2 weeks, 2 shows, 5 paintings, 1 thunderstorm

The last two weekends were horse show weekends for me, two days at Reins of Life in South Bend, IN and three days at the Fox River Valley Pony Club horse trials in Barrington Hills, IL. First off, the most important thing from the artistic point of view–I completed five new Aquabord™ paintings while I was at these events, so I’m here to show them off! All are available for purchase, $35 each plus shipping. Details on my website.

Two bachelor stallions from my mustang trip.

“Sparring”–Two bachelor stallions from my mustang trip.

Two more bachelor stallions. Go, boys!

“Pursuit”–Two more bachelor stallions. Go, boys!

Scopey bay from last year's FRVPC show.

“Scope”–eponymous scopey bay from last year’s FRVPC show.

Another bay, this one from Fox Valley Saddle Association mini event.

“Effortless”–Another bay, this one from Fox Valley Saddle Association mini event.

Elegant palomino from last year's FRVPC show.

“Elegance”–Classy palomino from last year’s FRVPC show.

As anybody who has followed my blog for a few years knows, it wouldn’t be a benefit horse show at Reins of Life without some mud. Who would have thought, from this gorgeous vantage point?

Reins of Life's pristine dressage ring.

Reins of Life’s pristine dressage ring.

Until you looked here–

Except for the puddle at A

Except for the puddle at A

But no matter, Reins of Life had what I love to see–very happy riders! A smile says it all.

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And one talented little rider may be going horse shopping soon.

Cutest kid on the cutest pony will soon be outgrowing her steed from the looks of her legs!

Cutest kid on the cutest pony will soon be outgrowing her steed from the looks of her legs!

Fox River Valley Pony Club had been dodging rain successfully for the entire week, so setup in the field was a breeze. Nothing worse than trying to set up or tear down your booth in the rain. Here’s what it looked like in the dressage warmup area the first morning (all that green and one would think this was Ireland, not northern Illinois).

Morning weather tease

Morning weather tease

Warmup area gets crowded when you have 250 horses entered.

Warmup area gets crowded when you have 250 horses entered.

"Green as grass"

“Green as grass”

The next afternoon, near the end of the cross-country phase, this happened…

Rain. Wind. Thunder. Lightning. My booth, behind the white truck. It survived unscathed.

Rain. Wind. Thunder. Lightning. My booth, behind the white truck. It survived unscathed.

Riders who were out on the cross-country course had to hurry back to shelter as quickly as possible. A few of them ended up in the indoor arena, which had already been set up for a big dinner party that night. Normally horses in an arena are an expected sight, but the tables and chairs added an air of oddity to it.

Horses in the dining area!

Horses in the dining area!

Shades of red seemed to be popular eventer colors this year. A lot of hot pink among them.

Pretty in pink, two more to come.

Pretty in pink, two more to come.

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Pink was nice, but some preferred orange!

Pink was nice, but some preferred orange!

The last day, I took some time to go over to the grass course where the upper level stadium jumping was held. I got some great photos, and also some quite unexpected ones. You never wish a bad round on anyone, but when it happens it can make for some pretty dramatic stuff. Here’s the sequence, starting with a successful effort–

Here's what it's supposed to look like.

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like.

Here’s what happened to another pair:

Rider can see trouble coming...

Rider can see trouble coming…

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Uh oh...

Uh oh…

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And don't forget to let go of the reins...

And don’t forget to let go of the reins…

Both horse and rider walked off the field and didn’t look any worse for wear, just disappointed that they had been eliminated. As Chicago Cubs fans like to say, just wait till next year!

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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10 Responses to 2 weeks, 2 shows, 5 paintings, 1 thunderstorm

  1. i wish you the best of luck in selling your paintings!

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  2. Cathy Alwine says:

    It is always so good to see you. I was so busy I didn’t get much chance to visit. Thanks for posting the nice pic of me smiling! I have been working on my “face” while riding. I can get pretty intense, but here is proof that I am really having fun at the same time.

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  3. zannyro says:

    Great series of shots! That last sequence had me on the edge of my seat…hoping for a happy outcome!

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  4. I love the top two paintings to bits! They are almost a different style to your usual work… perhaps just because the subjects are not so domestic-looking… not sure why I feel that, but the composition and drama is awesome, especially in ‘Pursuit’. Gorgeous work, Alli (:

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  5. i have just finished the nicest cyber vacation, thanks to your posts! wow. where do i start?

    i love the art, i love the images of the horse and riders – yes grand smiles are infectious! the perfect jump was a fantastic photo, and the series of the not-so great jump .. ooh, i’m glad i wasn’t riding!

    then i went backwards – oh oh oh, what beautiful images, especially those cute foals!

    internet is very slow so i’m commenting on just one, and i hope that it leaps out of the box and reaches you!

    z

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  6. Pingback: Wild horses, continued… | Alli Farkas Artist Adventures

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