Thursday, November 16, 2017

Catching up

I didn't make anything today, but I did go riding, which is just as good.
My seasonal job ended two weeks ago. The goal was to earn enough money to buy a new-to-me car, and I accomplished that. It's a good feeling.
I'm still at loose ends on the tack making and blogging fronts, but hopefully, I that will improve with time. I guess we'll see.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Whip it

I haven't had a lot of energy for the model horse hobby lately, but for some reason, I was inspired to make a dressage whip.
This could find its way into a live show set-up, but mostly, it's a cat toy.
Get it, Aeh!
Maybe tomorrow I'll make something else.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Someone at Breyer loves me

Shortly after I announced I'd be going to BreyerFest, I was contacted by Stephanie at Breyer. She asked if I would be interested in taking pictures of BreyerFest Live and the Children's and Youth Show for Just About Horses magazine.
 Of course I said yes.
 About a week ago, all my hobby friends started receiving their copies of Just About Horses in the mail. That's when I realized that I had forgotten to renew my membership to the Breyer Collector Club. There would be no Just About Horses coming to me. Darn it!
 But... someone at Breyer loves me. Today, as if by magic, I found two copies of JAH in my mailbox. Thank you so much, Breyer!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weekend Showcase: Corina Roberts

For the past two weeks, most of my hobby time has gone towards judging the MEPSA October Performance show. 

MEPSA shows, even the regular monthly qualifiers, are a big deal. This particular show had ninety classes, sixteen entrants and more than two thousand photos, most of which were really, really good.

Still, some were better than others, and none were better than these incredible mountain scenes by my friend, Corina Roberts. Thank you so much for allowing me to share them here, Corina!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sarah Foster

I met a lot of great people at this year's BreyerFest, but no one impressed me more than seventeen year old Sarah Foster.
Sarah was this year's winner of the BreyerFest Live Sportsmanship Trophy
In September 2016, Sarah was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive and fatal type of brain cancer. Despite that, she made the long trek from her home in Orlando, Florida to attend BreyerFest. She showed at BreyerFest Live and attended our big room sales opening night on Thursday. She was a beautiful, kind, strong and brave girl.
Sarah and Tiffany Purdy
Sarah passed away earlier today. She will be deeply missed.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween

I have been planning a Halloween photo shoot for the last three weeks. I've gathered the horses, the dolls, the costumes, the props and the candy. That's everything I need, except, of course, the enthusiasm. I just couldn't muster that, so I decided to rely on Facebook instead. Thank you, to everyone who contributed their pictures. These are all awesome. Enjoy!
photo by Anna Dobrowolska-Oczko
photo by Cameryn Oswald
photo by Cold RuRu
photo by Anonymous
photo by Marjo Miettinen
photo by Missy Halvas
photo by Sandy Sanderson
photo by Becca Brooks
photo by Sharon Foster Peden
photo by Sorraia Art
Photo by Christine Sutcliffe
photo by Vicky Norris
photo by Nichelle Jones

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall break

Last week was Fall Break. 
Ryan is a high school senior, so it's likely this will be his last fall break while living under our roof. We decided to make the most of it, so on Tuesday, we piled into the van and headed out to Southwestern Colorado.
Our primary destinations were Mesa Verde...
Great Sand Dunes National Parks.
Both of those places were awesome,
but I was equally excited to be visiting this place. 
When I was twenty one, I spent three months in Mancos, working as a wrangler at Lake Mancos Ranch
It was one of the best summers of my life, and I have long dreamed of going back.
Mission accomplished!