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Strut your trot by Zoubstance Strut your trot by Zoubstance
RESULTS: 1st and Judge's Choice :dummy: 

Show: Rouge's Spring into Summer Show

Horses Name: Sejrbank Spiegelau

Breed: Danish warmblood (DWB)
Age: 16 yrs
Gender: Gelding
Rider/Handler Name: Simon Kvark Guldborg
Class: Halter

Representing: Stridsholt Dressage
Country: Denmark 
Flag of Denmark by EmilyStor3  

Story: For Simon and Spiegelau a halter class in a predominantly western-themed event was not their typical outing - to say they were a little out of their element would be an understatement. But a little variety never hurt anyone and it would be a nice, fresh touch after their busy last few months with dressage shows en masse.
Spiegelau had not been shown in-hand since his early days at the Danish Warmblood gradings, but he was used to doing the trot-ups before large shows. As for Simon, said trot-ups were his only experience in the halter discipline. Not that it concerned him the least - he knew his horse through-and-through . And although Spiegelau was prone to happy outbursts of energy he was not a horse who would run you over or drag you off. Just that 'showing off' characteristic that Simon valued so highly (...in part, admitted, because he possesssed it himself).
As they waited for their turn, Simon took the chance to eye of the competition. A dark-haired, bearded man leading a grey Zlesdin caught his attention and he looked them up on the starting list: Oliver Loran and Havhingsten. Meeting another entrant from Denmark so far away was a fun coincidence; it only happened so rarely. Perhaps he would stroll over later to exchange a few niceties - as this pair was new to the show scene he had a feeling he would be seeing them again.
But first: a selfie.

Word count: 244


Show advertised on my landing page :)

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It's been a while since I last made a halter entry... For reasons unknown. I rather like making them; horses strutting and handlers trying to keep up = win/win :giggle: 
...unlike Phuong (whose short legs reeeaally have to work for it XD ), Simon has no issues keeping up with a long-legged warmblood in the trot. Boi can run. And while he's at it; he wastes no chance to dress up and be fabulous.
Danish warmbloods are traditionally shown with handlers dressed in red/white (like so: dvherning.dk/images/ImageRotat… ) buuut that's not fancy enough for an Official Appearance for this dude... Sticking to the red/white colour scheme, though ;) 

Spiegelau may have rounded 16 and is a seasoned dressage veteran, buuut that has never stopped him from striking out in weird poses, hehe :giggle:  Wanted to try a somewhat unconventional pose; so here's an energetic outburst just to announce that he's HERE and ready to show himself off. Like owner, like horse... x)


Nnnnot sure the building in the background has the right colour (doesn't show on map, so I picked the same colour as foreground building), but here's the Angle it was intended as ^^ 




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Spiegelau and Simon reside with meee
Wood texture: cgtextures
Own grass texture (partially overpainted)
Ref n/a
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:iconmolfar-spirit:
Molfar-Spirit Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, this took my breath out!!
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! The boys and I both appreciate it :la: 
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Ysval Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2018  Student
this just knocks me off my feet!! :faint:
Lets start with Simon because a man in a suit and red socks is just the best! and his shades
Then there's the sheer force of Spieg's movement. You are a dressage horse act like it. jk. :giggle:
I've said it before and I will say it again, this shading style is my absolute favourite. 
And then there's this background that just makes me feel like I am there! it has such a garden/ lawn/ greenery? feel to it and I love it!!

more halter entries from you please
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, thank you so much! This comment totally made my day <3 
Oh yes, those red socks... well spotted! :D 
Spieg...does not always act his age or with the supposed grace of a dressage veteran XD He is a bit of a teenager by heart, haha.
Thank you! I am definitely hoping to do more halter shows as well :D 
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CSStables Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Gods this is epic! Especially that movement! QQ And Simon looks so dapper!
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you think so :la: Hehe, Simon is probably trying not to be outshined by his horse entirely, hehehe |D
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CSStables Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
I dare say Simon is impossible to outshine xD
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure HE thinks so :lmao:   Thank you! ^^ 
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TimberLakeLaneEC Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
wellll i was gonna enter this class, buuuuttttttt xD this entry is just too gorgeous
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you ^^ 
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Poolpaw Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtakingly beautiful
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :la: 
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Poolpaw Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome
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Volt-Draws Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:faint: Everything looks so beautiful! 
Incredible work!
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :la: 
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Mendokusee Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow wow wooooow Eyes 
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ;U; 
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theRyanna Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is gorgeous!! I'm jealous you make my barn look way better than I do xD
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :la: I hope your barn is recognizable; I tried ^^;
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theRyanna Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did fantastic! And off of very little reference material because I'm terrible at finishing anything like that xD
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Eefketje Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Da bois ar on fiyaaaaaaaaaah :la: Spin 
Really, Zoub -- I tend to love Kvark, but I know I shouldn't because you'll make him a total... squirrel again when the storyline (Zdoryline?) continues. WHY IS LIFE BOTH SO MUCH HARDER AND SO MUCH BETTER WITH KVARK IN IT. Can't he just magically turn into the good guy? Please?
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yaaasss fiery boys doing their thinggg :giggle:
Hehehe, well... we will see. Kvark is a bit of a love-him-or-hate-him kind of dude; but we'll seeee what he's truly made of eventually ~ 
Thank you so much! :heart: :la: 
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
I'm not actually sure who is the sexier male in this picture... Drool 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, dont let Simon hear you... :giggle: Thank you!
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annaaM Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Student General Artist
THE VEINSSS
so many details omg
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
My efforts have not been in 'vein', I see :D 
Thankyouuuu! :la'
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Scutterland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, this looks amazing!!!
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:iconzoubstance:
Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :la:
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Edited Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not usually a big fan of "plain" chestnuts - chrome/loud markings and deep red are more my jam, honestly - but damn, does Spieg looks fine all prepped up! Am I weird if I tell you that I just can't get over the shading on the shoulder? It looks illegally velvety and soft, and the fact that both horse and handler are smirking (because let's be honest, Spieg knows how to prance around like the fine stud he is) just does it for me - a match made in heaven, really. All the bonus points to Simon's suit, obviously - that boy is so sharp-dressed he could cut someone by looks alone, hehe. Dem killer legs, tho. It's just me, or Simon with sunglasses always looks like a mix of "B!tch, I'm Fabulous" and "Dayum, You Fine Gal"?

And, speaking of fabulous, I regret nothing.

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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I am generally pretty weak for chestnuts; especially with markings on them :love: I... like the way they shine in the sunlight, hehe.
Spieg says thank you! And so do I; I'm glad you like the way the shading turned out x) 
Spieg and Simon are pretty similar personality-wise - both looooveee to show off, haha. Both are DressageDivas™ :giggle: 

And that...that is the most glorious use of imagery; you get an A+ for that reference x'D 
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you - shiny ponies are always a win. To be honest, my absolute favourite coat-wise is dapple grey (specifically, the shade Palestrina is now - dark grey base + silver dapples + white hairs = #Droolwoorthy), but pretty much everything is fair game, if it catches my eye. I do tend to overlook chestnuts, sometimes - but then again, a vast majority of those RL horses that I remember more fondly were chestnuts, so they will always have a special place in my heart Heart And I most definitely love your shading - and Spieg, obviously. OK, SIMON TOO - for all the wrong reasons, probably!

Bless those two, seriously - you place them next to each other and they just look so right together, what's their secret? Love the fact that Spieg never really grew up fully - the precious boy fully earned a smooch on the nose!

Aaa, thank you kindly! I was laughing the whole time I made it - definitely made my day! I'm still royally effed at DA for screwing up the thumbnail tho. Say, would you mind if I reposted it on my account, just for giggles?
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yes, I am weak for the shiiiny :love:  And thank you so much! Palestrina appreciates it - she is quuuite the hell-horse to draw, though; I already hate drawing hair, but white hair in particular :')   hgnn. THE STRUGGLE :giggle:
Spieg appreciates it! And... of course, so does Simon. He loves being loved; that ego prince

Thank you so much! These two were pretty much made for each other; both are attention-loving divas with a flair for the dramatic XD

Hehehe, understandably! I snorted when I saw it too XD  And certainly, feel free ^^ 
(and sorry about the horrible reply time; I was on vacation XD)
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet she is, especially since she is still fully dappled, hehe - props to you for braving the challenge!

Oh, I don't doubt it. And, as he himself might put it, let's spread the love Heart (... Can Simon and his pon be known as #TeamSpiegtastic from now on?)

I'm glad it sorted the right effect X33 Thank you! No worries! Hope you had a great time :3
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
OMG, that meme!
:rofl 
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry, but I had to :happybounce: 
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:iconrequay:
ReQuay Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
It's perfection!
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
*humble bow*

Thank you so much - glad you enjoyed Heart 
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Scutterland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Student Digital Artist
:rofl: 
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Gwenwhifar Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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kalaphais Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist
I have a hard time genuinely liking Simon, because let's be honest ... he's not making it very easy for us to like him :lol: :lol: But he's definitely on point style wise here, so I just have to like him because of it!! 

Love the energy and movement in this picture! And I'm always in awe of your backgrounds and all the little details! 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, I think Simon is very much a hate-or-love kind of dude :giggle: He is... well, Simon x) 
But he appreciates the compliment on his style; I'm sure that's all that matters to him anyway :giggle: #SuperficialAF 

Thank you so much! :la: 
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horsehaven95 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW i would love to know how u blend 
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I use the smudge tool + low opacity brushes a lot :) 
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horsehaven95 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanku
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
love themXD so much sass, always!<3 and for some reason i´m really weak for simons socks...?
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! Tha Sass Prince approves x) Hehehe, them socks; well spotted! :giggle:
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
so very dashing!...i think kvark will have a minor meltdown when it comes to..Nekhiis wardrobe..or just..apperance in general..he´s a slob..and has zero interest in fashion..and i wouldn´t be surprised if he´d show up at some compettion dresed in a mix of handme downs illfitting, stained outfit..or..jogging pants..he loooves jogging pants..the more worn the better..
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha oh that... is very likely. He will be hyperventilating into a paper bag if Nekhii shows up to a show like that :giggle: 
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Roiuky Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
..and...I mean he isn’t a rude sort of person, just clueless to customs or “proper” behaviour..from everything to standing too close to someone when talking to...blowing his nose in his own hand then whipping it off to the ground before continuing to ride...yeah..not...not “classy”
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Zoubstance Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
...that... is a charming character trait, hahaha :giggle: 
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