Saturday, August 24, 2013
Counting the seconds until August ends so we can see the possibility of fall weather. The poor horses just manage our gross Texas heat somehow.
Please say prayers, send positive energy or cross your fingers that Kidron has found his permanent home. My good friend Molly (who has given Valente all his riding lessons and trained our Galisteo for me) is a grand prix rider who heretofore has owned all kinds of horses, mostly imported Swedish Warmbloods, but never an andy. Just as everyone who has met Kidron since he returned here, Molly simply fell in love with him and I couldn't have wished upon a star for a more perfect owner.
Speaking of friends, Julie and Wanapum headed to another dressage show this weekend and on first ride, fresh off the trailer, got a 68.5%! Of course he seems to have a particular talent for scoring well on the classes she hasn't signed up as qualifiers and not nearly as well on the qualifiers. Since I don't care about the scores and just want him to be his best, be fun for Julie, and get out in the world more than he ever would here, I am just delighted that Julie has ventured to the 3rd show in the last couple of months.
Lesley just finished a painting of an andalusian so I ordered prints and have been spending money like a crazy person to have some new products for the upcoming shows. October is IALHA nationals and the problem is there are so many images and so many products depicting them, that I don't know how I can cram all into a 10 x 10 booth. Then in November, heading to Belton, Texas and so excited to get to see a friesian/gypsy/drum show--talk about gorgeous horses. Lesley has numerous paintings depicting those breeds and for them, too, I'll have wallets, kindle covers, iphone covers, compacts, afghans, baby bids, short and long sleeved tees, new cards and more!
I hope I'll see some of you at those shows, with or without horses. Is always a wonderful time of year and a reunion of sorts with the friends I only get to see annually.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Cleaning and came across this photo---how old do I feel when one of my childhood photos looks this aged? Anyway, this is me with my beloved Apache. Apache made up in heart what he might have been lacking in looks. Over the years from when I got him around age 6, I gave up taking piano lessons, new clothes and all kinds of things when my parents would attempt to bribe me that if I gave up Apache, I could have this or that. I made the right decisions! I had him until I was 16 when we moved to Texas and I had to sell him...... one of the biggest heartbreaks of my life! I have come a long way both in quantity and arguably, quality.
Just when we Texans cannot be more sick of summertime, August arrives and gets even hotter. A good time to catch up on indoor chores, paperwork and all the things I only do if I can't tolerate being outside. It has been a very slow season for horse sales-I've had some wonderful sounding prospective buyers, but somehow the perfect matches just aren't happening. Hopefully, will pick up soon.
Have been busy as Lesley's 2014 calendars are in and thankfully, lots of orders. I didn't order as many this year as so expensive, so if anyone wants one, better order sooner than later as may run out this year (hope so!) http://www.harrison-keller.com/calendars.php . I am planning to do a booth at the IALHA national show in October and Lesley is, as I write, painting a new andalusian so that I'll have several new andalusian images with some various products depicting it, for the show. I only have a very few of each thing made, but will have some large kindle covers, some compacts, wallets and a few "new" products by October. The next goal is to go to Belton, Texas the end of November for a gypsy vanner and friesian show as we have tons of images and products depicting those beautiful breeds.
Probably will have more interesting news when I next write but wishing all of you the best for the remainder of summer.