I am also ambivalent about whether or not I achieved my hobby goals for the year. Here is a passage I posted to this blog a year ago today:
My number one hobby goal for the year ... is to step outside of my comfort zone. I do not want to make 34 English saddles in 2009. I want to make at least one Western saddle and a sidesaddle of some sort and a Mexican saddle and a Portuguese saddle and... Well, you get the picture!
I did make a Western saddle...
and a sidesaddle. Unfortunately, however, that was about it for new and interesting. Mostly I made lots of English saddles. Again. In case anyone is interested, the official breakdown goes like this:
- Thirteen huntseat saddles, eight traditional, one classic, four pebbles
- Three dressage saddles, all traditional
- One saddleseat saddle, traditional
- Three racing saddles, all traditional
- One sidesaddle, traditional
- One Western saddle, traditional
- Two endurance saddles, both traditional
- Two packsaddle sets, both traditional
As far as showring success goes, 2009 was a very good year.Although I didn't make the trip to Portland in June, Braymere Custom Saddlery was well represented at NAN. As best as I could tell, my tack was part of five Championship entries, two Reserves and at least six Top Tens. On the home front, this 2009 was... not my best year ever. It wasn't the worst, though, so I guess I can't complain too much. Here's a look back at one of the happy moments:Here's hoping that we all have a great 2010 filled with tiny saddles and plastic ponies. Happy New Year, everyone!