Saturday, July 31, 2021

August horses

When I look back on this month, the first horse I think of is Delilah.
I have really enjoyed getting to know this bold, little mare.
It's been a real treat seeing the world through her ears.
Other July mounts included dear, sweet Stealth...
and another Morgan mare named Sky.
Sky and her owner relocated from California to Florida this month. The move did not go smoothly, and Sky ended up staying in Colorado for ten days. I took care of her while her owner was away. She's a nice, uncomplicated mare both on the ground and in the saddle. I liked her very much.
She's also the first horse I've ever ridden that wears boots on the trail. I posted this picture on Facebook, and more than a couple people remarked on my own footware.
It got worse before it got better, but I am ending the month with a new pair of Ariats.
The month's random horse photo selection includes this shot of Delilah with her bestie, Scarlett.
Scarlett's pretty face.
This fluffy boy is named Lucky.
Here he is again, with nearly as fluffy Nash.
Nash, by himself.
And finally, there's Rhino.
This little chonk is everybody's favorite.
Suspension!
So cute!
Despite record high temperatures and lots of bad air, this was a good horse. Here's looking forward to an even better August!

Friday, July 30, 2021

Flashback Friday

Renowned artist and hobby historian, Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig recently came into possession of a stack of live show photos from the late 1980's and early 1990's. Sarah scanned the custom halter pictures and shared them on the vintage custom group on Facebook. They were a big hit.
There were other photos, too, including a whole slew of performance shots. Since performance is not Sarah's thing, she sent these to me, in hopes that I would share them here on my blog. Of course, I was delighted to oblige.
Most of these photos were taken in the late 1980's and early 1990's by Jenn Merriam of Canada. This particular group is the oldest and draws from multiple shows, including Shining Aspen 1988/9 and Linda Watson's Halter Daze.
A few of the pictures have handwritten notes on the back. This is Cathy von Matt's Shining Aspen show table.
Gina Marrow/Mannow was the owner of this lovely Azteca.
Stud Spider belonged to Beth Davis...
and the Stock Horse Stallion was part of Vicki Buckholz' show string.
Here's another pretty SHS. I really like his elegant vintage saddle.
There are also pictures of the actual performance classes, including Regalia,
Roping...
and English Trail.
I have no idea what's going on here, but it looks like fun.
And look: Hippocampus performance! Imagine the Takeshi possibilities!
Several horses appear in multiple photos, including Laura Pervier's Touchdown Pass,
VB's Victorian Steele...
and Abtuse.
There are also three separate shots of Laura Gilkey's jousting entry.
Last, but definitely not least, there's a group picture of some of the showers with their winning models.
Thank you so much, Sarah, for sending these my way. The next group of photos will cover the 1990 Shining Aspen show!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Give me an "R"


I was nine years old when I discovered Watership Down. It was unlike anything I'd ever read, and I fell deeply, passionately in love with Richard Adams' brave and clever band of rabbits.
It should come as no surprise that I've owned several models with Watership Down inspired names, including not one but two Rabscuttles. The first was a 1985 Special Run Haflinger made for the mail order company, Horses International.
photo from Identify Your Breyer
This Rabscuttle was a funny colored little horse who never really grew on me. Despite that, I hauled him most of the way across the country and back, from California to Colorado to Tennessee and back to Colorado. I even showed him a little bit.
I gave him away to someone who'd lost most of her collection in a hurricane in the early 2000's. I was actively collecting North Lights at that time, so when this guy showed up, I recycled the name. This is Rabscuttle number two.
Like his predecessor, the second Rabscuttle also did a little bit of photo showing.
This picture consistently placed well at MEPSA shows back in the day.
It's been years since he's done anything but sit on my shelf, but I am as enchanted with him now as I was back then. I don't expect there will be a third Rabscuttle. This one is here to stay.
We are now more than two thirds of the way through Karen's alphabet. On to "S"!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Warrior relay racing

Earlier this month, Tammi Palmarchuk attended the Canada Day celebration at the Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge, Alberta. One of the highlights of her day was the Warrior (Indian) Relay Race. She took a whole slew of photos and has kindly allowed me to share them here.
Warrior Relay is a sport practiced by men and women from tribal nations across the Rocky Mountain West.
Typically, races are contested by up to eight teams, each consisting of a rider, three handlers and three horses.
The competitors ride bareback.
Each rider carries a whip. At various points in the race, this will be held in either the mouth...
or the hand.
Races start in front of the grandstands, from a standing start.
The riders complete one circuit around the track.
When they reach the grandstands again, each rider jumps off his horse.
The first horse is caught by a team mate. 
The rider then mounts a second horse.
And off they go for a second lap around the track!
When they reach the grandstands a second time, there is another change of horse. 
The third lap is the final one. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins.
It's an exciting, fast paced event that is tailor made for the model horse performance ring.
Thank you, Tammi, for sharing these photos. It looks like you had an amazing Canada Day!