Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Liebster Award

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award by CWS Stables and Studio.  Thank you for the nomination!

Here are the rules (copied from the CWS blog):

- Put the Liebster Award logo on your blog.

- Thank and tag the blog that nominated you.

- Answer the questions and come up with 10 new ones for your nominees.

- Nominate 8 blogs (with less than 200 followers), let them know you've nominated them, and link them in your post.

- No tag backs!

Question Time:

1: Do you ride horses?  If so, how often and what disciplines?
Sadly, since moving to Japan back in May - well, really since taking my boy to Arizona back in March - I have not been riding horses at all.  Though I did JUST get the random, wonderful opportunity to ride this past weekend.  I'm hoping to make contact with the riding club and get back on a horse before another 6+ months goes by!  I have tried a few different disciplines, but I do like dressage and English-type riding the best.

2: How many pets do you have?
We brought two of our pets here with us, a dog: 11-year-old Newfoundland-mix named Max, and a cat: 8-year-old domestic shorthair named Tealight.  We were only allowed to bring two pets, our other critters stays with family and friends.  Since arriving here, we've added a tank full of male guppies (9 of them) to the family.  They aren't named yet.

3: Do you customise model horses? What do you use?
Yes, I do!  For horse type, I work on mostly Breyers.  I've done a couple of Stones, resins, and others too.  My favorite sculpting material is apoxie-sculpt.  I do like hairing horses (with mohair).  For finish work, I hand paint in acrylics.

4: Favourite book/series?
Oh boy, there are a lot.  I'd have to say that I still love the Black Stallion books and Marguerite Henry stories too.  They were childhood favorites.  One of my favorite stand alone books is called Woman Chief; that's where I originally got the "Horse Tender" name from.

5: Best model horse memory?
I would have to say: winning Overall Champion OF Breyer at the 2014 Black Hills Model Horse Show, with my classic Black Stallion.  I NEVER expected that to happen.  It was the best day of my entire model-horse-loving life.

6: Model horse/horsey inspiration?
There is a lot.  I find inspiration everywhere.  I'd say the top three sources of inspiration are: online, in books and magazines, and my own imagination.

7: Worst model horse buy?
I'm not sure that I have one.

8: Favourite horse/dog/cat colour?
Horse: So many that I love, but black has always been special.  Grulla is lovely as well.  Also any flashy pinto, though I prefer overo/tovero types over tobiano.
Dog: I think merle-colored dogs are so beautiful.  Also brindle.
Cat: Probably blue or calico.

9: What's your dream horse?
Right now - ANY horse!  ;)  Seriously though, I have always loved Akhal-Tekes and I still dream of having one of them.

10: Any other skills/hobbies?
In addition to model horses, I have a LOT of hobbies/interests.  One of my biggest that I'm most passionate about is training horses - when I had horses to train.  There is something absolutely magical about working with a young, wild horse, and building a relationship with them so that they go from wild to a partner and friend.  Other hobbies include: horseback archery, riding motorcycles, writing stories, travel, hiking, camping, fishing... Also, plenty of other crafty interests: making paper goods (greeting cards, bookmarks, etc.), tatting, some jewelry making, drawing, and on and on.

Here are my questions to ask:

1: What is your favorite color?
2: Who is your favorite fictional character?
3: Do you play any online/computer games?  If so, which ones?
4: Best (real) horse memory?
5: Favorite time of year?
6: Are you a night owl or an early bird?
7: Do you have any pets?
8: Favorite breed of horse?
9: Are you working on any big projects right now?
10: What other hobbies or interests to you have?

And here are my nominees:

Five Paws Studio
Trail Blazer Farm
Shoestring Stable
Rachel Fail Model Horse Tack
Desktop Stables
Shady Creek
Last Alliance Studios
Stage Left Studios

I really enjoy their blogs and I'm looking forward to reading the answers from anyone who can participate!

Thanks again to CWS Stables and Studio for the nomination; this was fun.

As a side note: I tried to do some research on the Liebster Award and it seems that it is a thing that has been around for at least a few years, though I wasn't able to find the origin of it.  It's turned into sort of a chain letter it seems, but that's fine with me.  I think it was fun to do and I've always enjoyed getting to know more about my friends and people that I admire!  Plus, it's always nice to help each other with our blogs and introduce them to viewers they might not otherwise have, eh?  :)


  1. No problem! That's so cool that you won Overall Champion!! Thanks for answering the questions! :)

  2. That was interesting! Thanks for the nomination, double nominated!

    1. Triple nominated it turned out! And well deserved! :)