Thursday, November 15, 2018

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!

About a year ago, my mom, her friend, and I went to a local wildlife rescue called T & D‘s Cats of the World. We heard about it with enough time to go to the final weekend it was open. It’s a hidden gem in central Pennsylania. While the name mentions only the big cats, the whole place was packed with many types of exotic creatures.  We opted to do the guided tour so we could hear the stories about all of the different animals. 
All of the animals are rescues. About 300 call T & D their home and have since its establishment in 1990.
Some animals were housepets until being a pet was no longer an option.

Others came from zoos or governmental facilities.
No matter the background, each animal found its way to the rescue.

There were Tigers.
Look at that face and those stripes!
I really loved the Tigers. 




Prairie Dog!

Some of the wolf/wolf hybrids played with their toys when we got to their enclosure. 
This Coyote was over ten years old. He had the sweetest face.

There were different types of deer.

I never realized that Emus made a vibrating drum sound. 
The animals will live out the rest of their lives there. While it was sad to hear about the different circumstances that landed the them at T & D, it was nice to see them in their final home. 
 If you’re in central PA or plan to visit, I highly recommend going to the rescue!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Happy Valley Fun Show

On Saturday I went to the Happy Valley Fun Show. If you aren’t familiar with showing, you may be confused about it being labeled a fun show. Fun shows are model horse shows that aren’t NAN or North American Nationals qualified.
Happy Valley was hosted by Kim Swanger Grove and Susan Benesema Young.
My mom wanted to come along so we woke up early to drive to State College. Saturday was a Penn State game day so we weren’t the only ones on the road early.
The show was held at the State College Best Western. Sue judged.
The prizes were jumbo sized candy. Who wouldn’t want to win so much sugar? Performance champs and reserves also won custom halters by Maddie Klein.
Sue announced the new class with a sleigh bells.
Performance started the show. Harness was the first class.
Next came costume and parade.
How cool is this?

I showed my Dundee in my Game of Thrones set up. My True North wore my Watership Down inspired saddle set (that still needs its own post!).
In scene I did a drag hunting set up.
English came next (even though I somehow missed taking photos of it).  Next came western performance. I showed my Dundee and True North.
In other western my Dundee did horse ball and my True North did cow work.
There were plenty of great entries.

Look how tiny!
The last performance class was tack and stable wear. I scrolled through pictures of tack classes from other shows so I was excited to participate in one. 
In all I won a champ and two reserves. My three performance models each won a halter. 

The first halter class was called family groups. It required a mare, stallion, and their foals.
The rest of the halter classes were pretty standard.
Pretty models were placed on the table.
The final two classes were collective efforts. One Breyer and Peter Stone mold was chosen for the class. Every entrant voted for their favorite model. For Breyer, the selected mold was San Domingo. For Peter Stone it was the American Saddlebred.
This was a really enjoyable show. It was nice to hang out! Plus I won plenty of candy.
I hope to go to the show next year. Thanks for hosting it Kim and Sue. And for inviting me. :D

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tack For Sale

I'm a day late, but here's the tack that's for sale!
The other saddle is on hold so I have the tan and chocolate colored one. It's traditional sized, and fits molds such as True North and Dundee. It comes with a girth and white fleece pad. It's $110 ppd in the USA. International shipping is exact.
This bridle is made for True North. It has working buckles, raised and padded nose and browband. The reins are purple and black to look like rubber reins. It's $65 ppd in the USA. International shipping is exact.

The second bridle was made for the Peter Stone pony. I has a raised and padded noseband and browband. It also has working buckles. It's $65 ppd in the USA. International shipping is exact.

Lastly I have this cart. I bought it at Breyerfest, but the model I pictured using it with doesn't fit. The shafts are a little too short for the model. It's a nice cart that's sturdy but I don't foresee myself having a model that it will fit. $70 plus shipping.

If you're interested, feel free to send me an email through the contact bar or

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sales Sneak Peak

My day started with going to yard sales. Initially I wasn't going out but my mom convinced me to go with her. I'm glad I did! These bookend will become jumps.
And I took better sales pictures for the bridles. 
The first one is black with purple padding and faux rubber purple reins. It's made to fit True North. 
The second one is pony sized with purple padding.

Friday, September 14, 2018

In Which I Make Things

I've made a bunch of tack in the past two weeks.
I finished two saddles. I just need to add stirrups to the chocolate/brandy one.

Two bridles.

I used teeny tiny magnets that I'd recently bought. It took a few tries to figure out a way to get them to stay on. I'm going to a show in October and didn't feel like fiddling around with tiny buckles. They actually work well.
I put the purple pair on Dundee. Doesn't he look nice?
All of the tack minus the boots will be for sale. I'm hoping to post them here and on the facebook page by the end of the weekend!