Crowns, Queens and Corgies, that's the title of the new jump I'm working on right now. The jump standards have a stylized Queen Elizabeth II on one side and the Union Jack on the back side. The panel has a row of stylized Corgies. The plank above the Corgies is a row of Crowns. The background on the plank and the panel is royal purple of course, a nice contrast to the gold and white Corgies. The Queen will be in gown on her throne. The Union Jack will be well a Union Jack. I have the sketches done for the Corgies at this point. They are funny little dogs to draw, for whatever reason I had a hard time keeping myself from making their legs longer. Maybe by this time next week I will at least have a panel and plank to show you. The Royal Standards will take a little longer to put together. Jack Hinton, my partner in all jump building ventures, will have to take my design and come up with a way to make it into a sturdy standard that can take a good knock from a naughty horse.
I'm not sure I'm going to do a special ground line for the jump right now I can't think of anything better than a line box of flowers. My original concept was to have the Queen dressed in a walking coat with her Hermes scarf on her head the way you normally see her walking her dogs at Balmoral Castle. Unfortunately every attempt looked more like me dressed to go to the barn in the morning than Queen Elizabeth II. Not the look I was going for. Oh well nothing ventured nothing gained. More to follow in the days to come.
Oh I forgot TBT. This is a photo at Tic Toc in the winter of 1968 I'm on Bucky the pinto pony. Pat Stephenson McCordick is on the imfamous Yogi Bear.
This was two years ago....only 42 years later. I'm on Floyd and Pat is riding Hemingway. Very special thanks to Ron Braaten and Judy Dupuis for making this day happen.