This was Elly. I did all the wrong things when I bought her: green horse, green rider. We went through alot together but after all the miles we put in together, we were a team. I knew what she was thinking and she took care of me, but not before I came off about a million times during the learning process.
My friend, Lucy Trumbull, took a picture during an endurance ride that we did together of Elly looking back over her shoulder. She looks, well, crazy...and was the inspiration for the name of my business, Crazy Horse Quilting, that was created after I lost her. Lucy is also responsible for the name of Elly's filly. Elly had been bred with a horse named Galustrus Knight; Elly's Knightmare was born in August 2007. She was a few months old when this was taken. We call her Emma Peanut.
The rest of my family consists of my wonderful husband, Dennis, three other horses (Socks, Andy & Bailey) and two Border Collies, Hank & Chloe.
I began quilting shortly after we lost our house to fire in 2003. Lucy (again) was making me a quilt and brought books for me to peruse to determine what style of quilt I liked. That's all it took; I was hooked. Quilting is the perfect complement to horseback riding. My ideal day goes something like this: Feed horses, quilt, ride horses, quilt, feed horses again, quilt some more...ideal!!
Since that day in 2003 I've been making quilts, joined a local quilt guild and, in the last year, purchased the best longarm available...an APQS Millennium. I am now quilting for others as well as myself and loving it. I'll use this forum to post pictures of my quilts as well as tales of the critters in my life.