Thursday, April 26, 2012

High Plains Live performance postscripts

I wasn't the only photographer at last Saturday's High Plains Live Model Horse Show.  Nancy Dement was there, too, and unlike me, she didn't spend the day running around like a chicken with its head cut off.  As a result, she managed to get a lot of the shots I missed, including close-ups of some of the amazing tack that was present on the show tables.  Here's a little peek at what's lurking in some Colorado showers' tackboxes.

First up is this lovely Western set owned by Karen Gerhardt.
photo by Nancy Dement
Erin Corbett made this saddle and its matching bridle and breastcollar in 2011.  The saddle blanket was made by Robyn Jalbert. 
photo by Nancy Dement
Sandy Lyles has a lot of lovelies, too, including several near vintage pieces by Terry Newberry.   
photo by Nancy Dement
Despite their age, these items are as competitive today as they were ten years ago.
Good tack never goes out of style!
photo by Nancy Dement
 Sandy's tack box also includes some pieces made by her...
photo by Nancy Dement
and this neat braided bridle by Australia's Rebecca Dunne.
photo by Nancy Dement
Although she's best known for her dolls, Joan Yount is also an accomplished tackmaker.  This  pretty sidesaddle is owned by Fabian Rodriguez. 
photo by Nancy Dement
In addition to being a great photographer, Nancy is also doing her part to ensure the future of performance showing in Colorado.  I really do get ADHD when I'm showing performance, so I was only vaguely aware that there were a couple of kids setting up entries on the table beside me.
I didn't realize what was really going on until I got home and read the following on Nancy's Facebook page:  Some young gals wanted to show performance so I let them use some of my older tack. I put it on and had them make all the little adjustments. I think they enjoyed themselves.
What a great way to introduce the next generation of hobbyists to performance showing!  I really love this idea and am already brainstorming new ways to expand on Nancy's generosity.

6 comments:

  1. Go Aussies! That bridle is amazing!
    Love Nancy's photos!

    Rosie

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  2. Fortunately, no one called my cell phone that morning! The girls lost the disk for their Salinero and my cell was the only thing that would sit just right under its foot. Can you imagine the poor thing vibrating across the table?

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  3. In the UK we have Novice performance classes, where only OF tack or tack made by the owner is allowed. This gives a chance for peeps who can't afford top end stuff to give it a go and concentrate more on correctness and having a tidy set-up.

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  4. I have to admit, I would have loved to see the Salinero vibrate his way across the table!

    When I first moved to Colorado, a lot of the shows did include novice divisions. We've moved away from that now, mostly because the novice divisions don't fill. Last year at Springamathing there were only one or two entries in the entire Novice Performance division. Not one or two contestants--I'm talking one or two entries total.

    I'd really like to figure out a way to make Performance seem more accessible to everyone. I do have some ideas. I'm going to bounce them off Teresa tomorrow and maybe we can come up with a workable plan!

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  5. So the OOAK Cleveland Bay won Western Pleasure? I'm confused. I mean, I'd love to get away with showing my own CB in Western as well as English, but I feel like he just doesn't have the gait/headset for it. He's trotting fast in a rather English-looking frame, after all. Did this guy have crazy documentation?

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  6. Re: the judging

    All I can say is that every judge sees things differently. Personally, I do not care for the Cleveland Bay as a Western Pleasure or Trail horse. This particular horse is gorgeous (Karen painted him for herself at the Breyer factory) and his tack is WOW! but that's not enough to offset his big, booming, totally non-Western trot. Had I been placing the class, he would have finished behind Emma and Some Kinda Flirt for sure.

    Despite these quibbles, I will say that I think the Overall titles went to the right horses. Lonesome Dove was a deserving champion and Emma was second best.

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