Friday, February 18, 2011

Strange days

For the second time in just over a week, I spent a large part of my day in a hospital emergency room.  Last Thursday, I was there with a sick friend.  Today, the patient was my concussed child.   Thankfully, Ryan is going to be ok, but it's been a long, tiring day for both of us.
That said, it should come as no surprise that I did not work on the Portuguese saddle today.  No work equals no progress report, so the rest of the post will be pictures only.  These were taken at the 2008 Rocky Mountain Iberian Horse Club Show which was held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado.  I think the grey horse is Nobel II of Breyerfest fame.  If not, I'm sure Regan will let me know!


  1. Yes, that is Nobel II. He was not wearing a crupper for this show because of huge melanomas on his tail. He's still owned by Tracy and Roni Vale of Cortijo Val Moor of Colorado Springs. He officially retired at the end of last year.

    The bay is a stallion named Esteban, who is owned by Classical Legacy (Frances Carbonnel) who I believe is based out of the Larkspur area. (I don't remember the bonus bits that go with Esteban's name--but he used to be owned by Gary Epp from Wyoming.)
    For those of you who are nutty about tack, check out the handmade horsehair mosquera in the first picture. The traditional white and black pattern has connection to the archways in the cathedral at Cordoba. The tiny acorns are thought to bring good luck--and are often missing from all but the most traditional pieces. (Information secondhand from Roni Vale--as told to me during the trip to Breyerfest.)

  2. How did Ryan hurt his head? I hope he feels better soon. That's got to be scary!

  3. Thanks for the extra info, Regan. I knew you'd remember the details!

    Ryan got hurt at school but the details of how it happened are pretty sketchy. It seems like it was some sort of a scuffle that ended in a dogpile with Ryan on the bottom. That's just a guess, though. Ryan can't remember much, No adults actually witnessed this and no adults were present. Other kids were questioned but it's hard to get information out of guilty and nervous ten year olds...

    Kind of a bad situation all the way around but Ryan seems no worse for the wear.

  4. That's awful. Glad he's taking it in stride and not freaked out by it.

  5. Awww, poor guy - I got a concussion from a soccerball powered by a big (and by that I mean strong) 12 or 13 year old - who I was intimidated by since the start of the game - while I was the goalkeeper...she was "really sorry," but my eleven-year-old eyes caught that evil gleam...though now I realize that I was a 11yr old playing against 12yr olds...and who says girls soccer doesn't get ugly?

  6. Whoa, those are fantastic photos! Anyone have an idea for what to use to recreate the mosquera? Glutton for punishment that I am, I'm planning to try it :D.

    Concussions are no fun! Hope Ryan feels better soon!