M HUNT & JUDI KENT PYRAH
Judi Kent Pyrah
M Hunt has been working as a wildlife artist (self-taught)
for over 40 years. His passion for birds and all flora
and fauna has taken him all over the world, studying them
in their natural habitats on specialist field trips and safaries,
leading bird trips and teaching wildlife art in such bizarre
locations as Alaska , where whisky had to be added to the
water to stop it freezing, hoisted 100ft up into the tropical
rainforest with a minimum stay of 6 hrs. or at the top of
a Mayan temple, watching Crowned Eagles at the nest while just
below a fly-past of killer bees.
knowledge and experience is profound and formidable and his contribution
to conservation equally limitless, from a permanent % donation
from all print sales, a constant supply of donated originals
to various fund raising Auctions and Exhibitions to personal
gifts of his own artisrs proofs or originals to his own special
projects, as well as publicising and educating through personal
appearances and public speaking the need to protect our endangered
species world wide.
Alan`s achievements and recognition in the art world speaks for itself
with 4 Gold Medals in the prestigeous Society of Wildlife Artists (USA)
Voted into the Artists Hall of Fame ,Featured Artist at many major shows
and many more individual trophies tucked into his drawer. He has been
invited to judge at many shows such as the uk National Childrens Art
competion, Not the Turner prize , and featured on various TV discussion
and art programs.His originals are collected internationally, some of
his images have been used on exclusive silk artwork and other creations,
with over 300 Ltd. Editions, Prints and Giclees. T shirts and special
collectables and in unique Print collections of images of animals ,birds
and habitat from African Reserves supported by major companies. .
devotion to his Art comes with discipline and hard work. Many obstacles
and difficult times have not deterred his commitment to his work
inspired by nature`s wonders, and the drive to conserve them have
brought him so far. He is highly respected by his peers and has
always helped, advised and promoted young and hidden talent.
He has the same commitment , desire for knowledge and creation for his beloved
Arabians. So far so fast and yet with heartbreak and hardwork but with the same
dedication and belief in what we are working to achieve at Judal Arabians will
be an on going inspiration!
work with animals and birds, captive and wild and through various
breeding programs, especially for endangered species, he has
aquired in depth knowledge, a studied and proven understanding
of genetics and animal husbandry. His intense familiarisation
of Arabian Bloodlines from horses photos, pedigrees and offspring
and visiting Studs and shows around the world, have influenced
our personal criteria and future program using the existing modest
facilities we have and the collection of mares and stallions
we have managed to aquire within our limitations, to ultimately
contribute, through our selective breeding, aesthetically beautiful,
correct and true to type, athletic horses with easy temperaments
and all round performance potential.
Alan & TFA Mira
and Alan met through their Art. Early on in their ` business` relationship,
they toured Jordan on a project for the Ministry of Tourism, Alan
studying and painting the indigenous wildlife while Judi sketched
and photographed the people, wild horses, bedouin horses and camels
of this fascinating country and culture........
were invited to a private presentation of horses at the Royal
Stud. Their grace and beauty and history made an everlasting
impact on us both. Then a very special visit to the Royal Family`s
stables in the Palace grounds, and was honoured to ride King
Husseins own Arab riding stallion fired my growing passion.
friendship with a Jordanian couple, who owned and raced Arab
stallions, took me out riding in the desert on a gorgeous
grey stallion, who spent a lot of time on his hind legs displaying
to the other stallion my companion rode. Again, with hindsight,
influential in fuelling the dream of our own Arabian Stud
at the Royal Jordanian Racing Club
Judi & Ginha
( Harewood Ride 25miles - 2 hrs ) |
was forced to relinquish my long time ambition to 3 day event after
having my 3rd child at 40 and already hectic painting career.I`d
owned thoroughbreds and enjoyed dressage, show jumping and hunter
trialling- but never quite managed to get one horse capable of doing
all three, and had trained for my BHSAI .
Alan was concerned that
my falling-off record might jeopardise both my mothering duties
and painting , so- after selling on my 16 3 mare, I`d almost decided
to give up altogether when I kept seeing this ad for a 15 3 arab
gelding I felt compelled to go and just have a look. Fate works
mysterious ways. Especially when I saw him ridden I was impressed.
When I tried him and found speed, power, a brain and response,
that was it. Even though he felt small at first he rode like a
plenty in front and such athleticism , style and turn of speed,-
plus he was easy to get on and off !.So great to have an Arab to
suit a tall woman who had assumed they were all 14.2 !
1st 15mile pleasure ride showed me exactly what is so special and unique
purebreds. In the competitive situation he just pulled out all
the stops,his fluid fast trot over varied, difficult terrain seemed
passing all and coming in first was exhilerating and yet on finishing
I realised just how hard he`d tried for me as he plodded the
short hack home
new sport, with NO jumps, was right up my street, we had the perfect
training rides, lots of hill work forest trails and open moor
and our first EGB rides took us to wonderful scenic locations,
great company with superb challenges. He exceeded all my expectations
and the fitter the faster he got- yet always with me , he listened
and looked after me and I in turn learned to balance and relax
and not interfere.
What a great pal , even in retiement he learnt
Western , doing spins and roll backs, looked after the novice horses
, and riders, and has never ever shown a kick, buck or bite, a
Ginha`s retirement came the decision to aquire a breeding arab
mare ( wonderful painting reference ) and finally after a 2 year
wait for the extra land we needed, researched nearby studs, visited
arab shows , the nationals at Malvern and finally wept through
most of the International at Towerlands we hit the ads, now we
knew this mare had to be special!
|I had worked
as a portrait artist for many years, horse paintings were a constant
favoured challenge and featured in exhibitions, including the Society
of Equestrian Artists and a One Man show in London .My painting
of Charles and Diana, with horse, was picked up by the Press and
was sold at the Berkeley Square Ball Auction for charity for £2,800
in 82. Sadly not long after all that brilliant publicity my marriage
ended and I returned home to Yorkshire with my 2 young chidren
to start again.
Ruger AMW |
Alan while I was trying to rekindle my career meant that with
his support company and later through international connections
offered a major publishing contract in Canada, as their Equestrian
artist, where most of my work was exhibited and published and
distributed throughout the States aswell.
and PR trips also provided wonderful opportunities to study many
disciplines ,breeds and training methods, all inspired more
painting. I visited the trotting track and got a tremendous insight
their methods and technique, already familiar with racing Pacers
in UK and have trained on a sulky on the track, was also invited
to hunt coyote, at night, on top of a mountain, fascinating!
I saw barnfulls of beautiful Arabians that excercised on chopped
suede and visited THE top Thoroughbred studs in Kentucky and
paraded in front of me Millions of dollars worth of horse flesh.
The best was stroking the legendary Secretariat ( a real muscle
man) then being escorted away by 6 security guards.
When the stud
began in 1999 my painting career was ticking over nicely and
with only one young son left at home , time was gradually given
to our rapidly
collection of lovely Arabians. But I was Happy and my dreams of having
an Arabian Stud and all that that entails was here and taking
over my life.
They are the
most incredible subjects and I constantly struggle, my mental image, as
in life, always surpasses the created image and this is the driving
in-love with their subject- achieve perfection ! This and the continuous
learning , understanding and our deep relationship with our horses is now
as vital as
Judi Kent Pyrah & Alan M Hunt
The Peasantry, Scawton, Thirsk, N Yorks.
Tel: 01845 597287 Email : email@example.com
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