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.