I have made a variety of specialty dolls over the years. A bunch of them were dolls that people ordered, but some of them were for my own use. This super bendy cowboy was the first, of the the specialty dolls that I own. He was made for an Extreme Cowboy class.
I have used this guy for other things over the years, but this class, and this piece of documentation, is what he was made for. Bendy Breyer guys definitely have their uses. Maybe I will make one or two for my next live sale.
Showmanship may be my favorite horse show class, or at least one of my favorites. It's such a deceptively simple class with so many ways to screw up. I have made many showmanship dolls for myself over the years, but I change my mind on the designs and I sell them and make a new one. For the most part you can use a showmanship doll to do showmanship. Though mine have made it into my picnic at the horse show scenes. Even though the doll is not super versatile, I love this doll.
I made this jester doll specifically for a creative class prompt at a show I attended. The class was "Jester" and I figured, why not make a jester doll? And then I made belled hats and collars for the horse, and the dogs. It was definitely a fun class to put together, but it is very unlikely I will ever find another use for this doll. She is definitely a specialty doll made for this one set-up.
Last year "at Breyerfest" (online sales, I was not at Breyerfest) Carrie Sloan Meyer had these horseball sets for sale. I probably liked it because the ball is pink. But I ordered the set and then decided I had to make a doll to go with it. So I did. This doll is for horseball. That is all she does. But she's fun!
I don't own nearly as many dolls as I could, but I do have a good amount of dolls. And while I really appreciate a good, versatile doll, I definitely love the precision of a specialty doll as well.