In 2014, I hosted a Belmont Stakes viewing party at my house. Jennifer Scott was one of the attendees, and she brought with her a clay sculpture of an Arabian endurance horse.
"Oh, I'm going to need one of those," I told her. "I'll paint it black to look like a Kenlyn Arabian."
Of course, what I really meant was, "I will paint if black to look like a son of Kenlyn's senior stallion, Awesome Knight."
Jenn finished her sculpture and released it in resin. I acquired one, but not a good one. Truth be told, mine was "rescued" from Jenn's trash can. As is usual in these cases, he turned out to be a prepping nightmare and has languished in my body box for years.
He might have stayed there forever, but this summer Awesome Knight died. I was at the barn that day and ended up caring for him during the last several hours of his life.
That was a hard day for the entire Kenlyn family.
A couple days late, I dug up my Zephyrus. He was every bit as rough as I remembered, but I was determined.
"Your time has come," I told him. "You are going to be my next NaMoPaiMo horse."
Yesterday I put a third coat of oils on Awesome Tribute.
It's a little too early to say this definitively, but I think he's going to be awesome.