Friday, May 29, 2015

No models, just mountains

As much as I enjoyed the live show, my favorite part of the Models in the Mountains weekend was the post show hike on Saturday evening. 
We drove to the trail head in two cars...
mostly because Corina's dachshund, Tigger, wouldn't allow Sue and I to ride in her car!
Once we reached our destination, Corina's other dog, Winnie, led us up the mountain.
The views were spectacular...
in every direction. 
Not surprisingly, the humans were compelled to make multiple camera stops.
Even the dogs took the time to pause...
and admire the scenery.
This part of the Angeles National Forest was devastated by the Station Fire in 2009. As a resident of the forest and the founder of a non-profit organization dedicated in part to environmental preservation, Corina was a wonderfully knowledgeable trail guide. I learned so much on this hike!
I would follow Winnie and Corina anywhere...
but eventually, it was time to return to Chilao.
Despite the low attendance at this year's event, Corina is planning to hold Models in the Mountains again in 2016. I hope everyone will attend, and if you do, plan to spend the night at Chilao. Trust me, you don't want to miss the Saturday evening hike!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Photography season

I am not a professional photographer.
 No really. 
I have a nice camera, and I like taking photos, some of which look professional. But still... I am not a professional photographer.
That said, I seem to be fielding a lot of requests for photo shoots. I don't usually accept them, because, well... I'm not a professional photographer. 
Occasionally, however, I let myself be talked into making an exception. 
My friend, Tracey, has two off the track Thoroughbreds that she is prepping for sale. Today I drove out to Denver Equestrians in Littleton, Colorado to take pictures for their sales ads. The lighting wasn't ideal for the under saddle shots and conformation shots, but I'm ridiculously pleased with the portraits.
Oh, that was fun! Maybe one of these days, I'll take a class or two and learn how to be a real photographer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Model horse show in the mountains

Because Models in the Mountains was so much more than just a live show, most of my event posts have focused on everything but the competition. This might lead some readers to think the show wasn't particularly special. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Despite the abbreviated class list and lack of NAN cards, this show was pretty darn awesome...
especially in the Original Finish ring! 
As always when I judge OF, 
it was a good day... 
to be an Eberl. 
It wasn't a clean sweep, however. I am also quite fond of the work of Maureen Love,  
Sue Sifton... 
and Carol Williams.  
Everyone brought their A game, but I was most impressed by Denise Doyle's fabulous herd... 
of one of a kind Stones... 
and Barrie Getz's amazing collection of vintage goodies. 
This is a 1970's test piece for Yellow Mount. So cool!
At first I thought this was a Breyer Western Horse, but it's actually a Hartland Victor.
This is an extremely old and rare model. 
The green color is not original. She probably started out as chestnut, but the decades have turned her a lovely shade of green! 
I ended up awarding two sets of rosettes, one for breed and one for collectibility.
The Custom/Resin classes were much smaller. 
At first I thought this girl was in the wrong ring. 
She looks OF, but in fact, she's a custom by Karen Grimm of Black Horse Ranch. Although I've heard of BHR customs, this is the first time I've seen one in person. 
Overall Champion of this division was Barrie Getz's Eberl Verrochio resin painted by Barrie herself. 
Reserve went to another one of Barrie's horses. This is a Breyer Spirit with a resin head. Like the Verrochio, he was painted by Barrie. 
Thanks again to Corina and all the showers at Models in the Mountains. It was really a privilege judging your beautiful horses!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Grey Appaloosas

I hadn't intended to write another Springamathing post. Then I realized that I'd neglected to share pictures of my new grey Appaloosa.
Springamathing is a Stone sponsored show. Entrants compete for trophy models, and each judge receives a limited edition judge's model. This year, the judge's model was a beautiful grey Appaloosa Ideal Stock Horse.
I don't actively collect original finish models, but this guy is a keeper. I absolutely love his color.
It reminds a little of my favorite childhood Breyer, Zucchini.
The Family Arabian Mare isn't very popular these days, but my younger self loved this model. To my six year old eyes, she was the most beautiful horse in the world.
Zucchini lives on the shelf in my studio, I decided to dust her off and take a photo of my two grey Appaloosas.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I think they're both beautiful!


I spent Saturday at the Springamathing live show in Golden, Colorado.
I didn't show this year, but I did judge the performance classes. 
As is often the case in Colorado, the classes were small but tough...
with creative entries... 
in multiple scales.
In the end, Sandy (Lyles) Sanderson's Brokeback cowboys...
helped propel her Stone Factory Custom Thoroughbred to the Overall Performance Championship. 
Fabian Rodriguez's Knightly Cadence picked up Reserve honors. 
I didn't pay much attention to the other rings, but it appeared that most of the divisions were smaller than usual. 
Of course, small doesn't equal easy. 
There were lots of beautiful horses in the show hall! 
Even more important: There were lots of my favorite people.
Everyone brought their sense of humor...
and the photobombs... 
were epic. 
Thanks so much to Heather Roell for hosting this show. I had a great time!