As an adult, I know it's best to save the horse talk for my horsey friends and my blog, but when I was younger, I didn't have the same self control. I would talk about horses to anyone and everyone whether they were interested or not. As you can imagine, this meant my family was forced to listen to a lot of horse talk.
My Dad decided to tackle the problem by talking about cows. It didn't matter that he knew nothing about cows, he would talk about them anyway. If I said there was a new horse at the stable that was a good jumper, he would tell me that cows were better jumpers than horses. After all, a cow jumped over the moon.
This went on for years.
Somewhere along the line, I started giving my Dad cow themed presents for his birthday and Christmas. Over time, he ended up with quite an impressive cow collection.
Given this history, I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I also have a cow collection.
It all started innocently enough with this little tied calf from Carol Herden.
Then I decided to get a steer, too, just in case I wanted to set up a team roping entry rather than calf roping entry.
The dodging cows came next because, you know, those are a necessity if you own a cutting horse resin like Whiplash.
Of course, it's better if your cutting horse has a herd of cows behind him. That explains these three.
Carol Herden used to have a booth at the National Western Stock Show, which is where I bought these two. I can't remember which performance class I used to justify their purchase. I think maybe I just wanted them! And it's not just Carol Cows that have found there way into my collection. This "mired cow" was sculpted by Billie Campbell and painted by myself.
I also painted this "versatile roping calf" by Alaina Richardson.
These Breyer cows came with the classic cutting and roping horses. I'm not sure how I ended up with the roping calf as I have never owned that horse.