As always I started Breyerfest Week on monday with a Visit from Susan Bensema Young . Susan has been my longtime Mentor/Sensai (as my Son so astutely called her). Some years Sue and I just talk about work we're doing or others' work. Some years she comes and I actually learn something. This year I was able to attempt a Fan knot and a nosebutton Knot that I'll be using in the future for my bosals. (In progress nose button knot above)
If that weren't enough, Sue showed me how to sharpen and properly use a hand held "graver" and "Silver ball". I took short videos of each so that when I go to work on my silver practice I can see exactly how I should be working.
I am very inspired after this visit.. I'm looking forward to making a new bosal with the new nosebutton and fan knots that I learned.
The next two days, Tuesday and Wednesday I mostly cleaned up the house and just kind of relaxed.
Thursday was the day that RJ and I made it to the Clarion and met up with Jesse Tackett and Anna Tackett. At the Artisian Hall that night, This happened: (remind me to wear makeup when taking pictures.. lol)
Photo Courtesy of Morgen Kilbourn
In the Middle of that Ball of Talent in green is me (the least talented here!); Then Morgen on the Right and Jennifer Danza on the left. Sue is in the back with the hat. We were having a great time and I'm so thrilled that we got this shot!! Also we had the usual room sales and that's always fun to do because sometimes you see long lost friends wander in :)!
On Friday RJ and I had our first SR tent time. While we were eating lunch waiting for our tent time, completely by Co-incidence, we met up with Candace Curtis as we were sitting under a tree! She and I Talked about the horsepark changes and Breyerfest this year. This year Breyer used a lot more of the park than in the past. The SR tent and the line where one waited for their SR Tent time was much bigger- an actual tent store this year with more checkout stands. It all went very smoothly and quickly. Much Better than in the past !
|Left to right: Candace Curtis, RJ and Me.|
|RJ's Red Smarty and his Blue Checkered Newmarket.|
|Another RJ find bought by his Friend Jesse Tackett as a Gift for him|
|Some More of RJ's Breyerfest Loot!|
|and two more!|
|RJ's ever growing collection.|
Saturday RJ wasn't feeling well so I ventured around the park by myself. I didn't have as good luck as I did on Friday- I was further back in line. So No special surprise horse for me that day but I did manage to snag a Glossy Sierra Rose and a Glossy Straight Bet. (both are on ebay because I have no idea what OF's are worth anymore)
My Breyerfest Loot included Getting my painted Mulenette Resin from Jennifer Danza and my UPnova from morgen. I also managed to get a Takeshi Sticker, a Westpoint medallion, a Cary Nelson Halter and a Niki Button Akhal Teke bust!
As always my life has been waaaayyy too busy for me to reasonably handle but I jut keep trying day by day. This vacation was REALLY great for relaxing and not stressing out too much. I'm hoping that moving forward I'll start making more tack again. I can't wait till nexdt year though!