Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Half a million

Sometime within the next twenty four hours this blog should receive its five hundred thousandth page view.
Now, I realize there are some large mainstream blogs that get that many hits in a single day. But you know, I write about model horse tack.  I think half a million page views is pretty darn impressive!
Impressive in his stall at Faulkner Quarter Horses in 1990
I also think it's worth celebrating so I've decided to hold a reader appreciation raffle.  From now until the end of the month, every comment left on this blog will equal one entry in the raffle.  Two winners will be chosen at random and a third will be selected on a merit basis.  All posts are fair game.  In truth, I really love getting new comments on old posts so keep that in mind if you're going for the merit award!
I haven't decided exactly what the prizes will be, but I can tell you that they won't be saddles.  Halters, bridles, boots and other accessories are a distinct possibility, as are models and tack making supplies.  Most likely, I'll let the winners choose for themselves.
Good luck to all and thanks for reading!!

71 comments:

  1. That's really amazing! Yours is one of my favorite blogs, though. I love the way you intersperse tack-making posts with personal stories, and the tone is so congenial and welcoming, it's always a pleasure to read. Congratulations!

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  2. A contest, what fun! I second Carol. Your blog is always fun to read and it is so refreshing to find new posts to read daily. Keep it up! (and Pixie pictures tomorrow for sure! sorry to be such a tease!)

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  3. I just found your site. It's great! Can't wait to keep browsong...and maybe win something! :)

    Thanks for all the great informatipn I've read already.

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  4. Cool! Your blog is great- and updated a lot too so there is always something new and fun to read! Looking forward to the raffle- what fun!

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  5. I will have you know I check you blog several time a day and love it ! And have grown tremendously as a tack maker from it :O)
    And I love the performance rats and Darcy stories !

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  6. congats Jennifer!! Your work is very inspiring when I have a tack making obstacle to over come reading your blog gives me that extra boost to keep at it.

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  7. i actually loled at he Impressive joke... I should probably get a life

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  8. Hurray! I think my grand total is inching towards 10,000, so I have a ways to go to catch up. ;-)

    I'm so very glad that we "met" through this blog and that you're still enjoying it, because your readers are obviously still enjoying YOU. Thanks for all the fun!

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  9. Love reading your blog! It is always informative and fun!

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  10. Oh what fun!

    How's that Arab costume coming along Jennifer? ;)

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  11. I liked the Impressive joke, too. I've sent many friends to your blog!

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  12. 500,000? Now that's special! Congrats!

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  13. congrats on half a million! yahootie! I love reading your blog!

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  14. So glad to see that!! Congrats!! I'm glad you were able to take a short break from tack making and come back to it with fresh eyes. It would have been a shame if you had taken longer! We all would have gone through withdrawls!!

    Now to win something from you! That would be cool!!

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  15. Congrats on the half a mill. views I swear I find something new to learn everytime I pass through

    Gin

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  16. Congrats! Your blog is alot of fun to read! And so informative!

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  17. Thanks for all the kind words. They make me very happy!

    To all you anonymous folks--please sign your commetns. The last time I had a contest one of the winners was anonymous. I quoted her winning commment on my blog in hopes of finding the author but she claimed her prize. Don't let that happen to you!!!

    In regards to the Impressive photo... I "met" him while I was on the Colorado State University Horse Judging Team in 1990. We took a week long road trip though Oklahoma and Texas before participating in a competition at Texas A&M. Every single day of that trip consisted of one or two visits to a MAJOR Quarter Horse facility. HYPP had yet to be discovered, but there was some other vague scandal hanging over Impressive and his farm. Because of that, he was not taken out for our inspection and I managed just three stall photos. This was the best of the lot.

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  18. Your blog is actually the highlight of my day. Whenever I'm on my computer, the first place I go is Braymere, then my email. Not only for your amazing photography, but you knowledge of horses both real and model is something that I just can't get enough of!
    I started making tack thanks to you (and Anna Kirby, whose blog I discovered thanks to yours!) and now I'm completely hooked. Thank you for taking the time to post here. You're truly inspirational for us youngin's :)

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  19. From one hunter girl to another, congrats on a half million!

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  20. woohoo! Congrats :-)

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  21. I think that this is an awesome idea :D

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  22. Pick me, pick me!
    Random, shamdom.

    I leave comments on old blog posts...

    Pick me!

    =)

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  23. Congratulations! I started reading your blog for the tack tips - they have improved my tack making so much. Thank you!

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  24. Wow, 500,000! Mine is nearing 10,000, most of whom found their way there through your blog. In fact about 50% of referral URLs involve the word Braymere in them somewhere!
    So thank you! And I read your blog every day, it provides so much inspiration, and makes me wonder actually, where do YOU get your inspiration?

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  25. I've been lurking for ages, love your blog! It's an amazing gateway into the tackmaking side of the hobby and like Gracie your blog is one of the first things I check in the morning.
    I've learnt so much about the hobby from you!!!

    Congrats on the half million veiws!!!

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  26. I was just thinking you needed to do some sort of prize for 500,000 page views! I contribute regularly to the page count :)

    Jennifer Bontrager

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  27. I love your blog and am silently in awe of your skills but always reading! lol I say you should dream big who cares that we are a small hobby at the moment when we want we can make a big splash :)
    I cannot recall if i have commented before but if not i have certainly taken a great interest and done much thinking over your wonderful posts !

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  28. Your blog is definitely one of my favourites!!! I love seeing it on my dashboard when I log in :) They are always full of really interesting stuff! And your pictures are amazing, as is every single piece of your tack, and your horses are definitely no exception!!!

    I'm excited I could *possibly* own something of yours!!! What a neat idea to hold a contest :) a good excuse to go through all your posts!! *grins evily*

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  29. congrats on the half a million page views too!!! That's quite a milestone :D

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  30. I do not usually comment but for the chance at something awesome like you make I will say that I have to check your blog about 2-3 times a day just incase you have a new update. I dream of someday owning a saddle made by you.

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  31. i love the halter in the middle is it arabian ?? the comp sounds fun ,good luck to everyone XD i <3 your blog its so fun to read and thanx for recommending the dremel a few months ago iv finally got one !!!

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  32. Congrats, that's great! I love your blog, it's one the sites I check out every day.

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  33. Half a million eh? I for one am totally not surprised! :D I love your blog as you're always so generous with your tutorials, tack tips, reference guides and contests - as well as entertaining us all with rats, ponies, pups and everything else inbetween. :D Here's to a million and beyond! :D

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  34. Poor old Impressive..he'll always now be tarnished with HYPP.

    I've said it before, but one of the things I appreciate most about your blog (apart from the regular, high quality content of course) is the blgoroll. I always use it as my starting pont for my daily checking of the the model horse blogosphere :-)

    JenF

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  35. I could REALLY use a new western show halter! But I never win anything, no matter how many raffle tickets I buy. I'd LOVE one of yours!

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  36. CONGRATULATIONS! That is amazing how many posts that you have gotten! I LOVE your blog and enjoy reading about your family as much as your tack information! I especially loved a very long ago post about Dick Francis-one of my favorite authors as well. I have read and reread his stories and still love them all! Keep up the great Blog work!

    Mary Lineman

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  37. Congrats! Half a million sure is something :)

    I've been following your blog for as long as I've been on blogger, but never had the guts to post a comment. Maybe this will finally be able to make me talk, haha. I've always dreamed of having a piece of your tack!

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  38. Congratulations Jennifer!! As you know, I love your blog, but what I didn't know is that posting a comment is so easy. I have not attempted this on any blog for several years. It used to seem that you needed a separate login for each one. Thank you for creating this wonderful place to learn your tips and peek into your happy life with horses, dogs, family, and rats!

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  39. Yay, a contest! I could use some nicer boots...

    ~Mara

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  40. Your blog is totally addicting. Every day I find some new aspect to enjoy...a tack making tip, performance setup, gorgeous landscape or equine photography. You have it all! Congratulations on your milestone.

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  41. I'm with Courtney and everybody: What a great excuse to get us lurkers to post! What I like about your blog is that it's always there (quotidian, or daily) and the breadth of subject: Real horses, dogs, boys, husbands, and real rats! as well as model tack, MY favorite. :)

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  42. Congrats, Jennifer! What an amazing accomplishment! Keep it up :)

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  43. I have to check your blog every day and usually it's first in line. If you take a break from posting (which you do deserve), I go through withdrawal.

    Heather Larkins

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  44. Hey Braymere! Congrats on 500,000 pageviews! Woohooo! Here's to another 500,00! :boogie:

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  45. This is phenomenal! I've been a long-time lurker, and now am a first-time commenter.

    Your posts have helped me out SO much in my recent foray into the model horse/tack world. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the inspiration.

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  46. your blog deserves all these views! I read it everyday, it may 'just' be model horse tack, but its really interesting!

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  47. That is an impressive number of posts!!!! I have found your blog to be invaluable to a budding tack maker. Thank you so very much. One of the highlights of my day is to check your blog!!! Thanks you!!
    Jo K.

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  48. There are a few Blogs that I read regularly and yours is the one I read first when I go online!
    I've never left a comment before so I guess this is a good time to retire from lurker mode...
    Your blog is informative, funny, endearing and interesting. I've marveled at your tackmaking, cheered your show successes, tried to absorb all the hobby information and even shed a tear at the passing of Basil.
    Congratulations on half a million views!!

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  49. I love reading this blog! Always interesting! Lindy P

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  50. I'm a regular visitor but have never posted before. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your amazing skills and the interesting places you get to visit as well. Half a million is definitely worth a celebration!

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  51. Equine Indulgence StudiosFebruary 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    As a beginning tackmaker, I love your blog! I especially love the Tack Tips. Please do more of those!

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  52. zikzik-
    I love this blog! I've been following it for 2 years now, I have never owned a peace of fance tack and have had my heart set on a beautiful stable halter since I was seven...I'm still dreaming. =)

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  53. i have never commented before but i have spend hours reading your blog. Thank you so much for posting. I have you page bookmarked and i check it multiple times a day. Well i hope i win the contest. ;)

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  54. Congrats on the half million! I love reading your blog daily--it's always entertaining and chock full of helpful hints to those new to tack making. I love seeing all your beautiful tack--your talent amazes me.

    Here's to another half million views!

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  55. Congratulations on all the page views!! That is pretty awesome, but this is an awesome blog. I've enjoyed it immensely since I started following a while back, but I don't comment all the time because I tend to get so wordy. See? There I go - lol! Congratulations!

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  56. I've been lurking for a few months and am new to the hobby. I find your blog fascinating! I don't think I'd have the patience to fiddle around with such tiny straps and buckles. Your tack is amazing and this blog deserves all the views it gets.

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  57. Congrats on half a million page views :D

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  58. That's fantastic Jennifer. I have really enjoyed reading your various posts over the years. Congrats!

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  59. Congratulations!

    Your work is so inspiring, Jennifer :) and simply lovely to read. I'm "stuck" in college, and so love to live vicariously through your studio's happenings. Plus, I love to sit and be like, "HOW?! did she make that?!" haha like those little pin-head looking studs in the halters pictured in this post; it is like a study break game ;)

    Thank you for all the happy memories!
    Best wishes always,
    Sarahbeth Barlas

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  60. ...and the photos!!!! I love the photos <333 It is like I get to go traveling with you from my desk. :D So many great shots!

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  61. Wow :)
    Your blog is one of the few that i'm trying to wiew every day. I'ts inspirational. I live in Estonia and have no supplies for making my own tack. Ok some I have but not enough for anything. So I'm admiring and dreaming and ... Just loving your blog!

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  62. Impressive is rather, Impressive!! :)

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  63. I love your blog. I read it almost every day. Glad you are back to making tack. Mary Butler

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  64. Your blog is my favorite! It must feel great to get that many views too! Congrats!

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  65. Congratulations on a half-million views, Jennifer! I've never posted a comment before, but wanted to let you know that I'm an avid follower of your blog. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! I just recently entered the world of model horse collecting, but it now consumes all my free time! It's great to see your work and your fun stories on this blog. Thank you for providing us all with insight to your amazing abilities! Congrats again.

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  66. I cant wait to see who gets it!! Yay!!

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  67. the pink/leather halter on the fat left is so neat looking! It would be awesome if you could post a tutorial on the part nylon part leather halter :)

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  68. Over The Moon StudiosFebruary 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Congrats, Jen! I love looking at your posts, and you definitely inspire me.

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  69. Congratulations on Half a Million! Your blog is one I truly make an effort to read. There's always something to learn!

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