Monday, March 8, 2010

Equine Artist's Breyer Repaints Help Real Abused Horses

In addition to being an award-winning equine and wildlife artist, my sister Donna Chase is also a horse trainer and farmer.  She also happens to be one of the coolest people you could ever want to meet.

More than anything else in the world, Donna loves horses.  Even the problem horses, the abuse cases, the horses no one else can handle.  She understands them.  And they understand her right back.

Siberia Farm, Donna's small farm in northern Maine, has become home to a number of formerly neglected and mishandled horses.  Here, they find peace and trust again.

To raise funds to help support these special horses, Donna has turned her artistic talents toward a whole new genre:  Breyer Horse remakes.  Thousands of people collect Breyer horses, and the most valuable collector's items of all are the artist remakes, where a skilled equine artist reshapes, resculpts, and repaints the original shapes into a one-of-a-kind work of art.  These remakes sell for hundreds of dollars each, and go to become the pride of someone's collection.

Donna is taking the art form one step further.  She has just launched the first of her "RealHorse Remakes," a series of Breyer remakes depicting the actual, rehabilitated horses at Siberia Farm.  

First in the series is Piney, a chestnut Paint mare who was severely abused before coming to Siberia Farm.  You can read all about Piney's story, and see photos of the real, live horse here.

This beautiful work of art is at auction on Ebay until March 12, with a very low starting bid.  So act fast!  

All proceeds will help care for Piney and her other equine friends at Siberia Farm.

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