Saturday, October 24, 2009


Words of advice: don't ever do a Double Wedding Ring Quilt. They will eat your brain, all of your spare time, and your fingertips.

There’s a long and interesting story behind it, but I’ll save it for when I finally get around to my Breyer History Quilt project.

I’ve been trying to work on a post about the LSE, but everything I write turns into a cranky rant, and you guys deserve better than my best Harlan Ellison imitation. There’s been WAY too much crankiness in the model horse world lately anyway, and there's no need to throw more into that toxic soup. It’ll just have to simmer on the back burner for another day or two and try to cook some of the unpleasant flavors out of it.

(Can you tell the weather turned wet and drizzly this week? I need a bowl of Corn Chowder, STAT!)

Dang, the color on that Web Special Frappe is sweet. I kinda hope he sells out before I inevitably change my mind and hit the BUY button. (Not sure that’ll even happen, but I’ll cover that in the LSE post.) I’ve pretty much put a moratorium on buying any horses through the end of the year: I could swing it financially, but I really, truly do not have the space for it.

(Unless someone wants to trade my extra Del Mar for one. Same price point, comparable run. No bag, two very faint lines under the gloss in the blaze. Real nice shading. Think about it.)

I like Adios; I can’t recall how many I have, but it’s definitely more than a couple. Let’s see, I have an original bay Adios with a Blue Ribbon Sticker, a beautiful Mesa, Hollywood Gold, that strangely appealing 1990 Black Roan, the highly underrated Like A Diamond … no Yellow Mount, yet, but that’s because I’m being inexplicably picky. I’ve had a lot of Yellow Mounts, but none of them have been the right Yellow Mount, y’know? I have the same problem with the Palomino Western Prancing Horse.

I will never own the original Palomino, and the Buckskin? You don’t want to know my history with the Buckskin Adios. It will lead to crankiness. And the possible throwing of sharp, pointy things.

Outside of his original release, most of his releases have been of the stock horse variety, in spite of the fact that he doesn’t look too particularly "stock horsy." He looks like what he was originally meant to be: a mature Standardbred stud. (As for who came first - the Breyer, or the Boehm - I’ll be deferring that topic, yet again, for another time.)

The mold manages to carry off just about any color really well, though, so I don’t have a problem with any of the more exotic colors they put on him. (Who doesn’t love that gorgeous Brandywine?) And that dappled dilute dun? Holy milkshakes, Batman! I think I have a new favorite color for my Collector’s Choice submissions.

In case you were wondering: why yes, I do have a picture of the real Adios in his salad (or would that be alfalfa?) days: here he is as a 2 year old, in an uncredited photo from the cover of the June 16, 1943 issue of The Harness Horse:

Yet another gift to my archive from the local flea market.


Kelly said...

Gotta love Adios! I live about forty miles from the Meadows Race Track. There is a larger-than-life-sized Adios bronze at the entrance and several smaller bronzes inside. The smaller bronzes are slightly larger (about 12-14 inches tall, base not included)than the Traditional Breyer Adios. They are very similar, down to the kink near the end of his tail, but they aren't identical. Here's a pic of the Adios bronze that stands at the entrance:
There used to be a fantastic flea market before a casino was added to the site.

ANDREA said...

I think the universe is trying to tell me something: I found Edward Marshall Boehm's biography at the flea market today - with not one, but two different photos of the Adios!

(My first reaction was "You have GOT to be KIDDING!")

So, more on the Adios tomorrow. Because the universe hath decreed it, or something.

Kelly said...

Boehm biography = great find!

The Meadows racetrack flea market was also featured in PBS's 2001 "A Flea Market Documentary" by Rick Sebak. I'm actually in the video, though most of my thoughtful commentary was cut out, leaving: "They're like Barbie horses, but better!" Ugh!

Several of the "mistaken Presentation Collection" Adios (Adioses?) have been found by local collectors there. They are mounted on a base with his name and pacing time on a brass plate.