Mchezo ( is pleased to announce it has signed a licensing agreement with popular, nationally recognized equine artist Sharon Crute ( to produce a colorful and thrilling thoroughbred racing themed jigsaw puzzle based on her artwork.

“Mchezo is a Kentucky company, so naturally we love horse racing!” said Ed Bryan, President of Mchezo. “Ms. Crute’s artwork truly captures the power and beauty of the thoroughbred horse, and we feel honored that she has agreed to partner with us on this project.”

“I am so excited to be able to share my artwork and passion for thoroughbred racing,” Crute said. “What fun to see my horse racing image made into a puzzle. With so much color and motion, it’s certain to be lively and challenging.”

The 1,000 piece puzzle, which will be titled “Into the First Turn,” is scheduled for release in September. It features an action-packed scene where a tightly packed group of horses are all angling for position as they race into the first turn at historic Saratoga Race Course. Crute resides in Saratoga Springs, New York where she exhibits her artwork during the entire summer race meet annually.

The puzzle, part of Mchezo’s Depot Street Collection, will be roughly 28” x 20” when completed, and will include a reference sheet with information about the artist and the image.

All Mchezo puzzles can be purchased direct at, or at the company’s growing list of retail partners.

About Mchezo Mchezo, located in Corbin, Kentucky, specializes in the design and production of unique, high quality jigsaw puzzles. It was formed in 2020 and is a property of Webbed Sphere, Inc. - a privately owned management firm that oversees a group of companies that specialize e-commerce sales in various markets. It is located in the old American Greeting Card facility in north Corbin.

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In today's society, it's not uncommon to spend a chunk of time on your phone. Even when we are talking to people, out and about, and at work, we always seem connected. Although this has benefits to responding to work and staying connected with friends, it can take away from how observant we are to our surroundings.

One of my favorite parts of hiking is putting my phone down, being out of cell service, and observing the tiny things: the bug on that leaf I don't want to step on, the sweet smell of new blossoms, the rustle of the leaves as a squirrel runs up a tree. What does this have to do with puzzles? In my mind, everything.

People often ask how I became so fast at completing puzzles, and a lot of it is just practice and experience of building numerous puzzles across my lifetime. However, I think part of it is observing the things around me: noticing the small details.

When you unplug from your phone to puzzle, you begin to focus on what is in front of you; that's when it becomes easier to be aware. You notice the small piece of green that is missing from the tree as it blends into the sky, and now you have new information to find the piece you are seeking. This process builds and grows faster as you puzzle. However, I believe it also expands when you are more observant during day-to-day activities.

Next time you are with friends and family, set your phone down and pay attention to the conversation, the smiles, and expressions of those around you. The next time you walk your dog, leave your phone behind. Notice the flowers your neighbor planted and how the water level in the nearby pond has changed. Taking time to notice these things will transfer to seeing the small details to complete your puzzle a little bit easier the next time you sit down at the table.

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Meet Michaela

Michaela, also known as Puzzle Problem on Instagram and part of Team Puzzle Problem, has been puzzling her entire life. Growing up in Northern Minnesota, puzzling was the perfect winter activity. Michaela competed in her first speed competition in 2016, and since then has become one of the top puzzlers in the country in individual and team competitions. Besides speed puzzling, Michaela also navigates for a professional combined driver (horse carriage driving), hikes, is a pre-doctoral candidate, and works full time for the University of Kentucky. In September 2021, she will be heading to the World’s Puzzle Championship in Spain to compete in teams, pairs, and individually.

Mchezo Puzzles: I'm Hooked

When I first learned of Mchezo Puzzles, I was excited to see a Kentucky-based company joining the puzzle industry. Although born and raised in Minnesota and only moving to Lexington in May 2019 part of my soul belongs in Kentucky. Probably rooting from my grandpa growing up in Berea, where his father was a professor at Berea College. Seeing a Kentucky based company, I hoped I could fall in love with them. So the first step was getting my hands on an Mchezo Puzzle to test it out. The pandemic caused a burst in puzzle sales and companies popping up across all social media platforms: all with various images and quality levels. This eruption of new companies has made me cautious and apprehensive of new companies, but Mchezo did not disappoint. ​ When I opened my package from Mchezo with two puzzles, I was excited by the sleek matte boxes that fit perfectly on any puzzle shelf. The detail that the creators of Mchezo put into their first batch of puzzles on the market was impeccable. Upon opening the box, I was surprised but happy to see a resealable plastic bag, which only a few companies have adopted for their puzzles. ​ As I dumped the puzzle out, I immediately noticed little puzzle dust, and no pieces were left uncut. The Mchezo pieces are thick, thicker than Ravensburger and Cobble Hill. And the click, do you know what I mean by the click? The undeniable click of two pieces fitting perfectly together: every single time. There aren't false fits to these puzzles. Between the ideal cut, the thick pieces, and the crisp images, you will never second guess if a piece goes in a spot. ​ The final puzzle put together seems even more satisfying than other puzzles, with its crisp image and seamless composition. Picking it up and doing the wave with these puzzles is easy. Even picking it up one-handed and having it fold in half, it doesn't fall apart. It has never happened before where I wouldn't change a single thing about a puzzle, and that's what got me hooked on Mchezo Puzzles.

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