Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jumbo saddleseat

Tiffany doesn't need a lot of tack for this year's Breyerfest, but everything she needs is really, really big.
See? Big! 
I still have one more piece of ginormous tack to make, and then it's back to the normal sized stuff. Phew!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beat the heat

Today is the first day of summer, and Colorado is celebrating with record breaking heat.
That's too hot to ride, unless, of course, you get up really, really early. That's what Janet and I did today. 
She rode her Quarter Horse mare, Cheyenne...
and I rode her Mustang gelding, Stetson.
Isn't he cute?
We stayed down in the trees along the riverbed, and it was hot but not unbearably so. This was my first time on Stetson, and I enjoyed him very much.
It is unbearably hot now, and I am happy to be in my studio working on tack.
These are Breyerfest sales halters numbers sixteen and seventeen. My goal is twenty. I'm almost there!
Hopefully, this heat will break soon, but until it does, I'll be doing my best to stay cool and be productive.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cover saddle

Earlier this year, I was one of the lucky "winners" of Jennifer Scott's Covergirl raffle. My resin was hand delivered to me at the recent Redlive Yellowcard Live Workmanship Show.
This was the first time I'd seen Covergirl in person, and she did not disappoint. She is a gorgeous sculpture, with spot-on ABC's and a ton of presence and character.
She's also a little bit small. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I was hoping she could wear my most recent saddleseat saddle
Alas, it was just a little too big.
So it was back to the drawing board for me...
and a new saddle was born.
This one is just a little bit smaller than the other one...
and is just right for Covergirl. 
Both these saddles will be available for sale at Breyerfest. Time permitting, the smaller one will come with a Covergirl specific bridle. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Small distractions

I've been dreading my first fatherless Father's Day, so today I decided to take a break from Breyerfest tack and make something just for myself. In this case, that something was a set of 1:9 scale Just About Horses magazines, which were created using one of Nichelle Jones' awesome printables.
That went well, so I was inspired to play with some of her other printable selections, specifically the mini bathing supplies. Nichelle made her bottles from polymer clay, but that seemed hard so I used a cut down dollhouse wine bottle instead.
This isn't entirely new territory for me. Long before I started this blog, I created a set of supplements using pre-made wooden tubs and labels cut from tack catalogs. 
I have a surprisingly good selection of 1:9 scale bottles and containers leftover from that project. Eventually, I hope to pair all of these with more of Nichelle's nifty labels
Of course, that will have to wait until after Breyerfest!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

So small

Ryan and I went to the hobby store to buy Seth a Father's Day present. While we were there, we found the world's smallest model horses.
So small!
My dolls are model horse collectors so, of course, I had to buy them a pack of ponies.
So small!
For scale purposes, here they are with some micro-minis and a traditional scale pony.
So small!
I don't collect minis, but I am happy to indulge my dolls.
They're just so small!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Breyerfest preview #1

Breyerfest is less than a month away, and I am still working on sales tack.
Most of it is just the normal stuff.
In addition to the saddles I've already previewed, there are halters...
So many halters!
There are bridles...
English,
Western,
and Baroque.
And then there are some odds and ends. 
This will be, far and away, the most tack I've ever had for sale at one time. If you're interested in adding a little bit of Braymere to your tack box, please stop by Clarion Holiday Inn North, room 220 at 7 PM on Thursday, July 13. All sales are first come, first serve, and I'm hoping for a fast sell out!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Trillium

We were introduced through a Craig's List ad, and it was love at first sight, at least for me.
I took one look at her soft eye...
and amazing dapples and decided that I was going to lease her, no matter how she rode.
Fortunately, she rode just fine!
Less than a month into my lease, Trillium moved from Parker to Big Iron Ranch in Watkins. It was a longer drive for me, but I decided the pony was worth it.
 We spent the next fourteen months together, dabbling in dressage,
jumping, 
pretend trail,
real trail...
She was such a good pony.
In the fall of the fall of 2012, Trillium's owner realized her lifelong dream of owning horse property... in Bennett. I was happy for her, but sad for me as that was just too long a drive. I took one last lesson on Trilli, gave her a big kiss and wished her a long and happy life.
I visited Trillium again in 2014, and it seemed as if my wish for her had come true. She had a new lease rider who loved her and was living in a big field with all her friends and lots of food.
Sadly, the her life, though happy, was not meant to be long. Two weeks ago, I ran into Trillium's owner at the Colorado Horse Park and learned that sad news that she had died from an aggressive form of cancer.
Godspeed, Trillium. You are missed.