour some time soon...

Although first I have a million and one layers of white to do on this guy:



To quote my husband "he's not finished"...

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Health and Live Shows - Why our bodies destroy what we love...

Urgh my knees...

It is a phrase we all say so often, our backs our knackered, our knees are knackered and that three hour drive? Well that nearly killed us.

For some it is old age, for some chronic (or not chronic) health problems that slowly eat away at what we love.

When I had to give up riding horses it nearly destroyed me. But when I reached the point where I was in so much pain I would be crying on a horse, where the muscle weakness in my hands meant some days I couldn't hold the reins, I knew I had little choice.

I hardly expected that just a few years later those same problems would be destroying my ability to even show model horses.

But it is a horrible fact that many of us end up living with and do so almost silently.

For me live shows have become almost like torture. A few years ago, I'd get home, unpack the car, clean out the pigs, make dinner and watch TV.

Now I come home and go straight to bed. I will then sleep for around 24 hours+ if I can, before having around 2 days of non-activity. The pain and exhaustion is just unbearable. When I finish a days showing, I can barely stand, I often have to take very strong pain killers when home just to make life bearable.

But I'm not the only one. So why do we do it?

Well because we love it. We love the shows, the people, the fun days out. Of course we all have to manage it. For me it means making sure I have someone with me to help driving and not doing long distances. It means trying to make myself slow down a bit (not good at this) or having shows where I don't judge because I know it could mean I'm unable to drive home.

So keep showing my little potatoes...and don't worry if you need a time out :) We all love you and we all understand x

Meet Nina

I'm pretty sure I forgot to share little Nina with you guys!

Nina was bought at auction along with her mum (who is in need of TLC) and a Beswick Shire (who is up for sale on Chestnut Ridge).

She was the main reason I wanted the lot, isn't she just a cutey?

Her full name is CRS Nina Flowers

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Breyer Delivery Due Next Week - Who is Coming?

We have a huge delivery due next week and well...I thought I would share with you guys who is coming in stock, there are some exciting new arrivals coming in!

Some of these guys are up for pre-order at www.chestnutridge.co.uk if you want to get your order in early :)

So here it is...

The rather long list of who will be back in stock (or new in stock) next week:

Winners Circle Accessory Set - Western
 Winners' Circle Accessory Set - Western

Turnout Set
 Turnout Set

This set is a personal favourite of mine. I just love the fact that it comes with a horse ball! I've promised the models I will buy them one, wonder whether the horse ball will provide a distraction for Crackers?

Liverpool Jump
 Liverpool Jump

This jump is a limited edition for this year only. It is a really great looking jump and perfect for performance set ups. Breyer jumps can also be repainted so you could get several and create your own unique course!

Cross Country Jump
 Cross Country Jump

Another limited edition jump. This one is for cross country.

BRACE YOURSELVES!

Butterscotch!!!!
 Butterscotch

S'MORES!!!!!
 S'mores

Guess what I'll be trying to dig out first when the delivery comes in? I've already pre-ordered myself a set of these cuties, because who wouldn't want them???

Deluxe Stable Set
 Deluxe Stable Set

Cutting Horse and Calf
 Cutting Horse & Calf

English Riding Accessory Set
 English Riding Accessory Set (horse, saddle and bridle not included)

Totilas
 Totilas

GG Valentine & Heartbreaker
 GG Valentine & Heartbreaker

Brookside Pink Magnum
 Brookside Pink Magnum

Dog House Play Set
 Dog House Play Set

SBH Pheonix
 SBH Phoenix

Sweet Pea
 Sweet Pea

Scooter
 Scooter

Winners Circle Set - English
 Winners' Circle Accessory Set - English

Nylon Halters - Hot Colours
 Hot Colored Nylon Halters (horse not included)

Traditional "Dually" Truck
 Traditional Series

Traditional Two Horse Trailer
 Traditional Series Two-Horse Trailer

Brand new design for 2016 they are now a really cool white and blue colour. This truck and trailer set are really worth having, even if they do take up quite a lot of space!

Wood Stable
 Wood Stable (horses and accessories not included)

Blanket & Shipping Boots - Red
 Red Blanket & Shipping Boots(horse not included)

Blanket & Shipping Boots - Blue
 Blue Blanket & Shipping Boots (horse not included)

Blanket & Shipping Boots - Hot Pink
 Blanket and Shipping Boots - Hot Pink (horse not included)

Decorate Your Horse
 Decorate Your Horse

Another product that I am really excited about! I just adore the Breyer craft kits and this one looks like it is going to be so much fun!

Littlebits Beanies
 Star

Finally back in stock! We'll have another box of these naughty little blighters to torment us with their mischief.

Laura - Vet
 Veterinarian with Vet Kit 8

Brenda - Show Jumper
 Brenda - Show Jumper 8

Megan - Dressage Rider
 Megan -  Dressage Rider 8

Stablemate Singles
 Stablemates 8 Piece Set

Visiting Vet
 Visiting Vet

Chelsea - Show Jumper
 Chelsea Show Jumper

Abigail - English Rider
 Abigail, English Rider

Classic Tack & Blanket Sets
 Tack & Blanket 2 pc Assortment - English

Horse Cruiser
 Horse Cruiser

Another redesign for 2016 the pretty awesome Classic horse cruiser is now a really nice Teal colour. Great for transporting your Classics or to just sit on the pony room floor pushing around like a child (not that I do this of course *cough*)

Classic Singles
 Chestnut Morgan

All of them will be back in stock - chose this girl to represent the group :)

Ella - Colour Change
 Ella Color Change Surprise

HE'S HERE!!!!

IT'S SCRIBBLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Scribbles Color & Wash Pony

I literally cannot scream enough about this. SCRIBBLES IS COMING!!!!

Wood Corral
 Wood Corral (horses,barn, riders and accessories not included)

So there we go....what a long list! There are some really good products on there including some of the new Breyer 2016 releases. We'll keep you updated and let you know when these little cuties are with us :)

Patience my little potatoes....patience...