Thursday, May 26, 2016

Guardian angel

This is how busy I've been: I got a brand new Purdy horse yesterday and it took me more than twenty four hours to take her picture!
Meet Schutzengel. She is the Eberl Sushi resin that broke my "no unpainted resins" resolution just a couple days into the new year. 
I can't say that I have any regrets. This is such a nice, every day type Arabian. I love her sweet face and can't wait to show her in performance. 
Fortunately, I won't have to wait long. She came with a whole bunch of loaner tack and dolls and will make her live show debut Saturday at Springamathing. 
Thank you so much much, Tiffany (and Erin, too)! Best friends truly are angels.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring riding

The last two weeks have been all about the end of the school year...
Mom brag: James won a Presidential Award and was also recognized for having a 4.0 GPA, competing on the the Math Counts team and being a member of National Junior Honor Society. Yay, James!
and prepping for Springamathing.
However, I have also spent a little time with my favorite palomino buddy.
Chino and I went out with Mary Jo and Scarlett last Friday. Recent storms have filled the river bottom with water.
Everything is lush and green--a rare sight in dry Colorado! 
We headed west... 
and crossed the stream under the Airport Blvd. overpass. 
This took us up to a beautiful green meadow... 
with a perfect view of the white topped Rockies. Gorgeous! 
Sunday evening's ride wasn't quite as pretty, but it was just as fun. This time, Chino and I were joined by Karen on Bob and Kristina on Toby. 
We rode east to the Coal Creek Arena, 
where Kristina... 
and I tried our hands at barrel racing. 
Neither of us was very good, but we sure did have fun! 
We rode home as the sun was setting. 
Another gorgeous mountain view! 
Ryan had his last final today, James will be done tomorrow and Springamathing happens of Saturday. After that, my days will be much more open again. Here's looking forward to many memorable rides this summer!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Two birds

I've shown Lady Liberty before, but that was a long time ago. In order to avoid any unpleasant surprises on Saturday, I decided to run through her entries today to make sure everything looks and fits the way I want it to.
While I was at it, I decided to set up my indoor arena backdrop and take some show photos.
I only made it to two MEPSA shows this season, but I think I will be more motivated now that I have a bunch of new performance pictures to show off. 
Liam got in on the action...
and so did Khompounded Interest.
This was a fun way to prepare for Springamathing. I can't wait to show Lady Liberty both there and in future photo shows!

Monday, May 23, 2016

He's back

Just when I think I've seen the last of Jose, this picture arrives in my inbox.
This too. 
Hurray! Jose is coming to town and he's bringing his pretty grey Arabian with him. I can't wait!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Seventy five percent

My plans for today included locating all my tack and props for Springamathing,
tweaking my entries,
creating documentation...
and cheering Nyquist to victory in the Preakness.
Oh well. Three out of four isn't bad!

Friday, May 20, 2016

More draft performance

Although it wasn't my intention, yesterday's post about showing a Clydesdale in performance netted me some wonderful reference photos, which will make Liam's job at Springamathing just a little bit easier. Since I know there area  lot of draft horse lovers in the hobby, I'm sharing some of those pictures here.
This first group comes from Scottish hobbyist, Christine Sutcliffe. She writes: Ridden Clydesdales are fairly normal over here so you could always show him under UK showing rules. 
Here are some gorgeous examples from the Royal Highland Show a few years ago! 
Closer to home, my friend and fellow blogger, Lauren Mauldin, recounts seeing a purebred Percheron showing at a local hunter show in Texas.
She writes: We've had a full percheron show at our local shows. His owner proudly told me, "This is my horse and he didn't like being a cart horse so now we're going to be hunters!"
She didn't win a single ribbon either, but she sure did have fun.
Thank you, Christine and Lauren! I love the pictures and will definitely use some of them for Liam's live show documentation.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Clydesdale performance

Years ago, I ran a mobile tack shop that traveled with the A show hunter/jumper circuit. One of our most frequent stops was Brownland Farm in Franklin, Tennessee.
It was there that I saw something I never expected to see: a purebred Clydesdale showing in the hunter ring at a big A show.
From the moment he stepped into the warm up ring, that Clydesdale was an instant celebrity. He was the talk of the show. Everyone came out to see him. Everyone wanted to ride him.
Of course, he didn't win a single ribbon.
That's the thing. As cool as that Clydesdale was, he just wasn't an A show hunter. He didn't look like one, he didn't move like one and he didn't jump like one.
The model horse world is a lot more accepting of "off" breeds than the hunter world. Still, I can't help but think that I am handicapping myself by choosing a galloping Clydesdale as my main performance horse at Springamathing. Fortunately, I'm not in it for the prizes. I really love this horse, and I think he looks awesome in tack. I want to show him just for the sheer fun of showing him.
I bet that's how the owner of the Clydesdale at Brownland felt, too.