Saturday, December 16, 2017

Secret saddle

Almost two years ago, I attended BreyerWest in Albany, Oregon. Leah Koerper picked me up at the airport and delivered me to Albany, where we split a hotel room. Throughout the weekend, she made sure I got to where I needed to go, saved the day when I was not quite prepared for my halter making workshop and offered to handle the sale of my volunteer models after the event was over. I hadn't met Leah prior to BreyerWest, but in just a few short days, I decided she was one of the most awesome people I'd ever met.
During the course of BreyerWest, Leah told me that one of her hobby goals was to own a Braymere stablemate scale saddle. I laughed and told her that one of my hobby goals was to own a Leah Koeper stick horse.
I can not tell you how many times I have sat down to make Leah a saddle since then, but Stablemate is not my scale. Every single time I'd look at all those dinky pattern pieces and give up before I even started.
About a month ago, I signed up for a small holiday gift exchange. Leah was a member of the group, so I begged the coordinator to let me have her as a giftee. 

"It's the only way," I said, "that I'll ever make this saddle."
It worked.
This is Leah's saddle. 
It's not quite Anna Helt level... 
but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Leah's saddle arrived in Oregon yesterday.
I think she's also pleased with how it turned out!