Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Punta Canta

A week after I graduated my mom, sister and I traveled to Punta Canta. We had to wait for my sister to finish her finals at Elizabethtown. Punta Canta is in the Dominican Republic and we stayed at a resort.
It was beautiful there and we couldn't have asked for better weather. The water felt wonderful and while the sun was hot there was always a cool breeze moving through.
My sister, Kendall, became my model for the week since she loves to pose and I'd rather hold a camera before getting in front of it. 
During the day we'd eat delicious food.
Swim in the pool 
and drink pretty things with names like the Red Devil. 

Since we travelled to Punta Canta so early in the tourist season the beaches were pretty much empty. How much better does it get?
One of my favorite things to do while away is read. I had plenty of time to do that. I brought four or five books and zoomed through them so I ended up taking one of my sister's books to read. I can't go through a few days without a book!
 The one thing I really really wanted to do was go horseback riding. My mom mentioned it to one of the employees. Through a friend of a friend to a friend we found a place for me to ride off of the resort at. Kendall wanted to come along too, so we were off. We had no idea where it was but once we pulled up it was beautiful. 
Kendall is not the most confident of riders since she gets on a horse once or twice a year so the ride consisted of walking and trotting. But the length made up for it. We rode for at least two hours. The weather was beautiful too. 
I rode a lovely pony that I can't remember the name of. My Spanish is passable and pronouncing the name was a struggle. So said pony heard good boy a lot. 
All of the horses were bomb proof. People would ride by us with an inch to spare on four wheelers and the horses acted like the four wheelers were air.  *Side eyes horses at home that freak at a tree that's been in the same spot for years*
We rode all of the way to a beach. It was gorgeous. 
Kendall and I on our horses. 
Afterwards we rode back. We saw donkeys!
This cow mooed at us and followed for a bit before finding its cow friends. 
We got back to the barn.
While waiting for our ride to pick us up Kendall and I explored the barn. 
There were beautiful type Spanish horses
with beautiful faces.
This was my favorite of the young horses. 
I handed Kendall my camera and she said, "Kristian he's trying to bite you."
Oh well. He just was mouthy. 
Outside was this stallion. 
We left the barn and rode back to the resort. Riding in another country is always a fun time. 
At the end of the week we journeyed back to the USA.  Kendall claimed the window seat so she was in charge of taking air photos! I enjoyed my trip but was ready to come back home. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hall Of Champions 2017

I’m still going though Breyerfest pictures! So here’s a post about one of the cool Kentucky Horse Park attractions you can see.
The second thing I did after hanging at the open show was wander over to the Hall of Champions.
The Hall of Champions features retired horses that were the elite of their disciplines.
On Friday, I got to see half of their horses.

Go For Gin was the first horse that was led out. He's a 1991 Thoroughbred stallion that ran in numerous well known race.  He ran in all three of the Triple Crown Races where he won the Kentucky Derby and place second in the Belmont and Preakness.
The next horse was the 2001 Quarter Horse gelding, Be A Bono. He has lifetime earnings of $1.3 million dollars.  He's a beautiful horse with wonderful eyes. 
I had a nice conversation with the man leading Be A Bono after the presentation. Gene Carter is the last person alive to have ridden Man O'War. I recognized him from an article I'd read earlier in the year so of course I had to awkwardly go up to him and ask about it. Listening to him talk about his life and how horses were intertwined was one of my favorite conversations I had at Breyerfest. I wish I'd taken a picture with him, but I'm glad I'd actually gone up and spoken to him!
The last horse I watched was Mr. Muscleman (I'm pretty sure it's him). He's a 2000 that made $1 million in two seasons. 




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

It’s summer and we’re less than 2 months away from Breyerfest. Here are some of the real horses I saw. Enjoy!





























Monday, May 14, 2018

In Which I Graduate

Last Saturday I graduated from college.
 The night before I finished decorating my cap. I only had one chance to not screw it up so I waited until the night before to really finalize the quote I wanted on it.
I'm not sure about how many people overall people were graduating but I do know that there were nine people that fell under the Humanities major. So there's that definite.
 As I said in the previous post I handed my camera to my sister and told her to snap away. One of the best pictures she took was of a fellow classmate's father being handed her degree. She passed away during the semester and he took her place. I had a few classes with her since her major overlapped with mine and was shocked to hear about her passing.
 Family and friends came to support me.
Artsy picture that my sister took.

While graduating happened last Saturday, the final team meeting for the Equestion Team took place two weeks before that. I was a part of the team since my sophomore year and will miss it. The first year of showing for the team was also my first year showing. My last showing season was far from my best. Our region was changed so the class sizes increased. I'm an okay rider so having to only compete against five other riders guarenteed me a placing. Once those numbers were closer to 10 it became a A+ for effort haha.
Anyways, here's the first team photo.
Last team photo. It's been fun showing and hanging with my fellow teammates. I'm excited to watch the team grow and continue!
I've been the Visual Arts Editor for Penn State Harrisburg's Literary Magazine, From The Fallout Shelter, for two years so this was my last issue that I got to work on. 
I had a few pictures printed in it along with one of mine being voted for the cover. This was my favorite year for the magazine. It's gotten better every year that I've helped on it. 
Penn State Harrisburg also had a Student Award Ceremony and I was nominated for the Outstanding Undergraduate Creative Writing Award! I totally didn't expect it.
I submitted a short story to a magazine in the fall and one of my professors asked if I was interested in having it published in a local magazine called TheBurg, so I had a historical fiction short story printed in there too. I actually forgot about it so by the time I remembered, most of the issues had already been picked up. Luckily my professor had an extra copy for me. 

It was a busy but awesome final semester. Now onto vacation!