Monday, June 30, 2014

A Trail of Painted Ponies: Addie

Years ago when Painted Ponies first came out, I loved reading the statues back stories. Then a lady who worked for Stateline Tack inside Petsmart and had helped me many times, died suddenly of kidney failure. Not long after her horse died too. Her coworkers put up a picture and a Painted Pony in memorial of both, I really liked the idea of the statues being a memorial and so our Trail of Painted Ponies was born.
This will be a series as we have quite a few now between Peggy and us. And since I can barely type, damn splint, I am starting with the most recent addition, Addie.

I worried about finding the right one for her since I have not been thrilled with recent editions. But they did not let me down. Here is her memorial piece:

Picture from Trail of Painted Ponies

Empress of the Winds               

They say that the winds are like a woman, always changing...There are the Winds of Time which span history and the Winds of Change, which mark transformations.  Then there are the Winds of Dawn, which signal renewal.  All of these, from The Empress of the Winds.

Like Addie this is not a flashy piece, but is bears stunning moments. And like the wind, Addie was a constant presence, mostly quiet. But she could make her self felt in a storm of mare energy. With her 21years she carried a history starting in the United Kingdom. In the US she bore a son, learned to drive and dealt with some major changes later in life. With Peggy she was blowing away the past and was definitely showing a renewed vigor for life. She was the queen of the barn, so of course empress suits her as well. Some days she would barrel through the aisle no matter what was in the way. Like the wind there was no stopping her.

We gave the statue to Peggy and Larry the day of the Welsh Show. I hoped they would get what I saw in the piece. They did and Larry opened it right there in front of the barn. This is a special tradition that has given us all some peace over the years. The statues remind us of the good memories without standing out as memorials.

So that begins the trail. I will add the others over time. Enjoy!

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