Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Grand Breyers

In Grand Junction, even the Breyer knock-offs are grand.
Teresa, Fabian, Kiersten and I spotted these full sized metal sculptures within a roundabout near our hotel.
We couldn't help but notice a resemblance to Breyer's Fighting Stallion... 
and Semi-rearing Mustang
We might have chalked it up to coincidence, but there was also an entire herd... 
of galloping Cigars just a block away. 
They were accompanied by the world's biggest Stablemate Scrambling Foal.
I wonder if there other Grand Breyers scattered throughout Grand Junction. Next time I'm there, I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled!

The Willow Tree Live 2017

On Saturday, Teresa and I packed our bags, boxes and totes and piled into her car.
We drove up, 
and through the mountains... 
to Grand Junction, Colorado.
Since it was still early, we met up with fellow travelers, Fabian and Kiersten and spent the evening walking around downtown Grand Junction. 
So fun! 
The next morning, we woke up bright and early and headed over to the Intermountain Adventist Academy, home of Garrett Dupper's The Willow Tree Live.
This was a smallish, three division live show. My main focus was performance, where I showed Formal Attire, my BHR Loper.
Teresa also showed a BHR Loper, and we ended winning champion and reserve. That model is a performance shower's dream!
I also brought a number of horses for the combined custom and resin division.
Hoka Hey was Overall Grand Champion with Cuter Than Meeka in reserve.
I did not show in the original finish classes. Top prizes went to fellow Front Rangers, Alex Aarons...
and Dana D'Ippolito. 
After the show, I had dinner and drinks with Teresa, Fabian, Kiersten and Shelly. Again, we had so much fun!
The next morning, Teresa and crossed the mountains again.
It was another beautiful drive and a great way to wrap up a most pleasant weekend.
Thank you to judges, Amber Schultz, Dana D'Ippolito and Shelly Nelson and show holder, Garrett Dupper. I really enjoyed the Willow Creek Live!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hoka Hey!

Hoka Hey would like his eighty six part-owners to know that today he was named Overall Resin Halter Champion at The Willow Tree Live in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Thanks again to Erin Corbett, Mindy Berg, Karen Beeson, Dayle Steinke, Christine Jordan, Christina Harrington, Kristy Thiessen, Heather Puleo, Jennifer Lambert, Devon Comstock, Elena Lemm, Mary Berry, Barb Ness, Libbie Grant, Heather Jackson-Lain, Meredith Conrad, Shannon Southard, Jason Burns, Danielle Hart, Kirsten Wellman, Cindy Evans, Allie Davidson, Cheryl Wood, Liz Bailey, Kay Schlumpf, Maggie Bennett, Kate Schick, Kate Cabot, Airen Chandler, Sara Roche, Shana Bobbit, Carra McClelland, Lauren Mauldin, Melissa Lauritzen, Lori Larsen, Sara Bowman, Twyla Wehnes, Marci Driscoll, Lindsay Diamond, Leah Koerper, Emma Hardwood, Kristen Cermele, Sarah Townsend, Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, Erika Baird, Wendy Williamson, Bethany Shaw, Leslie Osborn, Tanja Kownatka, Beatha Sellman, Pat Rutz, Mackenzie Purdy, Sommer Prosser, Fabian Rodriguez, Amy McCudden, Robin Hudson, Janna Shepherd, Yashka Hallein, Jennifer Thorp, Emma Ransom-Jones, Jessica Geer, Jennifer Scott, Laura Skillern, Kaitlin Lewington, Tiffany Purdy, Paula Hecker, Sandra Gibson, Tracy Eilers, Bobbie Mosimann, Jennifer Kroll, Kristian Beverly, DeeAnn Kjelshus, Hellen Ferguson, Rachel Fail, Kristin Verbonus, Melissa Addison, Bobbie Allen, Anne Field, Melissa Halvas, Gail Hildebrand, Jodi Purdy, Heather Frystack, Lynn Royea, Jackie Arns-Rossi and Heather Malone. I'm sorry I couldn't fit all of your names on the NAN card!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Last minute crazy

I have been planning to attend Sunday's show for months, but I didn't actually get around to making a performance plan until this morning. That's also when I decided it would be really fun to show my BHR Loper.
I have spent the entire day thinking up entries, creating documentation, fitting tack, building a bridle, repairing various bits and pieces...
and painting my horse's tail. 
Also, I found my sticky wax
It's been a really long day. I wish I had started sooner, but I think I will have twelve solid entries to show on Sunday. Tomorrow morning I pack the halter horses and the clothes and toiletries. Then Teresa picks me up at noon, and it's Grand Junction or bust!

(Hopefully not bust)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Not much

I bought more sticky wax.
I hated to do it, but I have a show on Sunday. It includes performance classes, and there's nothing more pathetic than a performance shower without sticky wax. I'm not going to be that person. At least not this Sunday.

Speaking of shows, I seem to have two modes of show prep: all or nothing. This time, it's nothing. I literally have not done one thing to get ready. 

I did make Teresa a thank you present for driving me to Grand Junction, though.
Maybe tomorrow I will be more motivated?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Etsy preview #3

It's been a while since I restocked my Etsy shop.
I have excuses. NaMoPaiMo swallowed up all of February and the first half of March. That was followed by a family road trip, a visit from Bobbie and the Big CleanI did fill a few small orders in between these events, but mostly, it's been a quiet time in the studio.
No more! I enjoy selling on Etsy, so restocking has begun.
The items pictured here will be listed on May 6. That's Derby Day, so they will probably be joined by a racing set or two. As always, I'm open to suggestions for other types of tack.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The trade-off

The surface of my desk is no longer clean...
but tack is happening.
That's a good trade-off, right?

Monday, April 17, 2017


I'm pretty careful with my hobby dollars, but there are some things I find impossible to resist when offered in 1:9 scale. This list includes ear bonnets...
and foxes
Recently, Laurel Haig started making foxy ear bonnets.
I just had to own one. 
No really. 
I needed this.
And because I really do love ear bonnets, I needed the patriotic one, too.
Thank you so much, Laurel. These are awesome!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Recovered memories

One of my long term goals is to digitize all my old photos. I've been working on this sporadically for several years, and since the scanner lives in my studio, I was not surprised to find lots and lots of pictures during my recent cleaning spree. Some were neatly stored in albums and boxes, but others were randomly tucked into books, corners and envelopes. They're all scanned and sorted now, but before I put them away, I want to share a few here.
This is my college roommate, Amber and her Thoroughbred gelding, Tim. These pictures were taken in Alamosa, Colorado in the spring of 1988.
I wrote a post about Tim and his distinctive ears in 2011. 
These pictures were not included, because I couldn't find them.  
Oh well. Better late than never, right?
A few months later, Tim broke a leg in a freak accident and had to be euthanized. Amber was devastated, but eventually, she started looking for a replacement horse. I accompanied her on several far flung horse trying adventures, the most memorable of which took us to a fancy dressage barn in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
The horse we we'd gone to look at wasn't a good fit for Amber, which was almost a relief. She really didn't want to end up with a grey Anglo-Arab.
Fortunately, there were other things at that barn which made the trip worthwhile. These included a dressage clinic, which we were allowed to audit for free.
Even better, the barn had several warmblood broodmares and foals.
Prior to my time at Kenlyn, my horse life was mostly foal-free. I was really excited to spend some time with these beautiful babies.
Similarly, before I discovered Longhopes, my life was mostly devoid of donkeys. However, there was that one time when Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Lab was briefly home to a pair of Poitou donkeys.
Of course, Amber and I had to go meet them.
We petted noses... 
and took a few pictures.
I love donkeys.
Amber and I had a lot of good times during our years at CSU.
These aren't the only pictures I found while cleaning, but I'll save the rest for another day. Happy Easter, and thanks for joining me on this walk down memory lane!