Deborah McDermott

Horse Sculpture

Realistic Ceramic and Resin Model Horse Sculptures







Sculpting Grace


Current projects include a life size bronze edition of the tiny bronze foal "Grace". Here I am in 2000 working on Grace, who looks more like the blob at this stage!


I am carving off the excess material before adding the clay. Grace is one of my never ending projects - ten years so far I think, but I am happy to report that she now has a healthy covering of oil-based clay.


In addition to sculpting horses I also own several of the real thing.



My Arabian Horses


VOR Red Wing  (Red Tape x Cal O Lyn)

VOR Lark  (VOR Shyzar x Cal O Lyn)

VOR Grace  (VOR Shyzar x FLA Contessa J)

VOR Paisley  (VOR Shyzar x Blue Califia)

VOR Monya (VOR Shyzar x Gai Parada dtr.)


My Golden Retrievers


Faithful Heart Daniel Boone

Poppyfield's Penny

Vanessa Libošovská Blata



English Golden Retrievers

Faithful Heart Daniel Boone


  • OOAK Dolls

  • My first one of a kind rider doll has been completed. Click here to see her


  • In my studio  The studio blog is a photographic record of in progress works and finished horses.

  • These sculptures are the next in line for release, in no particular order.


  • Gomez - NEW in-progress photos! Traditional Andalusian stallion

  • Lindbergh A three-day eventer

  • Musetta Rose A foal for Musetta

  • Arabian War Horse Traditional Arabian Stallion, this fellow has morphed into a battle ready pose.

Persuasion painted by E:Mc2

"Desert Myst"


Model horse hobby legends Pamala Hutton and Carol Floyd (E:Mc2) chose my sculpture Persuasion to paint in collaboration after seeing her on my website. The result was "Desert Myst".


Desert Myst was auctioned on Ebay and sold for a record breaking price. She was E:Mc2's highest selling model horse at the time and maybe their highest selling horse to date, selling for more than twice what their work had sold for previously.


Pamala bought a second Persuasion saying she never painted the same model twice, but for Persuasion she made an exception.



About the Artist


In 1990 I took a class in bronze casting. I was inspired by photographs of Edwin Bogucki's Arabian horse sculptures in Arabian Horse World magazine.


The class required a wax sculpture to cast, of course I didn't have one, and I didn't want to cast just anything, so I sculpted a horse.


I never did finish it in time for the class. That first sculpture was just the beginning and soon thereafter I was sculpting my neighbor's stallion the famous Arabian Fame VF.


Fame VF Bronze


Owners Pat and Bob Radmacher supplied me with many photographs and video to work with. The Fame VF bronze was accepted into the American Academy of Equine Art Annual Juried Exhibition.


Photography even became a passion for a couple years and my photographs were featured on the cover of five horse magazines including being featured in an Arabian Horse World ad. Then about 1991 sculpture became the main pursuit.



VOR Brianna


VOR Brianna (Shyzar x Brilliant Forever) photographed at Ventana Oaks Ranch on the cover of Horse Care Magazine and in Arabian Horse World.



Romantic Resin


The first resin edition "Romantic" was completed in 2002 and was quickly sold out.


Indian Silver


Indian Silver is the new traditional scale resin that is currently in progress. Click here to see more of Indian Silver.












Horse Sculpture

Artist's resins including Indian Silver and Desert Myst painted by E:Mc2 = Pamala Hutton & Carol Floyd. Desert Myst is the 2005 NAN Reserve Champion Arabian Resin. Click here to see more photos of Desert Myst...




Love Model Horses!

Plan on attending these model horse shows hosted by NAMHSA, Breyer Model Horses and Stone Horses for Collectors of Model Horses and Lovers of Equine Art and Figurines!



The North American Nationals 2009
June 26 - 28 at the Portland Expo Center, Oregon. The North American Nationals (NAN) 2009 is a national championship show for model horses. It is the largest model horse show. NAN attracts participants from around the globe. For live photos and show results click here: North American Nationals (NAN). Hosted by NAMHSA.



July 17 - 19 2009 at Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY. Hosted by Breyer Model Horses. You are invited to join in the festivities at the 20th annual BreyerFest. It is the largest gathering of model horse lovers in the world! Breyer model horses hosts this weekend of model horse shows, model horse sales, artisan's gallery, seminars, contests, real horses, swap meet and shopping! Learn about real horses and the model horse hobby. Plus you get to meet some of the real horses that are honored as Breyer models! Hosted by Breyer Model Horses. Check out the Breyerfest Blog



June 12 - 14 2009 at the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento, California. Hosted by Breyer Model Horses at the largest and most comprehensive equestrian exposition in North America. Once in the gates, come down to The Breed Pavilion and enjoy Stablemates® painting, fun crafts and activities, model horse information, raffles, and a Breyer model display where you can be the first to see the newest Breyer product. Two great model horse shows, Open and Novice, are also available for additional fees.


Model Horse Jubilee

Dates yet to be anounced for 2009.  This popular model horse show will be held at the Sheraton Suites Fairplex Hotel in Pomona, California Hosted by Stone Horses. It's Model horse festivities on the West Coast featuring a 2-Day Live Show, Stone Horses Special Runs, A Special Dinner, Vendor Bazaar, Swap Meet, Test Run Auction, Room Sales and much more! Hosted by Stone Horses.
Check out the Tricked Out Pony Contest -
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Horse Sculpture by Deborah McDermott


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July 10, 2008

"Hundreds of trainers withdrew their horses from competition at a major Tennessee Walking Horse show last weekend after USDA inspectors arrived on the scene to examine horses for violations of the Horse Protection Act."


"In 1998, The Tennessean published several articles on the walking horse industry. They interviewed defectors from the world of soring and the big lick. Pamela Reband, a former TWHBEA director, admitted in print to "sanctioning torture for 30 years." -From the article Sore Winners by Andrew Lang, DVM

Hear Pamela Reband speak at the 2009 Sound Horse Conference



What is soring?

Read this article and find out:



Sound Horse Conference


Facts on the industry

Here are a couple facts from the above link:


Of the 54 Riders Cup Top Trainers named by the Walking Horse Report in 2007 ONLY 4 had NO SORING VIOLATIONS. The rest shared a total of 204 violations.



There were 15 HPA suspensions between the 13 honorees recently inducted into the Walking Horse Hall of Fame. One honoree had 6 suspensions. One honoree who had no suspensions was the organist.



"Matte Pulle of the Nashville Scene” in the October 29, 2003 edition, reports of an interview with a long time TWH trainer that ...  The USDA, which loosely monitors the industry, continues to cite successful trainers for soring-related infractions, including Bill Bobo, who won this year's World Grand Championship at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration. Rhoads says that he recently walked into a barn of walking horses and saw 30 of them lying on the ground--a sure sign that they were in too much pain from the abuse to stand up.” - from



© Copyright 2002-2008 - All images and sculptures in bronze, resin, fine bone china, stone, gold and silver jewelry of equines, Arabian stallions and unicorns are copyright property of Deborah McDermott and may not be used, reproduced, copied or altered in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the artist Deborah McDermott. Murrieta, California. Last updated: 12/08/10.