Happy Fleur!! Of July! (and a Happy 4th of July to my US Readers!)




 *We had a sever storm that brought our internet down. The repairman just came and replaced our modem!! I can upload yesterday’s post! Here it is  and I hope you enjoy it!

Today I would like to show you my new horse stalled in my barn in New Jersey ,USA. Well, he is in our main barn, not stalled with my other horses. My new jumper ,Fleur!!, is a colorful one! He stands 6’10” tall and is 8’10’ long with hundreds of handmade flowers all over him! Yes, he is my very large paper sculpture horse that I made just for the  Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Photo Contest 2014 in Normandy France.

 The white backdrop is the same paper I used to make all the flowers with. I got a 10′ recycle roll of paper from a local printing company and painted large pieces with different bright colors . I cut ,folded and made designs on each flower.

I used wood, Styrofoam, bamboo and chicken wire to make a form and cover that with paper strips of the  same papers (click  photo to see photo gallery).I got inspired by Alexa King’s Barbaro statue in KY to have no jumping standard. Two hardest parts were making all the hundreds of flowers and making a ‘pitchless’  pitch fork to go underneath  to support him. Then I covered it all over with my flowers! I think he looks so cool jumping through the air!!

I used my new OTTB , Matt Dillion ~ US Marshall, (Matty for short!) for my model! He is three years old and I love to jump and hope he will too when he is older!!

Our computer was not working and I lost some of my photos that I wanted to submit.  I hope my photo wins  ~ I would really like to go to France and see the Games!!

I had a lot of fun making Fleur!! and I did all most all the work myself except for a few very hard parts that my mema helped me with! I am planning on making an other sculpture for the fall ~ Come back in September to see it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope Fleur has added some jump and color to your day!

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Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands ! 





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