Saturday, August 31, 2019

August horses: Texas

All of this month's rides were good rides, but one was truly exceptional. This month's best and most memorable ride took place during my weekend trip to San Antonio, Texas.
I traveled to San Antonio to spend time with my best friend, Carol. 
Carol is not a horse person per se, but somehow we always seem to have the best horsey adventures together. During our stay in San Antonio, we fed (striped) horses
went to the racetrack...
and visited my friend and fellow hobbyist, Laura Skillern, and her horse, Simon.
Simon is awesome.
Officially named Splashed Crown, Simon is a five year old, dominant white Quarter Horse gelding. He was started by Casey Deary and was an open futurity horse for Jim McCutchen. Laura shows him in  reining and ranch horse versatility.
She asked me if I wanted to ride, and of course, I said yes. She warmed him up on the lunge line first...
then climbed aboard and showed off his moves. 
Midway through the ride, she leaned forward and removed his bridle.  
Simon continued on as if nothing had changed. Good boy, Simon.
Then it was my turn.
Laura let me start with the bridle. 
This was good, because she actually expected me ride a few spins. 
I'm kind of getting the hang of it here. 
It wasn't too long, however, before she took my bridle away. 
I was surprisingly okay with that.
Simon is a well trained horse with a super good whoa. 
I was very comfortable on him, with and without the bridle.
 Good boy, Simon.
That was so much fun! 
Thank you so much, Laura, for sharing your speckled boy with me.

August horses: Colorado

I have cast more than two thousand medallions this month, which is a lot of medallions
It kind of feels like all of August has been spent preparing for the Jennifer Show, but in truth, there's been a lot of barn time, too.
As usual, my saddle time was split between a number of horses. This month's crew included Lucy, Chino,
and G
I rode with all my...
riding friends... 
and one hobby friend.
That was fun! 
I photographed a pretend horse show...
and said goodbye to a old friend.
As far as the real horses are concerned, this was a pretty good month.
Here's looking forward to cooler temperatures and even more rides in September!

Friday, August 30, 2019

The TJS Performance Challenge Lending Library

There are sixteen people signed up to participate in the Jennifer Show Performance Challenge. Most of these people are serious performance showers, with deep tack/prop/doll collections and years of experience.
And then there's Kenzie Williamson.
By her own admission, Kenzie is a complete performance novice. She has shown a tacked up model one time and owns a single tack set. She decided to participate in the Performance Challenge because it sounded like fun, and she is hoping other showers will let her borrow enough bits and pieces to field an entry in every class.

I can't tell you how much I admire her gumption.

The Performance Challenge is only eleven classes, but it's going to be tough. The chosen model is kind of tricky, and I suspect that even the experienced showers are going to need a little help. With that in mind, I've created a lending library just for this event. It will include tack, props, dolls and documentation, all of which has been specifically chosen for this horse and this class list.

Need an easy entry for the Harness class? 
This ground driving set (saddle not included) might be just the ticket.
I can't show you anything else, because it might provide clues. However, it's possible that a few of my most recognizable pieces will also find their way into the library.
Every entrant will have a chance to borrow one or more items, but it's not a free for all. After the regular performance classes on Saturday, Liesl and I are going to handicap the field. The people who need the most help are going first, and the champions will go last. In this way, I am hoping to even the playing field just a little bit.

Good luck, Kenzie. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Thursday, August 29, 2019

More ponies, more planes

The Jennifer Show Facebook page has become a great resource, not just for the show itself but for all destination shows everywhere. There's been a lot of information exchanged about a lot of topics, but most notably, packing. Everyone wants to know how to travel safely with their models. It's a topic we've discussed here before, but everyone's method is just a little bit different. Here's how Stephanie Blaylock packs her ponies for air travel.

Flying with My Show String

by Stephanie Blaylock

How do I get fifty minis on the plane? Here ya go... 
I bought these tool kits at Lowe’s Hardware for less than twenty dollars each. One is a little deeper than the other. They are pretty sturdy and have already flown to several shows.
The resins go in one.
Customs and micro minis go in the other. 
I wrap each model in natural batting felt, then use cute fabrics cut with pinking shears to wrap over that. This makes a nice little protective wrap that doesn’t move around when the models are placed together.
I can actually stack both tool kits in one suitcase, with just enough room to squeeze in tee shirts, socks, etc.
Here's something else Stephanie will be bringing to Colorado in two weeks. This gorgeous medallion is her donation to the Jennifer Show. Look for it in the raffle. 
Thank you so much, Stephanie! I can't wait to see you and all your tiny horses!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bronwyn's TJS donations

Kids these days.

Every time I turn around there's another kid showing off her tack on social media. Some of these kids are really young, and all of their tack is really good. When I was a kid I made tack that looked like a kid had made it. The nerve of these children!

But seriously, Bronwyn Ahyong is one of the current crop of really young, really good tack makers. 
I have been tracking her development for several years.
She's always been good, but lately, she's really hit her stride. 
Last week, I received a package from Australia. Inside I found this perfect bridle and breastcollar.
Oh, these are so gorgeous!
I can't get over the teeny tiny braided decorations on the straps.
Kids these days... They are amazing!
Thank you so much, Bronwyn. You are talented beyond your years, and I can't wait to see what you make next!