|Left to right: Top row: Halter plates, Robin Clark Bit, Small (awesome!) classic western tree: Second Row Hammered Wired Buckles, Carol Williams Bridle with original CW Bit; Carol Williams bit; halter plates|
|Glossy bay Stone Morgan modeling my new parade set.|
|OOAK Stone Performance Horse|
|One of 10 Braided Mane Stone ISH|
I'm sad to say that Susan Taylor has stated that her hands are no longer allowing her to make tack, so she is liquidating her inventory. I wandered into her hotel room tonight to see what she had and wandered back out shortly afterwards with new "Treasures" for my own Tack Collection. ( I collect tack as well as make it because I know the time and effort that goes into it".
The first picture above is my "loot" from her room. Two Precious Bits hand made out of real silver by Carol Williams of www.riorondo.com . I have been a long time admirer of Carol's skill and workmanship with tack. She was a tackmaker before she was a sculptor and her fantastic talent shows through her tack pieces. I am going to make braided bridles on those bits and I hope that I do them justice.
The Robin Clark (Sister of Ginger Ryals) bits are a rare find now a days. Robin no longer makes them and hasn't in quite some time. I acquired more of Robin's bits when she sold out about 10 years ago but I never had any of this kind. (the parade set bit was one of her creations)
The hammered silver wire buckles I bought because I've never been able to make them myself. NOt because I can't, but because I rarely think about doing so and these are already made. I think that I aquired a renewed appreciation for things that would save me time after I made my parade set.
The classic sized western saddle tree I bought because I've long wanted to make a classic scale (1/12th) western pleasure set and eventually a parade set.
The second picture down is of the New Morgan mold being produced by the Peter Stone company. Morgan horses are one of the Breeds of horses that I really love and this guy really just screams morgan to me. He's also in a nice, "normal" morgan color and I love a glossy model..
The Next picture is a Peter Stone Performance horse with a customized mane and tail as well as a lovely factory paint job. He is a one of a kind piece. I have a new eye for "performance" showing so I think he'll fit right in.
The fourth picture down is a Peter stone Ideal Stock Horse Mold with a braided mane and a customized tail. He also has a lovely paint horse paint job in a nice "conservative" Bay pinto. I'm thinking english trail with him and maybe whatever else I can come up with. He also will make a nice halter horse. He is a one of 10 run.
My "Breyer loot" is wrapped up still but I'll be shooting pictures after I Get home tomorrow. I really bought a lot more this year than I have in several years
Today Anthony Brought RJ to his First Breyerfest and we really wore him out. He saw a lot of horses but as usual his favorite things were the birds. Sometimes a kid just like what he likes and no amount of outside influence will change that. (Trust me, I know.) So we spent time out by the "Man O War" Statue to see the ducks and geese that in habit the fountain and the little pond near it.
I didn't shoot as many photos of horses this year as I usually do because I was spending time with friends but I still shot a lot of photos. Unfortunately the Jousting was held inside the indoor arena so my pictures are awful. For some reason I thought that the jousting would be held outside and that I would be able to get some decent action shots. Not so I'm afraid... I got some photos of the horses and the "knights" but it was not at all like I pictured in my head. (Course.. what is? LOL)
Well, it's time for me to crawl into bed.. as I tweak photos I'll post more...