Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Breyerfest 2k17

Breyerfest 2017 has now come and gone...
Emma and her mom picked up my mom and I and we carpooled up with them, special thanks to Amy for driving over 1,700 miles to get us there and back safely!!

It was only my second year going, but it was 10x better than last year. I met so many awesome people,
I made friends, both two and four legged.. ;)
Becky wasn't able to come, or was she?
Next year Becky!!!

Emma and I only made it to the Instagram meet for about the last 15 minutes, for some reason we both had the wrong time in our minds! 

The man behind the meet! Huge thanks to Vincent and Elyse for hosting it!
Also got to hang out with Erika a little bit, easily one of my favorite people at Breyerfest!

Smiley tattoo courtesy of Erika 😂
MyFroggyStuff! I've always loved her videos, I met her last year so I had to make sure to get a picture this year.

Pretty sure this guy was my favorite performer, he really upped his game since last year!

The horses in the Best Customs contest were amazing!!

I made it over to the open show for a few minutes, there were some pretty amazing entries, I'm definitely considering showing there in a year or two.

Breyerfest 2017 was a blast,  thank you to everyone who made it special!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Little things

Sometime last year, Anna Helt started selling stablemate scale western saddle trees and, since I love making stablemate tack, I thought, "why not?" and bought a couple.
Well, they have been sitting in a drawer for many months, until a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to do something about it.

And so, began the remaking of patterns, endless skiving, cutting and dying...
At first, I was somewhat apprehensive about trying something completely new in a scale that offers plenty of challenges.
Well, I was quite pleased with how easily everything came together.
Of course it's not perfect, very rarely when you try new things do you get it just right the first time.
Another one of the challenges of making this set, was using normal tooling leather, when I'm used to using skiver. I did a bit of stamping and attempted a little tooling, most of it was lost by the time the saddle was complete, but it did lend some nice details which I'm proud of.
Bridles are always a bit of a pain to make, I used some leather that doesn't match the saddle exactly, but it still looks nice.
One last thing worth mentioning, for the first time I tried adjustable stirrups in this scale, and it was a success.

I'm excited to start turning out some more mini tack in the near future, Breyerfest is right around the corner and I hope to have a sizeable inventory of sales pieces ready.

Hope to see you at Breyerfest! -Maddy

Monday, April 3, 2017

OF Performance - ATPP

Wow, I still haven't shared these photos from February, whoops :o
Well lets get right to it.
OF Performance started with the Other Performance division, first class, Harness/Parade.
The only entry, owned by Jenny Arsuaga

Costume, first place went to my Halloween Costume entry,

Second to this gorgeous Stone..
Next class, Arabian costume, I believe this took second,
 First place, and reserve Other performance went to this gorgeous PAM
 Other performance Champion went to my horse, JB's Fly By Boy!
Now for OF English performance, starting with pleasure, I didn't keep track of the placings, my horse took 1st but I didn't get a photo, so here are the two other entries.

 Hunter/Jumper, my horse Shotgun rider took second.
I didn't get photos of Other English, but I took first. This horse took English Reserve Champ,
 And my horse took Champ!
Now for Western, first class was pleasure, I had no entry but these are the placings,

Western Trail, first place to my horse Shotgun Rider
Other western, Shotgun Rider took first again but no photo, JB's Fly By Boy took third.
In Western Callbacks, my Shotgun Rider took Champ.
Overall OF performance callbacks...

Overall Reserve, JB's Fly By Boy!
 And Overall champion, Shotgun Rider! I was so proud of my horses!

Thanks for reading!