Landseer winning the 2002 Shadwell mile.

I've been a fan of horse racing for a long time, and I've always wanted to give something back to the sport, and particularly to the horses who have thrilled me for so many years. After seeing Landseer tragically break down in the 2002 Breeders Cup Mile, and more recently, the sad deaths of Ferdinand, Pine Island, and especially Barbaro, I've decided that I would like to put my artistic talent to good use. I would like to offer custom painted model horses for sale or at auction on a regular basis to benefit equine rescue and research groups such as the Exceller Fund, ReRun, the Barbaro Memorial Fund, Old Friends, and CANTER.

I plan on offering portraits of real racehorses, probably starting with Landseer, Ruffian, and Go For Wand, along with other well-known horses with happier stories, like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Point Given. I will also offer a variety of non-portrait customs depending on what model bodies I have available.

At this time, I'm looking for bodies to be used for this project, preferably free or pretty cheap. Any condition is fine, although I'll need the piece if the model has a broken leg. Broken ears are no problem. The bodies I am initially interested in for this project are the Breyer Classic TBs (Man O' War, Swaps, Terrang, Kelso, and Silky Sullivan), Lonesome Glory, Ruffian, Smarty Jones, Cigar, Phar Lap, and Halla, SM TBs (Citation, Swaps, Seabiscuit, Thoroughbred Mare, and any foals); the Peter Stone Thoroughbred; and any other nice TB bodies. Non-TB bodies are also welcome. :-)

The first Landseer Project model, a CM Ruffian portrait sold for $104.02 on March 22, 2003! All proceeds are going to the Exceller Fund. Thank you to all who bid!

This portrait model of Street Sense, the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, sold for $105.00 on May 13th, 2007, to benefit the Barbaro Memorial Fund. Thanks Wendy!

A portrait of Eight Belles, the filly who broke down after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby. She was auctioned off for $102.50 in May 2008 with all proceeds sent to ReRun, a TB rescue.