Saturday, March 31, 2018

Lost and found

I shipped nearly two hundred boxes in the weeks following the end of NaMoPaiMo.
This forced me to dig deep into my stash of small boxes, and inside one of those boxes, I found this.
The postmark on the box was dated November 2008. What was happening in my life that caused me to not unpack more than sixty dollars worth of tack making hardware?
I can't imagine what I was thinking then, but I was delighted to find it now. The liverpool bit went right into the harness I'm making for Heather's show. 
The stirrups were added to an old saddle I'm rebuilding. This saddle was made in 2005, and originally featured stirrups I'd bought from Marsha Ensor.
Old stirrups in back, new in front. Just switching these out will make this saddle look a lot more current.
Thank you, careless 2008 Jennifer! 2018 Jennifer really appreciates the goodies!

Friday, March 30, 2018


Years ago, I bought a bunch of teeny tiny magnets to use in horse boots. Initial results were frustrating, but eventually I found a way to make them work. However, I never really got around to making a good set of user friendly boots, at least not until today.
My performance plan for Rocky Mountain Spring Fling includes at least a dozen tack changes. There's no way I can deal with buckle boots, so this morning I sat down and forced myself to come up with a better solution.
 These fit nice and tight against the model's legs and click on and off in seconds. There are a few little pattern adjustments I'd like to make, but I'm calling this a win.
Now to make a set of matching hind boots!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hello dolly

The last time Erin Corbett judged in Colorado, I decided it was more important to clean my house than it was to prepare my performance entries. I managed to do okay at the show...
 but all my set-ups were a little sloppy, especially Princess Trillium's.
Her cross country entry was so terrible, Erin mocked it. I should have been offended, but honestly, I didn't blame her. It really was that bad.
In just over two weeks, Erin returns to Colorado to judge the performance classes at Rocky Mountain Spring Fling.
This time I've decided good entries are more important than a clean house. Most of my recent hobby time has been spent on show prep.
Yesterday, I started working on my cross country entry and realized that I never got around to upgrading the poor riding doll that made Princess Trillium's entry so mock-worthy. My first thought was to message Anne Field and beg her to make me something better. However, I know she's busy with a real job these days, plus I already owe her for my new dressage doll.
My next thought was to borrow a doll from Tiffany, but I'm already borrowing so many things from her. I hate to add anything else to the list. 
In the end, I decided to try making my own doll.
Or, more accurately, I decided to finish the doll I started last year using Anne's doll customizing tutorial.
I'd planned to write a post about the experience, but it ended up being so frustrating--and painful-- that I never got around to it.
Fortunately, things went a lot more smoothly today. 
All of the clothes are re-purposed Breyer clothes except for the safety vest. I made that from craft foam and leather. It has a magnetic closure so that it can be easily removed if I want to use the doll in other classes.
This doll isn't perfect, but she's good enough. 
Most importantly, I don't think Erin will feel the need to mock her. Hurray!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NaMoPaiMo in the international show ring

Despite its name, NaMoPaiMo is an international event. We had participants from twenty three countries this year, and many of those faraway NaMoPaiMo ponies have found their way into show rings across the world. Today's second post showcases the early careers of some of these models.

Our world tour begins in Ontario, Canada at the Luck of the Irish Live Show. Marina Amanova's tiny Gypsy Vanner was sixth in pinto workmanship,
Erica Ferguson's equally tiny Arabian placed third in his class...
and Lynn Cassels-Caldwell's Al Arjuani won the Overall Artist Resin Workmanship Championship. Hurray!
Sarah Biber's Khause a Scene won two Reserve Champions and a Champion title at a show in Rheine, Germany...
and Claire Goss's Negan won the custom Mustang class at Year of the Dog Live in Northampton, England.  
There were two NaMoPaiMo horses at Göteborgsliven in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is Tina Melin's Nazar winning his first class at his first show...
and this is Sophie Nordström's Dustu J with his Championship winnings. 
This picture is a little older. It was taken at Vattenshowen 2017 in Stockhom, Sweden. It shows Jeanne Saar's 2017 NaMoPaiMo horse, Shikuulharaharijar, now owned by  Tai Lenke Enarsson winning the Overall Reserve Championship.
And speaking of Jeanne Saar... here's her 2018 NaMoPaiMo horse collecting top honors at the Red Anima Live Show in Moscow, Russia.
Congratulations, Marina, Erica, Lynn, Sarah, Claire, Tina, Sophie, Jeanne and Tai. You are all winners!

NaMoPaiMo in the show ring

The NaMoPaiMo Class of 2018 is less than two months old, but already they are making their presence known in show rings across the country.
Jennifer Cook's Tator Tot at Halfway Live
There were no less than three NaMoPaiMo graduates at Halfway Live in Fremont, Nebraska. Kiersten Schmieding's Galaxy Quest took third in the Welsh (Including Cobs) Class...
and Molly Pengra's tiny Appaloosa, now owned by Carra McClelland, won the Artist Resin Other Stock class.
Audrey Dixon took her 2018 NaMoPaiMo horse, Lokkadís, to Save The Tigers in Hilliard, Ohio. She placed first in Breed, second in workmanship and won section champion in breed.
That's impressive, but Audrey's 2017 NaMoPaiMo Horse, Dark Sally, did even better at Save the Rhinos, which was also held in Hilliard, Ohio. She won her breed class and went on to be Overall Custom Champion. Great job, Audrey!
Angela Bonewitz's Gypsy Cob, Heartbreacker, placed second in the Other Pure/Mix Class at New Year's Bash Defrosted in Ohio.
At the same show, Angie McPherson's big buttermilk buckskin won both first and breed and third in workmanship.
Maggie Garlock painted several horses during NaMoPaiMo, all of which were shown at the Sea to Bay Show in Pocomoke City, Maryland. From left to right are Bey Sara, Change of Shift, and Fly Eagle Fly.
Alison Martin's Gold Rush...
and Shannon Robinson's Hotwire both won good ribbons at Red Rock Plastic Ponies in Hurricane, Utah.
Jacen Tooley also showed at Red Rock Plastic Ponies. Her first-ever custom, All That Glitters, won both her breed and workmanship classes and a sectional championship. Woo hoo!
Four NaMoPaiMo horses competed in both the performance...
owned and painted by Suzanne Combs
and halter rings at the GLC No Frills March Show in Huntley, Illinois.
Sazerac, painted by Nan Wagner and owned Marilou Mol.
Lindsay Diamond's VAF Running On Empty won her breed class...
as did DeeAnn Kjelshus's The Little General.
BreyerWest in Albany, Oregon was another four NaMoPaiMo horse show.
Seabreeze, owned and painted by Kenzie Parr
Mandy Hood's Saddlbred (now owned by Debbie Connell)...
and Shana Bobbitt's Smarty both won their breed classes
and Gail Hildebrand 2017 NaMoPaiMo horse (now owned by Heather Visser) was the Reserve Champion in the English Performance Section.
The biggest winner, at least in terms of ribbons, is Lisa Smalley's  The Horse Who Does Not Want To Be Painted. Officially known as Foxy After Midnight, this Knightly Cadence resin was Champion Other Performance and Reserve Champion English Performance at SNEWRU/Southern New England Winter Round Up...

 and Champion AR/CM Other Western division, and Reserve Champion Open Ranch Horse at MidAtlantic Regionals (MAR), where he also won a NAN card in breed. Congratulations, Lisa. He may not have wanted to be painted, but he definitely wants to be shown!
Congratulations also to Jennifer, Kiersten, Molly, Audrey, Angela, Angie, Maggie, Alison, Shannon, Jacen, Suzanne, Nan, Lindsay, DeeAnn, Kenzie, Mandy, Shana and Gail. You are all winners!