MEPSA'S 2014 TACK CONTEST!
Here are the entries for the contest. Please vote for your favorite. Keep it fair: one person, one vote. The makers are secret until the end of the contest, when we reveal the names.
A. Traditional scale Vaulting horse set
BY CHARLOTTE MARTIN!
Bridle with decorated brow and noseband, side reins, hand hold, surcingle, breast collar, pad, and lined girth. All ready for the circus or exhibition.
B. SM scale complete parade set with "silver".
WINNER! BY KRISTEN WILLIAMS!!
This item is a full western parade set dyed to a deep red chestnut color and loaded with painstaking silver. It features removable corona pad, removable serapes, removable hip drops (which sticky waxes under the tail), a breast collar that attaches to the cinch via a little hook, and a bridle that sticky waxes at the poll. The cheek pieces are glued shut for ease of use, but the throat strap and the noseband are adjustable so that the bridle will fit multiple models. The set also features a one-of-a-kind, hand-sculpted epoxy tree and fully working cinch (working buckle on the right side and strap on the left). The set best fits Sarah Rose’s Little Lonestar and other similarly sized, large stablemate scale models.
C. Traditional scale Blue stable halter and lead
BY ROBYN SMITH
D. Traditional scale Skijoring set with documentation
Bridle with long ribbon reins, surcingle with lined girth, numbered saddle pad, fleece breastcollar, a "cover" made from felt, a hold at the back, and separate skis, as well as two leg wraps in silver. A "thank-you" nod to our favorite tack maker and super friend of MEPSA, Jennifer Buxtom of Braymere Saddlery for the blog article and photo that inspired this set.
BY MAGGIE SAYERS
E. Traditional scale set of saddlebags, canteen, boots and two guns with holster for those rough rides. The boots are prop, but may fit a doll.
BY CHRIS LEWIS of WILDWOOD TACK AND PROPS
F. Traditional scale western bridle with cast bit and change of rein with both split and roping rein. The split rein is tied with embroidery floss. The roping rein has lobster clasps at each end.
BY LAUREL DEDES
G. A fancy Marwari headstall with silver, very realistic, with documentation link.
Traditional scale Marwari headstall/halter; can be worn on its own or over an English bridle.
Hand woven embroidery thread, hand made tassels, pompoms & topknot decorations. Jewelry hardware decorations. The weaving & tie threads have been treated with fray check to keep them from unraveling. The tie threads have been left long so they will fit other models; they can be cut later if desired. The frontispiece is not attached to the crown piece so it can easily be put on in between the ears of the model without breaking or rubbing the ears.
Links to reference: http://images.slawik.com/en/taxonomy/term/11132,15977,10867 & http://images.slawik.com/en/taxonomy/term/15932,10866
BY CARISSA KIRKSEY