Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Carriage Parade

Yesterday, Teresa and I drove out to Parker to attend the Christmas Carriage Parade.
Held every year on the second Saturday in December, the Carriage Parade is a celebration of horses...
and horse drawn vehicles. 
There are a few marching bands...
but mostly.... 
it's all about the horses! 
This year's event was blessed with freakishly warm weather, so the parade route was extra crowded.
I am not very tall, so this was my view for large portions of the parade.
Still, I am nothing if not persistent, so I managed to take a few pictures worthy of sharing.
The parade started... 
with a police escort.
Then it was on to the horses... 
and wagons!
This one won the Best Theme Judges' Favorite award. So cute!
A few horses were presented as is,
most were dressed for the occasion.
and socks were popular horse decor...
as were Christmas ornaments.
Then there was this little pony...
The parade ended with Santa,
Santa's carriage... 
and, of course, the street cleaner!
That was a fun day. I'm glad we went.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

All the collages!

I had so much fun creating my Twenty eight nine Purdys collage, I decided to make a few more. This one showcases my Chris (Nandell) Flint collection. All these horses were painted by Chris, and two were sculpted by her as well.
Since I decided each collage needed a minimum of five pictures, the rest of these are grouped by sculptor, rather than painter. These are my Gerhardts, 
 my Roses,
my Boguckis... 
and my Williams.
 And then there's the Eberl herd... Wow! How did I get so many?
This was a good exercise in collection appreciation. I feel so fortunate to own all these beautiful models!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Twenty nine Purdys

There was a transfer of ownership during my recent lunch with Jane, and now Purdylegs is officially mine.
He is my twenty ninth Purdy horse. 
This is extra meaningful because today is Tiffany's "twenty ninth" birthday.
It's also her husband's fiftieth birthday
It's a good thing she teaches science not math.
Also worth noting: I am just one horse away from my ultimate Thirty Purdy collecting goal. Hey, Tiff, I know it's your birthday and all, but how soon can you get to work on that?

P.S It's a a good thing I don't teach Math either. A more careful count reveals that I "only" own twenty eight Purdy horses. I'm not changing the post, however. If Tiffany can pretend to be twenty nine, I can pretend I own twenty nine Purdy horses. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Almost wordless Wednesday

The High Flying Haflingers drill team was one of the featured acts at this year's BreyerFest. Most people saw them ride in the Covered Arena, but I was fortunate enough to see them at the Breed Barn, as well. Here are a few of my pictures from that performance. Enjoy!