Friday, October 6, 2017

Pictures from today's ride

I haven't been riding a lot lately. This is mostly because I've been working so much, but also, a lot of my regular rides, including Sprite, have left Kenlyn. 
Fortunately, I still have Santana, and that is no small thing.
Today Santana and I joined Mary Jo and Scarlett on a quintessentially Colorado ride.
We experienced multiple weather conditions, including wind, 
rain... 
 and brilliant sunshine.
We also crossed paths with several different types of wildlife...
and reveled in the glory of the red tree.
This tree turns red bright red for a few days every fall. Then, almost immediately, it loses all its leaves.
Today was Red Tree Day.
We made the most of it.  
This was such a fun ride. I think I'm over being sad about the horses who have gone. It's time to concentrate on the horses I still have. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I am looking forward to spending a lot more time in the saddle.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Backwoods fun classes

The Backwoods Two Day Show had just eight performance classes, but it also featured a full "fun class" division. Since I love having fun at model horse shows, this was a big bonus for me.
The division opened with the Anything Goes class. I think everyone knows that I won this one with my golf cart entry.
However, that was by no means the only interesting thing on the show table. 
Other entries included stuffed animals, Halloween horses, a cowboy riding a Western pleasure horse in an Indian saddle and an Arabian bridle...
photo by Heather Malone
and an Indian riding a Warmblood in eventing tack!
photo by Sandy Sanderson
There was also a Lego tribute to Jim West. 
Clear Skies, Jim. We all miss you.
After Anything Goes, it was time for the Mare and Foal class. I should have shown in this one, but strict class limits prevented me from bringing large portions of my show string, including at least one member of all my mare and foal pairs.

Fortunately, the class filled up just fine without me.
There were a lot of lovely horses on the table, but the top prize went to Heather's minis. Yay!
photo by Heather Malone
Companion Animals was next. I showed Aeh and Pixel...
and Stanley. They won second and first respectively, which sounds more impressive than it was. In this division, the placings were Champion, Reserve Champion then first and second. Go figure.
Champion was Heather's custom Scotty by Marilyn Jensen. This dog is super cute, and I covet him. 
On to Portrait Models! 
As the name suggests, this class limited to model portraits of real animals. Each horse (or dog) was presented with photos and sometimes stories. It was really neat to see everyone's beloved real life companions. 
I have a lot of portrait models, but we were limited to just two, so I showed Rev... 
and Abbie. Abbie won the Champion trophy, which is fitting since she really was the Best Dog Ever.
The last two fun classes were Other Animals and Most Loved. I didn't show in either of these, nor did I photograph them. By this point in the weekend, I'd pretty much run out of steam. Sorry!
Heather Malone, best Backwoods roommate
Thanks again to Amber for holding such a well run and fun show. Thanks also to Heather for going with me. That was so much fun. I'm already looking forward to next year's Backwoods!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Backwoods performance

With just eight classes, the performance division at the Backwoods Two Day Show in Divide, Colorado was even more abbreviated than Custom or Resin halter. Despite that, I managed to arrive at the show hall on Sunday with absolutely nothing prepared. I sat out the first class, which was harness.
Sandy Sanderson left her regular ski-joring doll at home, so her jockey was pressed into service. He looked ridiculous on the big Barbie skis, and Sandy told me not to take his picture. Unfortunately for Sandy, I am a jerk about these sorts of things. Here he is in all his glory!
Liberty was the next class. For this one, I simply plopped Hoka Hey and Liam Bray on the table. No surprise, the judge was not impressed. Heather Malone put a little more effort in her entry and was rewarded with her first performance NAN card in many years. Hurray! 
The third class was Costume. 
This was split into Native American costume...
and Other. 
Other included a couple cute fun entries...
and three nice Arabian costumes. Of these, my own Rune placed first with the Cary Nelson costume and doll that I bought at Breyerfest. Yay! 
Second place went to Heather's custom PAM by Linda Elkjer and Steph Blaylock. She wore a Stephanie Annee costume that is nearly twenty years old and still as competitive as the day it was made.
My own Nejmet es Subh placed third in the six year costume. That was a tough class!
English was next. This was another big, tough class, so Amber split it into two sections: Over Fences and Other.
Sandy's brand new Uppenovah resin won the Over Fences section...
with Jennibray picking up second place honors. 
Lady Liberty was third in the Other English with a nice but plain Saddleseat entry.  
Onto Western! 
This time the split was Stockwork... 
and Other. 
I tried a little harder here and won the Other section with Lady Liberty's trail entry. 
Class six was Games. 
This was another good class... 
with lots of nice entries. 
I showed two horses, Lady Liberty and Liam Bray. After a slow start, my competitive juices were finally flowing, and there were my two best entries of the day.
It's always a good sign when people crowd around your set-up and take lots of pictures!
It was a clean sweep for the Braymere horses. Lady Liberty won the class and Liam was second. 
The final performance class was supposed to be Diorama/Scene. I did not enter this one, but there were a lot of neat entries on the table, including this racing scene by Sandy Sanderson.
After Diorama/Scene, showholder and performance judge, Amber Schultz, added an Other Performance class. I was unprepared for this and was too busy playing with my golf cart to be bothered to put an entry together. In retrospect, I should have slapped together a showmanship entry for Lady Liberty, but I was feeling lazy. Sorry, Lady!
With two firsts, a second and a third, Sandy's Seattle Slew resin was the clear overall performance champion.
Lady Liberty tried... 
but she was nosed out by Dixie Gray's custom Victrix. 
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to Amber for hosting (and judging) the Backwoods Two Day Show. Next time I promise I will come prepared!