Sunday, July 22, 2018

Watership Down Parade Set

Today was a rainy PA day. My original plan was to start going through my Breyerfest pictures.
Instead I decided to start on a parade set. Because that's a simple one day project. Right? Haha
One of the models I brought home from Breyerfest was the bay True North. He's the perfect OF performance horse.
I've avoided making a parade set because of how many pieces there are. But my True North would look nice in one so I finally took the plunge.
It was a choice between Watership Down, Harry Potter, or The Walking Dead.  All of them have enough objects that'd lend well to a themed parade set but I settled on Watership Down. I decided to base the rabbits after the art style of the movie. (If you've never read the book though---you totally should!).
First I printed out the pattern. I got it from Keriokie Entertainment and altered a few of the pieces.
I used my tracing film and drew out what I wanted the embossing to look like and then transferred it over to thin metal sheet.
Next came dyeing and cutting the leather before gluing down the metal parts. 
I finished the night with an almost finished breastcollar. 
This was my first time embossing and I'm happy with how it came out. Many pieces need to be done before the set is complete, but I feel like I'm off to a good start. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Seventy Two Year Old Pony

Yesterday was Misty of Chincoteague's 72nd birthday.
It's been two years since I saw the *real* pony in all of her stuffed glory at her new home in the Chincoteague Museum.
However, there were a few Misty customs at the Breyerfest Open Show. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

(Some of the) Breyerfest Best Customs Contest

The 2018 Breyerfest Artisan Gallery opened a little bit more than two hours ago. A big draw was being able to finally see the Breyerfest Best Customs Contest in person.
Because if this I didn't get to make it through the complete lineup (yet). Enjoy these though!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Breyerfest Sales

This is the first year that I have ever brought saddles with me to sell. 
I brought five. Each one comes with a girth and a saddle pad. They’re each 100$. One girth is large so that it fits larger models like the Cleveland Bay.

I also have two bridles. 
The first one is made to fit Wyatt and similar models. It has a padded browband and padded noseband with working buckles. Each bridle is 60$.
The second bridle is for the Cleveland Bay and similar and also has a padded noseband and browband.

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.