Monday, August 10, 2020

More prizes

Today I received three boxes of prizes for the Pandemic Performance Panorama. The first was from Layla Bakhtiari of Quantum Horse Ranch Studios. She sent two copies of her brand new Frey medallion. Thank you, Layla!
Melanie Miller also sent a pair of medallions. These art finish Valentines are almost too pretty to paint and are just perfect for performance showers. Thank you, Mel!
They say that good things come in small packages, and that was certainly the case for box number three. Look at all these amazing things from Anna Helt of Dreamflite Design!
Offerings include three racing number cloths, a Western saddle blanket, CollectA size sports medicine boots and two stablemate scale halters. Since mini scale photography is not my forte, I'm using Anna's picture of the Western show halter.
There was also a lovely stablemate scale stable blanket...
and an absolutely wonderful CollectA Morgan scale hackamore. I didn't have a horse that fit this, so it's being modeled my Husband bust from the first Jennifer Show. Doesn't he look great in tack?
Thank you so much, Anna!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Head start

About a week ago, Ryan came into my studio laughing hysterically.

"Look at this," he said between peals of laughter. "This is the weirdest thing I've done since quarantine began."

He thrust his hand out and showed me a tiny plastic head.
Despite the low resolution print, it was clearly recognizable as Ryan.
Almost immediately, my mind started envisioning hobby related applications. 

"How did you do this?" I asked. "Do you think we could make custom 1:9 scale doll heads?"

And down the rabbit hole we went!
The scans are done with an app called Capture that can be used on any iPhone with facial recognition. This app converts the scanned object into a point cloud file. 
The file is then downloaded to a computer for normalizing and surface reconstruction.
There is nothing normalized about this.
Next, Ryan saves the file as a .obj and opens it in a program called Mesh Mixer.
He uses this program to make changes to the file. In this case, he removed my shoulder and filled in my head and neck.
The final step is to load the file into PrusaSlicer to prepare it for 3D printing.
An hour later, I have my own little mini me.
The quality isn't quite where it needs to be for a hobby doll, but it's real close. I predict we'll be seeing lots of custom doll heads in the performance ring in the very near future!

Saturday, August 8, 2020


I like prizes. I like winning them, and I also like awarding them to other people. All my hobby events are big prize events. This includes the Pandemic Performance Panorama. 
BreyerFest Stablemate donated by Jennifer Buxton
Here's a look at some of the things in the PPP prize pile.
Diminutive Duke micro mini donated by Jennifer Buxton
Bobbie Allen of Horse Tender Studio has contributed two sets of 1:9 scale horse shelves...
and two saddle racks. These are perfect additions to any small scale tack room. Thank you, Bobbie!
Kathy Wood of Timber Trails Tack Creations contributed a patriotic trio of blankets. They're all wonderful, but I especially love that fireworks blanket. Thank you, Kathy!
The next offering is four gorgeous medallions by Katie Langford of KLANG. 
These were featured in Katie's BreyerFest sales preview post, but the pictures - both hers and mine - don't do them justice. They are so cool in person. I love both the sculptures and the two tone resin effect. Thank you, Katie!
Last but certainly not least, Jackie Moore sent two amazing stablemate scale resins. This is an Animal Artistry Running Quarter Horse painted by Anthea Smith...
and this is a British Riding Pony sculpted by Vanessa Crawley and painted by Vickie Meader. Both of them are gorgeous. Thank you so much, Jackie. I know two someones are going to be so happy to win these!
Donations are still being accepted. Please visit the Pandemic Performance Panorama page or our Facebook group for more information.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Never have I ever

Hardly a week goes by without some kind of equestrian Never Have I Ever quiz crossing my Facebook news feed. Most of them are pretty silly, but I always take a moment and count up my points anyway. Today, I am going a step further and posting the whole thing here. Sorry/not sorry.

Give yourself one point for each of these you HAVE done.

1. Ridden in a country other than my native country. When I was ten my family vacationed in Baja California and I got to ride twice. This is my sister and me on the beach with our skinny rental horses.
It was thirty years until my next non-United States ride, but last December, I rode a Polish Warmblood named Tornado in Germany...
and in January, I rode a Dutch Warmblood called Identity on the beach in the Netherlands. I definitely get a point for this one!
2. Ridden an Appaloosa. Old fashioned Appaloosas, with their rat tails and quirky personalities, were a staple of my early riding career. This one was a Prince Plaudit grandson name Chipper that I rode on and off for several years during my late teens and early twenties. That's another point for me!
3. Ridden a five gaited horse (walk-trot-canter-slow gait-rack). It turns out that Mozelle racks, and I have ridden her, but it was a pony ride. We didn't even trot, so no points for this one.
4. Ridden across a river. I've ridden across so many rivers. Three points for me!
5. Ridden to school. No.
6. Ridden through a McDonalds (or other) fast food drive through. Technically I have not, but when Laura and I had all the camp ponies at Siason, we used to ride down to 7-11 and buy Slurpees. Usually, she'd do the purchasing, and I'd stay outside with both horses. I feel like that's worth half a point.
Ryan and James are standing where I used to wait with Chief and Tiger
7. Ridden in shorts, barefoot. I spent four summers working on the horse staff of a camp that didn't own any saddles. Everyone rode in shorts and tennis shoes, including me. The barefoot thing only happened once or twice,  mostly when we took the horses swimming. That's another point.
8. Ridden with a family member. When I met Seth, he had never sat on a horse. Naturally, I fixed that right away.
I also made sure that my kids weren't similarly disadvantaged. They've ridden with me more times than they probably ever wanted to. I'm now up to five and a half points.
9. Ridden a Connemara. Sadly, no.
10. Ridden on an actual race track. Another no, but I have stood on one.
11. Ridden in a synthetic saddle. I ride in a synthetic saddle every time I ride Lucy...
including today. Six and a half points.
12. Ridden a Morgan. I've ridden several Morgans, but I think Mikey is the only one with photographic proof. Seven and a half points.
13. Ridden a Holsteiner. Okay, this is tricky. I rode a lot of warmbloods in the 1990's, but most of the time I didn't know exactly which flavor of warmblood they were. I don't think any of them were Holsteiners, except perhaps the gelding I rode in the woods while visiting Trisha at Jessica Ransehousen's barn in Unionville, Pennsylvania. He was a big, heavy bodied chestnut with a lot of chrome, and I kind of remember him being a Holsteiner. Maybe. I don't remember his name and I don't have a photo so here's one of Jessica's 1988 Olympic dressage mount, Orpheus, that I took on that same trip. I'm awarding myself another half point for this one, so now my total is eight.
14. Ridden a line back dun. Oh, yes. Nine points.
15. Ridden a Trakhener. When I think about Trakehners, my mind immediately goes to the famous 1980's show jumper, Abdullah. He was a World Cup champion, a double Olympic medalist and a Breyer horse. Obviously, I never rode Abdullah, but I did ride one of his sons numerous times in the '90's. I can't be certain that E Street was registered as a Trakehner, but I'm going to give myself this point anyway. My current total is ten.
Abdullah, not my photo
16. Ridden as an extra in a movie. The first time I ever rode Santana was in front of a film crew. Eleven points.
17. Ridden to escape a posse & 18. Ridden as a member of a posse. These questions are silly. How many people in this day and age have been involved in mounted posses?
19. Ridden while totally lost. When I was twenty I worked at a guest ranch that was completely surrounded by National Forest land. Our trails were far ranging and barely marked, and I spent most of May and June utterly and completely lost. Multiple times I took a group of guests straight up a mountain in hopes that I would be able to see the ranch from the top, and thus find my way home. It was every bit as horrifying as it sounds.
On the plus side, by the end of the summer, I almost couldn't get lost. Whew and twelve points.
20. Ridden at least 6 different horses on the same day. I have done this, but not for thirty years. Occasionally I ride two horses in one day now, and that's more than enough for me. Thirteen points.
21. Ridden in a team penning competition. I've never had an opportunity to work cattle in any kind of official way. Hopefully someday!

My score for this round of Never Have I Ever is thirteen out of twenty, which works out to about sixty two percent. That's not very good. It looks like I need to find a Connemara to ride to school and on a race track. After that, I'm going to borrow a five gaited Saddlebred and simultaneously join and flee from a posse. And pen cattle. Yes, let me get right on that!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

On your marks, get set...

Entries for Braymere Custom Saddlery's Pandemic Performance Panorama are officially open!
To enter, first you must fill out the entry form. Basic entry is free. There is a twenty dollar entry fee for those who would like to be eligible for prizes (awards and door prizes). My PayPal address is Please use the Goods and Services option.
The show is being held on SmugMug. To enter photos, visit Bethany's page and select the Pandemic Performance Panorama album