S: Fifty to One by Vada Dolph
BC: Fifty to One (50-1) Fifty Original Cloth Figures Designed and Handmade by Vada Dolph Fifty little jockeys, one big project. Designed and hand made by one, for one special order, each now in the private custody of fifty different racehorse owners. No one has more than one. This book contains some of the snapshots taken during their creation. Fifty jockeys, all suited up and ready, waiting to see who will be chosen as the right 'fit' for today's runner.
FC: Fifty to One (50-1) Fifty Original Cloth Figures Designed and Handmade by Vada Dolph
1: These 50 little jockey figures were created in 2005 and 2006 as a special order, in the colors (silks) of Team Valor International racing stable, and all are in the private collections of Team Valor syndicate partners. | Fifty to One by Vada Dolph | Though cut from the same pattern, each is as unique as the athletes they represent. Any resemblance to the 'real jockeys' is strictly co-incidental. Mrs. Owner (left), from an original design by Jill Maas, inspired my redesign of the body, to create these all-cloth 13 inch figures. They were signed, numbered, dated, and named. The photos are 'snapshots' taken during the process, missing a few individual 'portraits'. Some may even have switched identity, a fact only apparent to the owners. It was a massive project, very rewarding, but it's at least 50 to 1 the effort will not be repeated. Riders up! ~~Vada Dolph | Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Owner | The Athletes
2: Starting Gate... Developing the Design.
3: The final design. The personalities result from the varied characteristics of the fabrics used for the heads, the sculpting, and the pose. | We Rode for | We Rode for
4: It's MY mount!
5: A jockey makes a deal, and knows his name is on the line every time he enters the starting gate. | Jean-Pierre & Raphael
6: Gerard | JeanPierre | Pico
7: Iggy | Paco | Jesus | Pico & Paco
8: Stephane | Wolfgang | Percy | Padriag | Yves
9: Milllard | Lester | Cecil | Llewelyn & Padriag
10: Pick me. I'm the best! | Yves | Padriag
11: Stephane, Wolfgang, Percy, Padriag, Yves, Millard, Lester, Llewelyn, Cesar,Cecil (Numbers 11 tp 20) | Rule number one: A good jockey keeps his head. | Chris | Hmmmmm
12: Jefe | Pablito | Jean-Pierre | Inocencio | Millard | Lester
13: Juanito | Jorge | Inocencio | Moises
14: Rule number two: A jockey must have a good rapport with the horse. Rule number three: A jockey's best asset is his hands. | Reginald, Miles,& Jack
15: Lafitte | Rule number four: Discretion is the better part of Valor. A jockey must choose carefully, humility or vanity. | Jack
16: Jesus, Guillaume, & Iggy | Bernard, Francois, & Miles
17: Top row: Noel, Francois, Bernard. bottom: Jack, Alfredo, Miles, Ernie, Colin, Remy, Reginald.
18: Rule number five: A jockey must do his homework, but most importantly, he must listen to those who know the horse best!! Then after the race he must account for the result.
19: Well, first the other guy... | I haven't a clue!
20: Moises and Olivier | Rule number six: A jockey must know when to launch a complaint. Rule number seven: A jockey must know when to to accept responsibility for a bad outcome.
23: Rule number 8: A good jockey can retire with a sense of pride and satisfaction, knowing that racing could not happen without him.
24: The final ten, finished in 2006