Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Back from vacation update

Hello everyone! I am back from vacation and back at work in the studio. We have some interesting things coming up soon so stay up to date with Yellow Bird Acres through facebook, youtube, and instagram. Meanwhile, watch our latest unboxing video:

We will be trying out some new techniques to improve our videos and a few new tack making techniques that I have not seen from other tack makers so make sure you follow us on social media. We will also have some new tutorial videos soon!

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

New Breyerfest horse

I recently received my first ever Breyerfest special run model! Take a look at the unboxing in this video!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Blog Realizations aka Studio Update

I was looking over some of my older blog posts and made a few realizations:
1. It is good to document progress because it is a gauge of how much progress you have made when looking back
2. I have some projects that take a long time to make and some that take less time, every project takes its own time and it will eventually be completed. This is a reminder for me not to be hard on myself for still working on things started in 2014.

Realization #1 is what led to this post, here is what is up at Yellow Bird Acres Tack!

I have been working diligently on two 2 toned close contact saddle sets for Bristol, these sets will include saddle, saddle pad, stud protector girth, bridle, breast collar, and full set of magnetic boots.

These projects have led to other projects, including these magnetic boots I finished this week:

Also on the go in the tack department is a Billy Cook Ranch Saddle portrait, a Portuguese saddle, and and a Tonino Lamborghini GP1 portrait saddle. The latter two are featured in my first tutorial video that I posted on youtube recently, it is a tutorial on how to make english saddle trees! Take a look and don't forget to Like and Subscribe to my channel.

I have many horses on the go right now in the custom department but notably, I am working on a portrait horse of the pony horse at my local track, Slicker! You may recognize the body as it was one I posted on my blog when I first obtained it, it is the ISH I posted a few years ago. I resculpted his face a bit to match Slicker who is a Paint.

The other custom I recently started on is one you met in my last blog post, the Pacer! He is coming along and I finished removing his halter last night.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Fun at the racetrack

As some of you may know, I work at the racetrack! Specifically, I am a videographer for the simulcast, operating the camera in the winner's circle. It is a great job that I love and it gives me much inspiration for tack making. I have learned a lot about Standardbred racing in my tenure at the track and have planned to customize a Breyer Pacer and make tack for it for quite some time. Yesterday, I decided to bring a Pacer to the track to work on before the races started and while I didn't get much time to work on him, I did have some fun taking pictures of him! We had a pretty major thunderstorm with hail right after the first race but I didn't let that stop me from having a bit of fun, check out the pictures!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Summer Solstice Update

Hello everyone, Happy Summer Solstice!

In Canada, we have to take advantage of the summer months since we get such cold weather in the winter, so I have been busy spending lots of time with my horses and out at the racetrack working hard. It has been some time since I have shared photos of my horses so I thought I would make a fun post today to give you an update on them.

Fallon is my older horse, we initially got her as a yearling who had no human contact. Now, she is 17 and such a great partner!

My younger horse, Lyrae, just recently turned 3 years old and has been a blast to develop a relationship with. She is very smart and sensible. To top it off, she is a really cool color and it has been interesting to see her change over the seasons from a light buckskin in the winter to very dark in the summer!

Thanks for reading, we now have our first tutorial video posted to youtube so make sure you like, share & subscribe to our channel! Yellow Bird Acres on Youtube

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Things to come in 2018

Hey all,

Summer is here and the studio is busy as ever, I'm working on 4 saddles currently and in the process of making a tutorial video, so keep posted as I will share it once it is ready. This will be my first tutorial ever so hopefully it turns out well! It will be on how to make an english saddle tree.

I am also loving the new Premier Collection horse, Bristol, I could not be happier with my first year joining the club. I can't wait to dress him up more and three of the saddles I am working on are meant to fit him!

So stay tuned with Yellow Bird to see all our studio will be offering in 2018!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Spring Round Up Live Show

Recently I was able to attend a live show in my local area where I showed in Performance for the first time, which seems like it would be a big thing for a tackmaker. Overall, I was happy with how I did in the show and I had a lot of fun, my main goal was to enter every Performance class which was accomplished. A huge bonus was that I was able to place in every class and won 1st in Costume and 2nd in English Pleasure. Here are some photos of my entries!

Friday, 13 April 2018

NMTM 2018 and more

This month has been sort of a catch-up month here at Yellow Bird Acres- catching up with the Model Horse Costume Challenge and the official start to National Model Tack Month. So, the workbench has kept warm and I have some pictures to show so enjoy!

The costume challenge has been fairly interesting for me as this is the first costume I have made. The tassels and cowries were the scariest parts but I found both went together well.

The halter was made using a pattern usually used with paracord commonly referred to as trilobite. 

Saddle was sculpted using Super Sculpy.

This is my National Model Tack Month challenge, a classic scale cutback saddle set. 


Last but not least, I am still chipping away to finish my Witcher 3 set, the bridle will be made with a leather armor mask. After the bridle is complete, the breastcollar and a griffin head will be sculpted to finish it off. 

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everybody! It seems everyone is happy to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018. We are pretty happy about it because we just launched our new website!

Check it out at

We have many plans in the works for 2018 (including some tack tutorials!) and can't wait to get creative. Thanks to all the friends of Yellow Bird Acres who have supported us over the last year!