Saturday, July 23, 2016

Like a boss

Ever since school let out, Tiffany has been sending me pictures like this...
and this... 
and this! 
I've really enjoyed watching the parts and pieces of her Breyerfest Live entries...
grow from concept... 
to completion. 
So many little things... 
turning into big things... 
and so many bigger things... 
turning into really big... 
and complicated things! 
Yesterday was Breyerfest Live, and I finally got to see all the things come together. This is the entry with the cows and the panniers.
It helped Tiffany's Bobby Jo/Totilas cross win the Custom Western Performance Championship. 
And here's Sassy Little Secret with that amazing basket saddle... 
and again, with her adorable mini Mieka
On the strength of these and other equally accomplished entries, Sassy's Little Secret claimed the Overall Custom Performance title. 
Congratulations, Tiffany, on another outstanding performance. I am so glad all your hard work was rewarded!

Friday, July 22, 2016

NAN selfies

Chris Wallbruch came up with the simplest but most ingenious way to take people pictures at this year's NAN and Breakables shows: Instead to pinning them down and saying, "smile for the camera!" she invited everyone to take a selfie with her. I love this so much, and I am so glad she's letting me share those selfies here. To all my friends in Lexington, if you haven't taken a selfie with Chris yet, you need to do so pronto. And yes, I'm looking at you, Baxter!
Anna Tackett
Barb Ness
Cindy Evans
Dayle Steinke
Diana Dubbeld
Diana Patterson
Elizabeth Knoll
Heather Malone
Heather McCurdy
Jackie Arns-Rossi
Jeni Lambert
Kate Cabot
Kathi Bogucki
Kay Myers
Kim Bjorgo-Thorne
Lesli Kathman
Lisa Esping
Liz LaRose
Marilou Mol
Mackenzie Purdy & Tiffany Purdy
Lesli Kathman & Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig
Sarah Townsend
Staci Faraci
Stephanie Blaylock
Sue Rowe
Teresa Buzzell & Pat Coulter
Tom Bainbridge

Horse therapy

When I left California on Monday, I was cautiously optimistic that my sister and I had made enough positive changes to my parents' living situation to allow my Dad to continue living at home.

Still, I worried.

I spent all of Tuesday at home, watching NAN photos and stories come across my Facebook feed. That was a wonderful distraction, and I was ready to spend Wednesday exactly the same way, at least until my kids decided to stage an intervention.

"We think you need to go to the barn," they told me. "You're a lot happier after you spend time there."

Ryan is a reluctant horse person, so his main role was driving the car.
James posed with all the usual... 
and not so usual suspects. 
Once we'd visited all the big horses...
we headed over to see Mahaganaska and her foal, Kenlyn Tesla.
They're sharing their pasture with one of last year's babies, Kenlyn Katrina. These two are the best of friends...
and both of them really, really like people.
James and I took turns... 
taking photos of one another...
while Tesla untied James' shoes... 
and demanded scratches.
 And it turns out my kids were right. I really was a lot happier after I'd visited the barn.
So the next day, I got up bright and early and went riding.
That was good, so I'm going to do it again today. 
The news from home hasn't been good. I am more worried than ever, and I don't know how things are going to work out. Whatever happens, though, I know I'll get through it with help from my family and friends and lots and lots of horse therapy.