Monday, June 26, 2017

Breyerfest preview #2

Breyerfest halters number eighteen,
and twenty are finished. Hurray! I have reached my goal
Halter twenty has a raised noseband and crownpiece. That's a new style for me, and I quite like it.
My other production goals are ten bridles and six saddles. Right now I have seven and four. That's close, but not close enough. I'd better get back to work!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

FarmVet Grand Prix

The $50,000 FarmVet Grand Prix was held yesterday at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
Facebook listed the start time as four pm, so I arrived at three thirty. Bad idea. It turned out the actual start time was five o'clock. I spent the extra hour watching Children's Hunters.
After that ended, I drifted over to the Grand Prix warm up ring...
and watched the riders prepare their horses. 
Then, finally, the class began. 
Chenoa McElvain and Wallstreet RC led the way with a clear round.
 Twelve more horse and rider combinations followed.
 Most jumped well...
but clean rounds were few and far between.
This gorgeous grey left all the rails up but incurred a time fault. So disappointing!
In the end, only two more horse and rider combinations advanced to the jump off. They were Paul Rohrbach on Camerino...
and Karen Cudmore on Southern Pride. 
Chenoa and Wallstreet were first to go in the jump-off. 
They started the course with a bang. 
Fortunately, no one was hurt. The horse stayed on his feet, 
regained his stride... 
 and jumped the next fence effortlessly.
 Paul and Camerino were next. They turned in a fast round...
but got four faults at the last fence.
The final rider, Karen Cudmore, rode into the ring knowing that a clear round would equal victory.
Fortunately, clear rounds aren't a problem for this veteran rider and her nineteen year old stallion.
They left all the rails up and celebrated as they galloped through the timers.
Karen and Southern Pride stayed in the ring for the award presentation and victory gallop.
A group of young fans gathered along the rail to cheer her on, and she thanked them by tossing the blue ribbon in their direction.
It was a fitting end to a fun day of competition. I'm glad I went!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Jumbo saddleseat

Tiffany doesn't need a lot of tack for this year's Breyerfest, but everything she needs is really, really big.
See? Big! 
I still have one more piece of ginormous tack to make, and then it's back to the normal sized stuff. Phew!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beat the heat

Today is the first day of summer, and Colorado is celebrating with record breaking heat.
That's too hot to ride, unless, of course, you get up really, really early. That's what Janet and I did today. 
She rode her Quarter Horse mare, Cheyenne...
and I rode her Mustang gelding, Stetson.
Isn't he cute?
We stayed down in the trees along the riverbed, and it was hot but not unbearably so. This was my first time on Stetson, and I enjoyed him very much.
It is unbearably hot now, and I am happy to be in my studio working on tack.
These are Breyerfest sales halters numbers sixteen and seventeen. My goal is twenty. I'm almost there!
Hopefully, this heat will break soon, but until it does, I'll be doing my best to stay cool and be productive.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cover saddle

Earlier this year, I was one of the lucky "winners" of Jennifer Scott's Covergirl raffle. My resin was hand delivered to me at the recent Redlive Yellowcard Live Workmanship Show.
This was the first time I'd seen Covergirl in person, and she did not disappoint. She is a gorgeous sculpture, with spot-on ABC's and a ton of presence and character.
She's also a little bit small. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I was hoping she could wear my most recent saddleseat saddle
Alas, it was just a little too big.
So it was back to the drawing board for me...
and a new saddle was born.
This one is just a little bit smaller than the other one...
and is just right for Covergirl. 
Both these saddles will be available for sale at Breyerfest. Time permitting, the smaller one will come with a Covergirl specific bridle. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Small distractions

I've been dreading my first fatherless Father's Day, so today I decided to take a break from Breyerfest tack and make something just for myself. In this case, that something was a set of 1:9 scale Just About Horses magazines, which were created using one of Nichelle Jones' awesome printables.
That went well, so I was inspired to play with some of her other printable selections, specifically the mini bathing supplies. Nichelle made her bottles from polymer clay, but that seemed hard so I used a cut down dollhouse wine bottle instead.
This isn't entirely new territory for me. Long before I started this blog, I created a set of supplements using pre-made wooden tubs and labels cut from tack catalogs. 
I have a surprisingly good selection of 1:9 scale bottles and containers leftover from that project. Eventually, I hope to pair all of these with more of Nichelle's nifty labels
Of course, that will have to wait until after Breyerfest!