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WegWag has Moved!

Posted in Art, Equine Issues with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by martimu

What an amazing adventure it has been keeping the World Equestrian Games updated from behind and whithin the scenes here by your WegWag host Marti McGinnis for the past four years! But sadly they have come and gone so it is time to move on – and move on she has! This blog will no longer be updated but all new updates will carry on here: . If you’re following WegWag tweets – then you’re automatically now following the new name HorseJourney. New to twitter? No worries just follow HorseJourney and we’ll be connected!

Are you perhaps into Equine Assisted Activities or Equine Assisted Learning? Then you’ll for sure want to subscribe to Marti’s blog that features tons of activities both at liberty and in the studio at

My Thank You WEG video was well received and appears below:

Marti documents her journey with her own horses. No trophies or medals to be won in that but a whole lot of fun at her expense and it’s all fun and on the table open. Marti has also recently made a huge overall to the rescue network. If you love horses (and we know you do) you should join me there now! Here’s a video that describes what EquineConnection is all about:

And finally some of you may know Marti is also an artist and has been making fun paintings and other creations featuring horses. Her fine art website documents everything she’s into. Check it out! Buy some at SongPony on


Happiest Horse Store on Planet Earth!

Posted in Art, Equine Rescue, SongPony with tags , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by martimu

The holidays are a’comin’ and if your heart is with horses you might want to know about some of the happiest horse stores you’re likely to encounter this season. It features the work of artist Marti McGinnis and all the proceeds raised go right back into funding – the global community for equine rescue and advocacy.

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Click here to visit the store.It’s at

Oh, you’d rather have an original painting? You can! Same deal – the proceeds benefit and these can be commissioned to be of YOUR favorite equines. Even famous ones (hello Rachel and Zenyatta fans!). Samples here.

Horseanalities - 11" x 14" x .75 - $65

Love is Joy - 6" x 12" x .75 - $50

Out + About at WEG

Posted in Art, World Equestrian Games with tags , on October 7, 2010 by martimu

The World Equestrian Games are surrounded by many delights besides the world class competitions. Here’s a small sampling of what my camera saw yesterday:

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Looks Familiar – A Little Too Familiar?

Posted in Art, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , , on September 21, 2010 by martimu


See comments section below – The HorseMania Artist Responds!

Original Post

You be the judge……
I submitted a design proposal for one of the fiberglass horses to be featured around Lexington during the WEG. It was based on the paint job I did for my mini horse’s trailer. Here, look:

Moments ago I logged into the media section of the Alltech site (them being the main sponsor of the WEG) and discovered a photo of their own official Alltech Horse Mania horse stationed in their main venue presentation apparently. I’m asking you, does it remind you at all of anything else you just saw? Yeah, me too.


This photo was submitted with my design proposal...



  • Black background? Check.
  • Bright roundy multi-color flowers? Check.
  • Bright green leafy stems? Check.


The Official Alltech Art Horse


I think I know where they drew their inspiration from for this. Here’s the thing: Alltech is headquartered in my own town of Nicholasville, Kentucky. My car and trailer drive around town with some regularity. I’m about as local of an artist as you could hope! They’ve laid out millions of dollars for this crazy extravaganza – why ever would they scrimp on this good-will cultural icon? And what makes whoever authorized this think I wouldn’t find out? If this is a coincidence then it’s a nutty one. If it’s called “The Garden of Hope” they owe me an apology.

Celebrating Horses Art Car

Posted in Art, Special Events, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , , on September 11, 2010 by martimu
art car rear

Good Luck!

What with the crazy economy and all selling art has become a bit more of a challenge than it usually is, but that hasn’t stopped my creative flow. At all. For almost twenty years I have driven an “art car”. This can mean a lot of things. To some it means I drive a vehicle with a lowered value by having messed with the original finish. To others it suggests I’ve turned a mundane, every-day object into a rolling gallery. To me it means I get to drive something different and can get a new car (sort of) just by changing the paint job!


The pony on top goes up for special occassions

Which is what I did recently to celebrate my personal love of horses and to spiff up for the impending World Equestrian Games coming to Lexington, Kentucky, where I live. Because this is The Decade of the Unicorn I’ve got one highlighted on the driver’s side. But I think Pegasus is a grand influence especially on a vehicle that’s taking me places so he’s on the hood. But you know, a pink pony tells the world I know who I am – and it ain’t being macho, lol.



If you happen to be coming to Lexington and you see us (me and the car, I mean) let us know you’re there or have stopped by! And May The Horse Be With You!

pink pony

Horus the Horse Concludes

Posted in Art, Special Events, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , on June 25, 2010 by martimu

By special WegWag corresdpondent and Horse Mania artist: Shirley Gentry

Thursday, June 17, 2010. Horus limps in and joins the herd.

Yesterday evening Charlie and I were chatting with Lexington neighbors when I had an “OMG” moment. A nail with a huge head protruded from my truck tire. Call AAA. Drop the horse trailer, turn the truck around so the tire will be accessible for the technician. Try and find the tools to release the spare tire from under the truck. They are gone, probably left behind in some shop, who knows where or when. Fortunately, the tech can release the spare with Charlie’s truck tools. Crisis averted. Spare tire in place, we re-hitch the trailer. Good to go. We think.

Horse Mania Horse

Horus joins the club

This morning we took off for the shop to collect Horus. The truck is pulling to the right and making all sorts of scary, scraping sounds. We get there with all four wheels still on the truck, and still pulling the horse trailer. Horus is going to LexArts this morning if I have to call a tow truck or Sallee Horse Vans, or both. For those of you from outside the Lexington area, we have a selection of horse van companies only a phone call away that will pick up and transport your horse. It is sort of like calling a horse taxi, or in our case, limo. Luckily neither service is needed. Hmm…a horse van. That would be traveling in style. We have been told that the bed of a pickup is standard Horse Mania transportation.

At the shop we admire the latest evolution of Horus, shining like a Corvette at a car show. His clear coat gleams, highlighting the decorative colors and black base. He is beautiful. I am happy.

Horus is removed from his plywood stand and mummy-wrapped in his horse clothing for the last time, loaded, chocked, cross-tied, lashed in, and we set out for delivery. Charlie drives this leg of the journey so he can evaluate the pulling and horrible truck noises. He agrees. We have a problem. We decide to get the flat tire repaired and replace the spare after Horus is delivered. We limp and squeal into LexArts parking lot at Lorillard Lofts.

Horus is unloaded, and carried into the building to join his herd-mates. We undress him and I towel the dust off his black hooves and body. Immediately he is moved into the photo shot setup for his publicity picture. Smile, Horus! It will go into a commemorative book with photos of all the other horses. He is then carried off to meet the herd.

In another room rest dozens of completed horses, lined up side by side, several lengths deep. Wow! They are all so different and interesting, but we can’t really get a good look at them as they are packed in as tightly as cars in a Manhattan parking garage. Horus takes his place. I will see him, and his buddies, again next week for a preview party.

Horus with Dignataries

Horus Poses with Dignataries

We leave and head for the tire shop. Horus, “Egyptian Treasure”, has been delivered, and is safe.

Thursday, June 24: Party on, Horus!

This evening was the preview party for all Horse Mania horses, their sponsors, and their artists. All the horses are lined up in the corridors of Lorillard Lofts. They are just amazing! The range of color, design and decoration techniques reflect the wide variety of each individual artist’s creative vision. Besides the full size horses, there are a number of fiberglass foals that have been decorated by local schools. They are just super too.

I have come prepared, and rag off the dust and fingerprints from Horus’ shiny coat. Years spent on horse sales top-off crews die hard. We admire the other horses, and visit with friends and the other artists and partygoers. Charlie inspects the horses carefully for blemishes and flaws in their fiberglass factory finish. Horus is pronounced superior in this respect. It is interesting to hear the comments about the horses. At one point logistics of the installation on July 15 are being discussed. Rumor has it the horses will have their hooves nailed to the wooden bed of a tobacco wagon for transport. Charlie guides me away from the conversation before I dial a horse van company for Horus.

We meet Horus’ sponsors! Adam Kegley and Deborah Holland Tudor represent Frost, Brown, Todd LLC, Attorneys. Adam is also a member of LexArt’s Board of Directors. Unlike the other artists, who exhibit a high level of professional composure, I am thrilled and excited to be part of Horse Mania, and thank Adam and Deborah several times. Without the sponsorship of benefactors like Frost, Brown, Todd LLC, there would be no Horus, aka “Egyptian Treasure”, or any of the other horses.

Check out photos of the “Horse Mania 2010” horses on Facebook under that title, or the LexArts web site,, for more information. Follow the Horse Mania 2010 links; the foals are on the Horse Play link.

Horus the Horse Part 3

Posted in Art, Special Events, World Equestrian Games with tags , , , on June 16, 2010 by martimu

Horse Mania Art Project

By Shirley Gentry – special to WegWag!

Black Horse

Horus gleams at Fortune Collision & Paint Centre. Wow! What a difference! He is ready for surface decoration.

Monday, June 7.  Nick calls Charlie from the body shop. Horus’ spa treatment is taking longer than anticipated. He will have to ask some of his co-workers to help with the sanding. Charlie authorizes the expense.

We can pick up Horus Thursday morning, not Wednesday. I call my part-time employer, the Paris Stockyard, and tell them I will not be able to work the cattle sale on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 8.   Time to start creating the Horus Hostel, his next temporary home. This is the front hall of our home, where he will be painted. The first step is to remove the lint, pet hair, mud, Charlie’s tools and my costume making materials. So, how much of that can there be? What do you mean there is an air compressor and laundry basket of sequins by your front door? Well, I have made 10 costumes in the past three months, we have two (constantly shedding) dogs and two cats, and after a year of occasional construction, a repair on the front porch was recently completed. The front hall has been a receptacle for all related tools and construction/sewing materials. Swiffer? That’s for city girls. We farm women consider a ShopVac to be a house cleaning necessity.

Wednesday, June 9.  Free Horus!

I am ready to implode. I want my horse! There are photos of other artist’s completed horses in print, and today I visited another horse near completion. I have yet to take the first brush stoke.

The Eye of Horus is upon you. Yep. That is what that particular decoration is really called. It was a protective device in ancient Egypt. The marking on his forehead is an Ankh, and is the symbol of life. The paint job is a work in progress. Charlie suggests I create an explanation of Horus’ Egyptian symbols and their significance.

To make today a productive day, I purchase more, higher quality, acrylic paint. A trip to the Kentucky Horse Park’s new exhibit, “A Gift from the Desert” shows a few artifacts from Egypt on display. None of the really interesting bits shaped like snakes or horses are from Egypt, though. I spend several hours looking at books with pictures of ancient Egyptian artwork and horse equipment. The design is already established, and has been since January. The photos help keep me focused (and quiet.) Horse Mania? Can’t say much more about the Horse part, but your Maniac, er, Mania, is right here.

At 8:40 pm Nick texts Charlie from the body shop and includes photos of Horus’ gleaming black hide. We can pick him up in the morning. The stress level in our home diminishes significantly.

Thursday, June 10: Horus is beautiful! He shines and sparkles, his re-worked fiberglass body is blemish free, at least to my untrained eye. Previously he had raggedy hoof walls, looking like he had missed his last three farrier appointments while living in a rocky pasture. No more. He is a far better horse for the time spent at the body shop. Estimating Nick’s professional contributions at 35 hours, his boss, Todd, praises the work he has done on Horus, and donates the paint used in his finish. I am thrilled! The men at Fortune Collision who helped Nick will be satisfied if I pick up the tab for their lunch. Everyone has been very generous and supportive of this project. It is just great, and much appreciated.

Nick shows me how to sand Horus’ entire body before painting. I cringe at the prospect of marring his brilliant black hide, but it must be done. The entire surface must be roughed up so that the final clear coat and painted surface decoration will adhere to the black base coat. Load up the trailer, home we go, and install Horus in our version of the “paint booth”, the front hall.

Horus is sanded twice and wiped down after each treatment, which Charlie thinks is funny. You have to start somewhere, so Horus tries on a horse costume which allows me to get an idea of where the design details will lie. The painting begins. At some point I realize that I have made Horus one of my horse costumes, it is just created in paint rather than fabric (and sequins.)

Saturday, June 12.  I wake up at 4:00 am, dreaming about painting. I get up and continue to do just that. Later, I request a two-day extension on delivery date from Tony Aros at LexArt. It will be granted. During Horus’ stay, my life consists solely of painting, and husband and animal care.

Monday, June 14, 2010. The surface decoration is complete. Horus is spending the evening letting his paint cure. I estimate about 45 to 50 hours spent painting since Thursday afternoon. Tomorrow he ships back to the body shop for his clear coat.

Late breaking news: due to the construction currently in progress in downtown Lexington, the Horse Mania installation has been delayed until July 14.

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