Here is a small selection of horses that have paid a visit to the Holmebank workshop.

You will see that we don't just deal with antique horses but also specialize in contemporary makers such as Haddon, Honeycombe and Ragamuffin.  They make great horses to play on and when painted sympatheticaly look amazing too.

 

A lovely old F.H.Ayres horse that came to us with most of his originality in tact. Acording to the stencill on the base he was first purchased from 'Henrys' a department store in Manchester, probably in the thirties. Our client wanted us to preserve as much as possible and it was a pleasure to work on him. It's so hard to find one like this these days as a lot have been messed about with. He will be going into a magnificent collection of horses.

 

A Baby Carriages 'Rambler' from the late 1930s. All original paintwork and tack. Carefully preserved.

 

A G&J Lines extra carved Improved rocking horse circa 1910. Very rare chestnut colour purchased from the Pygmalion stores, Boar lane, Leeds. New cow hair mane and tail and new saddle, the rest was just preservation. The client was delighted that we didn't turn him into a 'new horse'  He's now a prop in a photographic studio. Most photographic studios in the early 1900's would have had a rocking horse as a prop for the children to pose on. What goes round comes round!

This is the same model as the chestnut horse above in fact it came originaly from the same Pygmalion store in Leeds, how's that for a coincidence? Full restoration.

A Brassington and Cooke (Manchester) Velocepeed. He had a leg missing and no tyres when he arrived but other than that we just lightly preserved him. He is now part of a collection inAustralia.

F.H.Ayres 'D' Type. This model is thought by many to be the pinacle of the Ayres stable. I can't disagree. Loved working on this old gent.

'Hera'   A very unusual horse that came in for a repaint and new mane and tail. The saddle was refurbished but we fitted a new bridle. We really enjoyed this one. Something completely different.

'Ralph'  A 43" Woodrow Swallow from around 1930. Full restoration on this one.

'Charlotte'. A 32" Baby Cariages of Liverpool. Full restoration.

'FREDERICK'  By FH Ayres. This handsome gent only required minimal work which is testament to the high quality workmanship of this marque. 

A lovely little Lines Sporty boy. Full restoration.

  'GODOLPHIN' an extermely rare early 19th century bow rocking horse. He had to have a complete restoration here at Holmebank. He looks like the racehorse paintings from the 18th and 19th century a bit fierce at full speed, loads of character we love him.

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'GYPSY' A wonderfull old bow rocker of unknown maker. We had to fully restore this one as it arrived bare wood!

This is a rare 'Ragamuffin' horse. Only about 200 were made. It is a fiberglass horse mounted on a spring base, modeled on the Crandal horse from the USA. Full restoration.

Another Ragamuffin painted in our style with the best quality tack. Now in Australia.

'Silver' A 54" Norton and Barker circa 1920s. He is nearly as big as our first lead rein pony! Full restoration.

A stunning Harold Wakefield rocking horse. She came to us in an awfull state. Surface all sun bleached and water stained. She took hours to get right but it was a real pleasure to have worked on such a beutifull sculpture.

Another 'RAGAMUFFIN' With modern dapples. Top quality Saddlery and extra long mane. Children love this model it's great fun to ride.

'TREACLE' is a David and Noreen Kiss reproduction of a Victorian Lines horse.  Exquisitely carved and sitting on a quality hardwood stand she is finished off with a lovely English leather saddle and bridle and although she was made in 2000 she looks like she has rarely been ridden. Rocking horses by David and Noreen Kiss will undoubtebly become highly collectable and I can see them going up in value as the 21st century unfolds.     

'WILLIAM' A late 1970's medium Haddon. With English Havanna leather saddle and bridle made especially for him. Full restoration.

This is a very rare Wilson Silver Cross from about 1920. He came in for some carefull preservation. Client delighted. He is amazingly original. The only additions are reins and stirrup leathers from vintage leather and new mane and tail, the stand needed a rebuild as it was very sloppy. Then a thorough clean and wax polish.

'Florence' a  G,& J Lines 'Improved old style rocking horse number 21a' circa 1914. Sympathetic preservation. Now has a permanent home in Belgium.

'ECLIPSE' A lovely big 'Honeycombe of Devon' bow rocker. Our client requested pale palomino and no tack.Before painting this model we re-model the jaw which is always very over shot and in our minds looks odd. The little extra work makes a world of difference.

'Mr BENNET' is a G&J. Lines horse about 1910 vintage. He has the thistle badge on his chest and his paintwork is lovely and mellow so he looks over 100 years old but is in great condition and will be able to go on for another 100 years.

 

'CHARLIE' is a very rare Whiley brothers horse from about 1930. He came to our workshops structurally sound but had been overpainted many times with gloss paint. Hours were spent carefully removing the thick layers, we have managed to reveal the majority of his original paintwork and retouched were necessary. The tack was shot but we took patterns from it and made new saddlery but used all the old brassware. He now looks as near original as possible.  Full restoration on this one. (We trimmed his mane and tail for the new owner to a more traditional length) 

Subtle grey paint job on this fibreglass horse.

'HUBERT'  is a 52"  G & J Lines Rocking Horse Circa 1900-1910. This imposing gentleman has all his original paintwork which is very rare. His saddle has been expertly replaced by David & Noreen Kiss but as far as we can tell the rest of him is all original. Light preservation.

'BENJAMIN'. A 47" Norton and Barker circa 1930s.  Full restoration.

'ALFIE' is a 1949 F H Ayres Rocking Horse standing 37" high  Full restoration.

'MERLIN' is another large Haddon Rocking Horses. Standing approx 50" high and dates from about 1970. He has re-shaped head details and a realistic hand painted finish. Dark havana leather tack and a fabulous new flowing mane and tail. The Haddon Rocking Horses are made from GRP ( fibreglass ) so are extremely robust and perfect for children to have hours of fun on.

'HAROLD' is an outstanding 42" high extra carved 'Legends' rocking horse. Made in 1993 he is in original condition with the exception of a new mane and tail . Legends are acclaimed as one of the finest rocking horse makers in the Uk.  Light preservation.

'ADAM' A very rare Whiley Brothers of Leeds horse from the 1930's standing 34", sympathetically preserved. He retains much of his original paintwork. His tack is made from aged leather taken from patterns of the original.

'SILVER' is a medium Haddon standing 41". Lovely dark dapple grey with luxurious grey mane and tail. He is fitted with Jasper Highet dark havana tack. Grey painted stand which has been waxed to give it a lovely sheen and 'Lines' swing arm brackets fitted instead of the blocks of plywood which are standard on these horses.  Full restoration.

'TITCH'  A G & J Lines push along horse from circa 1900.  This little chap stands just 24" from floor to top of his ears. Full restoration.

  'ECLIPSE'  A very special 19th century bow rocker. Hours of work put into this old gentleman but well worth the effort.

'Mr Ed.' A 50" Haddon horse from about 1980. Fitted with Western tack all the way from Ohio USA. A break from the norm, the customer was delighted so was the little jockey.


'HEIDI'   A very unusual horse. Excuisitly created by a highly skilled carver, the trouble is we don't know who they are!! In the 30 odd years that we have been involved in rocking horses we have never seen anything like her. Full restoration.

Extra large plain carved F. H. Ayres. Full restoration

'PUMPKIN' a medium Haddon fibreglass horse finished in the traditional style. Full restoration.

'GEORGE' a 'Honeycomb of Devon' bow rocker. Full restoration on this imposing gent. He needs a lot of space!

'LINCOLN'  A magnificent Harold Wakefield horse with breathtaking detail, simply the best. Light preservation.

'MONTY'  An extra large rocking horse. Elegantly carved and suitable for a large child or an adult who always wanted one and now can!  Light preservation.

This was an interesting project sent to us by one of our clients. It was in a real state, something had been nesting in the upholstery (don't ask) The harness was shot to bits but after many hours we think the end result is good. The client was over the moon. Sympathetic preservation.

A Medium Haddon with traditional paintwork and modern tack, works quite well we think. This model is one of Davids favourite horses to paint and he can't understand why some people are a bit 'sniffy' about fibreglass horses. The people that designed the moulds to create this model were real craftsmen (or women!) It is very closely based on the F H Ayres D type, and is perfect for play. Full restoration.

'Charlie' A Lines size 00. Full restoration.

This is an unusual horse that we were asked to paint 'strawberry roan' It worked out well, Client delighted.

 'Tip-toe' A medium Haddon. Full holmebank restoration.

A very early Harold Wakefield horse. Note the cantle support carved into the horse to lift the back of the saddle. Light preservation.

  'Dobbin' A Patterson Edwards/Leeway. Full restoration.

A skin covered pull along horse from Germany most likely from the Bauer and Krause factory early 1900s. Light preservation.

A magnificant Sevensons bros nursery bow. Needs a big room! Nothing to do to this horse it was like new but couldn't resist posting it on here.