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January 5


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Monthly Theme - August -

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 5, 2014, 2:08 PM

Hello all! A while ago I had a poll up asking some questions and getting some amazing feedback on things we could do as a group and Monthly Themes was one of the suggestions! I thought it was a great suggestion and so we're going to go ahead and give it a shot this year to see how it goes. If you have questions, please ask!

I'm going to try and use this same journal for all 12 months of the year, but if it starts getting too messy or long I may split it up. The current month will always be at the top of the list. So if we're in April, it will read April, THEN January and Feburary etc etc. When the month is complete, it will be moved to its proper place in the year and the current month will take its place.

A folder has been created specifically for monthly theme submissions!


These will apply to EVERY month.

:bulletblue: Your image absolutely must show the theme in a way that is obvious and doesn't confuse the living daylights out of your admin team! If we're looking at it upside and sideways or have to read a very long description about why your image fits, it's not clear enough and will not win.

:bulletblue: Let's get the judging info out of the way! We will be choosing winners based on a little bit of random and what we like. Since this will be running every month, unfortunately it's just too much work to judge on effort every time as that entails going through everyone's gallery and ultimately takes up a lot more time. This way, everyone has a chance because you could blow us away with any number of things! And it won't take so long. :giggle: So please keep this in mind when entering and be happy for the winners even if you feel your piece was better in some way.

:bulletblue: You may do collabs with friends, but it's up to YOU to decide how the prizes are split between you!

:bulletblue: You can enter no more than twice with as many horses as you like in one image. However keep in mind that big sheets of sketches are not going to be considered.

:bulletblue: Remember that this is a community event more for fun than MUST WIN EVERYTHING RAHH competition--save that for the dragon hunt! Be nice even if you feel someone else should have won.

:bulletblue: Tracing allowed, though not encouraged. Proper credit must be given (Google is not a stock provider!) or your entry will be disqualified. As always, remember to check your stock provider's rules as some prefer not to have their stock used for Nordanners.

:bulletblue: Stories allowed and encouraged!

:bulletblue: The new month & its theme will be posted between the 1st and the 5th and end on the last day of the month at midnight. No other entries will be accepted after that time.
Here's a clock!…


We will have a rolling/changing prize pool each month. This means you could win any number of the things below, along with a feature on our front page! Make sure to check under the month heading to see what prizes are available for that particular challenge.

Prizes could include any of the following:
- Group horse slots (Natural)
- Group horse slots (Mutation)
- Points
- Premium Memberships
- Semi-customs
- Extra kaaring
- Additional breeding slots (to non-mutated horses only)
- Additional breeding slots (allowed to be applied to mutations)

And remember, you will always get a feature no matter what the additional prize!

Theme: Dead Heat
:bulletpurple: Natural Group Horse Slot
:bulletpurple: Extra kaaring (+8) for each horse entered in the winning image
:bulletpurple: 500 :points:

Theme: New Beginnings
:bulletpurple: Natural Group Horse Slot
:bulletpurple: Extra kaaring (+5) for each horse entered in the winning image
:bulletpurple: 2,000 :points:
Winner: shekeira
Winning image:
January Challenge: New Beginnings by shekeira

This was a hard one with so many kick-ass entries! However I really enjoyed both this image, the challenging angle, and the story that went along with it. Congrats! I'd also like to recognize the following:

Burning Start by broken-arrowec New Beginnings [now with story] by alexpeanutNew Beginnings by GallantGroveEQC

For assorted stories and general awesomeness. Thanks everyone, can't wait to see the entries for this month!

Theme: Something in the Air
:bulletpink: Kaaring bonus (+3) to each horse in the winning image
:bulletpink: Extra breeding slot to horse of your choice (Non-mutations only)
:bulletpink: 500 :points:
Winning image:
Forest Magic (Pillow Talk) by RoseWindStables

Some seriously hilarious images this month, thanks for that! I'd like to acknowledge the following as well for awesome animation and cuteness!

A Whole New World by IkiuniUp in the Air by SpytFyre-RanchUp in the Air by broken-arrowec

Theme: End of the Rainbow
:bulletgreen: Kaaring bonus (+7) to each horse in the winning image (Almost as lucky as a 4-leaf-clover!)
:bulletgreen: RNG Rolled - Choice of semi-custom joker, breeding slot to mutation horse you own, breeding slot to any natural horse (can be given away), semi-custom starter, or breeding to any natural group horse.
:bulletgreen: 777 :points:
Winning Image:
End of the Rainbow by HylianWolfLink

I think we will always have beautiful entries, but this month had quite a few. This one stood out for the personal meaning and story that came with it. Your RNG prize was a breeding to any natural group horse! :love: Congratulations and please let us know which horse you'd like. <3

Other gorgeous images included:

My pot of gold under the Underwater Rainbow.. by emmy1320The Lucky One by SpytFyre-RanchAt The End Of The Rainbow Lies an Angel by jubjub18The End of the Rainbow by mountainview-studios
And this, because it made us laugh:
Luck of the Irish by PinkPonyFarts

Thanks all! See you at the end of April! :la:

Theme: A Fool For ____

::bulletpink: Kaaring bonus (+11) for each horse in the winning image.
:bulletpink: 1 :points:  Fooled you! 1,000 :ppints:
:bulletpink: Extra breeding slot to horse of your choice (non-mutation only, and can be gifted away.)
inning  Image:
The Foolishness of the Young by SpytFyre-Ranch

It was great to see all the different interpretations of this theme! With a lovely story and mood this image was just begging to be noticed.

Other entrries we loved were:

A Fool For Attention by EquelineA Fool for... by EnchantedPepikaA Fool For Fooling by horsefreek151

Congratulations!! Please note the group with which horse you will be applying your extra breeding slot to. 

Theme: Commitment
bulletgreen: Kaaring bonus (+5) for each horse in the winning image.
:bulletgreen:500 :points:
:bulletgreen: Extra breeding slot to horse of your choice (mutation allowed, and cannnot be gifted away.
Winner: alexpeanut
Winning image:
-Committed to the Fight- by alexpeanut

We just couldn't ignore this! With an awesome projected dragon and engaging story, Alex sucked us right in. Congratulations! Please note the group with which horse you will be applying your extra breeding slot to.

As always, we want to take the time to recognize some of the other lovely work:
Guardians of the Ruins by Ecanusiofiel & Battle with Quetzalcoatl by Ecanusiofiel Look at this incredible detail!
May Commitment by Jumperlady Commitment. by DreamDrifter91 Commitment by s1088

See you next month!

Theme: Splash!
:bulletyellow: Kaaring bonus (+3) for each horse in the winning image.
:bulletyellow: 3 month Premium Membership
:bulletyellow: Slot to natural group horse (may be gifted away)
Winner: Ecanusiofiel
Winning image:
Allure's Cove by Ecanusiofiel

Holy detail, just look at this aquarium! Built just for Allure, all the tiny traditional fish immediately caught our attention. Congratulations! Please note the group with the name (and link!) to the group horse you would like a slot to and, if you plan on giving it away, specify to whom.

Let's not forget about these other fab entries! This month we saw a lot of different things, from animations to fun new styles and more. Thanks for entering; we do love looking at such pretty art.

Run, Run Away by broken-arrowecThe Goddess of the Waterfalls by rempageSplashes making a Splash by s1088Drifting Siren by Moonpaw449Splash by ZandrominaRags no like by TintedGreen


Theme: Independence


:bulletblue: +4 kaaring for each horse in the winning image.
:bulletblue: +1 breeding slot to any natural horse you own (may be gifted)
:bulletblue: +1 breeding slot to any mutation horse you own (may not be gifted)
:bulletblue: 1,776 :points:
Winner broken-arrowec
Winning Image:
_____ sacred ground ( july theme ) by broken-arrowec

Another difficult pick this month, but this image is not only beautifully done, but the thought and care that went into the whole creation are wonderful!  

Freedom Isn't Free - July Monthly Theme by Sunidelite:thumb465995797:Guardian Angel-Nordanner Monthly Independence by CurbChainI walk alone... by Lunaheart1Take Flight by SpytFyre-RanchFree at Last by Abyssi-SomnisI'm On my Own by EcanusiofielIndependence (July) by QuirkyDoodleIndependence by s1088

Entries should be submitted to the appropriate folder in the group!
You can link them here but it's most important to make sure they're in the folder. It's easier for me just to go in and look at them in there vs scrolling through journal comments.

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semper-n-aeternum Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Will there be a theme for December?
I miss this event. x3
Zekmyr Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Was August's never judged...?
Pumpi12Denise Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Will there be a theme for september or is it on hold till the newbie gala event ends? :)
TheMs0kitty Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Wait, so when are the entries due each month?? Confused about that...
Ackerley Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
My entry for august: :)
Zekmyr Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
August Entry:

Beat the Heat by Zekmyr
QuirkyDoodle Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
august entry:
BettaFreak123 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is Dead Heat? talking about the movie or???
Zandromina Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Like how hot it is outside :D
BettaFreak123 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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