Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Erin's NAN pictures

I had intended to post the rest of the museum pictures today, but there's been a change of plans. Erin Corbett sent me these pictures from NAN and I simply couldn't wait to share them.

This first picture shows some of Erin's beautiful resin performance horses as they await their classes on Friday. Erin used three sets of Braymere tack on her models and you can see two of those here--on the Hazel and the Lone Star.
This is ES Duster Ray showing in CM/Resin English Trail. "Dusty" is a Sarah Rose Lone Star resin with a custom mane and tail by Melanie Miller and paint by Tracy Eilers. He is wearing a full set of Braymere Custom Saddlery hunter tack, and his doll was dressed by Sheri Wirtz (clothes) and Corinne Ensor (boots). The props were made by Erin Corbett and the United States Post Office. This set up is a perfect illustration of one entry combining the talents of a lot of different people!
Saturday was original finish performance day. Erin's ES Sir Pwnsalot came out swinging with this win in the English Over Fences class.
ES Designated Drinker was right there behind him with the reserve. Yep, that's Champ and Reserve for Erin's models and my tack. What a great class!
If one picture is good, two must be better, right? Here is Designated Drinker again. I'm not certain, but I think Erin made the jump.
ES Sir Pwnsalot does it again--this time in English Trail. The description for this entry reads something like this: Canter to barrel. Halt. Rider picks up haynet and must drag it for a prescribed distance.
And one more English division Top Ten ribbon for the versatile Sir Pwnsalot. This one is for English Pleasure.
This is Erin's table at the end of Saturday's competition. I'd call that a pretty good haul! Congratulations on all your wins, Erin, and thank you so much for letting me use your pictures.
If you would like to see more of Erin's NAN photos, check out the link to Ever After Stables on the Blog List on the right hand side of this page. While you're there, be sure to admire her beautiful hand tooled Western saddles. One of those lovelies is going to be mine!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Native American horse headgear

As promised, here are some of pictures of the Native American saddlery on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Today I am focusing on the bridle and horse masks. Tomorrow I will post pictures of the saddles.

The sign above this bridle reads: Plains Indians first learned about horses from the Spanish. The Cheyenne BEADED HEADSTALL transformed a Spanish iron bit into a fine bridle.This is the sign that accompanies the masks.This is the Crow mask.I love the rawhide horns and feathery forelock.This fully beaded Sioux horse hood is my favorite piece in the entire museum. It was used in Fourth of July parades at the turn of the century.Detail shot of the beading and quilled horse hair mane. I wonder how long it took to make this?
If you are interested in learning more about horse masks, I would strongly recommend the book American Indian Horse Masks by by Ned and Jody Martin, Mike Cowdrey, and Winfield Coleman (shown here in the museum gift shop but also available through Amazon):
This is an expensive book, but it is full of really wonderful detail pictures of all kinds of horse masks including the two shown in this posting!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happier Sunday

Sorry about that lame-o, no picture post yesterday. It's been kind of a tough week, and even with the good news from Portland, I just didn't have the energy to write up a proper entry. Fortunately, today has been a much better day. My husband took the kids to the mountains, and I had the house all to myself for the first time in a long time. I took advantage of all that lovely quiet and made a big start on a completely different kind of tack (for me, at least!). I'll post pictures eventually, but that's not what I want to talk about today.

If you subscribe to Just About Horses, you've probably already admired the amazing tack pictured in this article about Susan Bensema Young.
Susan is the most amazing tackmaker, and I am always pleased to see her get the recognition she so justly deserves. However, that's not the main reason I was delighted to see her featured in Breyer's hobby magazine. The new article brought back some wonderful memories of a similar story that absolutely rocked my world way back in 1987.
It's been twenty two years but I still remember how impressed I was with Susan's tack. I simply could not believe anyone could make anything so small and so perfect. I couldn't stop looking at those pictures, and my copy of that issue is dogeared as a result!
So, I smiled as I read my Just About Horses magazine this week. When I was done, I put it down and imagined all the little girls out there who keep looking at those pictures and wondering aloud how anyone could possibly make such amazing little saddles. I bet that article will be the inspiration for a whole new generation of model tackmakers--good job, Breyer!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bragging

I probably shouldn't admit this, but I have spent a ridiculous amount of time sitting in front of my computer and refreshing the results page for today's NAN classes. Oh, I have managed to do some laundry and pick up my house a little, but mostly it's been a worthless day obsessing over the goings on in Portland.

Fortunately, there are some very good results to report. Here's a quick rundown of the Jennifer Buxton NAN 2009 greatest hits.

I made both of these racing saddles in Laura Skillern's Championship entry:
http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/results.cgi?10086
The OF English Over Fences class is officially my favorite NAN class of the year. I made the tack on both the Champion and Reserve Champion horses:
http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/results.cgi?10003
No picture yet, but Erin's Sir Pawnsalot should have been wearing a BCS saddle in this class as well:
http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/results.cgi?10029
The first place horse in the Other English class is definitely wearing one of my saddles. I think the reserve horse may be as well, but I can't be certain.
http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/results.cgi?10017

There are some other good placings from both days that I think were wearing BCS tack. I guess I won't be sure until everyone goes home and uploads their NAN pictures.

Friday, June 26, 2009

YES!

Tiffany just sent me this picture:That's Anne Nicole Sugar Pie winning the Other English Performance class at NAN! Woo hoo! It's been the biggest performance class of the day so far with 33 entries. Way to go, Tiffany!!!

Science Friday

Today is the first day of NAN. I would have been perfectly happy to stay home all day and watch the results slowly load onto the NAMHSA website (http://nan.namhsa.org/results09/ ). Unfortunately for me, that wasn't going to cut it with my kids. It's been a long, weird week and we haven't really done much of anything. I owed them a good outing, so we decided to go to Ryan's favorite place in the entire world--the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
You may be surprised to learn that there are a lot of horses at the Science Museum.
Of course, the vast majority of them are in the "Prehistoric Journey" exhibit.It would be hard not to have horses in an evolution exhibit.
There is simply no clearer and more compelling fossil record of a species adapting and changing over time.
I've seen this exhibit many, many times but I still find it fascinating.
When did Eohippus get a name change?
But that's not all! There are also some wonderful examples of horse related artifacts in the Native American gallery on the second floor. I took lots and lots of pictures of the saddles, bridles and horse masks. I will showcase these in an upcoming post. For today, there's just this one teaser:Last but not least, there are horses in the gift shop. I've always kind of wanted one of these larger than traditional scale Visible Horses:There were several shelves full of plush ponies...and a selection of replica Native American horse knick knacks.See, horses really are everywhere! My kids may think that the Space room and the Expedition Health exhibit were the highlights of our visit, but I know better. It's always about the horses!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Zoo wrap up

The Grevy's zebras are not the only equines at the Denver Zoo. There is also a small herd of Mongolian Wild Horses (also known as Przewalski's Horses). I spent some time watching them sunbathe and swat flies. This cute, chubby mare was my favorite.
The flies were bothering her something fierce.
She tried and tried to get the one on the middle of her back.
Finally she gave up and rolled.
This little stallion (I think) came over to the edge of the enclosure to say hi.
He was not nearly as cute as the mare, but I do like his stripey tail and bushy mane.I was also intrigued by his shoulder markings.The flies were bothering him, too!And he ended up dealing with it in much the same manner as the mare!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Polo bridle

This was the last piece of tack I completed for this year's NAN. I like the way the throatlatch passes underneath this resin's mane. It's a bit tricky to tack up, but the end result is worth the effort!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Your clean room

It's been a long, slow haul finishing up NAN orders. Although we did manage to make it to the zoo and a favorite park, the kids have spent the majority of their summer vacation hanging out at home while I work on tack. This hasn't been a huge hardship for them. The weather has been great and they've spent most of that time riding their bikes and playing with the neighbors. Still, I couldn't help but feel guilty yesterday when Ryan asked if we could please, please, please go somewhere.

We ended up spending the afternoon at an indoor pool. While the kids swam, I read my way through a stack of magazines that had been piling up at home. Not surprisingly, most of those magazines were horse related. However it was this ad in Entertainment Weekly that really caught my attention (click on the picture to enlarge):
Too cute! I've never been a pinky girl, but color aside, I would have loved to have had this room when I was a kid. Now I'd settle for simply having a room that clean. Ah well, maybe someday!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Carousel saddles

The Denver Zoo has a beautiful carousel, and thankfully, for this year at least, my boys are neither too old nor too cool to want to ride it.While they stood in line, I took pictures of some of the carousel animals...and their tack.The zebra and okapi wear fairly basic saddles.
The giraffe's is fancier.
And the lion's is fancier still.I would love to make a traditional scale carousel tack set one day. It's not an original idea. Costume maker Melissa Sage beat me to the punch earlier this year: http://sage-creations.blogspot.com/2009/01/carousel-costumes-for-models.html .
I'm not sure there's a demand for this sort of thing, but it doesn't always have to be about making money. Sometimes I really do need a break from all the basic brown and black English competition tack. I've filed these photos away in my "someday" reference folder for the next time I need to do something really different!