..I have noticed a change in myself. I am becoming detail obsessed! I love to study old photographs and information on the subject and I always come back to the same conclusion..how orderly and detailed everything was back then!
This is a photo of the historic Marshall Fields Stable.
I cover about 8 to 10 horse shows a year for Saddle and Bridle magazine and I loath the sight of dirty horse, attire that is either unmatched or in ill repair, and especially dirty tack! Why would someone go to all the time, trouble and cost of competing in a show and not take care of these final steps? Maybe I am just a snob, but it seems very sad that these finer details are left by the wayside.I am preparing everything I need now to begin showing again (after 3 years off) this Fall. I have ordered plain black show stall curtains. I am making fancy toppers and have a sandblasted Equus Villa sign that will be hung. I am having a historic sidesaddle suit made, but also have a back up suit that is a bit more saddleseat traditional. It is so much fun gathering all the necessities to complete the package for each riding costume and I want my stall decor to be no less elegant!
All of this excitement has even oozed over into my horse trailer tack room. I have already braced in a new set of black wood book shelf unit filled with black wicker baskets. A large mirror is secured above the shelf. I am looking for a smallish wardrobe, a double mattress with coordinating bedding and a 3 tiered wood stool that can double as a step up to the bed as well as for mounting the sidesaddle in my skirts.
As I complete these projects I will start to post photos of it all. My back up riding suit is complete with the exception of a stock tie!