1st place Fun/Artistic - Halie Lakes and HAF Onyx's Ocean Blue
1st place Realistic Richard Sterling and RVR Man In The Mirror
2nd place Realistic Richard Sterling and GR's Designer Chex
3rd place Realistic Richard Sterling and OCS Junestar
Congratulations! Prizes will be sent out shortly. Due to the low turnout and every entrant receiving prizes, I will not be drawing random entrants to receive the painting retexture and import
Thanks again Maxine for hosting that challenge and all the generous donators.
It was a real pleasure to do these entries and to see everyone else's ones !
It makes me really happy to see my entry chosen as Grand Champion.
Congrats @Stacy-Parks ! You have the winning bid on R66 Sheza Diva! Send me your email or message me on Slack! Let me know which disciplines you want her registered in and I can take care of that for you too!
Wheeeeey Keegan looky at you actually updating this and showing off all your gorgeous pixels! I love the history of your stables and completely admire how established you've become since your start on Equus; all those talented pixels of yours and their fancy shmancy International titles prove how much time and effort you've put in. I'm so honoured to own some MV babies - and totally just sayin', I'm always down for more too - you're my favourite SE breeder and I'm so glad I got the chance to add some to my own not-so-little hoard. I shall now just sit here and admire all the prettiness and write you out a list of the pixels I'm gonna kidnap when I visit at some point because HELLO PRETTY FLOWERS!
TY Gypsy Spirit
Owned by Marc Sanders at Sliding K Ranch
You mentioned in your challenge entry that TY Gypsy Spirit comes from your grandfather’s farm Tybar Ranch, would you mind explaining a bit the evolution of Tybar Ranch into the current Sliding K Ranch?
When my grandfather Rian Swift first began Tybar Ranch, his love, heart, and soul were focused on the mustangs just outside the ranch...the Sandwash Basin herd. He had grown up riding out in the Basin and when the first round up of his time happened. He was right there watching as a teenager, it's how he got his hands on the founding stallion whom I still have today, Tattooed Romeo, and our founding mustang mare Juilet. These were the beginnig of all things mustangs for Tybar Ranch. When he was a boy it had the name of Shiver Creek Ranch. As he got older and his father passed it onto him he changed it to Tybar. Tybar Ranch then became North Fork Ranch as my grandfather aged and passed it onto my father. Who ventured into other stock type horses and sadly let the mustang trade dwindle into almost nothing and his focus became Quarter Horses and Paint horses, which truthfully are not my thing all together but I've kept around what we have as I've grown up with these horses and love them as much as the mustangs. We moved the entire ranch and family to Wyoming, lived there on the new property until I was 16...that's when disaster struck. I was helping my mom cook dinner, dad was with the ranch hands bringing the horses down from the mountian pastures when a storm rolled in. There was a ton of lightning, and several times the barn was hit...the barn,the hay barn, everything, including half the house burnt to the ground that night. We got all the horses out and onto the lower pastures. But dad was done. He was going to sell the ranch before my older brother Treyvor said he would take over until I was 21, then it was all on me. When my dad and grandad agreed Treyvor asked me to rename the ranch and we moved about 140 miles deeper into Wyoming. We rebuilt, and restarted. I decided to name the ranch Sliding K Ranch because Reining was my sport, and my middle name is Kane. I also pretty much slid into the ownership role of a large horse ranch at a young age.
As Gypsy is a mustang, her temperament and aptitude for competition were a mystery when she was caught and trained. Could you explain the draw towards her and horses like her as opposed to breeds like the American Quarter Horse that have known pedigrees. How does training for Gypsy differ from captive-born horses? Does it differ at all?
When a mustang comes to us either from a rancher having an issue with them, a rescue being to full, we visit the auctions and one catches our heart, or even if someone calls us telling us there's one injured somewhere. We take the time to watch and learn every small aspect about the horse. What makes it spook, what calms it down. What causes it's tail to flick in annoyance. It's all about building a ground relationship with the animal and working with them from the ground before ever trying to get up on their back. Horses bred for the show ring are always around people, so to them we are their bread and butter. But to a mustang, we're a predator, new, strange, and scary. New mustangs brought onto our ranch are paired wih other mustangs that are already trained and know we aren't there to harm them but care for them. So not only do they learn from the other horses that we are okay, they learn from how we do things. I feel I have a stronger bond with my mustang horses over my quarter horses simply because I have to earn every tiny aspect of that animals trust versus a horse that was bred right into the world of being cared for by humans. They expect it, mustangs don't. They have a wild fire inside of them that if you train them right, they keep.
We gentle our horses, we start with standing on the outside of the small paddocks, the round rings, their stalls and runs. They learn by following the other horses in for feeding time or treats at the fence, once they've gotten used to us from the paddock then we move inside with them. Normally I wander around with my son's big gelding Kodi, checking fence lines, going to the creek that runs through one of the big pastures for a swim or just to read a book or fish. I don't go near the horses, I let them come to me. I start the training in the paddock, slight pats here and there letting them chew or sniff my hair or whatever they want to do. Mustangs are mutts, they're the outcasts of the horse world and everyone sees them either as trouble or not worth their time to train right...they're like me. The black sheep of the horse world and we all deserve a chance to show the world our real worth and that just because we don't have a show stopping pedigree doesn't mean we can't make it to the top of the food chain.
What is Gypsy like back home? Any fun quirks or habits?
Haha, Gypsy oh man. This little girl, when my grandfather first found her as a little yearling filly, from what the vet said, she gave him a run for his money. She had been terrorizing riders out on one of the trails. She would chase their horses down, spook them, get them riled up and then disappear without so much as a broken twig to tell where she went. It's how she got her name really. She still does these silly things at times. Once she was trained she was sent off to her adoptive home so we lost a lot of time with her ourselves, but the owner returned her to us for personal reasons and her training began back up. She loves to take off with her saddle blanket or halter. Before the show she actually grabbed the saddle blanket from inside the trailer and took off with it. She's playful and very.....what is the word I want to use for her. Protective. When we brought her back to Sliding K Ranch, she didn't want anything to do with any of the other riders or trainers...farm hands were a joke to her, she spooked them a lot. Me though, she came right up at the paddock and put her head over my shoulder. She nips my hair right at the nape of my neck first thing in the morning when I'm doing my feeding rounds. She doesn't much like black cats, we have one currently missing its tail and several that won't go near her stall even if being carried because she's chased them or snapped or some other mean spirited thing she can think of. Dogs, on the other hand, she loves. She drives my pittie insane by nuzzling and licking the top of his head. Her treat of choice is apple pie, found this out when I had lunch in the paddock with the mustangs one day, she nosed into my lunch pail and ate only my pie, so now I keep one made in the fridge at the barn just for her.
The auction has come to an end and its now time to announce the new owners, and reveal who bred these beautiful horses. Do to the rule that a single person may only win one of these beauties, one was reclaimed by its breeder.
All payments are to be sent to my account Tiffany Tieman on the main site, before receiving your horse.
BNR Nic's Trusty Flintlock now belongs to @Kia-Williams, with a winning bid of $21,000 the breeder of this colt is Fallon Jackson please contact her via Forum Pm or Slack
CSR Shiny New Kicks now belongs to @Angeles-Dunn with the winning bid of$22,000, the breeder of this colt is Cole Tieman, please contact him via Forum PM or on Slack
HMR Midnight Mobster now belongs to at Olivia Yendall with a winning bid of $15,000, the breeder of this colt is Kassidi Coy Lutz, please contact her via Forum PM, or Slack
AAS Wrecking Ball now belongs to @Dalton-Howell with a winning bid of $9,000, I am the breeder of this horse so please contact me on the forum of slack
BNR Golden Tiara now belongs to @Cristyne-Westwood with a winning bid of $8,000, the breeder of this horse is Fallon Jackson, please contact her via Forum Pm or on Slack
AAS In Bad Humor not belongs to @Sadie-Woodson with a winning bid of $14,000, I am the breeder of this horse so please contact me here on the forum of on slack
CSR Diamond Temptress now belongs to at @Freya-Valkyrie with a winning bid of $36,000, Cole Tieman is the breeder of this horse so contact him via Forum or Slack
Congrats to the winners and thank you for taking part in this auction!
Please be aware you will have to abide by any special rules that each breeder may personally have set for the horses that they have bred.
Hollow Creek was known to mostly sell only purebred Warmbloods when they did post the occasional ad, but Vagabond was a special case. He had come from our hay growing neighbor who owned a sweet and colorful Gypsy Vanner mare to help him with his farm work. Turns out she had gotten pregnant from one of the colorful Thoroughbreds from the racing stud up the street in an unfortunate breach in fencing on their end. The farmer couldn't really handle another horse, let alone one who was relatively spirited. He asked us to take him on and we couldn't say no to the kind old man who fed our horses.
The thing was, we really didn't have room for another horse in our program without at least someone who wanted to take full responsibility for him. But man, this horse did not want to sell.
"I thought you said he was a light colored horse?" the somewhat inexperienced, yet snobby buyer asked. Blake thought it was such an odd question, of course he was a light color horse he was tested for silver on top of cream. Then she saw him. "Oh..."
He was absolutely filthy. "He is I promise! He just...enjoys the dirt!" The potential buyer made a disgusted face. "Please tell me this isn't a normal thing." Blake couldn't truthfully say that it wasn't. The uptight looking woman huffed and turned her nose up "You expect me to full wash a horse just to ride them every time? I'm sorry but I'll be taking my business elsewhere." And with that, she stomped back to her car.
Blake sighed, when she listed an ad for a super light color horse, she didn't expect that every rich lady in the area wanting her perfect princess horse would come out of the woodworks just to make her life hard. "What's the matter boss?" one of her farmhands asked. She had been on vacation for several months and just came back today. Blake turned to her and gave her a pained smile. "Oh nothing, I've just been trying to find a good owner for this guy, he just wants to make it impossible.."
Lilianna finally noticed the addition to the paddock and gasped. "Can I try him out?" she blurted out. "I mean, if it's okay with you, I've actually kinda started working towards being able to buy my own horse and I..." "Say no more, if you like him, we can for sure work something out." Lilianna squealed and hugged Blake before rushing off to grab Vagabond's halter.
Despite clearly enjoying being a disgusting horse, Vagabond was also surprisingly okay with getting cleaned. Lilianna made great work of scrubbing the dirt from his body and getting him nice and dry before tacking him up.
Their ride went wonderfully, Lilianna had been doing enough lessons that riding him on her own was only a little challenging. He had gotten plenty of training but his listening still wasn't perfect, but they went through all of their gaits and even popped over a tall crossrail. When she dismounted she was absolutely smitten. "I love him! You'll really let me have him?" she beamed. Blake chuckled and put a hand on the jittering girl's shoulder to steady her, "For now let's do a lease, I don't want you to full commit to something just yet, but if you still feel so strongly in a couple of months, absolutely."
Lilianna was practically skipping him back to his paddock. She turned him loose again just as the other residents were getting stalled up for feed. She looked down to check her phone and as she looked up again she couldn't help but laugh.
He was already rolling again. This didn't break Lilianna's spirit at all, "Oh well, you'll just get another bath tomorrow!" And just about every day she wanted to do anything with him. In the end, she fully bought him and still boards him with us. Everyday he's covered in dirt as if you've never actually washed him. And everyday Lilianna loves him just a little bit more.
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