Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting ahead

If I can't get ahead in the studio...
at least I can get a head in the mail! 
Ha ha ha!  Sometimes I crack myself up!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Almost wordless Wednesday, part two

Today's second "amost wordless" post features photos from the Original Finish Performance classes at BreyerFest Live.  Many thanks to Kim and Kathi Haymond for allowing me to share their pictures.  Enjoy!
Owned by Kim Haymond, tack by Erin Corbett
Owned by Kim Haymond, harness by Braymere Custom Saddlery, flowers by Tabletop Studios, driver by o-mi miniatures
Owned by Christie Partee, doll by Jane Schneider, tack by Braymere Custom Saddlery, props by JerryLynn Rice
Owned by Tiffany Purdy, costume and doll by Tiffany Purdy
Owned by Robin Smith, tack by Vicky Norris, doll by Keri Parker

Almost wordless Wednesday, part one

Ask any experienced performance shower and they'll tell you:  The toughest competition isn't NAN, it's Breyerfest Live.  Today's pictures were taken by Kathi Haymond and showcase some of the best of the best from the Custom Performance Division.  As best as possible, I've tried to include owner and artist information in the captions.  If you recognize some of the unidentified pieces, please feel free to add the particulars in the comment section.  Enjoy!
Griffen, Overall Custom Performance Champion, owned by Kim Haymond, custom by Tiffany Purdy, tack by Corinne Ensor and jump by Tabletop Studios
Owned by Christie Partee, custom by Tiffany Purdy, tack by Candy Evans and doll by Lori Batchelor
Custom and owned by Laura Skillern
Jump by Tabletop Studios except grass poles by Vanessa  Dahl
Custom and owned by Kim Bleecker
Griffen, Overall Custom Performance Champion, owned by Kim Haymond, custom by Tiffany Purdy, tack by Corinne Ensor and jump by Tabletop Studios
Cajun Caress, custom and owned by Tiffany Purdy, cart by Bill Duncan, doll by Darla Curtis, flowers by Tabletop Studios and harness by Braymere Custom Saddlery
Owned by Robin Smith, custom by Lisa Rivera, doll by Joan Yount, tack by Elaine Sulser, Susan Doolittle and Robin Smith and jump by Doreen McGuire
Serenado, Overall Reserve Champion Custom Performance, custom and owned by Tiffany Purdy, tack by Erin Corbett and doll by Darla Curtis
Owned by Kim Haymond, custom by Tiffany Purdy, props by Tabletop Studios and tack by Braymere Custom Saddlery
Owned by Kim Haymond, custom by Tiffany Purdy, harness by Braymere Custom Saddlery, driver by o-mi miniatures and flowers by Tabletop Studios
Custom by Laura Skillern
Serenado, Overall Reserve Champion Custom Performance, custom and owned by Tiffany Purdy, tack by Erin Corbett and doll by Darla Curtis

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AQHA art

After our lightning tour of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, Andrea escorted Carol and I into the adjacent AQHA Headquarters.
For the most part, the inside of this building looks a lot like any other large office building. Unlike most offices, however, the walls of the AQHA are covered with original art by Orren Mixer... 
Many of these paintings are portraits of famous Quarter Horses, like this one of Dash For Cash.
Others--including this large piece entitled simply, The Palomino Stallion--are nonspecific but just as impressive.
Andrea identified this portrait of Kid Meyers as her favorite, and it just might be mine, too.  I really like the twinkle in that horse's eye!
I was pleasantly surprised at how many pieces I recognized.  I'm pretty sure I used to have note cards with this design... 
and a poster of this Randy Steffen painting, adorned the wall of my childhood bedroom.
Of course, the most famous and instantly recognizable piece is the Ideal American Quarter Horse.  The AQHA commissioned this painting in 1968, and it has been used extensively in promotional material ever since.
Like the Randy Steffen hunter, this was also taped to my bedroom wall.  Who would have guessed that I'd get to see the originals all these years later?
Thanks so much to Andrea for giving us the grand tour.  I really visiting the home of "America's Horse."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to tack

Sometimes, I really do not feel like making tack.  

I don't want to dye...
or skive leather... 
and the thought occurs to me that some people live full and happy lives without 1/16th inch buckles. 
It's hard to force myself sit down and start another saddle, but if I make it through those first hard hours, my enthusiasm returns...
and a new saddle is born!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, part two

Although time constraints prevented Carol and I from properly exploring the inside of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, we were able to linger over the outside attractions.  These included several larger than life size bronze statues and the Wall of Honor Plaza.
The Wall itself features a clever two-sided design. 
When viewed from the east, one sees a herd of galloping Quarter Horses. 
The Western perspective is a checkerboard of granite bricks...
which pay tribute to various people and horses.
Four large bronze statues stand watch outside the buildings entrance. 
These memorials are as versatile as the breed they celebrate.  There's a cutter, 
two racehorses, 
and two show horses.
This statue is a memorial to the great Dash For Cash
whose ashes are buried beneath it.
 Not surprisingly, my favorite of the group was this portrait of Rugged Lark with his owner, Carol Harris.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Rugged Lark in 1994, so I couldn't resist posing with his memorial!  
Technically, this last statue of Wimpy P-1 isn't part of the same collection since it stands outside AQHA Headquarters rather than the Hall of Fame & Museum.  Still, it fits in nicely with the others...
and provides a nice transition to the next road trip post, which will highlight some of the artwork hanging on the walls of the AQHA Headquarters.