I started riding at 10 years-old when my parents signed me up for one of those horseback riding summer day camps at a local hunter-jumper farm just over the Ohio-Michigan line. The only knowledge I had about riding at the time came from watching The Saddle Club, so you can imagine my shock when I learned just how uneventful horseback riding was most of the time (compared to the chaos in the tv show that is!). Since then I’ve been blessed with owning 3 horses: Razzle, Bianca, and (since August 16, 2020) Lyra.

I’ve been riding and competing less and less because my horses have been getting older. So more recently I’ve been riding other people’s horses, feeling nostalgic with Razzle and Bianca, and daydreaming about my riding future with Lyra.

Since owning Razzle and Bianca, I’ve been fortunate enough to compete at incredible competitions like the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Kentucky Horse Park, and the World Equestrian Center in southern Ohio.

But when I would compete and ride in lessons (even still to this day), I would get so caught up in my head panicking and thinking the worst like:

  • what if I fall off

  • I don't want to embarrass my trainer

  • what if I go off course and the whole show becomes a waste of money

  • why am I so scared of a tiny jump I can walk over when I used to jump way bigger in college

  • my horse deserves a better rider

I practice a lot of mindfulness at the barn in order to help keep my mind in the present to stop worrying about all the what-ifs from robbing the joy of being with my horses.

That mindfulness fuels inspiration for my paintings where I highlight:

  • otherwise mundane things that possess unrecognized beauty
  • interesting perspectives I’ve noticed while at the barn or at shows
  • things I miss most since my riding has slowed with Razzle and Bianca’s retirement.

I follow an old school oil painting technique called glazing. It’s a layering process of transparent oil paint that ultimately creates very complex and luminous colors not attainable by mixing colors on a palette.

It’s a process the “Old Masters” used in order to create such realistic skin tones where you could see delicate veins underneath the painted skin.

My goal for Lederman Art & Design is to create excellent fine art for all equestrians that not just cater to the upper class.

We all have horses in our lives because we share the same passion and need for relief from whatever struggle we’re going through.

I create paintings to honor that.

Razzle

Lyra

Bianca

About Razzle

  • Became my first horse in 2010

  • My best friend and old man (Born in 1997)

  • Also goes by: Razzy, Razzy-Dazzy, Razz, The Ole Razzle Dazzle, Bud, My Guy

  • Competed in the Low Child/Adult Hunters and Equitation as Razzlemedazzleme before he retired in 2019

  • Razzle is the chill old guy that’s friends with everyone and doesn’t really get scared or upset at anything. He would definitely be the old guy who enjoys a quiet day on the golf course with a beer in hand (hoof?), talking about the good ole days when he could canter around without tripping on his face.

About Lyra

  • Bianca's first & only baby; her dad is Carrasca Z

  • Born August 16, 2020

  • Also goes by: Princess, Baby Girl, Miss, Pretty Girl

  • Razzle was Lyra's first babysitter when she was weaned.

  • My ultimate goal with Lyra is to compete with her in the jumpers like I did with her mother Bianca.

  • Imagine an excited, sweet toddler with the body of an NFL linebacker and that's Lyra.

About Bianca

  • Became my second horse in 2012

  • My Queen (Born in 2001)

  • Also goes by: Ma'am, Pretty Girl, Gorgeous Girl

  • Competed in the Adult Jumpers as Bianca N before she retired in 2018

  • She looked out for me for so many years and made all my dreams come true, like winning division champion, winning a jumper classic, and eventually giving me Lyra

  • Happily enjoying her new role as a spoiled, retired cougar momma who has no shame flirting with the young geldings
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