Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Also during BreyerFest

Ryan sent me a text partway through BreyerFest. It read: When do you return? Depending on when that is you might walk in and see and 3D printer.

I arrived home on Tuesday, and sure enough, there was a 3D printer in the basement.
So far he's mostly used it to print 3D Chicken Buddhas...
Why?
but he also made me a tiny, sleepy horse.
I'm thinking props can't be far behind, and maybe, just maybe, we'll team up to make an English saddle tree... 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Things that happened while I was blogging about BreyerFest

For the past six weeks, this blog has been all BreyerFest, all the time.
I haven't talked about riding, although I've enjoyed some good saddle time, mostly with Sprite...
but some with Stetson, too.
I've photographed racing burros in Leadville...
and Beginner Novice event horses in Parker. 
I've also hung out with some of local hobby friends.
What I haven't done is make a single piece of tack.
That's okay. For the first time in a very long time, I have a real job.
I started right after BreyerFest and am currently working a lot of hours. Things should taper off by mid October, and I fully expect to be laid off in November. At that point, I may go back to tack making. Or I may find another job. Only time will tell.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The people of BreyerFest

The people are the best part of BreyerFest, and yet, no one looks their best at BreyerFest. It's so hot, so humid and so hectic. Everyone ends up looking a little bit ragged. Because of this, I am extra grateful that so many people were willing to smile for my camera. Today's post is filled with some of my favorite BreyerFest faces. Love you guys!
Sandra Gibson and Melanie Miller
Maggie Jenner-Bennett and Jennifer Scott
Andy and Luci Faraci
Christine Jordan
Kylee Parks
Maggie Jenner-Bennett and Christina Riley
Heather Malone, Tiffany Purdy and Fabian Rodriguez
Jeni Lambert and Jennifer Buxton
Jill O'Connor
Kim Haymond
Kristian Beverly and Jennifer Buxton
Sandra Gibson
Erin Corbett with Jason Burns
Sara Bowman
Sarah Foster, Beth Foster and Michelle Masters
Joanne Cermele, Sandra Gibson & Kristen Cermele
D'Arry Jone Frank, Sandy Sanderson & Laura Skillern
Sarah Townsend
Tiffany Purdy
Christina Riley

BreyerFest Sunday

Sunday was the last day of BreyerFest.
There are no model horse  shows on Sunday, so Sandra, Tiffany and I slept in a little before heading to the Horse Park to see Fabian ride in the covered arena.
He was mounted on a borrowed horse and rode with a sidesaddle group. 
Good job, Fabian! 
 We watched a few more horse acts...
then Sandra and Melanie literally linked arms and skipped...
to the International Museum of the Horse.
Twenty years had passed since my last trip to the Museum, but some displays looked exactly, eerily the same.
Yeah.
Others, including the Affirmed exhibit, were brand new, at least to me.
There aren't even words for how much I loved the Affirmed exhibit. <3
I took lots of tack pictures, 
Melanie geeked out over the anatomical displays... 
and Sandra fact checked the documentation.
After we'd walked through the main museum, we spent some time touring the Al-Marah Arabian Horse Gallery.
I took lots of tack pictures there, too. 
We also made a quick visit to the Man O' War exhibit...
then it was back to the covered ring for more horses and the Sunday raffle.
I'd bought tickets for this one.
I really, really wanted to win, so I asked Tiffany to rub them against her lucky... assets. 
I wasn't the only person who wanted a piece of those... assets. 
Alas, none of my tickets were selected. Several of my friends were luckier. Erin Corbett, Sarah Townsend and Kylee Parks all won a Rangoli.
After the raffle, Tiffany, Sandra and I went to the American Saddlebred Museum.
Sandra and I rode the rocking horses...
and Tiffany visited her favorite painting. Some day there will be a Purdy horse that looks like this. 
We said goodbye to Horse Park and went out to dinner at a really wonderful barbecue restaurant. 
Sandra ate brisket for the first time and had a religious experience. This resulted in free pie for everyone.
Sunday was probably the least eventful day of BreyerFest, but it was also, I think, the best day. There was no high drama, just a lot of good moments with a lot of great people. I can truly say I enjoyed every moment of BreyerFest Sunday.