September 2018, What’s in Process?

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It’s been an exceptionally busy summer for us at Elite Equestrian, and we are heading into an even busier Autumn season.

We are close to releasing our scripted, fully functional horse trailer. This trailer can be hitched to any functional vehicle, allowing you to trailer your RealHorses anywhere you have driving privileges.  The trailer takes two horses and features glowing reflectors and functional doors and wheels.

We are also working on rigged manes for the Friesian and the Straight Egyptian Arabian. These manes include the French Braid, Roached Mane, Leaf Braid, Cute Braid + decorations, Bobble, Simple, Flowing, Shaggy, and Spartan manes.

We have two collectible horse gachas close to release; these include our Morgan and Quarter Horse collectibles, with a very special gacha planned for October.

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And finally, we are working on our new, improved carriages/carts for use with both our RealHorse avatars and the PasturePets.

Last but really not least, we are overhauling our ground level to make it easier to ride – and of course, we always have fun new things in the works, including our Equinox celebration on September 23rd.

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New, Arabian Model Collectible Gacha

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New today in our in-world Silver Sands store, the Arabian Horse  Model Collectible gacha.  These 1:7 scale models showcase the Straight Egyptian Arabian in classic poses, including a show stance, a proud stand, rearing, trotting, prancing, and the Spanish Walk.

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Prizes include 30 commons (Bay, Golden Chestnut, Black, Dark Dapple and Dapple Gray in all 6 poses); 7 Rares (Rabicano Sorrel Rearing, Rabicano Chestnut Show Stance, Rabicano Classic Bay Proud, Rabicano Mahogany Bay Trotting, Rabicano Light Bay Prancing and Rabicano Dark Dapple Bay Spanish Walk plus a special model display); and 4 Ultrarares (Mature gray Dancer in Show Stance, dark dapple gray Cherry in Show Stance, albino white Ele in Proud stand, and rose gray Lillian in Proud stand).

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The Gacha is 50L a pull and is located in the entry to the Elite Equestrian store in Silver Sands.

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Elite Equestrian @ Acacia Falls

Elite Equestrian Horse Stables and Boarding is looking towards it’s Grand Opening at Acacia Falls RP Community.

Address: 1022 Oak Hills Lane, Whispering Mountain

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The grand opening is coming!  Watch for more information.

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The grounds are beautiful and peaceful.  Come by and enjoy the beauty that is this place.

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No where to board your horse or pony?  Come rent a stall at the stable 150L for 100 prims!

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Stall rentals, pony parties, weddings, funerals, parades, riding lessons both private and public and more can be found here!

Pasture Pets can be found here!!!  Leasing is easy and it’s only 500L per week.

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This is the lovely Oreo!  She is a stunning Shetland pony with a colorful unicorn’s horn.

elite equestrian af horse stable_013 Our breathtaking Belle is waiting to go home with you.  She is a gorgeous Marwari and her presence is elegant and beguiling.  Come by and lease her today!

elite equestrian af horse stable 14_001This is Sugarplum.  She is a gorgeous Clydesdale just waiting for your love and affection.

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Meet Strawberry.  She is a darling pony and she’s waiting for you!  Come enjoy how sweet she is!

Last Days of the Ultimate ABC Sale

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After years of breeding and creating top-tier ABC (Awesome Breed Creations) show horses and show and racing ponies, I’m moving on to other interests. I (and two friends) will be selling our show pets till 9 pm SLT on Tuesday, July 31st.  ~LP~ ABC tack will be removed from both the marketplace and inworld on Monday July 30th.Snapshot_001

Still available:

  • More than 100 ABC pet horses & ponies, including Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, and many other gorgeous previous show winners.
  • Boxed Poseidon
  • Starter horses & ponies
  • Zeus CR Pet
  • My breeding & showing presentations.
  • Unreleased & custom ABC jump courses for ABC horses &  Ponies.
  • 2 raffles, one for a complete set of my ABC horse tack; the second for a complete set of my ABC pony tack.

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Breeds included in this sale:

  • Ponies: Australian Pony, Boer, Chincoteague Pony, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor Pony, Fell Pony, Gotland, Highland, Kerry Bog, Lundy Pony, New Forest, Newfoundland Pony, POA Pony, Shetland Pony,;
  • Horses: Akhel Teke, American Saddlebred, American Standardbred, Appaloosa, Paint, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Boulonnais, Drum, Hanoverian, Lippizan, Marwari, Morgan, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Tennessee Walker, Thoroughbred.
  • Mules, starters, specials, and CR horses.

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During my time breeding ABC horses and ponies, I bred and tacked more than 800 BoB, RBoB, Bis and RBiS show winners, and 3 Grand Champions. I bred racing ponies that won more than 100 purses and my Dales ponies still hold 3 speed records at the ABC track.

  • Bred the 2017 Vanity Fair Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Ponies
  • 2017 Pony Breeders Excellence Award (17 ponies qualified)
  • 2017 Overall Breeders Excellence Award (25 horses & ponies qualified)
  • Track Records, Pony Sled QL4
    ~LP~ Double Jazz, Lanz134, 12-17 Event 1177, 37.6 s
    ~LP~ Strawberry Jazz, Dark Sunflower, Event 1082, 37.73 s
    ~LP~ Strawberry Dancer, RockSalt555, Event 1165 37.82 s

Now you can have those secrets to breeding and showing in one place, with my presentations and Youtube video links.

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There will be multiple unreleased ABC jump courses available in a fat pack. These  include the jump courses I created for Equine Island, Horse World, and Shadow Wynde, as well as a couple of others including a special pony course.  These are timed and sized for the ABC horse and pony and include everything needed to set up a timed jump course, all packed in handy rezzers for each course.

In addition, I am offering 2 raffles over the period of the sale. One of the raffles will be for 2 complete sets of all of my ~LP~ ABC horse tack, and one of the raffles will be for 2 complete sets of all of my ~LP~ ABC pony tack.  This includes unreleased tack that I never sold; custom sets that I made to match specific coats/eyes, and more.

The Pony Raffle set includes the following sets: bobble mane, faux tails, a display halter, buggies, sleighs, a photostudio, Amazonia, Ars Noctis, Butterflies are Free, Celtic Saddle, D-Ring Snaffle, Driving Miss Daisy, Fairyland, Flat (dressage) English Saddle, Forward English Saddle, Parade Western saddle and Show Western saddle, Hollywood Nights, Fancy Wrapper, Garden Flowers, Lily of the Valley, Luna-Sea, Native American, Peacock, Rose Harness, Shades of Hay, Saddle Flowers, SideSaddle, Sleeping Beauty, and Voodoo That You Do for a total of 275 total sets for breeds including Australian Pony, Boer, Chincoteague Pony, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor Pony, Dulmen, Fell Pony, Highland, Kerry Bog, Lundy Pony, New Forest, Newfoundland Pony, POA Pony, Pottok Pony, Shetland Pony, and Welsh Pony. Not all sets were created for all breeds. For a complete listing of tack, please visit our Silver Sands region.

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The Horse Raffle set includes the following sets: bobble mane, faux tails, a display halter, buggies, sleighs, a photostudio, Amazonia, Ars Noctis, Butterflies are Free, Celtic Saddle, D-Ring Snaffle, Driving Miss Daisy, Fairyland, Flat (dressage) English Saddle, Forward English Saddle, Parade Western saddle and Show Western saddle, Hollywood Nights, Fancy Wrapper, Garden Flowers, Lily of the Valley, Luna-Sea, Native American, Peacock, Rose Harness, Shades of Hay, Saddle Flowers, Sidesaddle, Sleeping Beauty, and Voodoo That You Do, Heart Mane, Harvest Home, Grackle Bridle, Mer Set, Drum Saddle, Fantasy Armor, Demi Harness, Carmen, Memories, Native Arabian, Yule B Brite, Noel Noelle,Circus Rider, Rest on Your Laurels, Diamond Mane sets (Bow, Rose, Gem-Feather, Daisy), Bad Ass Baroque, and Lucky Times for a total of 720 total sets for breeds including Akhel Teke, American Saddlebred, American Standardbred, Appaloosa, Paint, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Australian Stock Horse, Barb, Belgian, Boulonnais, Brumby, Canadian Pacer, Clydesdale, Drum, Florida Cracker, French Trotter, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Hackney, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Irish Sport Horse, Lippizan, Marwari, Morgan, Oldenburg, Orlov, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Rocky Mountain Horse, Shire, Suffolk Punch, Tennessee Walker, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, (Dutch) Warmblood. Not all sets were created for all breeds. For a complete listing of tack, please visit our  Silver Sands region.

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Raffle tickets are $100L per entry for the Pony sets; $200L per entry for the horse sets.  This will be the only opportunity to acquire the ~LP~ tack en masse.

The fine print to our sale:

~LP~ raffles include 1 giant box of LP tack per raffle and there are two winners per raffle. Tack sold in an as-is condition; no further warranty available. No custom work available. We cannot license our tack for resale. Everything is out. Once it is gone, it is gone.

Arrivals & Departures Released

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Arrivals & Departures: A Tale of Two Journeys

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES, released on 22 July 2018, is a new machinima from CEH Productions – Caledonia Skytower of the Seanchai Library, Elrik Merlin of Radio Riel and Designing Worlds, and Honey Heart of Elite Equestrian. The 15-minute film, shot in Second Life®, is based on a short story written by Caledonia and originally recorded for Fantasy Faire Radio as part of the 10th Fantasy Faire, the annual SL-based fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

The story was inspired by, and performed in, a superbly-imagined Steampunk-inspired spaceport created by leading virtual world creators The Looking Glass – Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen – for Fantasy Faire 2018, and loaned for the shoot.

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ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES presents a glimpse into two individual journeys that are brought together and shared for the last time. It is about the one who leaves, the one left behind, and the essential role of each. Though the word is never uttered in the film, it essentially addresses aspects of our attitude to death.

He has accepted the journey on which he must now embark,” says real-life professional storyteller and theatrical designer Skytower. “His last act is to pass along that which has been most important in his life to someone who is remaining behind – requesting their commitment to carry on the work.

She is dropped without warning into loss, grief, and accepting his legacy with no warning or time to become accustomed to its inevitability,” Caledonia goes on. “She must choose to be present for him in this moment, accept the commitment with which he tasks her, and be prepared to continue on – while at the same time dealing with the shock and weight of it.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES also highlights the vital importance of storytelling, harking back to an earlier time when tales were woven into a verbal tradition that was handed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next.

Technical Director Heart re-erected the spaceport as a film set, and used a range of in-world animations and path-scripting techniques to realize the action, which was shot by Skytower and Merlin, who also performed the two lead roles. The footage was then edited conventionally by Merlin.

The project was a transatlantic collaboration, with Skytower in Washington State, Heart in Michigan and Merlin in Scotland. The soundtrack recording and production co-ordination was carried out in Skype, sharing screens while shooting, and ‘dailies’ were viewed via the cloud.

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ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES was released on 22 July, 2018 and is available on YouTube, Vimeo, SLArtist.com and AView.TV.  The pre-release trailer is available on Vimeo.

The theater site custom created by Honey Heart for the Sunday release, evoking the The Looking Glass Erstwhile Station setting of the machinima, will be open to the public from 7 pm Sunday evening slt through 4 pm Tuesday afternoon slt. Teleport to Silver Sands, home region of Elite Equestrian, and look for the panel to teleport you.

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For further information, please contact Caledonia Skytower caledoniaskytower@gmail.com.

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CEH Productions – the people

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES is the first project that the Caledonia, Elrik, and Honey have worked on together, and they look forward to creating additional productions in the future.

CALEDONIA SKYTOWER is an artist and storyteller with over 30 years of experience as a theatrical designer, production manager, and non-profit administrator. Since 2008 she has worked as a volunteer presenting literature live in virtual worlds, logging in over 1000 hours to benefit a variety of charities, and develop engaging experiences to promote reading and literature, as part of Seanchai Library. She continues designing for the stage, works as project specialist, a small non-profit consultant, and has self-published ten titles of fiction, poetry and reflective essays.

ELRIK MERLIN has been in Second Life for over a decade. Virtually from the beginning, he has been involved with in-world media, as a DJ, a presenter (and Technical Director) on Radio Riel, and on Designing Worlds, the popular weekly TV show on design and designers in virtual worlds, which he films and edits, and co-hosts with Saffia Widdershins. He is also involved in Fantasy Faire Radio and his voice can often be heard on promos and sponsor messages, and on several of the “Tales from the Fairelands” stories that are broadcast on FFR. He has frequently taken part in in-world and radio drama over the years, with groups including the Radio Riel and Fantasy Faire Players.

HONEY HEART is the owner of two award-winning in-world companies, Ladies’ Pleasure and Elite Equestrian, where she heads a team of highly talented designers and scripters specialising in developing innovative horse avatars and accessories for equestrian enthusiasts. At the same time, she also has a design practice in real life. She originally began designing in SL because she couldn’t find tack and accessories for her and her first horse, Dancer, so she started making them herself. Then others wanted to buy what she made, and it grew from there. She finds growing a business with her partners to be the best fun in SL.

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ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES was released on 22 July, 2018 and is available on:

The pre-release trailer is available on Vimeo.

 

 

The Ultimate ABC Red Carpet Sale

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After years of breeding and creating top-tier ABC (Awesome Breed Creations) show horses and show and racing ponies, I’m moving on to other interests. I (and two friends) will be selling our show pets over the period of July 27-July 31st. The sale will start at 12 noon SLT on Friday and run till 9 pm SLT on Tuesday, July 31st.

Included in this sale are:

  • More than 450 ABC pet horses & ponies, including Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, 3 Grand Champions, 1 Zeus, 1 Gotland Kirin, race-trained ponies, and many other gorgeous previous show winners.
  • My breeding & showing presentations.
  • Unreleased & custom ABC jump courses for ABC horses &  Ponies.
  • 2 raffles, one for a complete set of my ABC horse tack; the second for a complete set of my ABC pony tack.
  • 2 gachas – one for ribbons, one for trophies

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Breeds included in this sale:

  • Ponies: Australian Pony, Boer, Chincoteague Pony, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor Pony, Dulmen, Fell Pony, French Saddle Pony, Gotland, Highland, Kerry Bog, Lundy Pony, New Forest, Newfoundland Pony, POA Pony, Pottok Pony, Shetland Pony, Timor, and Welsh Pony;
  • Horses: Akhel Teke, American Saddlebred, American Standardbred, Appaloosa, Paint, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Barb, Belgian, Boulonnais, Black Forest Horse, Brabant, Drum, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Hanoverian, Lippizan, Lusitano, Marwari, Mongolian, Morgan, Mustang, Oldenburg, Paso Fino, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Shire, Tennessee Walker, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, (Dutch) Warmblood.
  • Mules, mini mules, starters, specials, box, quest and CR horses.

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During my time breeding ABC horses and ponies, I bred and tacked more than 800 BoB, RBoB, Bis and RBiS show winners, and 3 Grand Champions. I bred racing ponies that won more than 100 purses and my Dales ponies still hold 3 speed records at the ABC track.

  • Bred the 2017 Vanity Fair Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Ponies
  • 2017 Pony Breeders Excellence Award (17 ponies qualified)
  • 2017 Overall Breeders Excellence Award (25 horses & ponies qualified)
  • Track Records, Pony Sled QL4
    ~LP~ Double Jazz, Lanz134, 12-17 Event 1177, 37.6 s
    ~LP~ Strawberry Jazz, Dark Sunflower, Event 1082, 37.73 s
    ~LP~ Strawberry Dancer, RockSalt555, Event 1165 37.82 s

Now you can have those secrets to breeding and showing in one place, with my presentations and Youtube video links.

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There will be multiple unreleased ABC jump courses available in a fat pack. These  include the jump courses I created for Equine Island, Horse World, and Shadow Wynde, as well as a couple of others including a special pony course.  These are timed and sized for the ABC horse and pony and include everything needed to set up a timed jump course, all packed in handy rezzers for each course.

In addition, I am offering 2 raffles over the period of the sale. One of the raffles will be for 2 complete sets of all of my ~LP~ ABC horse tack, and one of the raffles will be for 2 complete sets of all of my ~LP~ ABC pony tack.  This includes unreleased tack that I never sold; custom sets that I made to match specific coats/eyes, and more.

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The Pony Raffle set includes the following sets: bobble mane, faux tails, a display halter, buggies, sleighs, a photostudio, Amazonia, Ars Noctis, Butterflies are Free, Celtic Saddle, D-Ring Snaffle, Driving Miss Daisy, Fairyland, Flat (dressage) English Saddle, Forward English Saddle, Parade Western saddle and Show Western saddle, Hollywood Nights, Fancy Wrapper, Garden Flowers, Lily of the Valley, Luna-Sea, Native American, Peacock, Rose Harness, Shades of Hay, Saddle Flowers, SideSaddle, Sleeping Beauty, and Voodoo That You Do for a total of 275 total sets for breeds including Australian Pony, Boer, Chincoteague Pony, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor Pony, Dulmen, Fell Pony, Highland, Kerry Bog, Lundy Pony, New Forest, Newfoundland Pony, POA Pony, Pottok Pony, Shetland Pony, and Welsh Pony. Not all sets were created for all breeds. For a complete listing of tack, please visit our Silver Sands region.

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The Horse Raffle set includes the following sets: bobble mane, faux tails, a display halter, buggies, sleighs, a photostudio, Amazonia, Ars Noctis, Butterflies are Free, Celtic Saddle, D-Ring Snaffle, Driving Miss Daisy, Fairyland, Flat (dressage) English Saddle, Forward English Saddle, Parade Western saddle and Show Western saddle, Hollywood Nights, Fancy Wrapper, Garden Flowers, Lily of the Valley, Luna-Sea, Native American, Peacock, Rose Harness, Shades of Hay, Saddle Flowers, Sidesaddle, Sleeping Beauty, and Voodoo That You Do, Heart Mane, Harvest Home, Grackle Bridle, Mer Set, Drum Saddle, Fantasy Armor, Demi Harness, Carmen, Memories, Native Arabian, Yule B Brite, Noel Noelle,Circus Rider, Rest on Your Laurels, Diamond Mane sets (Bow, Rose, Gem-Feather, Daisy), Bad Ass Baroque, and Lucky Times for a total of 720 total sets for breeds including Akhel Teke, American Saddlebred, American Standardbred, Appaloosa, Paint, Quarter Horse, Arabian, Australian Stock Horse, Barb, Belgian, Boulonnais, Brumby, Canadian Pacer, Clydesdale, Drum, Florida Cracker, French Trotter, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Hackney, Hanoverian, Holsteiner, Irish Sport Horse, Lippizan, Marwari, Morgan, Oldenburg, Orlov, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Rocky Mountain Horse, Shire, Suffolk Punch, Tennessee Walker, Thoroughbred, Trakehner, (Dutch) Warmblood. Not all sets were created for all breeds. For a complete listing of tack, please visit our  Silver Sands region.

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Raffle tickets are $100L per entry for the Pony sets; $200L per entry for the horse sets.  This will be the only opportunity to acquire the ~LP~ tack en masse.

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The fine print to our sale:

~LP~ raffles include 1 giant box of LP tack per raffle and there are two winners per raffle. Tack sold in an as-is condition; no further warranty available. No custom work available. Ribbons/trophies may be included with individual horses or ponies. We cannot license our tack for resale. Everything is out. Once it is gone, it is gone.

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Arrivals & Departures Premiere, Sunday July 22, 2018

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We will closing the Silver Sands region to the public on Sunday, July 22, from 12 noon to 5 pm SLT in order to present the Arrivals & Departures world premiere and launch party.  This event is by invitation.

We will be opening the theater to the general public on Sunday, July 22 from 5 pm SLT until Tuesday, 4pm SLT to enable the theater experience for those interested in viewing this short film in the environment created to enhance the viewing experience.  A direct teleporter will be available in our landing point at Elite Equestrian to take visitors directly to the theater.

Arrivals & Departures is a short machinima shot entirely in the virtual world ‘Second Life.’  Written by Caledonia Skytower, and created by Caledonia Skytower, Elrik Merlin and Honey Heart, this film addresses life, death, and our society’s attitudes towards those leaving and those left behind.

The original script was inspired by the Erstwhile region first seen at Fantasy Faire 2018, and created by Marcus Inkpen, Sharni Azalee of The Looking Glass.

The loan of Erstwhile Station was graciously provided by the new owner, Carmella Santana, and by Marcus and Sharni, without whose efforts this film could not have been created. Elite Equestrian is proud to have supported the film makers’ efforts by hosting this film set on our Silver Sands region.

 

 

Elite Equestrian Customer Survey Response

We conducted a survey of our customers last month to help determine our future development activities. We would like to thank those of our customers who responded, as this will guide some of our anticipated developments in coming months.

In our survey, we asked three simple questions to get an idea of what our active customer base would like to see forthcoming from our team.

Our first question was “We are considering productizing one of our PasturePet breeds. Which would you prefer to see turned into a full avatar?” You responded Clydesdale, Andalusian, American Saddlebred, Welsh Cob, and Knabstrupper.  As it happens, we have since released the Shetland Pony, which will (probably) be our last RealHorse V2 breed release. However, we will certainly take your responses into account as we move into our NextGen development.

Our second question was “What breed would you like to see more rigged tack for?” The Friesian was the overwhelming leader, then the Lipizzan and the Lusitano, followed by the Percheron and the Gypsy Vanner. We also had requests for more tack for the Arabian, Quarter Horse and Marwari. (Just fyi, these breeds already have a large range of accessories available for them on the Marketplace and in our in-world store.)

Our third question was “What tack sets would you be most interested in purchasing?”  Rigged mesh manes were the overwhelming leader, followed by blankets, English saddles, and halters. Leg wraps, horse shoes, and bridles were also a popular response.

Since we conducted our survey in May, we have completed and released the RealHorse Shetland Pony, with a huge array of rigged and other accessories.  We have also continued development with our RealHorse NextGen, the Bento-rigged horse we’ve had in the works for the past nine months.

Considering the responses, we will be releasing some range of rigged mesh manes for the Friesian, Percheron, and Lusitano. We may, depending on our development commitments, release additional tack such as halters, feathers and blankets for the Friesian and the Percheron.   We will probably not release any of our Pet breeds for sale, given how far we are into the NextGen development. We would rather focus our efforts on this avatar rather than focusing on releasing another V2 avatar. We will certainly take into account the breed requests in our NextGen development.

Thank you again for your time in responding to the survey. It does help us pick and choose our next time commitments.