Sunday, December 31, 2017

Parting shots

Last post of the year is always a real horse (and dog) photo blast. Here are this year's pictures. Enjoy!

One more

On Friday, my friend and fellow tack maker, Erin Corbett, pledged to finish her hobby year with a burst of productivity.
I watched vicariously as she struggled to get going...
Then BAM! The first saddle was done.
There was no reported progress on the second saddle when I went to bed last night, but I was delighted to find this topping my Facebook feed when I got up this morning. 
Erin is really awesome.
There's no way I can touch her level of awesomeness, but maybe I can also finish one more thing before this year is over. I've cleared off my desk in preparation...
Wish me luck!

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 model year in review

2017 was a very busy hobby year. 
I opened an Etsy shop in January...
and convinced more than two hundred hobbyists to paint a model horse with me in February.
I attended my first BreyerFest...
That was really something!...
and participated in six live shows, four as an entrant, one as a judge and two as a photographer for Breyer. They were: The Redline Revival Resin Show,
The Willow Tree Live,
Redline Revival Yellowcard Live Workmanship,
Breyerfest Live and... 
Breyerfest Children's and Youth Show...
and the Backwoods Two Day Show.
This wasn't a big year for acquisitions, but I am extremely pleased with all the new additions.
Especially this one!
Overall, it's been a pretty great hobby year. Thank you to all my friends, near and far, for spending it with me.
Here's looking forward to an even better 2018!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Member show of the year

Yesterday, NAMHSA announced the winner of the 2016-2017 Member Show of the Year award.
In case that's too small to read, here's the important part: And the winner of the 2017 Member Show of the Year goes to.... The Jennifer Show, 
held by Jennifer Buxton and Jennifer Scott...
in Aurora, Colorado on September 17, 2016. 
It continues: This first time show pulled in attendance and judges from far and wide, 
including one entrant from Japan! 
The write-up also mentioned my extensive blog coverage and our amazing array of prizes.
Ryan's innovative Show Helper program wasn't mentioned specifically, but I'm sure it factored into the judging as well.
Jenn and I worked really hard to make the Jennifer Show the best it possibly could be. Thank you so much to our families, friends, donors, judges and entrants. 
We couldn't have done it without you, and we are so honored to have our show recognized as the Member Show of the Year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Moooo-ve over Luna

Luna belonged to a German teenager, whose parents wouldn't allow her to own a horse. Determined to pursue her passion for riding, the fifteen year old successfully re-purposed one of her family's cows. 
For a while, this story was all over my Facebook feed. 
I was reminded of it when I tacked up my new cow for last week's Double Purdy post. One thing led to another...
And this happened! 
Look! Emerald is a jumping cow, too! 
Who needs a pony?
 Move over, Luna. There's a new cow in the jumper ring.