‘Tis the season… of escapees, it seems

I split this past weekend between the Highland Park Artwalk, an annual event in Highland Park, Illinois, and the Fox Valley Saddle Association’s Mini-Event schooling show.

The Artwalk features paintings (including a landscape of mine) in store windows all around downtown Highland Park. On Saturday we artists were parked on the sidewalk in front of stores hosting our work to greet passers-by and customers entering the stores. I was tempted to make dorky comments such as “if you can see better when you leave the store, take a look at my art in the window” (my store was a high-end glasses place) but I kept myself in check. One lady entering the door was carrying a copy of Dressage Today and we ended up spending an inordinate amount of time discussing our horses…

Sunday was a bright, although a bit cool, refreshing day for the Fox Valley Mini-Event. The riders at this schooling show are all lower lever, but still fun to watch.

Fox Valley Saddle Association showgrounds at 7AM--promise of a nice day

Fox Valley Saddle Association showgrounds at 7AM--promise of a nice day

The dressage competition was first–and the first rider started at 7:30. They’re warming up here in more ways than one.

Warm-up ring at Fox Valley

Warm-up ring at Fox Valley

Cross country was next. Since all the riders were lower-level, this was the place for them to get horses and riders used to crowds, unfamiliar jump questions, and other unexpected phenomena. The horse in the next photo needs a big question mark over its head…

Momm-m-m, do you REALLY want me to go down this huge 1' bank???

Momm-m-m, do you REALLY want me to go down this huge 1' bank???

And then there was the cross-country horse which dumped its rider and ran for home (he apparently lived up the street) right through a neighboring corn field. Some farmer was bound to be upset at the state of his field the next morning.

That's our escapee in the highlighted circle in the middle of the photo. As usual, I got blurry shot of the perpetrator--just like the cow that got away at Milk Days!

That's our escapee in the highlighted circle in the middle of the photo. As usual, I got blurry shot of the perpetrator--just like the cow that got away at Milk Days!

Oh yeah, and I did have some interested future clients stop by my booth at Fox Valley. The crowd was much smaller than expected for this show, and I’ve heard that riders are picking their shows more carefully because of the economy, so we’ll see what happens as the summer show season progresses.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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2 Responses to ‘Tis the season… of escapees, it seems

  1. Ellen says:

    What Fun! What a great weekend! I love your blog!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks, Ellen! You can subscribe if you want to get the blog delivered to your email box each time I post. Just go to the blog and click on the box on the right hand side that says “sign me up!”…no obligation here, but if you want to keep up on the latest without having to check the site periodically, this will do it for you.

      Best as always—keep up your good work!

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