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!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Saturday Was Awesome

I graduated from college on Saturday, and everything went great. I have a lot to say about it which will warrant a new post. So here are a few pictures my sister took. I handed her my camera and she went snapping away!
I also can't go without thanking my parents. I couldn't have done this without them. <3 p="">



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

I wasn't able to go to the latest Berks County Show, but Lizzie did and she did an awesome job. Over the past couple of years Lizzie's performance entries have grown in leaps and bounds. This show was no exception with her wins from over the weekend. Enjoy! Thanks for sending them Lizzie!

Lizzie's With Pleasure was her big winner of the day.





With Pleasure ended up winning overall reserve at the show and finally obtaining the card quota for Supreme Performance Horse Award from Namhsa. 
Lizzie also showed her new Roxy custom by Sue Kern-Thompson.

Lizzie finished NaMoPaiMo and showed her completed model in performance. 








Monday, February 26, 2018

It Twas A Good Try

Okay, so this was an awesome package to receive. It's Van Gogh, the medallion for NaMoPaiMo. This is my first medallion, and it's even more awesome that my first one is tied to NaMoPaiMo. He was sculpted by Kylee Parks and was sent by Jennifer Buxton. Thanks again!
My NaMoPaiMo model is back to prepping. I couldn't get all of the paint off of him, so some sanding has been needed. As I put on more and more layers on he started to get a green tint to him. It got to the point to where I couldn't ignore it anymore, so back to the drawing board it was. While I'm sad he has been stripped, I learned a lot with oils. I don't foresee him being done in time to be a winner, but I'm happy with being challenged to do a color I haven't tried in years with a new medium.
Even though painting has been more of a learning experience than an actual finished model, tack making has been going well. Here's a nameplate halter tree. I've been making donation halters for NaMoPaiMo since January. I put the last nameplate on the other day, so they're in the mail!
I've really enjoyed reading and learning from NaMoPaiMo, even if it was more of a good try than actually finishing!