Beebe Ranch Fundraiser
The real-life Misty of Chincoteague was born in 1946 at the Beebe Ranch in Chincoteague, Virginia. A few months later, Misty was bought as a weanling by Marguerite Henry. Inspired by her purchase and the Beebe Ranch, Marguerite wrote the novel “Misty of Chincoteague” which was published in 1947. Marguerite Henry and Rebecca Guisti would go on to create the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation to preserve the legacy of Misty and promote children's reading.
From books to movies and even model horses, Misty and the Beebe Ranch were icons for many of us as we grew up. Inspiring generations of youth to enjoy reading, learning about equines, and more, Misty and the Beebe Ranch hold a special place on the walls of equine history.
As some may know, the historic Beebe Ranch has been placed up for sale and currently has offers from developers. However, The Museum of Chincoteague Island, along with the Misty of Chincoteague Foundation, aim to raise enough funds to purchase the ranch to preserve the history of Misty and Chincoteague Island. Today, they have raised $310,000 out of $625,000 to purchase the ranch to preserve its history.
Although we may currently be a small game, we know Horse Fable does have some influence in the equine world and such influence means taking action when we can. Horse Fable prides itself on promoting causes and organizations that we believe make our world a richer and better place to live, especially those who wish to preserve equine history many of us know and love.
Today, we are extending a helping hand to promote the Beebe Ranch fundraiser as well as create a fundraiser of our own through the release of the Chincoteague Pony breed into Horse Fable.
The Chincoteague Pony is a limited edition rare breed that is only available for purchase via Chincoteague Pony Coins for $5 for 2 in the Ingot Store. All proceeds from the sale of these coins go toward the Beebe Ranch fundraiser. Chincoteague Pony coins will only be on sale from now until April 28th at 11:59 PM EST/ game time. Chincoteague Pony Coins have 10 color points and allow for variation selection of 1 - 6. After the sale, Chincoteague Ponies will only be found in the wilds.
In Horse Fable, Chincoteague Ponies excel in agility, endurance, and speed. The breed comes in all chestnuts, bays, greys, and black as well as creams, tobianos, splash white 1, nd1, and W20. Since Chincoteague Ponies are a limited edition rare breed, they have the same breeding restrictions as Marwaris and Akhal Tekes. After the coin sale, Chincoteague Ponies will only be available when found in the wilds. Because of this, Chincoteague Ponies come in a wide array of white markings and boast the largest white marking variation selection totaling 10 tobiano variations!
We hope everyone has an excellent rest of the week!
Bedouin & Curly
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While I support the initiative of the fundraiser, the art is disappointing for a new breed release. Instead of hiring another artist to replace Solo (or even mentioning that Solo didn't make this art), it looks like this breed was just pieced together with pieces of her other work? Unfortunately it's just not it for me. :(
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Alf, while new breed releases must continue and we are having to work around Solos departure, I have been doing my best to ensure we both keep Solo's style and manage to keep new breeds and redos going as best we can. Given we haven't announced our current situation and were waiting to do so until later, I am happy to explain now.
We are having to search for a new artist and currently, those we have tried can not match Solos style. I, however, can manage to photoshop, edit, color, and adjust new bases and redos as best I can to keep Solos style while we wait for a new artist to step in. Solo is aware of this.
So, Chincoteague Ponies are a product of both myself and the help of another artist who was able to touch up any failures on my part.
Given the spirit of this post is to be uplifting and also toward a good cause, I will leave with the promise of one day releasing our full announcement pertaining to the future of our artwork as intended at a later date.
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It just would have been nice to have you lead with this explanation instead of having to "force it" out of you by calling it out that this is not Solo's artwork. It feels deceptive and icky on the part of the admin team. Also, why rush a new breed release during a transition of artists?
Anyway - I've said my piece. Good luck with the fundraiser. <3
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It looks so cute! Thank you for the hard work!
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Forcing information out of us when we weren't ready to announce it, especially on a post such as this quite disheartening. To say I am at a loss for words is an understatement. A post meant to be about helping others has now been soured.
"Also, why rush a new breed release during a transition of artists?"
Based on the fundraiser's end time to get in donations, art had to be made to ensure we had time to fundraise and send in our donations. At no point did we plan to be "deceptive" because our #1 goal was to release the breed and fundraise asap. Given we've spent plenty of time looking for, training, and ultimately not finding someone to replace Solo, we had to work with what we could, with help from Solo. We planned to announce Solos departure after in its own post with additional information about our plans from here on out. That is still planned for release another day.
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I'm sorry you disheartened, Curly. I am truly disheartened by you. It is very clear to me by your responses that you absolutely did plan to fly Solo's departure under the radar and pass this art off as hers. I don't understand why honesty up front wasn't the choice you guys lead with. That, for me, is what sours the fundraiser. I think the whole player base would have happily fundraised a good cause even with a delay in the art release.
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I agree with Alfalfa on the art for the Chincoteague seeming rushed and feeling as though a mention of this artwork not being Solo's should've been included even if their departure from the team wasn't stated yet. I am more than happy to support HoFa's efforts and have already bought breed coins since Chincoteague ponies are important to me. I would've rather waited on clean artwork and had the standard pony base used for Chincoteague ponies in the meantime.
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I for one am very excited by this. I grew up with Misty of Chincoteague and loved the book and movies. I am getting my daughter into them as well. I am planning on buying a few coins to help.
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I've always loved Misty's story and her Breyer models. Excited to be part of the fundraiser and thank you for the limited edition ponies! <3