Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June horses

The corona virus has kept me close to home, but fortunately, it's no longer keeping me out of the saddle. 
Thanks to Stealth...
Lucy...
and the world's best barn buddies, this has been a good month of riding.
The river bottom has been mostly impassable due to downed trees and swampy mud, so our rides have expanded outward. 
Riding around the edge of this big pasture adds about a mile to our regular loop. 
It also gives us a nice mountain view from the top of this rise. 
Heading out the other way, there's an old section of trail that's just reopened after seven years of reforestation.
Nicknamed "The Rollercoaster," this narrow trail goes up...
and down... 
 and up... 
and down.
I'd only ridden this trail once before it closed. That was on Rev, who cantered sideways almost the entire way.
This time I did it on Stealth mostly at a walk. It was a lot more enjoyable. 
Since so many people are still out of work, we often cross paths with cyclists, runners and walkers. 
"Horses!" 
Other trail sighting include jets... 
and deer.
The deer are out in force right now. We see them on almost every ride.
This sweet girl is called Tripod. She broke a hind leg several years ago, and we thought she was a goner, but no. 
She's still here, and she seems to be thriving.
Most of our deer are mule deer, but we have a few white tails, too. 
I like this one. She's the same color as Darcy! 
Less welcome are the bugs. The trails are buzzing with insects so I've amassed a nice collection of head shake photos. This is Lucy.
And this is Stealth. 
On a sadder note, we said goodbye to one of Kenlyn's elder statesmen this month.
Less than a week later, Mi Rizon's owner, Greg, broke his leg in a freak trail accident. I thought that might be the last we saw of him, but horse people are tough. Greg has found a new way to enjoy his time at the barn!
This is 2020 and there's no telling what next month will bring, but I am hoping for more good riding days to carry me through.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

BreyerFest Diorama Contest entries, part four

Like just about everything else this summer, BreyerFest is going to be a virtual event. Instead of gathering in Kentucky, attendees will be logging onto their computers from the safety of their homes. Although there's no way to truly replicate BreyerFest online, the format does present new opportunities. Marci Driscoll writes: Since BreyerFest is virtual this year,  I decided we’d make it a family activity. I’m not sure the boys will actually ever attend in person, but they're already having a good time!
As part of their BreyerFest experience, the entire Driscoll family entered the Diorama Contest. Both of her sons chose to portray the Loch Ness Monster. This is her three and a half year old's entry. Marci made suggestions for the container, but he did the rest himself. It’s a mother and baby.
Here's her six year old's version. Marci notes that the fish are their for the monster to eat.
Not to be outdone, Marci's husband also participated. This is the Brown Cow of Cloony.
Last but not least, here's Marci's diorama. It depicts the Book of Kells.
Thank you and congratulations to all the Driscolls. Your dioramas are wonderful, and I hope you continue to have a great virtual BreyerFest!

BreyerFest Diorama Contest entries, part three

Celtic Fling is the theme of this year's BreyerFest, and also this year's BreyerFest Diorama Contest. The artists who entered this competition took inspiration from British and Irish history...
Kris Gallagher's Celtic Warrior, 300 BCE-100AD
and Celtic mythology... 
"Unicorn Daydreamer" by Jennifer Allen's five year old daughter
and created miniature scenes worthy of a museum.
diorama by Faith Martin
Nelli Lucus's diorama depicts the Celtic Britons guarding the Beaches of Dover from the invasions of Julius Caesar in 55 and 54 BCE.
Jennifer Arsuaga also chose a historic entry. This is King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table.
She writes: The legend of King Arthur, a Celtic king, became one of the most famous rulers of Britain. A warrior, a knight as well as a king, Arthur is known for his Knights of the Round Table and for uniting the peoples of his land. The Knights were ‘Brothers in Arms’. The Round Table supposedly represents equality of all members—no one person, not even the king, should sit at the head. Varied stories present different numbers of the Knights, ranging from only twelve to as many as one hundred fifty or more. 
This well researched diorama is perfection from every angle.
While some people chose history, other chose myth.
diorama by Grace Polega
Leprechauns...
diorama by Nikki Ann
and...
diorama by Mel Cox
unicorns abound.
diorama by Joanna Chonister
Has there ever been a Breyer contest that didn't have unicorns? 
diorama by Laura Rock-Smith
 Kayla Blaine's diorama features the Dullahan.
Also referred to as the Headless Horseman, the Dullahan is a headless rider, usually mounted on a black horse, who carries their own head in their arm. It is said to be the embodiment of the Celtic God Crom Dubh.
Mary Butler's diorama pays tribute to another Celtic god, Cernunnos.
Cernunnos is the god of wild things and nature. 
I think this one is really lovely.
Here's Cernunnos again, this time paired with Epona, the patron goddess of mares and foals.
This beautiful diorama was created by Karen Chorney.
Jennifer Allen's diorama is a tribute to the goddess Epona.
Speaking of Epona, McKenzie Smith's entry is based on the Celtic knot for Epona. She used three Maliks and acrylic rods to create it.
We are almost to the end of the BreyerFest Diorama Contest pictures. Thank you, Kris, Jennifer, Faith, Nelli, Jennifer, Grace, Nikki Ann, Mel, Joanna, Laura, Kayla, Mary, Karen and McKenzie for allowing me to share your creations.