Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Living with coyote

 My friend, Mary Jo, is a trail steward for Aurora Parks and Open Space. 
Recently, she was contacted by independent film maker, Priya Shelly, who is currently working on a documentary about the relationship between humans and coyotes.  Priya was looking for a couple riders to appear in her film.  One thing led to another, and today, Mary Jo and I spent the morning in front of the camera.
My mount for the day was Mindy's reliable National Show Horse gelding, Santana.  
I didn't expect this to be a speaking part...
but we were fitted with microphones right off the bat. 
 This is Priya attaching the microphone to my collar...
with an assist from Santana. 
Wired for sound! 
While cameraman, Shaka, filmed Mary Jo getting ready... 
I climbed aboard and took some photos for the "As Seen Through Horses' Ears" Facebook page.
Movie making is all about hurry up and wait.  Here's a picture of Mary Jo and Scarlett waiting while Priya and  Shaka set up the camera at the trail head.
Look at Santana's mane!  Although the sun was shining, it was extremely windy.  I was dressed in layers, but it was still cold.
They took one long shot of us riding up the driveway to the trail head.  Then Mary Jo and I headed down to the river bottom on the way to our third and final location.
We didn't see any coyotes along the way, but did cross paths with a big herd of deer. 
When we reached our destination, we rode up the embankment... 
and across a field... 
and made contact with Priya and Shaka. 
They sent us back down into the riverbed. 
We rode our horses in front of the camera and had an informative discussion about the denning habits of mother coyotes. 
Once we were done, we doubled back...
and did it again... 
and again. 
After several takes, we headed back to the barn, frozen but happy.
What a fun morning!  Thanks to Mary Jo for including me in this project and also to Mindy for allowing me to borrow her delightful Santana. 
There's no telling how much of this footage will make it into the film, but even if we don't make the final cut, I really enjoyed my brief stint as a movie star!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Live show round-up, part four

Continuing yesterday's tour of the April 26 live shows, we move to Xenia, Ohio, home of the Four Leaf Clover Show.
Sara Kucharski  was there... 
with her two good English horses... 
and once again, she made my old saddle look good as new! 
Sara's Paloose, Hildegard Von Bingen, also showed in the Western division.
 She was joined by two of Sara's other horses.
This is Lynn Fraley Pepe Poco Cha Cha resin painted by Corinne Senko.  His name is Coeur de Lion 
I don't know the name of this one, but he is wearing a pink heart saddle that Sara made for Tiffany. 
Seriously!  How many saddles does Tiffany need?
One more performance picture...
and it's on to halter!
I know I usually prefer performance pictures, but I could look at this horse all day long! 
 Sara wasn't the only one in the show hall with a camera.  This little cutie is a Jasmin Ruhland Lilly resin painted by Angelica Nelson.  "Alice" is owned by Colleen McNamara who also provided the photo.
Some of Colleen's other winners include Luck of the Irish, a Brigitte Eberl Smiley resin painted by Tara Louiselle...
and Squint, a Sarah Rose Working Girl resin customized by Melanie Miller and painted by Tracy Eilers.  FYI, if ever there was a model to persuade me to drop my no minis stance, this would be it! 
After a miraculous change in parentage occasioned by an inattentive show mom, Not a Single Doubt became a Tersk and still managed to qualify in breed.  Hurray for options!
ThisMaxixe by Karen Christina Zorn was placed next to a mirror... 
so the judge could fully appreciate his beautiful belly.
With details like that, it's no surprise that he was named Overall Champion in the Workmanship division. 
Overall Champion of the resin breed division went to this gorgeous Jennifer Scott Darcy, also painted by Karen Zorn.
Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to Sara Kucharski and Colleen McNamara for allowing me to share their photos!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Live show round-up, part three

The next step on our live show tour is Magnolia, Texas and Lemmonade Live!
Tackmaker, Vicky Norris attended this multi-division show and took lots of pictures.
There's nothing wrong with halter horses...
but Texas is another performance stronghold... 
so most of the pictures I've chosen for this post... 
feature performance horses! 
Breyer's new Latigo mold appears to be the newest OF performance "it" horse.  I'm not sure who owned this one, but it looks like he cleaned up! 
Vicky's Farley was also a big winner, taking the OF Western Performance title with tack by Vicky and Robyn Jalbert (saddle pad) and a doll by Darla Curtis.
He also showed in the English division with a BCS huntseat set. 
Vicky's custom performance horse, Big Valley Casino Gold also had a good show.  Congrats on your wins, Vicky and thanks for letting me share your pictures!
Now it's on the Pacific Northwest and the Wine Country Classic in Pasco, Washington! 
Erin Corbett went to this one.
These are her pictures of the callback table for the Artist Resin breed division. 
I don't know much about most of the critters in these photos... 
except this one is by Tammy Myrold... 
and this one has eyeball veins.
They're all beautiful, but, in the end, these two were the big winners.
Such a beautiful Okie Too.  Can I get this paint on my Rose Reiner?  Pretty please? 
Believe it or not, this is not the end of the April 26 live show tour.  There are still two more shows to come!