Today's prompt for the May Shelter & Share Photo Challenge is "Favorite portrait model." This is a prompt that is near and dear to my heart because I love portrait models. In fact, I love them so much I've already used all but one of mine in challenge photos. I guess that makes Navah Joe my favorite, at least for today.Navah Joe is a Renate Van Der Graaff RB Romke resin that was customized and painted to look like Tom Sawyer Day Camp's gentle giant - in girth, rather than height - Navajo.
I've already written a couple posts about Navajo, so instead of trotting out the same old photos, I thought it would be fun to share pictures of some of the other Tom Sawyer horses from yesteryear.
|TSC Horse Staff 1983|
Jennifer on Bessie, Dave on Captain C, Sandy on CB, Sheri on Dixie, Mark on Gypsy
|TSC Horse Staff 1984|
Jennifer, Alisa, Sue and Sheri on Navajo
|TSC Horse Staff 1985|
Missy, Jennifer, Dave, Laura, Alisa and Kim with PeeWee
|TSC Horse Staff 1986|
Alisa on Cisco, Laura on Bessie, Jennifer on Pat, Peggy on Chief, ? on Prince and Lauren on Cinnamon
During the school year, most of the horses were leased to campers and other wanna be horse owners in the greater Los Angeles area. It was through one of these ponies that I found my way to Tom Sawyer. Cinnamon had been leased to one of my classmates, who promptly lost interest and gifted her to me. I rode Cinnamon nearly every day for six glorious months, at the end of which I followed her to the camp.
Most of my photos of Cinnamon were taken during our time at Eaton Canyon Riding Club, but I do have this one cute picture of her and Navajo standing together on the Tom Sawyer picket line.
Cinnamon was a nice pony and stayed right at the top of my favorite lists throughout my four years at Tom Sawyer. However, you know me. I can never have just one favorite, so she shared that honor with Snickers.
Unlike Cinnamon, Snickers was a bad pony who never got leased during the school year. This was a good thing - at least for me - since I spent a couple years riding the unleased camp horses during the off season. Most of my pictures of Snickers were taken at Siason or McAllisters. This is one of the only exceptions.
|Alisa on Snickers, 1984|
|Chief with one of the brave campers|
Of course, being slow is actually a good trait in a camp horse. Kiko and Bill were both very slow, very safe and very good camp horses.
Cindy was also a very good camp horse.
Cowboy was, too.
I didn't ride any of these very good camp horses very often, mostly because we needed them for the campers, but also because I thought they were boring. I made an exception for Cowboy because he was trained to rear on command, and I was young and dumb enough to think that was cool.
Two of the other slow pokes I made exceptions for were Pat and Sunny. Sunny was the sweetest pony. He ate hot dogs and ice cubes and eventually went completely blind.
Pat was not sweet. He was a sullen and crafty and unpopular with campers and staff alike. I was the only person who liked him, and I really can't tell you why. I just did.
|Pat with Laura and an unknown camper|
|Steve on CB|
|Coconut with Baby Chelsea and Snickers at McAlisters|
Because the unpopular ponies tended not to get leased, I spent two winters with Pat, and one each with CB and Coconut. I also had some off season time with smart little Ebony,
beautiful but boring Taffy...
and Frosty, who is the only horse who's ever dumped me twice in one day.
|Ebony and Frosty the day Sarah and I rode them from McAllisters to Arroyo Seco|
He wasn't mean, but wow, he was quick.
|Sarah and Frosty|