My mom, sister, and I had a trip planned to Aruba in May. It was the first planned venture of the summer to be canceled.
The conference I attended last year, BEA or Book Expo America, came next. My plan was to extend my stay in NYC and go to BookCon too. The organizers of the two events pushed the conferences back to July but ultimately canceled them this week.
Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time. This happened at Breyerfest 2019. I can’t remember where I was coming from nor my final destination, but I found myself near the indoor warm up arena. I saw a few waiting Civil War Union dressed horses and riders.
I turned around and saw servicemen leading a black horse.
A chestnut mare with military attire appeared and I stayed as they maneuvered the two horses for a photo op.
During the photo op a few people mentioned going to the Sergeant Reckless statue for pictures and I found myself joining the small entourage. Robin Hutton, the author of Sergeant Reckless, was a part of the group. Silly me forgot to bring my copy of the book to Breyerfest!
It was slow moving because people wanted to take photos with the mare. She was adorable, so why wouldn’t you? It gave me a chance to take pictures of her tack.
In the mean time, here’s a look back to the 2019 Breyerfest. On the day of the Breyerfest Open show, I left the show to wander the park. The Kentucky Horse Park hosts a diverse array of equine breeds so I decided to watch some of the breed Show.
First up was the Akhal-Teke, which is one of my favorite breeds. This is Magnatli, a 2003 gelding.
Next is the Gypsy Vanner.
They always have such a distinctive look to them.
After watching some of the show, I moved towards the barns.
The owners and grooms of these high caliber horses are always so generous with allowing attendees access to them. This was one of the sweet police horses.
I love meeting the real life counterparts of models. Here’s Dominate XXIX.