October 2016 - Gift Guide: Staff Picks

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by Kim F. Miller & Alicia Anthony

Mini Jumps

Like everything else in the world, backyard jumps are much more sophisticated than they were in my day. Courses then were easily constructed of picnic benches and broomsticks and mops set between two chairs.

Young equestrians today need not suffer such indignities thanks to UK company Mini-Jumps. It’s a family owned endeavor that has been making scaled-down show jumping fences, with proper standards, cups, poles and directional flags, since 2006. They’ve been shipping to the States throughout that time, but recently finalized arrangements that make U.S. purchases easier and more affordable.

The obstacles are available in two sizes, to fit “competitors” from 4 to 14 and they can be used anywhere, from small, indoor arenas, like the living room, to wide open spaces outside.

More info: visit www.mini-jumps.co.uk.


Coloring Books

Adult coloring books are all the rage these days, for everybody from cancer patients to, you guessed it, horse and dog lovers! Here are a couple of sources for beautiful coloring books featuring horses and dogs.

The Prism Horses Adult Coloring Book features the designs of equine illustrator June V Evers. The soft-cover book has 24 pages of highly detailed illustrations on heavyweight paper. It’s comb-bound so the books lay flat for coloring and the finished product can easily be pulled out and framed. Made in the USA, too.

June Evers is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in illustration and has been drawing horses all her life. Her art can be seen in the many books she has written as well as illustrated: Anyone Can Draw Horses, Mazes & Connect the Dots - Volume1 Horses, The Original Book of Horse Treats, The Ultimate Guide to Pampering Your Horse and The Wonderful Life of Lola.

Along the way, she studied with renowned equine illustrator, Sam Savitt. June says, “That was one of the most exciting clinics of my life to study with Sam Savitt! Sam introduced me to the work of Sir Alfred Munnings and Paul Brown. Fabulous!”

She currently is a graphic designer with clients all throughout the horse industry. She also runs Horse Hollow Press, which has been in business for 26 years. Started in an apartment in New York City in 1990 when June was an art director at an ad agency. Horse Hollow Press is an outlet for her creativity. Products include bumper stickers, decals, window stickers, books, activity kits and greeting cards.

More info: www.horsehollowpress.com.

The Amazing World of Horses and four other titles are available from Selah Works, an enterprise of two fine artists, one of whom is horse enthusiast Cindy Elsharouni. When she decided to share her passion for art and horses in the form of adult coloring books, she wasn’t expecting to eventually sell over 6,000 copies a month. The key to their popularity, the artist says, is that “they’re not just coloring books, but a boundless opportunity for creativity tied together with its own narrative.”

 

The coloring books, for adults and kids, can be purchased through the Selah Works Facebook page, where digital downloads of individual coloring pages are also available.


 

Grey Horse Candles

Fresh cut hay, cedar shavings, campfire and high-end saddle are among the scents available through Grey Horse Candle. Bringing favorite smells of the horsey lifestyle into candle form is the brainchild of Kayla Stacy, a photographer and horse owner from Tennessee. Made of organic soy, the hand-poured candles are beautifully packaged to make perfect gifts for everybody, especially editors!

More info: www.greyhorsecandles.com.


Good Reads

The Cowgirl Jumped Over The Moon, by Linda Ballou

Take a thrilling ride with Gemcie McCauley aboard Marshal, her bold Irish hunter. Sail over daunting courses designed to test the skills of horse and rider on the road to the World Cup. Feel her heartbreak when she crashes into a fence and loses Marshal to abusive owners and her husband to her arch rival.

Ride with her in the Range of Light, where she trails solo and finds solace and strength living among the majestic spires on the John Muir Trail.  Feel her terror when a bear attack lands her in the arms of a solitary cowboy. Return with her to rescue Marshal and become one with him, flying high once more.

More info: www.LindaBallouAuthor.com.


Décor Galore from Rebecca Ray Designs

A variety of equestrian themed archival ink images can be placed on prints, canvases, pillows, t-shirts and mugs – all made in America. The images include a cat, dog, horse, fox, a snaffle and several others and can be turned out quickly as customized gifts for friends and family.

The only danger in this idea is that going to Rebecca Ray’s website will take you to her familiar line of wonderful leather and suede belts, bracelets, bags, etc., which are really hard to resist whether you need one or not. But more great gift ideas for you disciplined shoppers!

More info: www.rebeccaraydesigns.com.