Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tack reference Tuesday

Today's featured tack is a Moroccan style Arabian costume that is on display at Kentucky Horse Supply in Louisville, Kentucky. These pictures were taken by Heather Moreton who says: I've seen those sets at Arabian championship shows. They always have them at the Egyptian event because the sheikhs come over and donate them as prizes.

I ride at an Arabian barn, but the emphasis is on endurance not showing. I've never had the chance to examine one of these costumes in person, so I really appreciate all these pictures. So many detail shots and different angles! Thanks to Heather for allowing me to share them here.

Side view of the saddle.
A closer look at the saddle. 
The seat.
 Behind the cantle.
Detail of the fringe/tassels. 
Detail of the embroidery. 
Bottom of the stirrup (so cool!). 
Another view of the rigging. 
Underside of saddle.
Bridle decoration. 
Bridle decoration again. 
Thanks again, Heather, and remember, I'm always looking for new photos for Tack Reference Tuesday!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Regal Revenue

Nothing is easy when you're in a hobby slump, not even the simple pleasure of receiving a long awaited model.

My much anticipated Regal Revenue portrait model was supposed to arrive Friday. Although the weather was perfect, I opted not to go to the barn. I did not want to risk missing my package. Unfortunately, the mailman brought nothing more than two pieces of junk mail. Feeling slighted, I double checked the tracking information online. The website indicated he wasscheduled for a Friday delivery.


I stayed home again Saturday, and this time my patience was rewarded. The mailman delivered a nice big box. I opened it carefully, worried that Rev's tail would be broken again. I was delighted to find it intact...
but the same could not be said for his right ear
This was very discouraging. I'd been hoping for a pick-me-up and instead I got a project.
I was tempted to banish him to the project shelf in the basement, but I decided I would at least try to fix the damage first.
I'm so glad I did. The repair was surprisingly easy, and now Rev is almost as good as new.
I am so pleased with the way this guy turned out. 
I'm still in a hobby slump so he hasn't been tacked up yet. 
However, the sight of him trotting across my desk makes me happy. 
Maybe tomorrow I will be ready to work on tack? It almost seems possible.
Thank you so much to Pat Hefty for bringing Rev to life. I really appreciate all the work you put into this guy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Like the shark in Jaws

Recently, I've been suffering from a serious case of hobby ennui. 

Earlier today, I told Erin that I felt like I would be happy to never write another blog post again. "You can't quit," she told me firmly, then added, "Do you want me to write a quickie post for you about prepping for BF?" 

Of course I said yes, so here it is. Thank you, Erin, for saving this blog. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Like the Shark in Jaws

by Erin Corbett

Breyerfest. IT'S COMING.

If you have noticed some of your friends becoming a little jumpy, maybe a little sleep-deprived, and definitely counting the days until July 19th, don't fret! They don't think the world is ending in 117 days... that day marks this year's Breyerfest Live Show. It's way harder to win at BF Live than it is to win a gold cookie at NAN. For some, this show is the be-all, end-all of model horse shows. They spend all year planning, obsessing, laying awake thinking about their entries. 

I am one of these crazy few!

Planning for Breyerfest Live starts 1-2 years in advance, especially if you are showing performance. I usually have each year's setups confirmed about a year ahead of the actual show date, down to which horses that don't exist yet need to still be commissioned (begged for) from friends.
An in progress picture of Erin's Purdy performance horse
We are nearing the end of March... if you haven't at least started a spreadsheet, it's too late now!!
Erin's 2015 Breyerfest spreadsheat with details blurred out to preserve the element of surprise! The red areas indicate tack changes.
All that said, there's nothing like extreme adversity (9 performance horses and 23 tack changes) to bring a group together. Join us! The few, the stressed, the tired, the crazy. The Breyerfest Live Exhibitors.
117 days.

Bring coffee.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekend show report

Today's weekend show report is a two-fer. Yesterday, Texas hobbyist, Gin McDaniel, attended the 2015 edition of Charlotte's Saddlery Breyer Show which was held in conjunction with the venerable Pin Oak Charity Horse Show. Here's a quick look at both shows!

Charlotte's Saddlery Breyer Show

by Gin McDaniel

For many years our local tack store, Charlotte's Saddlery, has held a Breyer show, not a NAN qualifying show just a fun show. This year they were invited to participate in the 70th anniversary of the Pin Oak Charity Horse show in Katy, Texas.  The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has events not just for Hunters and Jumpers but Saddlebreds, Andalusians and Lusitanos. All the proceeds go to children's charities, such as Ronald MacDonald House and Texas Childrens Hospital.
The model show's class list a little different than most.  The classes are divided by age: 5-10, 10-15, and 15 and older, both in performance and halter.
Ashley's first live show!
This is the view from the show hall overlooking the main arena. The horse show began at 8 am with Andalusion and Lusitano Dressage Suitability.
The first class in the model horse show was OF Thoroughbreds.
Later: A/O Show Hack with the Saddlebreds...
and a class just for shiny Ponies!
Conga, conga conga!
 Meanwhile in the main arena, the riders have just finished walking the course!
Performance time! 
Working Equitation had its on class because the real show included the Working Equitation, sadly in a different ring.

Alborozo was the adult performance champion.
At lunch time we were visited by Hamlet and Novelisto D.
Then it was back to showing with Jumpers in the big ring...
and Youth (10-15) performance entries.
This mule was the overall performance winner.
One of the cutest entries of the day was this Easter Themed Harness entry. Thankfully, I took the picture before they ate the eggs!
The local media covered both the real and model shows. The footage can be seen here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Flower power

In addition to being one of the smartest, funniest and most talented people I know, Tiffany is also an amazingly kind and generous friend. She is always willing to provide a shoulder for me to cry on, and when the going gets really rough, she sends flowers. This beautiful arrangement in the midst of last August's rough patch.
A few days later, I won Tabletop Studios' Customer Appreciation Raffle. The prize was a custom pair of planters with my choice of flowers.
Naturally, I asked for "Tiffany flowers." 
The planters arrived Monday, and they are incredible. 
No one in the model horse hobby does flowers like Kim and Kathi Haymond. No one. 
As an added bonus, they also sent a perfect miniature version of the original Tiffany arrangement.
I love this so much. I don't know how I'm going to fit it into a live show performance entry, but believe me, it's going to happen.
Thanks so much to Kim, Kathi and Tiffany. Your talent and generosity is truly inspiring.