Today I am mourning the loss of one of the model horse hobby's brightest stars, Alisa Bayalieva.Alisa burst onto the hobby scene via social media four years ago.
Her Facebook and Instagram accounts were filled with amazing photos of gorgeous tack.
Again and again, I found myself wondering, "Who is this Russian girl and how did she get so good?"
Oh, she was so good.
It seemed like there was nothing she couldn't make...
and all of it...
was so good.
She was also incredibly generous. She passionately promoted her fellow Russian tack makers and donated to live shows, including the Jennifer Show, across the globe.
She donated two halters to NaMoPaiMo this year, and they were among the most desired prizes. Coincidentally, they were also the two things I most wanted to keep for myself!
All of Alisa's tack arrived beautifully packaged...
and usually accompanied by Russian candy. It was such a treat receiving boxes from Alisa.
She was a class act.
I'd like to offer my deepest sympathy to Alisa's husband and daughter, as well as the Russia hobby community at large.
Godspeed, Alisa. You are already missed.