This 'Model of the Month' for June competition is going to be slightly different again this month and the category is going to be 'Julip Riders and Helpers'
So photos this month are of any staff, riders, owners or general dogsbodies that have a hand in looking after your Julips. There can be more than one 'person' in the photo, they can be mounted, being busy in the yard, a mix of both, just standing posing for the photo or even doing an out of 'Julip hours' activity the choice is yours, absolutely anything goes.
A brief introduction of who the person/people are and what their role is in your yard would also be nice and because I know not everyone has Julip Originals or HOTY riders, this is one of the few times the competition will be open to any makes. (Personnel only, if there are any equines in the photo please make sure it's a Julip of some sort)
Meet Daphne, mum to twins Ava and Ella. The girls have always had horses and ponies, and they've now got Rodney and Cariad. Daphne never had a pony or horse of her own so she runs around after the girls and their charges. She is often to be found videoing the girls' dressage tests and eventing competitions, fussing like a mother hen over tack and feeding. Secretly she'd love a horse of her own...but for now, this is the next best thing.
Mona and Morgan grew up on Farfrae Farm with us after they were orphaned in early childhood. They are our cousins on our mom's side; our mothers were sisters. Yes, they're twins and no, they're not identical, and don't even think of using the G-word around them.
Mona is a photographer specializing in equine photography. She is often away shooting at various events, but when she's on the farm she takes care of our promotional photography and helps Dexter with his training and lesson duties. She's incredibly patient with beginners of both the four-legged and two-legged variety.
Morgan is my strong right hand. He helps me with my mountain of paperwork, event planning, and is a genius for finding talented new mounts for our yard.
Post by astudyinscarlet on Jun 8, 2016 22:15:40 GMT
Meet Florian, long-time friend of yard co-owner Lorraine, resident groom, yard joker and proponent of Au Naturel Horsemanship AKA Nude Riding ("It may chafe a bit but there's nothing like riding in the buff to make you feel at one with your horse"). Thankfully he now mostly wears clothes, although he is hoping to be invited to participate in a 'Hunks and horses' nude calendar one day.
Here he is entertaining a couple of the dogs by playing Guitar Hero with a pitchfork
(Connie: "You do know that fork was stuck in a pile of poo a few minutes ago?"
Florian: "A true guitar hero is prepared to suffer for his art.")
May is the soon-to-be owner of a riding school and its horses. Having started riding there when she was a teen, she became fast friends with the owners daughter. (The current owner wants to retire and the daughter is studying to be a lawyer.) May is the only one who has managed to strike a bond with "the wild child" Spirit and was quick to offer to buy the school and horses.
We love helping to look after our Julips by making things for our ponies, pets and ourselves.
Hi, I'm Bea (I'm the one in the middle wearing my favourite pink jumper). My sister Cerys (in her new light blue jumper) and me are lucky enough to have our own ponies, dapple greys Ziggy and Skye, who live at home with us, and like to get involved in our projects too. Skye is a great "clothes horse" (she gets to try on the new stuff first), but she says it's a "nightmare" at the pinning stage. Our Border Collie Chocolate Buttons agrees, he hates it when we use his doggy bed as a pincushion!
Our best friend Alice (in her new summery pale green jumper) also has her own pony, Conker, who lives here with our ponies (when he isn't on sleepovers in the orchard behind Alice's cottage). Alice and Anna (in the orange jumper) are busy braiding leadropes - it's become a bit of an obsession, we want to try out all the different patterns and colour combinations we keep thinking up!
Anna doesn't have her own pony, but when she's not hanging out here with us, she helps out at the local stables in exchange for rides, as does Ross (in his new blue and green jumper). Ross is great when we need some extra "manpower" like working the big scissors! But do you know he had the cheek to criticise my choice of fabric - I like pink and we "heart" our ponies!
We also look after little Rosie May (Julip Originals rider) who likes to "help" though her version of helping usually means playing, like building towers out of all the cotton reels! Rosie May says to say that she's very very good at looking after her new rabbits Spot and Smudge, who, like all our animals get involved in whatever we are doing. Parkin the cat makes a great pattern weight, so long as Springer Spaniel Max is "tied up" elsewhere, and Golden Retriever Nell is always getting her paws, nose and the rest of her into everything!
Oh yes, the two rainbow coloured girls in the corner are my cousins Becca and Lottie!
The Oak Valley staff bedding down the ponies last thing in the evening.
From left to right we have George, one of two brothers who work at the farm, Both boys are always getting into some sort of trouble but have a real soft spot for the ponies. Megan is filling the haynets from the cart and making up buckets. Megan has Shetan on working livery and they have just done their first year of endurance competition. On the end is George's older brother Peter, Peter has a bit of a crush on Megan (shhhh... it's a secret!) and is cleaning Shetan's tack for her while Marmalade supervises. These are just a few of Oak Valley's very hardworking staff, the others are all off riding, teaching or mucking out - they do have a lot of ponies to look after!
You are only young once, but you can be young at heart forever.
Post by juliporiginals on Jul 1, 2016 20:48:42 GMT
Thank you to everyone that entered June's 'Model of the Month' competition, it was lovely to read all the captions under the photos, the penultimate spectacularly spotty rosette for having some very hard working staff goes to.......
abbeymore your spectacularly spotty rosette will be on it's way to you shortly.
The Oak Valley staff will now to go through to the grand final. To see the new 'Model of the Month' for July and to win the last spectacularly spotty rosette please go to the new thread.