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Last weekend BreyerWest was held during the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo in Denver, Colorado. I’ve been looking forward to and preparing for this trip for months, so I’m a little sad that it’s over already. I spent a week in Colorado and really enjoyed my time there, but it’s good to be home.

The first day of BreyerWest, Friday, was the day of the live show. Since I wasn’t showing, I wandered around the expo instead. I did stop by the Breyer area to watch the show and get a look at the Breyerfest special run models:

A few more have been revealed since then and all of them are amazing! 😍

This expo was a lot bigger than the one in Oregon last year, and it took some time for me to figure out the layout of the place. A lot was going on at the same time. I did watch a couple clinics…

Or rather, admired the horses in the clinics.

I visited some horses in the stable areas…

…and found a couple Breyers, like this one.

Saturday afternoon there was a horse auction going on. The place was packed. I have never seen an auction before so I thought it was interesting to watch.

Saturday was also workshop day! I participated in two: Pastelling with Stephanie Blaylock and sculpting a head with Maggie Bennett.

What I really like about these workshops is that they provide an opportunity to try something new, or something you may never try on your own.

In Stephanie’s workshop, we used Pan Pastels to paint a Stablemate.

I’ve heard good things about these pastels and was excited to play around with them. My horse ended up chestnut-ish, and is far from perfect but I had fun painting him.

There’s a part of me that wants to try customizing, and I really liked this medium so we’ll see! I do have a couple unpainted critters around here I could practice on…

In Maggie’s workshop, we used Monster Clay to sculpt a horse head over a 3D printed horse skull.

I have never tried to sculpt anything horse-shaped before, so this was challenging, but I’m glad I decided to give it a try anyway. My attempt is rough and blobby and cartoony… in fact he looks a lot like the cartoony horses I draw. (weird how that happened!) At least he’s kind of shaped like a horse??

Monster Clay doesn’t dry out, so I can continue to work on him, or rip it all off and start over if I ever feel like it.

Thank you so much Stephanie and Maggie! Both workshops were great and I’m so happy I signed up for them! ❤️

The swap meet was held on Saturday night at the host hotel. I failed to get pictures of this again, but here’s a quick shot of my table. (a bunch of stuff had already sold at this point 😅)

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by!

I managed to do a little shopping too, and came home with two Breyer cats, another one of Maggie’s skulls, a Blobby Buddy made by Margaret Balch, and four of the Fairytale Friends micro minis. (they’re so sparkly I love them! ❤️)

For me, this was the end of BreyerWest. The next day I spent at the Denver zoo…

… then drove down to Colorado Springs to visit my grandma for a few days. I got to see the Garden of the Gods…

… and we took a short trip out to the Air Force Academy.

It was such a good week, and a much needed break from work. I’m really happy I was able to go again this year.

A HUGE thank you to Erin, Kat and Heather from Breyer, and everyone who volunteered! Thank you for making BreyerWest happen, it was a lot of fun!!

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Toward the end of April I drove out to the National Bison Range. I got some photos I liked and saw lots of animals, but I knew I wanted to go back once spring hit and the road completely opened up.

National Bison Range


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Kualoa Ranch

While in Oahu, my sister and I went on a trail ride through Kualoa Ranch.


Kualoa is a private nature reserve and working cattle ranch. It’s also a very popular filming site and has appeared in films such as Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, The Hunger Games and 50 First Dates… to name just a few. 🙂


While they offer multiple tours, my sister and I signed up for the 2 hour horseback ride.



I *think* this is Frodo. He has a look-a-like named Sam on the ranch too 😀






Ranch kitty

The horse I rode was named Gryffindor… I can never remember trail horse names but I know I won’t have a problem with this one, haha. 🙂



I was happy I was allowed to take my camera during the ride, but since I’m not a very experienced rider I ended up randomly taking pictures and hoped for the best. A lot of my shots are blurry, aimed at the sky (or ground) or at weird angles, but I did manage to get some decent ones.


The valley itself was amazing. My photos don’t do it justice. 😛





There’s a tiny Jurassic Park sign in the middle of this one. The tree is different, but this is the spot where this scene was filmed:


I’ve mentioned before that Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite movies, so this was exciting. 😀 We also went through the gate in this scene from Jurassic World:

And passed by some (rather poorly) covered movie props, for a film currently in production. They looked very familiar… just saying… 😉

My parents were able to take a different tour through another area of the ranch, where they got to visit the Indominus Rex cage. We didn’t pass by that but gahhh! So cool!

We also passed by a bunch of cattle…



And looped back around to see the ocean again:


All in all this was a really fantastic tour with wonderful guides. I highly recommend it if you’re ever out visiting the islands – it’s totally worth it! Here is their website and Facebook page if you want to check them out. 🙂

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