Saturday, July 21, 2018

The 1994 Grand Prix of Nashville

Tonight Fabian and I are going to the Colorado Horse Park to watch the $100,000 Adequan Grand Prix.
Karen Cudmore and Ceonto competing in the 2017 $50,000 FarmVet Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park
For five years in the early to mid 1990's, I lived and worked on the Hunter/Jumper show circuit, selling tack at all the biggest shows in the southeastern United States. Back then, I went to a Grand Prix nearly every weekend. I enjoyed them all, but my favorite, hands down, was the Grand Prix of Nashville.
This Grand Prix was held in conjunction with the Nashville summer show series. However, unlike the rest of the show, the Grand Prix was held not at Brownland Farm but on the big grass field at the Currey's farm. 
My bosses always bought a sponsor table, but never attended the event themselves. Instead, the table (and access to the free bar) would go to me, my co-workers and a few assorted friends. It was awesome.
souvenirs cups from the free bar in use in my studio
The competition was awesome, too. The Curreys are a big deal in the sport of showjumping, and a lot of big name riders who didn't attend the Brownland shows came to the Grand Prix. In 1994, some of the headliners included Todd Minikus on Thrilling (I loved this horse),
Margie Goldstein-Engle...
and Joe Fargis.
Joe won the class with his 1988 Olympic mount, Mill Pearl. This picture was taken during the victory gallop.
I'm really looking forward to tonight's Grand Prix. Bring on the Lynchburg Lemonade!

Friday, July 20, 2018


I promise I'll get to the story eventually, but I'm still too tired to do it justice.
Suffice it to say, the costume is finally done.
Or perhaps I should say, it's mostly done. As always, photos have revealed a few small things in need of tweaking.
That's fine. After seventeen years, what's another day?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The feels when... realize the costume you started when James was a newborn is going to be finished the week he gets his driver's license.
I can't decided if that's awesome or horrifying, but either way, I can not wait to push this one across the finish line!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Almost wordless Wednesday, part two

Summer is horse show season, and the Estes Park Horse Show isn't the only show I've spectated this year. I've also attended several sessions of the big Summer in the Rockies Hunter/Jumper series at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. This group of photos was taken last Friday at the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby. Enjoy!

Almost wordless Wednesday

It's been six years since my first post about Western Dressage. In that time, the event has grown by leaps and bounds, both in the real and model worlds. Reference pictures are no longer hard to come by, but I hope someone will still appreciate these, which were taken at the Estes Park Horse Show in Estes Park, Colorado. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Almost forgot!

I finished two of the three tooled collaboration saddles last week.
Like me, Tiffany was unable to attend BreyerFest this year. Because of this, I felt it was important to get her saddle to her before the end of BreyerFest week.
The second saddle is staying here with me, and Erin's saddle is on hold with a pattern issue.  
It feels good getting some of these old projects off my plate. On to the next!

Monday, July 16, 2018

There's a story here...

...but I am too tired to do it justice.
Maybe tomorrow!