Tuesday, May 31, 2011

NAN raffle sneaky peeky

Slowly but surely, NAN raffle lot #24 is beginning to take shape...
If you are interested in this item, be sure to check the NAN raffle webpage for ticket information.  

Monday, May 30, 2011

Springamathing resin halter

Some days you have it, some days you don't.

The Braymere crew definitely had it at the Springamathing live show held last Saturday in Golden, Colorado.  Emma may have been the day's brightest star, but my halter horses definitely earned their oats as well.  This was apparent from the start when my two "bay boys" earned the top slots in the Arabian stallion class.
A few minutes later, my third bay boy Jafar followed suit and won the Arabian Mare/Gelding class.
Andromeda Melody kept the streak alive by winning the National Show Horse class...
and UVM Right Royal brought made it four for four with his victory in the Morgan class.  He is shown next to a Jennifer Scott Darcy resin that was customized and painted by Tiffany Purdy.  Don't they look cute together?
There were lots of Braymere horses on the Light Breed callback table...
Still, I was surprised when top honors went to little Jafar.  Not bad for a "body" horse!
Sport horses were next.  My Eberl Valentino by Tom Bainbridge won the Solid Colored Warmblood class... 
and my Bogucki Showman by Renna Moss won the Patterned Warmblood class.
Navah Joe surprised me with his victory in the Carriage Breed class.
I had two horses in the Other/Mix Sport class.  Sweet Basil was fifth and Frank was first.  
The Sport Horse callback table.  Adonis Z (the Valentino) was the champion. 
On to the stock horses!  Love N Stuff was second in Quarter Horses... 
and my Liesl Dalpe duo were second and fifth in Paints.
This Darling resin had been in-progress when I visited Jenn's studio earlier in the week.  
Ditto with this Llanura.  It was so neat to see them all finished up!
The Spanish/Gaited division was next.  This is not usually my strongest division...
but my horses ended up winning both the Reserve Champion...
and Champion rosettes.
Drafters were next.  Sheila's chestnut Scarlett bested my chestnut Scarlett in the Belgian class.
Dhaulagiri won the Percheron class. 
My two Purdy mules were one-two in the Exotics/Long Ear class.  Hurray!  Now Emma has one green card to go with all her pink ones!
I was really, really tired by the time the pony classes rolled around.  Although I show a whole herd of ponies, Dagobert was the only one who got a picture.
Pony Reserve Champ was this Eberl Arabian painted and shown by Sheila Anderson Bishop.
Champion was Teresa Fedak's Polly Wog.
No foal division photos--sorry!  Honestly, I was so tired that it was a miracle my horses actually made it to the Championship Callback table.
And the big winner is--my own Adonis Z!!!
Many thanks to judge Kirsten Wellman, show host Heather Roell and the Peter Stone Company!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Emma's reign of terror

There's no doubt that dependable little Emma was the star of the performance division at the Springamathing live show held yesterday at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado.  Emma was entered in eleven classes and won all of them, earning two division champs, a division reserve champ and an overall championship along the way.

Because I was so busy showing, judging and talking, I didn't take as many photos as usual.  However, I did manage to capture some of Emma's victories for posterity.  Here is Emma competing in Other Performance,
Cross Country,
Jumper, 
Hunter,  
Other English,
Western games,
Reining,
Western Trail,
Western Pleasure, 
and Other Western.
As always, thanks to Mel Miller and Tiffany Purdy for creating Emma, and to all the other talented artisans who contributed to her success!

Overwhelmed

Nearly everything about yesterday's Springamathing live show was overwhelming.  There will, of course, be a more complete show report later.  In the meantime, here's a quick recap.

First the brags--Emma was undefeated in the performance ring.
My halter horses were equally impressive, bringing home six more rosettes and an overall Resin Halter championship.
As sweet as those victories were, they paled in comparison to my first ever meeting with hobby icon and tackmaker extraordinaire, Susan Bensema Young.  I just wish we'd have had more time to talk!
Of course some memories are less good than others.  Parts of my day were a bit terrifying.  I think I could have lived my whole life without ever having to judge a class like this... 
and, um, Barb's Borat themed cake...   I wish I could forget all about that!
More soon!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Deja vu

I think I've written this post before.

Tomorrow is the big Springamathing (formerly DK) live show and I am completely unprepared.  Again.  Somehow this show always manages to sneak up on me.  I blame it on the time of year.  My kids are so close to being out of school they can taste it.  Rather than taking tests and doing homework, they've been going on field trips and having class parties.  Since I don't have a regular job, I've been spending my days chaperoning field trips and baking for class parties.  I have not done one single thing to prepare for the show.  It's sad.  At this rate, I shouldn't even bother going.

Except--I have to go.  I'm judging the Youth/Novice Performance and Stone Halter divisions.  Also, I love this show.  I really don't want to miss it.  I just want someone to come pack all my resins and performance stuff for me.

Any takers?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Khompounded Interest

Tiffany is worried.

I told her that Jenn Scott was teaching me to paint and she sent me this text:  You can't learn to paint.  I don't want to make my own tack.

I tried to reassure her, but she remained unconvinced.  Her next message read:   If you saw my saddles and bridles you would cry!  You can't quit being my dealer.  I can't do tack withdrawal.  Rehab is for quitters!

This horse arrived in the today's mail.

Just look at her!
She is soooooo beautiful.
Seriously, Tiffany, there is nothing to worry about!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

NAN raffle preview, lots 1 & 27

Here's something you don't see on my blog every day--a whole herd of new in box Breyers! 
These models comprise the 2011 NAN raffle's New in Box Breyer Extravaganza.  Like the raffle itself, this lot is the brainchild of my friend, Teresa Buzzell.  
 
Teresa is a hobby fixture.  She collects, shows, judges and serves on the NAMHSA board.  She is not, however, an artist.  She doesn't sculpt, paint, customize or make tack.   
Hobbyists like Teresa don't usually get asked to donate to the NAN auction or raffle.   After all, there are only so many spaces on the table.  It's in NAMHSA's best interest to solicit donations that will bring the most bang for the buck.  
Knowing this, Teresa decided to create a way for the non-artistically inclined to donate.   After all, everyone has a new in box Breyer or two they can spare.  If those models were pooled together, they could become a pretty exciting lot in and of themselves.
So far there have been three donors--Yashka Hallein, Jennifer Pomerance and myself.  The models include two Breyerfest celebration horses, two WalMart special runs and a one day Breyerfest ticket horse.  Best of all, the tickets for this lot are just one dollar.  Even if you're not an OF collector, that's a lot of bang for your buck!
Teresa is still taking donations for this lot.  If you have a nice new in box Breyer you'd like to donate, please contact her at flicksmom@gmail.com .
Let me be clear, this last horse is not part of the New in Box Breyer Extravaganza.  Instead, this is Lot 27, a Special Run WEG Media model donated by Breyer.  He is one of the $5 ticket items.
Be sure to check the NAN Raffle website for more information on all the raffle items!