Elite Equestrian’s RealHorse Rambler at The Dickens Project

 

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We are pleased to support the The Dickens Project, 2017 Edition, by the Seanchai Library with the addition of one of our RealHorse Ramblers. Please visit Bay Rum Royal of Canterwell and ride her carriage as she tours you through this lovely region created to showcase Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Pictures of Bay Rum Royal as she pulls her carriage through the snowy Victorian landscape, here.

Visit the Dickens Project in LEA7.

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More about the project, here:

THE DICKENS PROJECT Expands in 2017 Edition

Second Life – The Dickens Project will celebrate its fifth year in Second Life on Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7 in an expanded edition of the annual event that features “something for almost everyone.” Staged on a full region this year for the very first time, the traditional 10 day event that began in 2012 as a celebration of the Dickens Centennial will be open to residents for five weeks, beginning November 25th and closing December 30th, on LEA 7.

The celebration will feature live music, weekly DJ sessions, stage performances by Guerilla Burlesque, and Misfit Dance & Performance Art in addition to Seanchai’s traditional spoken word presentations from the canon of author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) centered on, but not limited to, his novella A Christmas Carol. Carriage and balloon tours, skating, sledding and a few surprises are among the other features planned for LEA 7. The Community Virtual Library has designed an interactive information center on the times and work of Charles Dickens which can also be explored.

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“Every year we learn something new,” said Seanchai Lead Caledonia Skytower of the event that began as a regular session at the spoken word library, “… something fresh from the text, and something new in how we present it.” Last year’s Project was held on a half region parcel sponsored by Kultivate Magazine, the largest amount of space and prims Seanchai Library had presented on to date. “The Story Tours were a big hit,” Skytower continues, “Our vision has always been too guide our audiences ‘in the steps of Ebeneezer Scrooge’ using Dickens words framed by a themed environment, like walking through a live picture book.” She quickly adds of the LEA 7 build being created by herself and Aoife Lorefield, “We are evoking, celebrating a work of fiction. This is an inspirational build, not a documentary one.”

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The 2017 Edition will include multiple presentations of A Christmas Carol in a variety of adaptations, in sections and in its entirety, and at different times to make the live readings accessible to residents from different parts of the globe. Other works from within the author’s vast canon are featured in the weeks leading up to “Carol Week” (December 11-17), which climaxes in a marathon “Big Read” presentation of A Christmas Carol performed by a relay team of Seanchai staff and storytelling friends, scheduled for Sunday, December 17th. Seanchai Library has made the event schedule in-progress available on their website http://irelandslstory.blogspot.com/p/the-dickens-project-sl.html

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In 1843 Charles Dickens prefaced his about-to-be classic tale with these words: “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” He began the novella in October, completed it in less than six weeks. It went on to become the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season, selling six thousand copies by Christmas and continuing to be popular into the new year.

Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means “Storyteller” in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: “We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life.”

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PasturePets™ by Elite Equestrian Coming to a Barn Near You!

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We’re pleased to announce the release of the Elite Equestrian ‘PasturePet™’ – the superior way to add life and energy to your Second Life landholding.

The Elite Equestrian PasturePet™ is an adoptable RealHorse that can live in your barn or stable, or on your farm, paddock or estate, where it adds its own brand of charm and whimsy through its natural, realistic horse sounds and movements. Every PasturePet comes with its own halter and is fully detailed. And each PasturePet comes with your choice of a random animation stand or a special interactive animation stand that will let you interact with your PasturePet.

Adopting a PasturePet is easy – just come to the adoption barn full of available PasturePets that are all ready to be adopted and choose the one you like. Then, simply pay its adoption fee and first week’s hay bill. We will be in touch right away to find out where you want your Pet to live; if you prefer a random or an interactive pose stand; and to trailer your new Pet over. It’s that simple!

Your new PasturePet will stay with you for as long as you pay her hay bill. There are no hidden fees and you are not required to purchase an avatar or to set it up. Elite Equestrian retains ownership of the PasturePet and will handle all aspects of its veterinary care. If you can’t keep your PasturePet, simply let its hay bill run out and we will trailer the PasturePet back to the barn. If you would like a new or different one, choose from the available Pets, adopt the one you’d like, and let us know you want your hay bill transferred from your old to your new PasturePet. It’s easy!

Please visit us at White Horse Hollow in Tamarillo Island, where you may visit with our currently available PasturePets who are ready to come home with you!

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PasturePet Choices:

1. Choose your horse from available adoptable pets (four in stalls can be delivered immediately; 14 additional choices require a 24-hour turn around)

2. Choose your animation pose stand:

(a) Park and Ignore
Horse stands in stall on a pose stand, and randomly changes standing animation
(b) Park & Interact
Horse is placed on a scripted animation set; adopter can change horse’s position and interact with horse

3. Tell us when and where to trailer the PasturePet

Don’t see the perfect horse? We are happy to customize a horse for you using any of our currently available breeds.

Please visit us at White Horse Hollow in Tamarillo Island, where you may visit with our currently available PasturePets who are ready to come home with you!

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PasturePets Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is a Pasture Pet?

An Elite Equestrian PasturePet is an avatar bot that wears one of our 20 breeds of horse, foal, cow, Kaiila or bull avatars. It is kept logged in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the time it is adopted.

2. What is involved in a Pasture Pet?

  • Two decisions (which one, and which animation package);
  • Four permanent prims on your land, and
  • The ability to invite one of our staff members to your land group (temporarily) to install your animation package and trailer your PasturePet to you.

3. Do I own my Pasture Pet?

Elite Equestrian retains full ownership of the PasturePet avatar account and avatar and accessories used to create the PasturePet.

4. What is required?

PasturePets require that you have some sort of SecondLife land – whether it be a parcel or full sim – with the ability to give one of our staff members temporary rez rights and the ability to deed the PasturePet’s pose stand to the land group.

5. What are the technical specifications of the PasturePet

PasturePets have variable Avatar Render Weight (ARC) depending on the skin, hair and size of the breed. Most PasturePet ARC ranges from 35,000 complexity to 150,000 complexity with some being under and others being over. PasturePets have 29-40 scripts and memory usage of 1,100-2,700 kb, memory time of 0.008-0.029 ms, and consume 2-4 LI and 1 avatar slot in a region.

6. Can I rent to own or what if I want to buy my Pet?

We cannot transfer the account to a new owner, so you cannot rent to own a PasturePet.
However, if you want to own a RealHorse bot, you can create an account of your own and purchase the horse avatar and any additional accessories for it, and set up an account with a bot hosting company (we recommend SmartBot). We have created a list of requirements as well as a step-by-step process to making your own RealHorse model bot.

7. Can I skip adopting and just buy a Pet?

Yes! See question 6.

8. What can I do with my Pet?

• Put it on your land to generate energy and excitement
• Use it to increase visitor’s length of stay on your commercial property
• Show it in an Elite Equestrian PasturePet show and win ribbons and (possibly) a trophy!

9. Why do people get Pets?

PasturePets add a lively component to any Second Life land installation as they randomly change their animations and neigh and whinny. Visitors increase the length of their stay in our regions as they engage with our horses, riding them or just sitting on their backs. PasturePets are pleasantly calming (just like a real horse), and we often find visitors just sitting in our barns with our PasturePets, enjoying the Pets’ pleasant, drama-free company.

10. What breeds can I choose from?

You can choose to adopt any of our fourteen available avatar breeds or our six Limited Edition PasturePet breeds.
Our breeds of horses include: Crabbet Arabian, Straight Egyptian Arabian, Falabella, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Lusitano, Lipizzan, Quarter Horse, Cleveland Bay, Percheron, Miniature Horse, Falabella, Hackney, Trakehner, POA. Our Limited Edition breeds include: Morgan, American Saddlebred, Brabant, Knabstrupper, Welsh, and Clydesdale.

11. Do you have other animals I can adopt?

Yes, you may adopt an *EE* Kaiila, an ~LP~ Cow, ~LP~ Bull or an ~LP~ Foal.

12. Are there other options to use with my PasturePets?

Yes, we offer a range of accessories to make your PasturePet more engaging and interactive. These include things like our Hot Walker, Round Pen Rider, or Paddock Rambler.

13. Can my PasturePet walk around?

For an additional charge, your PasturePet can be made to move around. Please contact EliteEquestrian for more information.

14. Can I ride my PasturePet?

We have a different service offering for those individuals who want to have a RealHorse they can ride. Please contact EliteEquestrian for more information.

Please visit us at White Horse Hollow in Tamarillo Island, where you may visit with our currently available PasturePets who are ready to come home with you!

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Elite Equestrian PasturePets Horse Show

Held monthly at Equine Island in the Horse Show World build on the second Sunday of the month, starting in January 2018.

All Pasture Pets and RealHorse bots are eligible.
Three size classes:
• Small (Minis, Falabellas, Hackney, POA and Welsh ponies)
• Medium (Crabbet Arabian, Straight Egyptian Arabian, Gypsy Vanner, Lusitano, Lipizzan, Quarter Horse, Cleveland Bay, Morgan, American Saddlebred, Knabstrupper, Welsh Cob Section D, Trakehner)
• Large (Friesian, Percheron, Clydesdale, Brabant)

Judging standards:
1. How well your stall is decorated and
2. Judge’s preferences.

There are two judges per show. Their scores are added and averaged for the final score per horse. Highest score wins. There are six places in each size category with the winning entry receiving a ribbon and trophy, and places 2-6 receiving a ribbon. All places receive a gift card to Elite Equestrian.

What’s entailed? Enter your Pet or bot horse through the entry form. If you own the bot, you are responsible for trailering your horse to the facility and sitting it on a pose stand in the stall. Each entry receives 75 prims with which to decorate their stall. Horses must be in place by the state close of entry to allow time for the judges to judge your entry.

New Today, the Driving Miss Daisy Sunflower Sets

Available on the Marketplace and in our in-world, Cherry Island store, the Driving Miss Daisy Sunflower Garland set for the RealHorse. Available for the Arabian, Cleveland Bay, Falabella, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, Lipizzan, Miniature Horse, Percheron, POA, and Quarter Horse. 6-piece set includes unicorn horn and garland, neck garland, shoulder garland, crupper, right and left hip garlands.

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