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BreyerWest 2017!

Last year’s return of a BreyerWest was a huge success, and I’m so glad Breyer decided to do it again this year! For those of us on the west coast who can’t make it to the big event in Kentucky every year, it’s really great to have our own awesome Breyer weekend in March!

This year I showed at BreyerWest live on Friday and then was the show steward for the Youth Novice show on Saturday (I wasn’t able to attend BW on Sunday as I had to leave for a work trip).

I had been prepping wildly for the performance division at BreyerWest all spring- I really need to start earlier for next year- and it was a blast to see it all come together. I showed my new horse, RoboClop, as well as my seasoned campaigner Nightfox.

I was particularly excited to show RoboClop for two reasons. Firstly because he is made with a interchangeable mane and tail, which was a really fun challenge to make. Secondly, because the incredibly talented mini tack maker Anna Helt of Dreamflite Designs had made me a goooorgeous western saddle set. I can make passable tack, but Anna’s work is in a whole other galaxy. It’s beautiful, precise, detailed… and fantastically easy to use!

Thank you Anna!

I didn’t have any entries in the Other Performance division, which gave me tie to prepare my entries and chatter away with other showers. My first entry was RoboClop in stock work. I am exceedingly pleased with this set up. I made the fancy gaming bridle and tie down to match Anna’s saddle and saddle pad. The rider is a new variation on my custom riders which better shows the action of a roping scene. In fact, this is the first time ever that I’ve done a roping entry with the horse and calf actually running. I’m also chuffed because at the last minute I realized my existing bell boots didn’t fit ‘Clops, so the one’s he’s wearing here are actually blue tape.

The next class was Western Games. I did a musical stalls set up with RoboClop and used two prop horses to complete the scene. I also adapted my judge’s booth (which I usually use for dressage) to work here, with a ring steward in control of the music for the game.

In the Western Patternwork class, RoboClop did Western Dressage and placed first! Here he’s wearing the pleasure bridle I made to match Anna’s saddle.

RoboClop placed third in Western Trail with a lope-overs set up. The tiki heads are actually pencil toppers that I acquired a while ago at a thrift store and have been using as props every since.

RoboClop placed second in Western Pleasure…

…and third in Other Western with an English vs. Western demo set up.

To my surprise and delight, RoboClop was named Champion Western!

Next up was the English division, which included Nightfox’s debut- in the Jumper/XC/Eventing class.

RoboClop also showed in this class. I wish I’d had time to get his splint boots on (putting two horses in the first English class with a full tack change was not a great plan…) but without them he placed fourth. This picture does show off his switched-out braided mane and tail for English!

Next up was Other English/English Games. RoboClop stepped in as a prop horse for Nightfox’s toilet paper pairs set up.

In English trail, Nightfox placed first with my trail diorama. Alas I only got a cruddy picture:

RoboClop’s final class was Hunter Over Fences. He looks mighty smart as a hunter!

Nightfox was also in Hunter Over Fences but I was getting tired, and the quality and quantity of my photos was decreasing rapidly. I seem to have also missed his entry in Huntseat Pleasure. Nightfox’s last class was Dressage.

And with that he earned Champion English!

For the overall callbacks, RoboClop was named Reserve Overall Champion! Overall Grand went to Sandy Lyles-Sanderson’s beautiful CM Wyatt, Frankly Scarlett.

Wheeeeee! What a fun day. A huge thank you to Erin Corbett for organizing BreyerWest and to Beth Rappleyea for judging performance!

 

My Belated Christmassy Post

We spent a lovely holiday with my family and today we headed out to the stable to visit Robyn’s family and the horses. The barn is always very festive around the holidays, with lights strung up and fir boughs on all the stalls (except for Hwinn’s stall, because she ate hers).

Barn Christmas Tree

Lolly and Jelly

The newest boarders, Lolly and her guide-donkey, Jelly, wear their festive hair ribbons.

Carrots from Santa

Pony stockings

All of the horses got peppermints in their stockings, but Little Oscar also got an extra special present- a new rope toy!

Oscars Rope Toy 1

Oscars Rope Toy 2

Oscars Rope Toy 3

He liked it very much. His “uncles” were intrigued, but were really more interested in the pepperments we had.

Gabe begs

Please can I have another peppermint?

Pepperments for the mares

Mr Oscar

Last but certainly not least we tromped over to the other paddock where Cochise rules with an iron hoof. Mr. Mudball got at least four peppermints.

Cochise with his tongue out

Happy holidays everyone! And just in case you need a tutorial:

NW Congress 2013: Custom Minis

Robyn and I had an amazing lesson this morning- Cochise was full of energy and perfectly behaved. My last ride on him was less than positive so it was really nice to get such a great one. We spent part of the time working on shoulder-ins (which he’s never done before) and then had a blast running a gymnastic line. Just a stupendous, fantastic ride.

Cochise and Emily grazed on the lawn while I emptied the trailer.

Cochise and Emily grazed on the lawn while I emptied the trailer.

I’ve been working on models almost every day, but it’s not the most blog worthy stuff- lots of nit picky prepping. Ah prepping, the necessary evil. And since I don’t have much to blog about during that, I’ll continue posting eye candy from NW Congress!

I’m definitely not the only one who loves painting and collecting the little guys. Check out these lovelies from the Custom Mini division this year.

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NW Congress 2013: Drastic Customs

Day Two of NW Congress was slightly more relaxing since I was done with performance. But I was on my feet keeping up with classes in three divisions and trying to document all the pretty ponies that were on display.

NW Congress divides custom halter into Custom Mini, Open Custom, and Advanced/Drastic Custom. The Drastic division is usually pretty small. Personally I wish it were lumped in with the others, but c’est la vie.

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NW Congress: Performance

Day one of NW Congress has the custom performance classes and halter classes for OF, Hartland, and Chinas. I was so busy showing I didn’t get to take that many pictures, but I do have a few to share.

I didn’t do that well in performance in terms of placings. Competition at NW Congress is top notch, and I still have a lot to learn! This was also my first time doing these new set-ups with Troy Soldier (Nightfox is taking a well-earned rest from performance). The judge was super helpful and gave me lots of great comments, so I’m excited to try these set-ups again. She particularly loved my cowboy curtain set-up, which was really awesome to hear.

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More pictures to come! You can also check out Tracy R.’s Picasa Album from the show.

Jumping with Joy

I had three real-horse goals this summer:  #1, to make some more jumps for the barn and get the poles painted, #2, to attend a few shows, and #3, to school on a nearby cross-country course. I accomplished all three to some degree, which is delightfully satisfying.

Robyn and I are entering our second jumping show at the end of the month. It’s a derby with dressage, cross country, and jumping, so we wanted to get in at least one more practice day over cross country. We happened to have two young helpers along with us who took some pictures, so of course I have to share. Photo quality was inconsistent but after editing out the fingers there are some winners, especially of Robyn and Emily.

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This photo is blurry but too cute not to include. It’s very Cochise.

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The best picture of the day. Robyn and Emmy make a great pair.

Jumping cross country is maybe the most fun thing ever. I’m excited for our little show coming up… with any luck, we won’t have to be excused from the course like usual…

Inavale Farms Horse Trials 2013: the rest

I did continue to take pictures during the rest of the horse trials, although not as many as during the Beginner Novice cross country. But I did get some more good ones so I thought I’d share those as well.

After the Beginner Novice level was the Novice level. Robyn came to watch with me which was extra fun. We particularly liked this horse:

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This pair finished 2nd in their division

You can’t tell as much from that picture, but he was a big dude- he looked half draft. He was listed in the program as “WB” and named Half Draft, and I like to think that supports our hypothesis. As with the Beginner Novice, there was a pretty decent variety of breeds in the Novice level.

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This massive mare was listed as a Quarter Horse, but we couldn’t believe it. She was enormous and awesome. I’m not a big QH fan but one that looks half-draft? I’m listening!

There was also a few gorgeous Connemaras (and Connemara crosses), two Morgans, two Appys, and a horse whose breed was listed only as X (who we particularly rooted for).

A lot of the obstacles in the Novice course still looked pretty easy, as fits the level. Many horses refused at this step-down, however- it’s not particularly high but because of the shape of the hill, they don’t see it til they’re right over it.

This guy was unfazed by the obstacle.

This guy was unfazed by the obstacle.

The one part of the course that I was most impressed and surprised with (impressed that Novice folks could do it, surprised that they were asked to) was a step up with a tough turn to a large log oxer in the tree line. A number of riders opted to circle after the step up in order to get a straighter shot at the second jump, even with the lost time. I know I would have!

This pair opted not to circle and started the turn immediately after the bank- and at speed too!

This pair opted not to circle and started the turn immediately after the bank- and at speed too!

Only a few strides after the bank was this jump:

Not a great picture, but with the tree-line location and the proximity of the bank right before, I didn't have a better angle.

Not a great picture, but with the tree-line location and the proximity of the bank right before, I didn’t have a better angle.

At least one pair got the striding wrong and lost point here- we saw one woman land half off, cling to her horses barrel for a few minutes (while the mare stood patiently, thank goodness) and then give up and plop to the ground, disqualified.

The next day I was back at Inavale again to see the Intermediate and Prelim cross country, and catch a bit of the Beginning Novice stadium jumping. Unfortunately, most of my pictures from the Intermediate level didn’t come out. But I did snap this one the day before of the Intermediate water obstacle.

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That’s a bounce between the logs and then about a four foot drop into the water.

Amazingly, that jump was one of the least difficult ones for the Intermediate riders- I didn’t see anyone have a problem with it in the whole division. The Prelim level fences were also extremely difficult. I couldn’t believe this line:

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But damn, they made it look easy!

Later in the afternoon I went over to the show jumping arena to see part of the Beginner Novice. Inavale has some of the most amazing, colorful jumps:

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The thing that proved the most difficult for these jumpers wasn’t an intentional obstacle- it was the umbrellas of two spectators sitting by the first jump.

This gelding was a total packer in the XC phase, but he could not get past the deadly umbrellas and was eliminated.

This gelding was a total packer in the XC phase, but he could not get past the deadly umbrellas and was eliminated.

I had made a note the day before to get a hold of a few umbrellas to jump Cochise near. This only made me more resolved to get some and desensitize him. I’m planning to ride tomorrow, and if I’m really lucky, I’ll get out to the Inavale XC course too.

Here are some more pictures from the cross country phase. Again, if you want to use these for reference or documentation you’re welcome to them.