New Today, Lily of the Valley Gowns

New today on the Marketplace and in our in-world, Cherry Island store, the Lily of the Valley gown with both system layers and Omega appliers for all Omega-compatible mesh bodies.  Each gown includes system layers & omega appliers + 11 flexi skirt attachments for a full,lush look.

These gowns complement our Lily of the Valley tack sets for the ABC and RealHorse horses.

 

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Romantic Rambles in the Elite Riding Academy

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Welcome to the Elite Riding Academy, home of the RealHorse horse breed avatars.

We have added 2 pairs of saddled RealHorses walking around our equestrian sim and a gorgeous white carriage pulled by a pure white horse in honors of Valentine’s Day.  These Romantic rambles are available to ride by all visitors at any time during the day or night.

To ride our horses who are moving about the sim, simply click on their bodies or in their cart. Hands- free riding at its very finest, riding the RealHorses are a wonderful date activity.

All equestrians are allowed to use the Academy without charge using our existing riding system and cart/wagon rezzers for the RealHorse.  Our facilities include a full stadium jumping course, steeplechase course, riding arena, cross country course, roleplay facilities for those who wish to use them (farrier, wash rack, vet clinic), the Hunt Club with a games room, tea room, and clothing-optional spa.  Our saddled horses moving about the sim are available to ride by all visitors.

To ride our horses who are moving about the sim, simply click on their bodies or in their cart. Hands- free riding at its very finest, riding the RealHorses are a wonderful date activity.

Rez rights and use of our on-site RealHorses are only available to renters, who may choose to rent stalls in the show barn, paddocks or apartments in the Hunt Club. Additional services are available to our renters, including special group gifts and activities. To rent, simply locate an available rental property and pay the rent meter.

Special cottages are available with dedicated horses for the renters. These cottages include a cute vacation cottage with light furnishings, a prim allowance, a stable and paddock, riding system/cart rezzers, and of course, a dedicated BeSpoke RealHorse with multiple tack options just for the cottager to ride and drive on our sims.

Please note that this is not a formal roleplay facility. Although you are welcome to engage in your own roleplay, we ask that you not engage with roleplay with others without their permission. We offer weekly OOC competitions in Steeplechase and Cross Country, monthly Stadium Jumping Competitions and Full Cross Country competitions as well as presenting weekly Dressage exhibitions. All RealHorse owners are welcome to participate in our competitions and carry home a ribbon and sometimes more!

New, Group Gifts & Dresses

New Today on the Marketplace and in our in-world, Cherry Island store, the Lazy Daisy and the Happy Huntress Sweater Dress, and new Ladies’ Pleasure Group gifts.

Remember to wear your ~Ladies’ Pleasure~ group tag to get your free gift!

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New on the Marketplace, the Dreaming of Ascot Outfits and the Luna-Sea Outfits

Dreaming of Ascot is a full outfit including a dress, complementing shoes, jewelry, hat and hat hair, and a super cute matching clutch, perfect for a day at the races. Available in 6 colors on the Marketplace and in our in-world, Cherry Island store.

Luna-Sea is a complete outfit that includes dress, fitmesh gloves with a hand position hud with 6 hand positions, necklace and ferroniere. Available in 13 colors, Luna-Sea was designed to work with our Luna-Sea tack sets, perfect for costume shows or for formal equestrian events such as Red Carpet Sales and Auctions. On the Marketplace and in our in-world, Cherry Island store.

 

An Elite Year in Review

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Four years ago, all we wanted was a second lead.

In 2016, we have more than surpassed that initial simple desire with the release of multiple RealHorse horse breeds, that not only have both leads but many other features unique to Second Life including rigged sidesaddle skirts that lovingly conform to the horse, a full suite of lateral movements that include shoulder in, cantered and trotted halfpass, and suites of gaited animations and haute ecole movements.

In our year in review, the Elite Equestrian team released 28 separate horse breed avatars – that was 14 breeds each with 2 genders.  (Cleveland Bay, Quarter Horse, Crabbet Arabian, Straight Egyptian Arabian, POA Pony, Hackney Pony, Miniature Horse, Falabella, Lipizzan, Lusitano, Trakehner, Friesian, Gypsy Vanner, and Percheron).

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In addition to this, we have also released more than 1,500 new products in our in-world store, and more than 1,100 new products in our Marketplace store, which included about 260 skins (coats), more than 50 eye styles, 20 hair styles for all 14 breeds of horse, and 55 different kinds of tack and accessories.

Our team has put together presentations and sponsored exhibitions that have allowed our RealHorse horse breed avatars to appear at nine unique events with our horses & carriages or sleighs.  These included:

  • Sponsored the Spoonful of Sugar Festival, generating more than $55,000 L in charitable donations to Doctors without Borders.
  • Sponsored the Relay for Life Christmas Expo and provided horses & sleighs plus a full pony ride, generating good will and untracked donations.
  • Co-presented the Winter Festival for Toys For Tots, generating more than $95,000L in donations.
  • Live Trick or Treat, with more than 275 unique visitors
  • Sponsored the Annual Christmas Expo for Toys For Tots, providing horses and sleighs and a full pony ride.
  • 3 Tour of Lights installations, with 7 individual horses and sleighs at 3 locations.

Our charitable activities resulted in donations totaling more than $150,000L.

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Not content to rest on these laurels, in response to customer requests we also created a unique, narrative driven equestrian roleplay, including a full web site and registration system. We also developed new equestrian roleplay training accessories, including ground and harness training HUDs and training cart and sleigh HUDS.

We have also created multiple specialty markets including Memorial Day, 4th of July, Halloween, and Winter Holidays, renovated Cherry Island twice, and built a full themed event sim in under 3 days, complete with signage and scripting.  We built a unique exhibit and participated in Second Life’s 13th Birthday, with many visitors participating in various ways.

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This year we have also been nominated for four different AviChoice Awards, and we’ve received several awards and commendations for our work for Toys 4 Tots and the Winter Festival.

Finally, we have started the laborious process of placing all of our documentation on the web.

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Last, but not least, as part of our ABC hobby, Honey continues to breed award-winning ABC ponies for the Elite team to show. This year we have racked up 3 Best In Show, 3 Reserve Best in Show and multiple Best of Breed/Reserve Best of Breed wins. We also hold the current speed record for the ABC QL4 Sled Racers held by Lanz 134 with one of our Dales ponies, surpassing our previous speed record set by DarkSunflower in August 2016 with one of our Dales ponies.

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Pictures of our year:

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and then there's this brown beauty of a horse that's going around in circles, Kimchi Warrior Sugar thesugarsnappea

it's hypnotic to watch this RealHorse Friesian Model realsaddlehorse go around and around! neat ride

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What’s planned for 2017?

Not surprisingly, we have a new bento-rigged RealHorse in the works. This next generation of RealHorse features an original skeleton that enables true extension and collection of the horse and focuses on refining the true-to-real life horse experience. We’ve rebuilt the rig thirteen fourteen times so far and will rebuild  until we feel it is as close to perfect as we can bring it within the confines of the Second Life Platform. In addition to our usual dedication to excellence and accuracy, you can expect some stellar things from this horse – true pastern joints, stifles, correct and accurate neck set and of course, built in gender differentiation and actual breeds with correct breed characteristics and accurate gaits. Of course, all of our unrigged tack, coats and eye HUDs for the RealHorse v2 will continue to work with this next generation of RealHorse.

We will also be focusing on some new things for the coming year. The success of our horse installations have shown us that people love to have the RealHorses in their sim, and we will be making it easier for both individuals and events to have these wonderful experiences added to their spaces.  We have already begun selecting our events for 2017 to put back into the community.

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We will also be launching the new All Breeds Club for ABC horse and pony owners, breeders, racers and trainers.  Our thoughts are that it can be challenging for new owners to understand the nuances of the ABC horse, and existing information simply doesn’t address enough of the questions new owners or breeders have. Although our particular focus is on ponies, others in the organization will focus on horses.  Some of our planned events and activities include an extensive pony breeding seminar presented in January by Honey, Breeder Show & Tells, and more.

As if that’s not enough, we will be focused in the first quarter on a new project for the Elite Riding Academy which we expect will launch concurrently with the new generation of RealHorse. We will also be working to catch all of the breeds up on our various tacklines as well as catching our ABC tack line up with the pony breeds.

It’s been a great year and we have been delighted with the response to our RealHorse avatars. We are looking forward to a very exciting year for all with these great new initiatives.

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