Thursday, December 30, 2010

Jennifer Buxton Checking In!

Hello everyone! Despite best intentions, life has a way of making things difficult sometimes. As some of you already know, since the last post I've been spending a lot of time driving my mom to the hospital every day. I haven't even had a chance to pick up a paint brush let alone blog about progress. I expect to be back to work by the end of January though, so hopefully there will be beautiful new horses to report soon!

So instead of a brand spankin' new post, here is a post that made my day when Jennifer Buxton originally posted it to her blog here. And if it inspires you to try performance with a Jasmine resin, keep in mind that she is on sale until Monday! And now without any further ado:

RMR performance

As it turned out, Teresa and I were the only people showing performance at the Rocky Mountain Rendezvous live show. This might lead you to believe that we enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the classlist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, this became an exercise in speed tacking. There were seventeen classes in the division and I competed in all but one of them. In twelve of those classes, I showed two models. Somehow, we managed to finish the division before lunch time. It was tack one, tack the other, put both on the table, take them off the table and start all over. I barely had time to breathe let alone think!

Harness was first and White Trash Girl was the only entrant. Not surprisingly, she won the blue!

I skipped the Arabian/Native American Costume class so Parade was next. I really liked the way Trashy's Street Parade entry turned out...

but judge Sandy Lyles liked Emma's costume just a bit better.

Trashy earned another second place with this Other Performance entry.

Emma won the Other Performance class with her Endurance entry.

Two blues were good enough to earn Emma the title of Other Performance Reserve Champion.

Trashy won the Scene class with this school horse set-up and went on to be named Other Performance Champion.

The first class in the English Performance division was Eventing/Racing/Steeplechase. Trashy's start box entry looked great and won first place.

Poor Emma was plagued with boot issues. The show hall was cold and nothing wanted to stick. Bits fell out of mouths, reins fell out of hands and the closures on Emma's boots wouldn't stay closed. Oh well. Live and learn. Next year I will bring only buckle boots to RMR.

The next class was Hunter/Jumper, and once again Trashy claimed the top spot.

Emma was third out of three, but don't feel sorry for her.

She came back strong to win three of the next four classes including the Other English...

and English Trail.

The division ended with Dressage. Trashy's Intro Level test was third...

And Emma was the class winner.

Trashy and her ribbons on the callback table. It's a pretty nice haul, but not quite nice enough!

Teresa's iApp was the English Reserve Champion...

and Emma was the English Champion.

I was really tired by the time the Western division rolled around, and I all but stopped taking pictures. You can see both my trail entries here. I'm not positive, but I think Emma's pole entry placed second and Trashy's cowboy curtain was third.

Trashy tried, but it just wasn't her day as far as Western performance goes. Fortunately, that one red ribbon was all she needed. She's now qualified to show in all three performance divisions at NAN 2011.

Emma, on the other hand, is a performance machine. This mold looks great under saddle and is so easy to set up in a variety of events. If you're looking for an all around performance contender, you can't go wrong with a Jasmine resin. Emma won another rosette in the Western division and was named Overall Performance Champion.

Although I look a bit dazed and confused in the picture, I was really happy to win a glossy trophy model.

Stay tuned for still more RMR photos!

Thanks Jennifer! If you don't follow Jennifer's blog, I highly recommend it for great photos, tips, and general awesomeness.
And in a recent follow up post Emma made a reappearance, and this time with all of her stash:

Friday, November 5, 2010

In Progress

Well, it looks like it's been quite a while since I've updated! There actually has been a lot going on, and I hope to have a ton of new gallery pages up soon. In the meantime, here's a custom order that is in progress. I just finished the sculpting on him, and he's getting ready for a nice dappled buckskin coat now. :-D

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

In Memory 1976 - 2010

Chinook, my studio namesake and old friend of 20 years has passed away. He was 34 years old and living the good life, happy and exuberant until an episode of colic combined with some problems due to his advanced age necessitated he be humanely euthanized.

He was a very small horse with a very big heart, and a jokester attitude to match. He taught me to ride with care and patience and tested me as my skills improved. I've never known a more trustworthy or capable horse and he certainly got me out of many a situation, from finding the way home after I got thoroughly lost to calmly extricating both of us from places of great tightness and even a little peril.

Chinook in his "youth". I always thought of his teenage years as his youth because that's when I got him and he started his career anew. I am told that before I got him, he was a "champion" barrel racer. I don't know about that, but he definitely was an athletic little guy. We would go on eight hour trail rides full of galloping and fooling around, and the next day he would be fresh and ready to go again. We did a little gaming. I started teaching him to jump when he was about 16. He didn't much care for his dressage days, but when he was pointed at a jump he was in heaven despite my getting left behind and jumping ahead. :-P This is us before lessons (and me in rubber boots!!).

I do actually have a lovely picture of us jumping after I got a trainer but thus far I do not have permission from the photographer to use it. Hopefully I can include it soon.

During his retirement, I taught him tricks to keep his crafty Mustang mind occupied. The towel trick unfortunately enabled him to figure out how to unhook the wire fence leading to his pasture. He was always an escape artist, but at least that was something he hadn't figured out! A new method of hooking the wire up and things were Chinook-proof once more.

Any trick that involved holding or waving something he thought was great fun, and he would happily retrieve his feed bowl. But most of all he loved giving kisses and he especially loved pushing. Once he trotted up behind me and gave me such a push! I wound up running on the air for over 6 feet! Even when he was feeling so crummy on his last day, he was still pushing me here and there with an impish little glint in his eye.

He was silly, and I also did many silly things to him. For a few years I clipped extremely nerdy patterns onto his hindquarters. Top, pi. Middle, h-bar/Planck's Constant. Bottom, the companion cube and slice of cake from Portal.

I also dyed him black and used him as my Ringwraith horse for Halloween. I made the tack myself, and the long-suffering Chinny had to put up with me tracing patterns with giant pieces of paper on his face. (The treats had him convinced it was quite alright though.)

In addition to silly things, I also did incredibly stupid things with him. Things I would not recommend anyone do no matter what. Do as I say, not as I do! I took this photo myself while he was loose on the trail and I ran back and forth between him and the tripod. Speaking of loose on the trail...

Chinook gained my trust enough that I allowed him to roam a little. Every day while I prepared his food he would wander the barns and the grassy driveway area, exploring and looking for tasty tidbits. This was very exciting for him because he was confined to a paddock for half of the year due to being at risk for founder. He was so enthusiastic that he frequently cantered out of his stall in short frantic steps (what became known as "busting"), and sometimes even squealed and kicked up his heels a bit as soon as he was clear of the barn. He had a favorite grass spot on the Sammamish Slough, and I would take him out there and let him eat to his heart's content. He had a lot of fans on the trail who would stop and pet him on his days out.

Eating as much as possible was pretty much his primary goal in life. It took a while to devise an escape proof paddock. His hay cube treat dispenser was a great diversion, and it teamed up very well with his aforementioned love of pushing things.

He enjoyed napping in the sun and sticking his tongue out...

...and playing with his girlfriend, Lucy.

He also had great fun at a nearby arena snorting and trotting...

...and rolling...

...and generally being a goofball.

As he got older his sooty coat got darker and darker, until he was nearly black during the spring and summer (even darker than the top photo shows). Over the past year he started getting Pergolide and I had hoped that he would regain some of his pretty dappled coat, but I never expected this! This photo was taken just a month ago, and I'll always be thankful I have it.

RIP Chinny, you were a rare treasure.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

In Progress

Well, I've been such a bad girl about posting lately! Mostly it's because I've been doing detail work on the horses in the previous post and it's a pretty slow process so there wasn't much to photograph. But they are done now and their galleries should be up soon. In the meantime, this little customized Strawberry Jam is nearing completion. She was offered up unpainted with the buyer's choice of color, which was a neat way of finishing and selling a horse. She still needs to have her mapping done (and there will be a lot more little spots in her big shoulder spot) and other miscellaneous details finished up, but she's getting there!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

In Progress

Progress is being made slowly but surely on these two custom orders. They're both at fairly intensive work stages, with Stormy being near completion and Salinero almost halfway there.

Stormy got more guard hairs since his last post and is now looking more like the finished product. He's looking so Cruella DeVille with those bold streaks in his mane pre-blending!

Salinero has all of his dapples mapped in, and will get them set in with lots of hair texturing next.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rein Or Shine

He's finally done and listed to eBay! Woo-hoo! I had a bit of a scare this morning when I went to do his auction listing and found that my template was gone! So, I had to spend the day making a new one, but the deed is done. :-D His full gallery has been posted here, and you can get to his auction (which ends on Wednesday) here.

Next up for finishing is the custom order Stormwatch. Here he is with some guard hairs blocked in on his mane and tail. Hopefully he'll be finished in another 3 days or so!