Sunday, November 23, 2014

More horsing around

Today James, Carol and I drove out to Silver Quarter Acres in Golden, Colorado to meet Cara's lease horse, Romeo.
We watched Cara...
put him through his paces...
and after he was returned to his stall...
we walked around the property, looking for the cute and unusual.
We saw the Friesian with too much white,
a horse with a bad karma name,  
a spotty Appaloosa... 
and a palomino with a neat bi-colored eye. 
All in all, it was a pretty normal barn visit.
Then we saw the goat.
Check out... 
those teeth! 
Maaaaaaaaa.  Are you making fun of me? 
Maybe just a little. 
Thanks for the fun morning, Cara and Carol!  Tomorrow, it's back to models.  I promise!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Horsing around

I planned to write a real post today.
Then I went to the barn.
I rode Bob...
and visited with my friends... 
and before I knew it...
the whole day had passed me by!
Oh well.  
Maybe tomorrow!

Friday, November 21, 2014

TRXC resin workmanship

The models in the artist resin classes at TRXC were every bit as impressive as those in the custom division.
Once again, I was judging workmanship, which was both wonderful and painful.
I loved looking at all the beautiful horses...
but hated having to narrow each class to just five winners.
Some of the artists who made my job so difficult were Pamala Hutton,
Tom Bainbridge, 
Danelle Gatcombe, 
Carol Williams,
Ann Harris, 
Chris Flint,
Melanie Miller,
Lauren Hoeffer, 
Meghann Hoscheid Lorei,
and Danielle Feldman.
Because I look at a lot of live show pictures, I recognized several "famous" models, including two that had been featured on my blog.  This Morgan by Liesl Dalpe appeared in a post I wrote way back in 2008!
The other, a SMB Dante resin by Jaime (Baker) Castleman, was inspired by an Almost wordless Wednesday  from 2012.  I'm happy to say, he's even more impressive in person!
Also impressive was this Eberl Welsh pony by Vermont artist, Karen Lloyd.  I had not heard of Karen prior to TRXC, but I was loved the softness and detail in this model's finishwork.  She's definitely an artist to watch!
I know I've said this before, but it's worth repeating:  The Region X Championship is one of the best and most competitive shows in the model horse hobby.  I am proud and honored to have been a part of this year's judging staff.  Thanks to everyone who made me feel so welcome!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Back in the saddle

I recently started riding Karen's wonderful horse, Bob.
Bob is a good looking, seven year old, endurance bred Arabian with three good gaits and a really good mind.  
We were just getting to know each other when I left for New York.  Unfortunately, by the time I came home, winter had arrived in a serious sort of way.
It's finally warm enough to ride again, but the arena is still a icy, muddy mess.
Instead of riding in there, Mary Jo and I saddled up...
and headed out. 
Scarlett has snow pads, but Bob does not, so we had to be extra careful along this first, snowy part of the trail. 
The footing improved once we were past the golf course... 
as long as we stayed on the trail anyway! 
Despite the snow, it was a nice day for a ride. 
As an extra bonus, we saw our first bald eagle of the season. 
There he is right between the trees. 
Although he hadn't been ridden in nearly two weeks, Bob was his usual safe and sane self.
Hopefully, we won't see any more winter weather until it's actually winter.  Bob and I want to get back to getting to know one another!