Last weekend I had a great time volunteering as a spotter for the Masterson Equestrian Trust Benefit Hunter Pace at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, KY. In addition to providing directions to the riders and making sure everyone traversed the water obstacle safely, I was able to take lots of pictures. The weather was perfect and the smiles infectious. Enjoy!
Above is the latest piece from Off The Track Designs. This bridle rack was a commissioned piece. The board has been stained red mahogany and is protected by several coats of polyurethane. The hook in the center was purchased separately by the owner and affixed to the rack. This lovely piece is already hanging in the barn, holding bridles, halters and helmets.
This rack is a work in progress. It will be a personal piece and hand painted to resemble a 19th century Paisley Shawl that has passed through my family for generations. I can't wait to finish it!
Finally, after a few more rides, I've decided to sell my new-to-me saddle. It is a 2010-model M. Toulouse Annice close contact saddle. 18" seat, medium, spring tree with matching M. Toulouse stirrup leathers. I love the flap position and length (13.5") as well as the grippy leather. It's a very balanced saddle and quite comfortable to ride in. I've found that I prefer a flatter seat to really get off my horses' backs while cantering and jumping.
For more information, check out the M.Toulouse Annice page in the Tack Sale. Thanks for looking!
"Bronze Bookends" Oil pastel on paper, circa 1993
Times have been tough for many, many people over the last several years. Many, myself included, lost good jobs and are digging deep to survive.
Over the past nineteen months (yes, you've read that right), I've tried my hand at several different professional opportunities. I've learned something from all of them and thoroughly enjoyed working with new people. Sadly, none were permanent.
Happily however, I have just started yet another new adventure with a great company and great people. I am excited to be working and I sincerely hope that I can help this organization grow and succeed.
Nineteen months has taken a severe toll on my savings. My personal horses are up for lease and I shall be hosting a sale at my house in Lexington, KY next Saturday, July 20th. The sale will include my own artwork and photography as well as pieces from my own meager art and accessories collection. There will be free coffee, tea and water and samples of the baked goods that I will also have for sale.
Keep watch on this page for previews of the items available and, if you're in Lexington, KY next Saturday, stop by. I'd love to meet you!
Here's to a better next nineteen months!
2009 Bay Thoroughbred gelding, 16hh.
Karanos (AP Indy - Bless) is a stunning young horse who needs some extra time off following a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind. His rehabilitation is going smoothly and he is expected to be sound for a new career. Due to the nature of the injury, his vet has recommended that he NOT be considered for jumping. Instead, he's seeking someone interested in dressage, trail, pleasure classes and/or driving.
$1 with bill of sale
Contact Danielle at Chesapeake Farm, firstname.lastname@example.org
3 year old "Boogie" is looking for his person.
I've added a new page to the website! Horses Seeking People is just that; a listing of horses available for sale or lease by their owners.
In immediate need of re-homing are:
Boogie - 3 year old grade gelding
Noodle - grade pony gelding
Sebastian - 4-5 year old bay OTTB
Still looking for her forever home is Robyn's Sapphire who was featured on the website in 2012.
For more information about the horses, click Horses Seeking People to go to the page and then contact the sellers directly.
In my latest push to clean out my hoard of used tack and riding apparel, I decided to use the opportunity to practice my e-commerce and catalog marketing skills by utilizing my website, kcorneliusimagesandmarketing.com.
I wanted the page to be visually appealing as well as being easy-to-shop and I want visitors to have a great experience. On the back-end I have utilized PayPal as a shopping cart tool, and I have even created "Sold Out" and "Thank You" landing pages.
On the front-end I have tried to take and use good, clear photographs that show the items as honestly as possible. Most of the items photograph just fine laying flat on a clean surface. But some items, like bridles and other horse equipment simply look better on a horse; and so yesterday I subjected one of my horses to a brief modeling assignment.
On the bright side of the session, Polo (my horse) was a champ. He stood quietly while a young lady from the barn held a lead, showing off a colorful racing headstall set and his former set of protective boots. Other good things from the session: Polo was clean, the tack was clean and fitted properly and I did think to stand him up against the plain backdrop of the indoor arena.
It wasn't until I got home and began looking at the photos that I realized I wasn't looking with both of my eyes when I began shooting. I have some lovely pictures that are unusable due to things such as twisted reins and/or my angle, which captured other things in the background that are distracting to the eye. Then there are the fabulous faces made by Polo - probably his attempt to tell me I was "doing it wrong." Fortunately this was my personal photo shoot and one that I could re-do as necessary. Had it been for a client, I might not be so lucky.
Lessons learned: Slow down. Keep both eyes open. Review the shot or shots in the camera's viewing screen before moving on to the next set. Enjoy the outtakes!
It's an annual rite of spring here in Lexington, KY. I've been every year for six years, enjoying the fabulous horses, brave riders and, of course, the shopping!
Here are a few favorite photos from this past weekend. Enjoy!
Are you looking for a project horse in the Lexington, KY area?
Polo is looking for an exercise partner! Check out Polo's blog to learn about him. Then check out Polo's page, for lease and contact information.
In early January I was asked to design an art piece to grace the cover of the Thoroughbred Horse Show Association's prize list for the Spring show, April 14th. As the goal of the association is promote the Thoroughbred's versatility in disciplines other than horse racing, my vision for this piece was to convey that versatility.
The base for the piece is the black and white photograph, captured by me in the saddling paddock at Keeneland Race Course. The individual saddles are hand-drawn in charcoal and graphite and represent the disciplines Hunter/Jumper, Western, Sidesaddle, Polo and Dressage. The drawings and photograph were scanned and layered to create the finished design.
I wish to thank Jan Roehl, Executive Director of the Thoroughbred Horse Shows Association for the opportunity to design this piece.
Thank you to Bluegrass Boots and Saddle in in Georgetown, KY for allowing me to photograph the western saddle.
Thank you to Central Kentucky Tack and Leather for the opportunity to photograph the polo saddle.
Thank you also to Joy Hohenshelt for allowing me to photograph your sidesaddle. Thank you also to Samantha Peterson and the wonderful ladies of the Facebook group Sidesaddle riders! for helping connect me with Joy and for encouraging me to learn a new style of riding. I can't wait!
Thank you also to my own Off The Track Thoroughbreds, Sweepit and Polo for their constant inspiration.
I enjoy the daily inspiration provided by nature, people and pets.