Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tara's TJS donation

The Jennifer Show's logo was created by my co-host, Jennifer Scott. It was inspired by the Muppet Show logo, which we are both old enough to remember fondly.
Tara Reich works as a costume maker in Hollywood.
No surprise, her donation to the Jennifer Show has a distinctly show biz flair. Look at these Muppets!
We have twenty two of them - twelve blue and ten red.
And just in case you couldn't tell, they're actually pony pouches!
These are so cute. They're actually the first donation that Darcy has tried to steal.
Sorry, Darcy! These are all for the Jennifer Show. Thank you, Tara. We love them!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Yesterday morning I got up bright and early and started casting medallions ribbons. I made enough a couple batches of each color, before heading to the barn for a quick ride on Chino.
I was home before noon and went right back to work. I cast and I cast and I cast until I literally could not cast anymore. I'd run completely out of resin!
This morning instead of going to the barn, I drove to Reynolds Advanced Materials in north Denver.
I had no idea what to expect, but this store is an absolute delight.
In addition to all kinds of casting supplies, 
there were also art supplies galore, including artist clays... 
and sculpting wax. 
There were examples of all kinds of projects. 
My brain kind of exploded with the possibilities!
And of course, I couldn't help but notice there was a Breyer on display. 
He was Sharpie marked down his mid-line, so I'm pretty sure he'd been used in a mold making seminar. 
Still, it was good to see him there among all the amazing art projects!
After I was done shopping, I came home and used my purchases to make another two hundred "red" ribbons.
That was a fun field trip, and I look forward to going back to Reynolds Advanced Materials in the future!

Shannon's TJS donation

Earlier this year, I was gifted a tack trunk by my friend and fellow blogger, Shannon Rodgers.
I was delighted. I'd wanted one of these for a long time. They're just such a neat and attractive way to store and transport a large amount of tack.
I brought it with me to Candyland Live...
and it was almost spacious enough to accommodate all my tack for the Pink! class.
That's really saying something because...
Shannon has generously offered to donate a similar trunk to the Jennifer Show. Thank you so much, Shannon. I already know the person who wins that one will love it as much as I love my own!

Monday, August 19, 2019

I love it

Last month, I judged the Scene Divisions at the BreyerFest Children's and Youth Shows. The classes were big and competitive, and I fell in love with solidly half the entries. In a perfect world, I would have awarded multiple blue ribbons, but this was BreyerFest. Tough decisions had to be made.

My top choice in the Youth Show Realistic Scene class was this live show entry.
The Disney trolley placed second...
and The Man From Snowy River was third.
This cute pony entry placed several slots lower.
It was a well documented, highly personal entry, and I absolutely loved it. I wanted so much to give it a better placing, but this is the way things go at big shows. Tough decisions have to be made, and a lot of really great entries are going to be left out of the top prizes.
The Jennifer Show is going to be a really tough show, and we're only placing classes to fourth. Jenn and I both know that our judges are going to face some impossible decisions, so we decided to make things just a little easier for them.
This is the Love medallion. It's a portrait of Jenn's heart horse, Ivy.
In addition to the Jennifer Show ribbons, the judges will also have a stockpile of Loves to distribute. These will be given to entries that they love, regardless of how they place.
Happily, the Jennifers will also be giving out Loves. Be sure to bring your hunter braided horses, fuzzy ponies and ridiculous performance entries. I am ready to show them my Love!

TJS ribbons

In 2016, the Jennifer Show used paper ribbons to denote placings from first through sixth.
First and second place horses also received an additional prize. Performance horses got small tack and prop items. Halter horses won Potato Chip medallions.
That was pretty good, but this time, we decided we wanted to do even more. Last weekend, I picked up this mold platter from Jenn... 
and now I am a one woman medallion factory.
These are the Jennifer Show 2019 show "ribbons."
The squares were sculpted by Jennifer Scott...
and the rounds were created by Kylee Parks.
Our first through fourth color scheme is blue, red, purple, green. Shades range from dark to light with all kinds of fun mid-tones.
A few medallions will be swirly and pearly. 
 I am so excited about our awards this year. Who wouldn't want one of each?

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The rain came down

Seth has a line on a free timeshare in Granby, and he wanted me to go up there and see it with him. 

"Granby?" I asked. "That's a long drive. I have things I need to do here."

"Come on," he said. "It'll be fun."

"The Jennifer Show is less than a month away. There's no way I can spend a whole day in the mountains."

"What if we also went riding?"

So we went to Granby...
and looked at the timeshare. 
Then we drove another eight miles to High Country Trails.
We didn't see any bears... 
but we did find a whole group of saddled horses. 
That roan had my name written him. 
See?
It was a little bit stormy, so wrangler Jesse did a de-spooking exercise with a pancho before we mounted.
The roan - his name was Pugly! - was the only horse who really objected. 
Clearly he was the one for me.  
Seth was assigned to Tom, which was funny because that's both of our dads' names. 
It's been seven years since his last ride, and clearly, he was excited. 
 We were literally saddled and ready to go.
Then the skies opened up. We dismounted and took refuge inside the office.
If you look closely you can see hail in poor Pugly's mane.
 We tried to wait it out. We waited and waited, but that rain was there to stay.
Eventually, we gave up and headed back down the mountain.
This was pretty disappointing. It's too long a drive to go back anytime soon, but who knows? Maybe that timeshare will work out, and we can renew our acquaintance with Pugly and Tom in the fall. Fingers crossed!