arilyn Fowler is kinda new to the hobby , but not to the love of horses. She grew up in Southern Arizona in a small town called Sierra Vista, and lived there for 18 years. Growing up in a western town was all about horses. Marilyn started riding when she was 11. She worked at a Riding Stables called the Buffalo Carrels. It was for the soldiers who lived on the base called Fort Hauchuca. Marilyn helped prepare the horses for the days daily rides. It was here that she learned to ride, basic Horsemanship and care of the equine.
At 13 her parents bought Marilyn an Arabian mare, that she rode in Gymkhanas and trail riding. At 14 she got in to Rodeos; her next horse was a QH, and she rode him in Junior, and Open Rodeos through out Arizona. From the Rodeos came the AQHA shows. She worked on a ranch when she was 18, here they showed AQHA Foals and Yearlings.
One of my favorite things to do growing up was to save up for a new Breyer. Marilyn can recall when they were $4.00. She would make barns and arenas and have Rodeos and shows with them. Marilyn met Carol Howard when she was 13. Carol made the model horse tack for Marilyn.
But time went by and Marilyn married and had children. She taught Pre-K and Special needs children for 15 years. When her children were grown and she was at home alone, Marilyn realized she missed the horses, so bought herself two horses. "Philly" QH Mare and "Rose" a paint mare; pictured above right.
In 2005 at BreyerFest that she saw her first Live show. Marilyn was Hooked, and knew this was what she wanted to do. So she prepared my self for the live shows. Customizing her own horses and making her own tack. Along with the props and her knowledge of real equine competition Marilyn was on a new Journey. She wanted to make tack and dolls to sell, but knew that they would have to be show proven before she would offer them for sale. So for 4 years Marilyn showed in as many shows as she could. After winning mulitple Championships she felt confident that the tack and dolls were ready to be shown by others.
As an Artist her goal is to make Authentic Top quality Western Tack and Dolls. When her Customers say, "WOW!" or it is "Perfect", that is rewarding to her and she knows that her time and hard work is worth it all!!
Marilyn's work can be seen at www.PictureTrail.com/philly65
Email or call 502-645-3361
Western Show halter, showmanship doll
Buckskin Carol Williams Matriarch painted by Nichole Reid. Western Show Halter in brown Stain, by Marilyn, Silver by Rio Rondo. Showmanship Doll in Teal, by Marilyn. This set won Chmapion at NAN 2010 in CM Showmanship
Foal showmanship halter, showmanship doll in black
Black pinto Stone Weanling customized by Marilyn. Foal Western SHow Halter by Marilyn, Silver by Rio Rondo, Showmanship Doll in black by Marilyn.
Handtoold oak leaf Western Saddle, doll
Peter Stone FCM Performance Horse,"Mars Bars" 1 of 30 in Matte, Top Ten in NAN 2010 in OF Games and OF Reining; also shown cutting. Western Performance show saddle in hand tooled oak leaf pattern, silver by Rio Rondo by Marilyn. Doll in Blue and silver, by Marilyn
Western Pleaseure saddle Natural Star stamp pattern; Western doll in navy/wine
Carol Williams resin Knightly Candence painted by Teresa Botkins, Chestnut. NAN 2010 CM Champion Other Western Pleasure. Top Ten NAN 2010 in CM Trail. Top Ten in NAN 2010 CM Pattern. Western Pleasure saddle in Natural Star Stamp pattern, by Marilyn, silver by Rio Rondo. Doll in Navy and Wine by Marilyn.
Western saddle in Oak Leaf pattern
Whisper by Ivonne Davey, Bay, NAN Reserve Champion NAN 2010 in Egg n Spoon race. (No pic) NAN 2010 Top Ten in CM Cutting (PIC) Western Saddle in OAK Leaf hand Tooling by Marilyn.
Western Pleasure floral design tooled saddle; doll in black/white
Ruby Keno painted by Caroline Boydston. Buckskin Roan. Western Pleasure Saddle in Hand Tooling Floral design, by Marilyn, Silver by Rio Rondo. Doll in Black and White, by Marilyn.
Western Saddle in Star pattern; doll in black/red
CM Breyer Zippo by Marilyn, Western Saddle in Star Pattern, Silver by Rio Rondo, doll, Western male doll in black and red by Marilyn.
WP Saddle Floral pattern; cream/teal doll
CM Roxy by Lyn Nurbory, Buckskin QH. Western Pleasure Saddle set in Floral pattern (pic) hand tooled by marilyn. Doll in Cream and Teal by Marilyn.
TBD horse/painter. Tack description TBD.
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